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DVD Assist is an Applescript "Stay Open" applet to enable Front Row to select VIDEO_TS folders, disc images and MPEG2 transport streams stored on your hard drive, or any volume accessible from the Finder with adequate throughput.

DVD Assist uses "placeholder" movies that Front Row can display. When Front Row plays one of the placeholder movies, the appropriate media player is launched and commanded to play the matching media. DVD Player is used for VIDEO_TS folders and UDF disc images, VLC is used for MPEG2 transport streams.

What's New

Version 1.4.7:
  • Worked around a problem on the MacBook that could cause DVD Player to hang on the second VIDEO_TS/ISO played.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented ISO movies from playing if your DVD Player preferences were set to not play DVDs on insert.


Mac OS X 10.4 or later, Front Row

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Drdul Member IconComment+448

Front Row in Leopard will play VIDEO_TS files. See http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20071029182617245 for details.

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Version 1.4.7
farmlad Member IconComment+0

Since installing Leopard, It doesn't work properly - the DVD window doesn't display until I click the DVD player icon in the dock.

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Version 1.4.7
wot it is not Member IconComment+0
wot it is not

After installing and setting up my Viedo_ts folders it works great...

Its really handy and including it in login itens I dont have to touch my mac after turning it on to watch anything.

Nice One

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Version 1.4.7
Joel.Schmidt Member IconComment+5

>If it sees Front Row play a movie within a VIDEO_TS
>folder, it then tells Front Row to Quit, and opens the
>VIDEO_TS folder in DVD Player.

How does that enable Front Row to play the VIDEO_TS file?

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Version 1.4.1
Moonlight Mac (Developer)

DVD Assist includes a placeholder movie. When Front Row plays that placeholder movie, DVD Assist knows to switch out of Front Row and over to DVD Player. The transisition is seemless.

It is explained much better in the docs.

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Downloads 14,105
Version Downloads 12,002
License Free
Date 05 Nov 2006
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
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