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I fired up front row the other day for the first time after getting a Time Capsule, and sure enough my Time Capsule movies weren’t indexing. I first tried using the settings inside of Front Row to map the folder, but there was no mapping option […]

I fired up front row the other day for the first time after getting a Time Capsule, and sure enough my Time Capsule movies weren’t indexing. I first tried using the settings inside of Front Row to map the folder, but there was no mapping option available. Next I tried making an alias of my movies folder on my Time Capsule, and putting it in my local movies folder…and it worked!

To play movies in Front Row from your Time Capsule (or any networked or external hard drive) follow these instructions:

  1. Download and installPerian (this let’s quicktime play divx and avi’s)
  2. Navigate to the folder where all your movies you want to play are
  3. Right click on the folder and select “make alias”
  4. Drag the alias into your local movies folder
  5. Fire up Front Row, and navigate to the “Movies” section. Inside the movies section you should now see the alias folder with all your movies inside!

I took it one step further, and made an alias for my TV shows too, so I could easily find and watch. Please help me in my quest to create my ultimate mac media center and post anymore fun Front Row tricks to the comments. Thanks!

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  2. Nice, thanks for the tip; it’s so Mac-like, too, with the alias coming to the rescue once again.

    Question —

    Say that I offload iTMS movies onto my Time Capsule to save space on my MB Pro’s hard drive. Will they play directly in Front Row, or would they need to be copied back into iTunes before playback?

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  3. I think you could create a separate library for your movies, and then point iTunes to look to the Time Capsule for that library…I’ve never tried it though. Or, you could just put your movies in a folder on the Time Capsule and watch them through Front Row (I would recommend that).

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  4. Well, after testing it with a music video and a purchased movie, it works — putting them in a folder on the Time Capsule, putting an alias to it in the laptop’s Movies folder, then browsing to it via Front Row.

    Slick!

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  5. [...] Acontece que o FrontRow só enxerga os filmes de numa determinada pasta que fica local no micro. A idéia do cara, para burlar esta limitação foi criar um “alias” da pasta no Time Capsule dentro da pasta de filmes que o FrontRow enxerga. Pra surpresa do carinha, funcionou. Veja detalhes aqui. [...]

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  6. How do I use this with iTunes Music that is located on my Time Capsule? BTW: Thanks so much for your tips!

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  7. Thank You

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  8. how do i create new folders on time capsule?

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  9. Anthony, I just got a Time Capsule a day or two ago but here is the method I use to create new folders on it.
    1. Once the Time Capsule is up and running it should appear in the Sidebar of a Finder Window or the Desktop.
    2. Double-click the Time Capsule and you should see a folder that matches the Time Capsule’s name.
    3. Open that folder and you can now create as many folders as you need just as you would for any other disk drive.

    Adam, to use iTunes Music stored on the Time Capsule open the iTunes preferences and go to the Advanced tab. Change the music folder location to its new location on the Time Capsule. Now both iTunes and Front Row will use that location to look for their music files.

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