(slightly off topic) viewing stored videoblogs and other audio/video on a mac
- Recently, my sprawling collection of computer hardware has expanded to
include my first mac, a shiny new white macbook. After playing with
most the installed software and adding a bunch of free sttuff
(including, in this case, VLC, Perian and flip4Mac) I decided to
explore enjoying some of my huge archive of video and audio. I have of
the order of a terabyte of stored media which resides on several
network-accessible drives. If I "connect to server" in the Finder and
browse around, I am able to play any of the files simply by clicking
on them. One of Quicktime, iTunes, or VLC opens up and everything
works. This is a bit clumsy, though, so I thought I'd look for a more
First I gave FrontRow a try. Despite my best efforts all I could find
were a bunch of internet trailers for movies I am not interested in. I
could not even find a way to tell it where to look for media. So I
Then I tried boxee, which I had seen mention of during the videos for
VloMo last year. This also initially gave a load of unwanted movie
trailers, but I did find some sort of setting which allowed me to
browse to some stored media and set it as a "source", but whenever I
tried to access it I just got a baffling "Error 2: share not
available". So I uninstalled that one.
I then tried a bunch of google searching for terms such as "mac media
center" and found a bunch of possibilities, all of which seemed to
imply that they do largely the same as FrontRow.
On may various Windows boxes I have easily been able to use
MediaMonkey (which is my current preference), RealPlayer and even
Windows Media Player to index my media across multiple network drives
and provide easy searching and browsing. I'm surprised that this seems
so hard to find on my otherwise easy-to-operate mac.
Can any of you experienced Mac users help me out? I'm sure there must
be some fundamental "mac-ness" which I am missing here.