This tutorial will show you how to add xvid and divx movies to iTunes, which in turn allows you to play them in Front Row.
- The first thing you’ll need to do is enable QuickTime to play divx and xvid videos. To do this, just download and install Perian. Perian installs itself as a System Preference pane. Though the installation is pretty straight forward, there’s a video tutorial that walks you through the process if you need some help.
- Once Perian is installed, open up a divx or xvid movie with QuickTime Player 7. QuickTime Player 7 is not the same thing as QuickTime X, which was introduced in Snow Leopard. To make sure you’re using the correct QuickTime, right-click (or ctrl-click for single-mouse button folks) the video and select Open With. From the sub-menu, select QuickTime Player 7. If it’s not listed, click the Other… link, navigate to QuickTime Player 7, and select it.
Note: if you’re using Leopard (10.5) or earlier, QuickTime Player 7 can be found in your Applications list. If you’re using Snow Leopard (10.6), QuickTime Player 7 can be found inside the Utilities sub-folder of your Applications folder.
- Once the video opens, select File and then Save As….
- Make sure that Save as a reference movie is selected, and then click the Save button.
- This will create a small .mov file in the same folder as your xvid or divx video.
- Now launch iTunes. Select File and then Add to Library…
- Navigate to the .mov file you just created with QuickTime Player 7. Select it and click the Choose button.
- Now select the Movies link in your iTunes library. You should see the movie you just added in that list. Note: if it’s not there, repeat the previous two steps, and make sure to select the .mov file – you may have accidentally selected the .avi (divx or xvid) file – which cannot be imported into iTunes.
- Double-click your newly imported movie to watch it in iTunes (if you want).
- That movie will now be listed when you launch Front Row – and can be watched from within Front Row. Important: if you delete the .mov or the original .avi (divx or xvid) file, it will no longer be watchable in iTunes or Front Row.