DVD Player

If your computer came equipped with an internal DVD drive, you'll want to make use of DVD Player, an application for displaying DVD content on your computer screen. To start DVD Player, simply insert a video DVD into your system, or double-click the DVD Player icon in the Applications folder. By default, Mac OS X launches DVD Player automatically when it detects a DVD in the drive. At startup, a video window and playback controller appear onscreen. The playback controller is shown in Figure 5.16.

Figure 5.16. DVD Player's controller window keeps all the needed controls in one convenient place.


Use the controller window as you would a standard DVD remote. Basic playback buttons are provided, along with a selection control and a volume slider directly under the primary playback controls.

Six additional advanced controls are accessible by clicking the three dots right of the controller window. This opens a window tray containing Slow, Step, Return, Subtitle, Audio, and Angle buttons. In Figure 5.16, the controller window is shown with the window tray extended. If you prefer a horizontally oriented player control, choose Controller Type, Horizontal (Shift-Command-H) from the Controls menu. You can switch back to the vertical layout at any time by choosing the Vertical (Shift-Command-V) option from the same menu.

To navigate onscreen selections without the use of the controller, you can simply point-and-click at a DVD menu item to select it. To navigate with the keyboard, use the arrow keys and press Return.

Although the onscreen controller can be used for most everything, DVD Player also provides keyboard commands for controlling playback. The following options are available under the Controls menu:

  • Controller Type ” Choose Horizontal (Shift-Command-H) or Vertical (Shift-Command-V) orientation

  • Play/Pause ” (Spacebar) Play or pause the video

  • Stop ” (Command-.) Stop the current video from playing

  • Fast Forward ” (Command-right arrow) Speed through the video playback

  • Rewind ” (Command-left arrow) Move backward through the video playback

  • Previous Chapter ” (right arrow) Skip to the previous chapter on the DVD

  • Next Chapter ” (left arrow) Skip to the next chapter on the DVD

  • DVD Menu ” (Command-`) Stop playback and load the menu for the active DVD

  • Volume Up ” (Command-up arrow) Increase the volume

  • Volume Down ” (Command-down arrow) Decrease the volume

  • Mute ” (Command-K) Mute the sound

  • Eject ” (Command-E) Eject the current DVD


When fast-forwarding or rewinding, the view is displayed at an accelerated rate. Use the Scan Rate option under the Controls menu to set the speed to two, four, or eight times faster than normal.

DVD Player Preferences

The preferences for DVD Player are split across three tabs. The Player tab, shown in Figure 5.17, enables you to set how DVD Player reacts upon system startup and insertion of a DVD. You can also choose the viewer size.

Figure 5.17. Change how DVD Player is activated and the size of the viewing window.


The Disc tab contains settings for default language and the option to enable DVD@ccess, which allows DVD Player to recognize and react to embedded hot spots that link to Internet Web sites.

The Windows tab turns on and off controller help tags and window status messages, which appear while a movie is playing.

Sams Teach Yourself Mac OS X Digital Media. All In One
Sams Teach Yourself Mac OS X Digital Media All In One
ISBN: 0672325322
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2003
Pages: 349

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