Mac OS X to the Max: And DVD for All

This section contains some additional info for your DVD enjoyment.

DVD Player Keyboard Shortcuts

Table 19.2 contains keyboard shortcuts for DVD Player.

Table 19.2. Keyboard Shortcuts for DVD Player
Action Keyboard Shortcut
DVD Menu graphics/symbol.gif+'
Eject graphics/symbol.gif+E
Highlight DVD menu options Up, Down, Left, Right arrows
Horizontal Controller Shift+graphics/symbol.gif+H
Next chapter Right arrow
Previous chapter Left arrow
Play/Pause Spacebar
Vertical Controller Shift+graphics/symbol.gif+V
Viewer size to half graphics/symbol.gif+1
Viewer size to normal graphics/symbol.gif+2
Viewer size to maximum graphics/symbol.gif+3
Viewer size to full screen graphics/symbol.gif+0
Scan backward graphics/symbol.gif+Left arrow
Scan forward graphics/symbol.gif+Right arrow
Select DVD menu options Return
Show/Hide Controller Ctrl+C
Show/Hide Info Window Ctrl+I
Show/Hide Viewer Ctrl+V
Stop graphics/symbol.gif+.
Mute graphics/symbol.gif+K
Volume up graphics/symbol.gif+Up arrow
Volume down graphics/symbol.gif+Down arrow

Turning Your Mac into a Home Theater System

Unless you have an Apple Cinema Display (and even if you do have one), you might want to use your Mac to see movies at a larger size than what your monitor provides. After all, even with a 23-inch monitor, viewing movies on a Mac is not practical for more than one or two people.

The solution to this is to add a projector to your system. You can attach a projector to any Mac that has a video out port (which all modern Macs do have). Then you can project your movies to almost-theater size for an even better movie experience. And you can also project the Web to that size along with any other tasks you do on your Mac.


A PowerBook or iBook and a portable projector make an instant movie theater wherever you are.

One of the best projectors I have seen is the Mitsubishi X80U (see Figure 19.23). This projector projects with 1500 Lumens and has all the input and output ports you need. Its image quality is amazing?when connected to a G4 PowerBook, I was able to show movies that looked spectacular and up to enormous screen sizes (I was able to have the size as large as 8 feet in the horizontal direction, and I was limited to that only because my room wasn't big enough to move the projector farther back!).

Figure 19.23. The Mitsubishi X80U projector provides excellent performance and versatility.


And just as easily as you can project your movies, you can project the Web, your iMovies, slide shows, images, and anything else you work with.

Although projectors are fairly expensive (at press time, you could get the X80 for about $3,000), they are comparably priced to a big-screen HDTV television. And by adding an HDTV tuner, you can also project HDTV images with many projectors as well. So the projector can be used with various sources in addition to your Mac.



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To add better sound from your Mac theater, you can also route the sound output of your Mac to your sound system, or if your Mac can accept PCI cards, you can install a surround sound card to achieve digital sound as well.

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