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Join Date: Oct 2009
05-07-2010, 11:02 AM
So I had this problem also and found a couple of options.
Firstly, the problem is the Apple DVD Player app requires an internal DVD drive to initialise, or you get the error no valid DVD drive found. If you have an external drive available and plug it in, you will still get the error, as it will only open with an internal drive present. Annoying huh.
So the two options:
1. Download VLC Player, it's miles better than Quicktime (in most opinions) and includes built in support for most formats. Plays MKV images of my DVDs just fine, for example. I expect it'll support your .dvdmedia files, though I haven't used them.
2. If you have an external DVD drive, and don't mind plugging it in to allow the DVD Player app to initialise, you can do the trick mentioned here: 10.6: Make DVD Player work with external DVD drives - Mac OS X Hints
I've tried it on OS 10.6.3 and it works fine, of course your mileage may vary etc. I haven't tried loading dvd images after opening the app but I assume that the only problem you're having is that it won't load the app, and thereafter should work fine.
Good luck to you, hope it helps.
Join Date: Oct 2009
05-09-2010, 09:07 AM
Hi again Charrlie,
Sorry those methods didn't help with your rips, I didn't know what .dvdmedia was and just assumed it was a file format like .iso or the like. I did a quick google, and found that it is a bundle/folder with a registered extension, and some info on how to get it to play in VLC.
Still haven't tried it, but this thread seems to point to a solution to getting VLC to recognise how to process the .dvdmedia.
The VideoLAN Forums • View topic - Support for .dvdmedia files in OS X
If you have a problem with the 'code' as pasted, it looks to me like the <true/ on the 2nd to last line is missing a '>' (ie should be <true/> for xml?) but I've not tried manually editing a plist file before so probably try what's there and see if it works first.
If that doesn't work, or you'd rather not go through that, you could rename the bundle and remove the .dvdmedia extension, which should give you a folder which has the VIDEO_TS folder of the dvd, which should be directly playable (by loading the .ifo file) from VLC or other players.
Hope that helps
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