Using DVD Player, newly enhanced in Leopard, your Mac can play Hollywood DVDs as though it was born to do so.
Watching movies on your Mac screen couldn't be simpler: Just insert the DVD. The Mac detects that it's a video DVD (as opposed to, say, one that's just filled with files) and, unless you've fiddled with your preference settings, opens the DVD Player program (Figure 11-9). (It can take awhile.)
If DVD Player doesn't start up automatically when you insert a DVD movie, you can open it yourself. It's sitting there in your Applications folder. (Then fix the problem, using the CDs & DVDs panel of System Preferences.)
Once DVD Player starts playing your movie, you can use the "remote control," which is deconstructed in Figure 11-9. Or just use the keyboard controls:
By far the easiest way to start and stop Playback is to press the Space bar—once to start, again to pause, again to start again.
Press Shift-⌘-→ to fast-forward; press that combination repeatedly to cycle from twice to 4, 8, 16, or 32 times normal speed. (Or just choose a speed from the Controls→Scan Rate submenu.)
Similarly, press Shift-⌘-← to scan backwards. Click Play (or press the Space bar) to resume normal playback.
You can make the movie louder or quieter by repeatedly tapping ⌘-↑, or -↓. That's a good keystroke to remember when you've hidden the remote control itself.
Figure 11-9. Top: DVDs ...