Chapter 2

Watching Videos and Movies on Your Mac

In This Chapter

arrow Understanding video disc formats

arrow Identifying digital video formats

arrow Playing digital video files

arrow Cozying up to QuickTime Player

arrow Playing a DVD on your Mac

Looking to unwind after a busy day of work? Feel free to kick back, relax, and cozy up to a movie on your Mac. Want to watch your favorite scene again? Your Mac can bookmark and store your favorite scenes so you can easily watch your favorite parts of a movie. And, you can watch them in slow motion so you don’t miss one second of the action.

Although many full-length movies appear on DVD, with today’s greater storage capacity and Internet connection bandwidth, many movies and videos — commercial or homemade — are stored entirely as digital video files either on your internal or external drive or the Internet. Your Mac can play many of them at your convenience.

In this chapter, we begin by explaining video disc formats and digital movie formats. Then we lay out the options ...

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