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Carlow52

'playing' Iso Images On A Mac Running Osx 10.4.11 Across A Network

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I have some ISO images in a USB external drive that were created on a windows PC under XP which I want to 'play' on a number of Macs across a network from the USB drive.

 

I can move the files to a lan based external hard drive if that helps with the problem

 

The solution adopted for 'playing' them on the Windows net worked computers is as follows:

Mount the ISO files as virtual drives using Daemon Tools.

'Play' them using DVD software such as Power DVD or Nero etc

 

I am looking for a Mac equivalent please.

 

It was suggested that Toast will do the job: hence my first post here as I cannot find the answer on the site.

 

I don't want to have to copy the ISO files from the external drive.

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Check to see if VLC media player meets your needs.Toast is primarily for burning video, audio and data discs and for converting various audio and video formats.

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The solution adopted for 'playing' them on the Windows net worked computers is as follows:

Mount the ISO files as virtual drives using Daemon Tools.

'Play' them using DVD software such as Power DVD or Nero etc

 

I am looking for a Mac equivalent please.

You can mount DVD ISO images as virtual disks on Mac OS too. You will have to mount it on every networked client, though.

 

It was suggested that Toast will do the job.
I thought Disk Utility can mount them too, just by double-clicking the image file (unless my Toast is somehow enhancing Disk Utility behind the scenes?).

 

I don't want to have to copy the ISO files from the external drive.
Both the network and the USB connection may be limiting factors in the (playback) performance, especially if two clients try to access the content simultaneously. "A video server is more than a file server."

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You can mount DVD ISO images as virtual disks on Mac OS too. You will have to mount it on every networked client, though.

 

I thought Disk Utility can mount them too, just by double-clicking the image file (unless my Toast is somehow enhancing Disk Utility behind the scenes?).

 

Both the network and the USB connection may be limiting factors in the (playback) performance, especially if two clients try to access the content simultaneously. "A video server is more than a file server."

 

 

Much Obliged: mounting the ISO image with Disk image Mounter works fine, Disk Utility is a bit messy.

 

I accept the performance issues for video: making multiple copies for separate external drives would not be a problem either: it is the quest for finding software that will 'play' an iso image on a Mac that is at issue here

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