Switch out of iTunes Full Screen Playback
I’m a bit of an iTunes junkie, I’ve got literally every form of media stored in there, especially movies and TV shows. It’s just the best way to organize all my obscure BBC series and French action films, and stream them to my TV (via AppleTV).
However, the latest iteration, care of Lion, gave me some difficulty in terms of playback. I prefer to watch videos in a separate window, so that I can have something playing while doing menial tasks.
Gone is the basic preference to have video playback appear in a separate window, the option for managing playback under the View menu is greyed out. I searched and searched, through plist files, Resource folders, and couldn’t find anything. A google search didn’t even turn up a single forum discussion on the features disappearing act.
Then, like a slap in the face, it hit me.
You can adjust where the video is played, only during playback. While playing a video is running, go to the top of the screen, and the menu bar will appear. Then, you’ll notice that under the View menu, the Video Playback option is no longer greyed out!
You can also right click on the video during playback and switch the option. Here’s to hidden default changes!