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Technical Guide and Specifications

The Toothflix™ DVD is designed to be easy to use. It is compatible with most DVD players and computer DVD drives. If you have not played a DVD in your computer before, try doing so with a standard movie DVD before you order Toothflix. If it works, Toothflix should work for you too.

It's also a good idea to check that your computer meets the recommended system requirements. Toothflix is an "out of the box" product, meaning the ADA cannot provide individualized support for each customer's system and setup. The information below can help you get up and running.

Recommended system requirements for use of Toothflix DVD on a PC or Mac

Generally speaking, in order to play a DVD on your computer, your computer must have:

  • a DVD-ROM drive
  • DVD player software, such as WinDVD, Sonic Cineplayer, or the open source DVD player called "VLC"

If your computer is old enough that you have any question about if this will work effectively or not, we suggest that you take any standard movie DVD and try to play it on your computer before ordering the Toothflix DVD.  The Toothflix DVD is formatted and used the same way a standard movie DVD would be.

If you've never previously played a DVD on your computer, we've provided some recommended minimum system specifications below.

For PC:

  • Operating system: Windows XP, or Windows Vista,  Windows 7 and Windows 8
  • Processor: 1 GHz Intel Pentium III or equivalent AMD processor (2 GHz Intel Pentium 4 or equivalent AMD processor for Windows Vista or Windows 7)
  • Memory: at least 256 MB RAM (512 MB RAM for Windows Vista or Windows 7)
  • A DVD-ROM drive
  • Available disk space: 5 Gigabytes of free hard disk space for temporary DVD files
  • Graphics card with a minimum resolution of 800 x 600 pixels and 16-bit color settings (24-bit or 32-bit True Color is recommended)
  • DVD player software: WinDVD, Sonic Cineplayer, VLC, or similar

For Mac:

  • Operating system: OSX
  • Processor: PowerPC G4 or G5 processor (at least 1.6 Ghz) or an Intel processor
  • Memory: At least 256 MB of memory, but 1GB of memory recommended
  • A DVD-ROM drive
  • Available disk space: 5 Gigabytes of free hard disk space for temporary DVD files
  • DVD player software: "DVD Player" (from Applications folder), VLC, or similar

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System requirements for Toothflix server-based DVD playback

Requirements for the file server that will store the DVD files

  • A DVD-ROM drive on the server is required so that the DVD data files can be copied to a shared directory on the server
  • A shared directory on the file server that is accessible by any of the computers used for video playback
  • At least 5 Gigabytes of available disk space to store the copy of the DVD files

Requirements for computers used to play the video files

For both PC and Mac:

  • A wired network connection to the server that is 100 megabits per second or faster (this is commonly called "100BaseT" or "Fast Ethernet").  Slower networking technologies, such as "10BaseT" or "Ethernet" are not fast enough.  Wireless networking ("WiFi") is not fast enough.
  • Ability to connect to the shared directory on the file server where the DVD files will be stored.

For PC:

  • Operating system: Windows XP, or Windows Vista,  Windows 7 and Windows 8
  • Processor: 1 GHz Intel Pentium III or equivalent AMD processor (2 GHz Intel Pentium 4 or equivalent AMD processor for Windows Vista or Windows 7)
  • Memory: at least 256 MB RAM (512 MB RAM for Windows Vista or Windows 7)
  • Available disk space: 5 Gigabytes of free hard disk space for temporary DVD files
  • Graphics card with a minimum resolution of 800 x 600 pixels and 16-bit color settings (24-bit or 32-bit True Color is recommended)
  • DVD player software: WinDVD, Sonic Cineplayer, VLC, or similar

For Mac:

  • Operating system: OSX
  • Processor: PowerPC G4 or G5 processor (at least 1.6 Ghz) or an Intel processor.
  • Memory: At least 256 MB of memory, but 1GB of memory recommended.
  • Available disk space: 5 Gigabytes of free hard disk space for temporary DVD files
  • DVD player software: "DVD Player" (from Applications folder), VLC, or similar

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General Instructions for Configuring and Using the Toothflix DVD Server Version

Important note: Because every dental office has different technology in use, these instructions are very general.  You'll need to have some experience with sharing files on your server with your PCs or Macs in order to follow these instructions.  If you don't have that experience already, we suggest that you ask someone with this kind of experience to configure your system for you.  The ADA cannot provide technical support of any kind for your installation of this DVD.

Be sure to review the above requirements document, "System requirements for Toothflix server-based DVD playback," and make sure your server and any PCs or Macs you wish to use meet these requirements.

Initial Setup (do this one time only)

From the file server:

  1. Create a subdirectory on the server, and copy all the DVD data files to that subdirectory.
  2. Verify the file permissions on that subdirectory, and make sure that the users that need access to the Toothflix video files can get to them.

From a PC that will be playing back the Toothflix video files:

  1. Using Windows Explorer or another file navigation program, navigate to the directory created on the file server that contains the DVD video files.  Depending on your network configuration, you may need to map a drive letter to that directory to establish a connection.  You should see two directories called "VIDEO_TS" and "AUDIO_TS".
  2. Navigate into the directory called "VIDEO_TS".
  3. Look for the file called "VIDEO_TS.VOB".
  4. Right click on the file "VIDEO_TS.VOB", and select "Open With", followed by "Choose Program".
  5. Select your DVD player software (examples: WinDVD, Sonic Cineplayer, VLC, or similar) and click on OK.

Note: If steps 6 and 7 don't get your DVD player software to open, see "Plan B for PCs" below.

From a Mac that will be playing back the Toothflix video files: No initial setup is necessary. Go straight to Mac playback instructions below.

Playback (do this each time you play the DVD)

From a PC that will be playing back the Toothflix video files:

  1. Using Windows Explorer or another file navigation program, navigate to the directory created on the file server that contains the DVD video files.
  2. Navigate into the directory called "VIDEO_TS".
  3. Look for the file called "VIDEO_TS.VOB".
  4. Double click on the "VIDEO_TS.VOB" file, and your DVD player should start playing the Toothflix video files.
  5. The DVD menu should appear and you may use the DVD player controls to start and stop the movie.

Plan B for PCs:

  1. Start up your DVD player software (examples: WinDVD, Sonic Cineplayer, VLC, or similar)
  2. Inside the DVD player, find where you can perform a command such as "open media" or "open file".  Depending on what software you're using, you might have to right click on the window where the video is displayed, or there might be an icon you can click on in the player, or you might be able to choose "File, Open" or something similar.
  3. Navigate to the directory created on the file server that contains the DVD video files.
  4. Navigate into the directory called "VIDEO_TS"
  5. Look for the file called "VIDEO_TS.VOB" and select it.
  6. Press the play button in your DVD player software, and the Toothflix DVD menu should appear.

From a Mac that will be playing back the Toothflix video files:

  1. Using Finder, connect to the directory created on the file server that contains the DVD video files.  Depending on your network configuration, you will likely connect to the server volume under the "Go" menu in the Finder, using "Network" or "Connect To Server."  You should see two directories called "VIDEO_TS" and "AUDIO_TS". You may create an alias to the server volume (Finder, File...Make Alias) to establish future connections.
  2. Start the DVD Player (located in the "Applications" folder on your hard drive)
  3. Select "File", then "Open DVD Media".
  4. Navigate into the directory "VIDEO_TS" that was established in step 1 above.
  5. Click on the "Choose" button
  6. The DVD menu should appear and you may use the DVD player controls to start and stop the movie.
  7. After you've completed this procedure once successfully, you may be able to use the "Open Recent" menu in DVD Player to skip some of the steps above.

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