Watch Lost and YouTube in Full Screen with Universal Access

by Matthew Russell

Like many others these days, I'm somewhat fanatical about the hit TV show Lost, and I thought it was pretty nice of ABC to offer the episodes for free on their website once they've already aired -- all except for one little problem: the screen is a bit too small.

Well, that was until I realized that I could use the Universal Access zoom feature to transform that tiny little screen into a display that almost completely fills my 17" monitor. Surprisingly, the image quality isn't bad at all (at least compared to what I get with my rabbit-ears antenna), so try it out and save your eyes next time you decide to watch episodes online, catch the latest on YouTube, or need to view anything else that's served up in a small screen.

And if you're interested in reading a quick primer on how OS X's display system makes this sort of thing possible, an article that I wrote a while back entitled What Is Quartz (or Why Can't Windows Do That) touches on a few of these details and explains how they're more or less freebies that resulted from Quartz being designed so darn well.

16 Comments

mike
2006-10-21 21:20:31
You don't even need the Universal Access anymore... if you have 10.4.8, hold control and scroll your mousewheel.. same effect!
Ben
2006-10-21 21:27:14
Extra tip: Control-Scrollwheel to quickly zoom in and out.
Some guy from Germany
2006-10-22 01:46:34
This is only available to US citizens, isn't it?
Martin Baker
2006-10-22 03:27:27
OS10.4.8 also has a nifty new zoom feature
- Press Control and move the mouse wheel up to zoom in, down to zoom out around the mouse cursor.
Mike Abdullah
2006-10-22 08:35:53
Mind you, with the impending Windows Vista and it's Quartx-like technology (can't remember what it's called!), you might have to revise your article title :)
KA
2006-10-22 20:18:48
I've been doing thinsg sort of thing ever since OS X first made the zoom feature available years ago. It works great for all the movie previews on the quicktime movie trailer website among other website with video.
Jeff
2006-10-22 21:54:29
Thanks to your article I just figured out a way to get rid of something that has been bothering me about zoom: how the cursor gets large and stays in the center of the screen. I read your article and thought "how does he handle having that cursor in the middle of the show the whole time?", so I finally took the time to look at the options in universal access and discovered that there are options that tell the screen to move only once the cursor has reached the edge of the screen, and then no more cursor.


cheers,
je

Brad Henry
2006-10-23 08:27:07
I tried to view the show on the ABC site and the largest you can expand their viewer is like 5x7. I also had a lot of connection issues. I am on a high speed connection but it would frequently pause and I would have to relaunch the program and go through their commercials again.. Coincadence?
Zac
2006-10-24 14:07:27
Doesn't YouTube have a fullscreen button now?
flxa
2007-01-04 23:44:54
Youtube does have a full screen button but it's just being used as an example rather than say, porn.
If you have double finger scrolling trackpad and 10.4.8 hold ctrl and slide two fingers up.
private
2007-02-16 04:36:43
how do u watch it i cliked on the hyperlink and nothing happemed

2007-02-19 01:08:01
lost is the best
jonathan
2007-03-08 11:35:52
i cant watch lost on abc cause im in Canada and they will only let people within the United State use their feture :@
guy frm India
2007-05-03 23:55:25
u fellas r stupid ,if u have to show it properly,somewhere its only for US citizens,it requires this that.ur useless people.... Raghav
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steveking
2008-07-10 00:57:00
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