Disclamer: I don't condone piracy, and nothing in this guide is illegal in anyway. Rip your own movies. For any moderators in fear, check the official PS forums, talk about PS3 codec/file support and the programs mentioned is ok.
Release 3.0 - 22/06/08 - Everything updated, cleaned out obsolete information and added PSP remote play section.
Release 2.0 - 06/03/08 - Everything updated and streamlined... PSP remote play section coming later tonight.
Release 2.0b - 24/02/08 - Quick update on the new version of MKV2VOB which does everything, GOTSent support dropped from guide. Still WIP - Rough, and some sections incomplete/outdated
Release 1.4b - 22/02/08 - Overhaul of the guide - Added new PSP section
Release 1.3 - 28/01/08 - Updated guide to reflect MKV2VOB 1.52 (ff/rw now supported)
Release 1.2.1 - 17/01/08 - Added FAQ section at bottom
Release 1.2 - 17/01/08 - Added DVD copying
Release 1.1 - 17/01/08 - Fixed spelling mistakes/added some minor additions
Release 1 - 17/01/08 - "Prone to errors version" :laugh:
(the read for your own good part)
What you will need:
2. PC (decent hardware for optimal results)
3. TVersity - http://www.tversity.com/
4. MKV2VOB - http://forum.doom9.org/showthread.php?t=131782
5. CCCP - Codec pack (clean & best there is) - http://www.cccp-project.net/
I thought I'd tie this all up in a short guide to get everyone started. Reason being it's simple to enjoy your HD content and use your PS3 as a media hub (Y)
First off, I assume you have one of the following
1. 720p HD Rip (MKV) of your Movie, taken from your Blu Ray/HD-DVD disc
2. 1080p HD Rip (MKV) of your Movie, taken from your Blu Ray/HD-DVD disc
1080p has more limitations/more complicated to play than 720p, but I'll cover that in my guide.
The next thing you have to decide is will you be wanting to stream your movies, or play them natively off your PS3 hard drive?
I'll cover converting your movies first, then streaming & hard drive playback.
Converting Your Movies:
(the time consuming part)
So, let's get down to business, this is the most important part to get done properly. The PS3 has support for lots of video/audio codecs, but it is picky with containers - Throw all your Divx/Xvid content at it and it will play them natively, but sneak an MKV in it's direction and it will make you cry.
I'm not going to cover TVersity's on-the-fly transcoding as it is not recommended to use it, and to be honest a waste of your time/your HD content quality. So what we will be covering is remuxing which means changing the container from MKV to VOB/MP4/MPG/M2TS/AVI without losing any quality on the video/audio.
The program we are going to use is MKV2VOB.
It supports every MKV file out there, AC3/AAC audio as well. 720p files work 99% of the time with no transcoding, 1080p files most of the time have to be transcoded.
Nothing we can do about it just now - Progress is being made all the time on getting ALL 1080p files working on the PS3 without transcoding.
MKV2VOB (latest version 2.24)
First thing to do BEFORE converting any movies is to setup the program.
1. Make sure you are on the config tab.
2. The temp directory where the program does the converting - Make sure you have some free space.
3. Sets the preferred audio language. If this language is found in the mkv it is used, if not found, the first audio track in the mkv will be used.
4. Splits the final result file into smaller pieces. Use this if you want to burn onto a DVD or a removable hard drive (FAT32).
5. Sets whether video transcoding will be used. Some videos will not play without transcoding, mkv2vob detects this automatically. Recommended setting is Automatic.
6. Sets the extension of the output file. Does not effect codec or file format. MPG extension offers the most playback compatibility.
7. By enabling this option, if the mkv contains the desired subtitles, and the subtitle language is not the same as the audio language, subtitles will be enabled and the video will be transcoded regardless of the transcoding setting!
8. Sets the video codec to use when transcoding. Xvid files will be split in 2GB segments as the PS3 requires - I recommend you leave this on x264 for best quality/compression.
9. Miscellaneous options - Hover to find out more...
Lets move onto the actual converting now that the program is setup!
1. Make sure you are on the add file tab.
2. Choose your MKV movie.
3. Choose the output folder for your new PS3 compatible file.
4. If checked the MKV you're converting will be deleted once the job is done.
5. Click to begin the process.
6. Status bar, shows progress.
7. Textual updates here.
7. Clear/Delete from the list of jobs done.
Batch converting explanation - "Add Directory Tab"
1. Make sure you are on the add directory tab.
2. Choose your folder with MKV movie(s).
3. Choose the output folder for your new PS3 compatible file(s).*
4. Leave on default.
5. Start converting.
6. Status bar, shows progress.
7. Textual updates here.
7. Clear/Delete from the list of jobs done.
* When doing multiple movies, make sure you have adequate space in your output folder.
Now you want to know how to play the movie on your PS3? Of course you do, let's get started on the fun part! (Y)
Playing those movies through your PS3!:
(the satisfying part)
This is what it all comes down to, playing your movies through/on your PS3 on your HDTV.
You have 4 choices here - I'll cover all 4.
2. Internal PS3 hard drive
3. External USB hard drive
Streaming (send that movie through the air)
This is a fairly popular choice, as it keeps space on your PS3 hard drive free, and also lets other devices in your house benefit! (2nd PS3 anywhere? )
We are going to use TVersity.
In regards to setting TVersity up, im not going to cover that for now - There are plently of guides, and in relation to this guide we won't be transcoding any files, therefore not much has to be tinkered with in TVersity anyway. I actually believe the standard options, setup from install, are fine for our purposes.
Lets have a basic look at what you should see anyway...
1. The movie we converted earlier should be here, either drag n drop, or add with the green + button.
2. You MAY need to start the sharing if it is turned off - Tray icon will be red if off, blue if on.
Lets see TVersity in action on your PS3,
First thing you want to do on your PS3, go to Video and click Search for media server.
Your server should be found. If not, try restarting the TVersity server on your PC.
Back on the Video part of the XMB, your Media Server should be shown (ignore videos below for now, those are on my PS3 hard drive).
Navigate through the folders (Video -> My Video -> All Video) and the file you added to TVersity above should be displayed and is ready to play by hitting x!
Hard Drive Play (playing it safe)
You have three options here.
1. Copy the movie over the network through Tversity.
2. Copy the movie from an external drive (PC -> External USB Drive -> PS3).
3. Copy file from DVD.
All have the same conclusion, but have different pluses.
TVersity Copying to PS3's Internal Drive
Setup your media server in the exact same way as above, but this time once you get to your movie...
Push triangle on the file, and go to "copy"...
Voilą, the movie is copying from your PC hard drive, to your PS3 hard drive. This is fairly quick on a wired setup, and a bit slower on wireless.
USB External Drive Copying/Playing
When copying to a USB Portable Drive, your drive MUST be in FAT32 - The PS3 only reads external FAT32 drives.
Doing this works exactly like above, hovering on your movie of choice, and then pushing triangle and going to copy.
Small tip - if you plug in your external drive and it says no files found, push triangle on your drive and go to display all.
You can also just play your media files off your external drive.
You're thinking didn't I just copy this movie FROM a DVD, why would I want to do it again? :laugh:
Two simple reasons
1. To fit 2 movies on one disc (2 x 720p rips could fit on a DL DVD)
2. You don't have a USB External Drive/Don't want to wait on a file copying over the network.
Simply burn your movie to DVD and either play from the DVD in your PS3, or copying the file to your PS3 hard drive. Works with the usual method, triangle -> Copy.
Sony PSP (Remote play):
(the connectivity that lets you watch movies, anywhere!)
The first thing to do is register your PSP with your PS3. We can't do anything until we do this.
Go to settings -> remote play settings, then register device on your PS3. Push x.
Next we have a message telling us to connect our PSP to our PS3 using the USB cable you use to charge your Sixaxis/DS3, and then on our PSP to go into USB mode. Connect your PSP now,
As said above, enable USB mode as well on the PSP XMB.
Push X on the PS3, and you should see the screen above if everything has gone well. Your PSP is registered with your PS3.
If you go into the registered device list on your PS3, your PSP should be there.
Now go to remote play on your PS3.
Your PS3 will now enter remote play, and ask you to now connect your PSP to it.
Go to remote play on the PSP XMB.
Choose "Connect Via Private Network" - Seeing as right now we are in our house and within range of our PS3, we'll just connect directly to the PS3. Connecting over the internet is for when you're outside of your house (eg Airport). I'll be adding to this guide to show you how to configure that soon.
As we're within range of our PS3, we can connect directly to it. "Devine House" is my router - As I said above for now we're just focusing on remote play in our house. I'll be covering remote play on the go in the next guide update.
Your PSP will display your PS3s XMB. Familiar sight
MGS4 on PSP?! .... I wish, it doesn't work over remote play sadly.
We can now watch all the movies on our PS3!
The Simpsons Movie in action! The quality on the PSP is brilliant (Y)
If your PC is on as well, you can as you'd expect connect to the TVersity media server and watch the content on your PC on your PSP.
As I mentioned above, I'll be updating this section with a walkthrough on how to setup your router to allow your PSP to connect to it anywhere in the world where you have internet. You don't need to leave your PS3 on to do this, your router will actually turn your PS3 on for you, and then back off when you stop using remote play.
Your PS3 goes into a sleep state that uses slightly more power than standby, but far less than actually leaving it on.
(the stuff that just needs to go here)
Let's thank the authors/guys who made this possible.
3r1c (MKV2VOB) - http://forum.doom9.org/showthread.php?t=131782
TVersity crew - http://www.tversity.com
Any others who created the codecs/information needed to create this guide.
(the members of ieXbeta chip in)
- Cleaned out for version 3.0 of the guide - (New questions from now will be added here)