Playing video files on a PS3

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  1. Knightdramon

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    I've had my 80GB PS3 for about two years now but just recently got an HDMI cable. So naturally I'm all for finding and watching the highest definition files I can find for whatever I want to watch.

    I'm trying to watch a video file at the moment, [my computer is too old to play 720p files] so I used a USB flash drive to transfer it on my PS3. The console recognizes the flash drive but cannot view the video file. It was an mkv file that I later changed to an avi, but it still can't see it.

    Am I doing something wrong or am I so illiterate when it comes to console software that this can't actually be done? I still haven't tried to hook my USB Hard disk drive to the PS3 to check what files the software can read.
     
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    PS3™ | Types of files that can be played

    I would just get some converter software with PS3 as a conversion option. It sucks having to go by specific guidelines when doing a manual conversion, so it's nice to have a program that'll do it for you.

    Btw, just a heads up:

    Ps3 has so much bullshit going on with DRM that you never know when you're going to [ly a video and 20 minutes in it stops and gives you some bullshit copyright message. Because of this, I started just streaming from my computer. My previous computer was just like yours, where I couldn't play HD video on it, but it worked fine as a server man. The ram needed to stream is minimal.

    Seamless streaming, no file conversions, and no bullshit DRM messages. Most files Will stream with no problem straight out, but for everything else, use TVersity which converts them while streaming.

    That's just my two cents though, but hopefully this helps with whatever you're going for.
     
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    What you want to get is a piece of software called MKV2VOB. It does the conversion properly and the PS3 should play it fine. Also, if your ps3 and PC are on the same network, you can get tversity which will stream your files to your ps3 so you don't have to use a flash drive.
     
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    Insert the USB drive and scroll over to it under Video. then press the triangle button, then "view all". You'll see everything listed and just select the AVI to play it. Just selecting the USB drive will show it as blank.
     
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    This was my problem when it came to playing video files
     
  6. Knightdramon

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    A combination of MKV2VOB and pressing triangle on the USB menu worked for me. Wonders, just wonders my good people.

    Thank you all!
     
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    This is a very very noobish question, but is ps3 able to play video files off of dvd-r's or cd-r's? Cousin has a wedding video on disc and rather than playing on computer, i'd rather watch it on ps3 if possible
     
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    I've had nothing but frustrating times trying to get my extremely large cartoon/fansubbed anime collection to play on my ps3. even with them in .avi/.mp4 format, only about 1/3 of them will actually play/be recognized by the system. then, even after letting programs try to convert them at what seems like 1:1 speed, they often still don't work.
     
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    I feel like such a noob for not understanding this
     
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    Yes. All of my Transformers Animated S3 episodes are in a Bluray as files. I stream them from the disc loaded in my PS3.

    It's always a good idea to copy big movie files to your PS3 instead of trying to view them from the USB stick. I watched all of Game of Thrones is ridiculously nice HD, but when I tried to play them off the USB, I got occasional hickups. It was all better when I copied them over.
     
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    Instead of using a separate program to convert files, use ps3mediaserver to stream videos from your computer to your PS3. Some files will stream easily, but others like .MKV files will be transcoded as they're streamed and necessitate a good connection, preferably wired from PS3 to router. It's a free solution, though, and updated constantly with a wide-variety of file formats supported (it plays almost everything).
     
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    As long as the file is put in a folder named VIDEO, you should have no issues with the flash drive. I've been transferring things this way forever and rarely had a problem. If it is not recognized, it is not a supported format.
     

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