convert mkv so it plays on ps3

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pimpincurly
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convert mkv so it plays on ps3

Post#1 » Sat Feb 09, 2013 6:39 pm

Most times when i download movies in 720p i get a mkv file. Now i want to play the mkv file on my ps3 through a usb drive but the ps3 do not support mkv and wont find the movie.
The ps3 will only play videos in mp4, mpeg, avi, divx, wmv, avchd.

After looking around a little bit it seems like the best solution to play mkv on the ps3 through a usb drive is to first convert the video to a format the ps3 supports like the ones mentioned above.

So my question is what is the format should i convert the mkv file to, to get the same or the best video quality possible?
Will the quality change? and what converter should i use?

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Re: convert mkv so it plays on ps3

Post#2 » Sat Feb 09, 2013 7:19 pm

Well, you will always have quality loss, unless you want to make a looseless format, thats about 20-30 GB or bigger.
But if you convert it to about same or bigger size you wont notish it so much, if you have a good program.
I use Any Video Coverter 5 Free http://www.any-video-converter.com/prod ... ideo_free/
It got profile for PS3, so its pretty easy to use, change the bitrate option if you want, since standard is 2000 kb/s about 1400 MB for 1:30 hour movie. But play around with it, it does a decent job, and fast if you got a nvidia card with CUDA. Also select 2 pass encoding for better quality.
When i direct you to a videohost that you can't download from, use a program like jdownloader http://jdownloader.org/download/index?s=lng_en
Else try this addon for firefox, it can download many things also. http://www.downthemall.net/
Also Internet Download Manager does a good job (IDM) http://www.internetdownloadmanager.com/

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Re: convert mkv so it plays on ps3

Post#3 » Sat Feb 09, 2013 7:52 pm

Ok thanks alot for the reply.
I will try that out, i was kind of suspecting i would loose some quality by converting but i guess i will have to live with that as long as im using this method to view my movies in mkv on the ps3.

Btw what format would you recommend converting to? mp4, mpeg or avi?

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Re: convert mkv so it plays on ps3

Post#4 » Sat Feb 09, 2013 8:10 pm

Well i dont have an ps3, but ill go with mp4 before avi. with x264 codec, mp4 should support more features than avi.
When i direct you to a videohost that you can't download from, use a program like jdownloader http://jdownloader.org/download/index?s=lng_en
Else try this addon for firefox, it can download many things also. http://www.downthemall.net/
Also Internet Download Manager does a good job (IDM) http://www.internetdownloadmanager.com/

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Re: convert mkv so it plays on ps3

Post#5 » Sat Feb 09, 2013 8:11 pm

MP4 container will preserve more integrity, me thinks, but kuko can prolly answer that better.
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Re: convert mkv so it plays on ps3

Post#6 » Sat Feb 09, 2013 8:12 pm

and he did at the time of my posting (rofl)
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Re: convert mkv so it plays on ps3

Post#7 » Sat Feb 09, 2013 8:25 pm

Here is a guide for another encoder software, maybe its better since it can output audio to 5.1 , also its directly guided for mkv to PS2.
http://www.logichaos.com/joomla/guides/ ... e-ps3.html
When i direct you to a videohost that you can't download from, use a program like jdownloader http://jdownloader.org/download/index?s=lng_en
Else try this addon for firefox, it can download many things also. http://www.downthemall.net/
Also Internet Download Manager does a good job (IDM) http://www.internetdownloadmanager.com/

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Re: convert mkv so it plays on ps3

Post#8 » Sat Feb 09, 2013 8:39 pm

Another guide for looseless copy mkv to mp4, ps3 in mind.
http://kat.ph/blog/trialNerror/post/579/
When i direct you to a videohost that you can't download from, use a program like jdownloader http://jdownloader.org/download/index?s=lng_en
Else try this addon for firefox, it can download many things also. http://www.downthemall.net/
Also Internet Download Manager does a good job (IDM) http://www.internetdownloadmanager.com/

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Re: convert mkv so it plays on ps3

Post#9 » Sat Feb 09, 2013 8:56 pm

Alright thanks alot for the guides. I will try it out.

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Re: convert mkv so it plays on ps3

Post#10 » Sun Feb 10, 2013 1:21 pm

It takes me forever to convert a mkv thats only 500mb and im not even sure if im doing it right.
I think im goin to have to stay with the standard definiton files for now and keep my fingers crossed that more movies in HD 720p will be upped in mp4 format so i can view them through my ps3 (via usb drive). smh thanks thou


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Re: convert mkv so it plays on ps3

Post#11 » Sun Feb 10, 2013 8:06 pm

i just used the divx converter that downloaded with the player, its separate from the player, i just used the mp4 ipad format and it works great, just use the screen mode option to make it fit the screen fully, also my tv is a 1080p tv, but another thing is (not sure if you know this but i just thought id add it just in case) on the video tab in the ps3, when you are on the usb press triangle and press display all and it will show the videos, mine wont unless i do that but other wise that converter works great but its not lightening fast

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Re: convert mkv so it plays on ps3

Post#12 » Tue Feb 12, 2013 12:26 pm

If youre talkin about the DivX plus converter that did not work at all for me i just get a error message that the converter wont recognize the following mkv file. And ye i know about "press triangle and display all" on the ps3, i cant view any videos from the usb unless i do that.

I did get it working thou and i would highly recommend kukomamasan's second guide posted in this thread for those who have similar problems. Really simple and fast compared to the first guide that i had some troubles with but im also a noob when it comes to this type of stuff.


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Re: convert mkv so it plays on ps3

Post#13 » Thu Feb 14, 2013 3:49 pm

i found a converter that has a ps3 format on it and its all free thats what iv been using

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Re: convert mkv so it plays on ps3

Post#14 » Thu Feb 14, 2013 6:09 pm

mach175 wrote:i found a converter that has a ps3 format on it and its all free thats what iv been using

Well plz share
When i direct you to a videohost that you can't download from, use a program like jdownloader http://jdownloader.org/download/index?s=lng_en
Else try this addon for firefox, it can download many things also. http://www.downthemall.net/
Also Internet Download Manager does a good job (IDM) http://www.internetdownloadmanager.com/

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Re: convert mkv so it plays on ps3

Post#15 » Fri Feb 15, 2013 2:58 am

The ps3 will play and does support mkv files, (not via usb though) you just have to stream them to it straight from your pc through your home network to the ps3 using (windows media player server) or (ps3 media server), its easy and its what i do all the time and don't have any issues. I can stream 1080p mkv's no probs, saves doing all the hours of that conversion crap stuff!!! (It gets old real fast!!!) ;-)

Converting reduces quality streaming does not!
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