I was obsessed with HD playback on the PS3 ever since it was released in Europe. I tried everything, read every forum when they (or should I say we) were trying to figure out what was wrong.
Two things were key: the firmware update that enabled high profile playback in the XMB and having the certainty that x264 encoded files had the level flag set to the highest by default, when it shouldn't have been like that.
If mp4 have that limit, why not use .VOB all along? Even if it's all shady and mysterious how the PS3 is correctly able to read those streams that way, .VOB supports ac3 and all that stuff, and most files come with AC3 anyway.
Yup PS3 doesn't support level 5.1, only 4.1. These programs when remuxing the video, change to it 4.1 - One of the major issues for 1080p as well, it doesn't like having it's level changed.
Yeah VOB is the way to go, and it is what I use. People still stick with MP4 though if for whatever reason they must have ff/rw. Pause/Resume works fine on VOB, and if you're watching movies very rarely do you need to ff/rw. As I said though for whatever reason, 1.5x ff on VOB works.
With VOB one other thing I should of mentioned is, if you go to play a file and its a black screen, exit out, and press traingle on the movie and go to "play from beginning" - Just a small bug
you might come across.
The reason there is a 4gig limit is because the only filesystem/format the PS3 reads through external harddrives is FAT32
Harddrives formatted in FAT32 have a limit - files cant be larger than 4gigs
If the PS3 supported other filesystems/formats(like NTFS/HFS/ext2 blah blah) through external we wouldnt be having this issue
Correct, but wouldn't make a difference with MP4 files.
MP4 files ALSO have a 4GB play limit on the PS3 regardless of what drives the PS3 supports.
This is something thats hard to explain as people get confused, I done my best in my guide to explain it.PS3 File System - NO size limits.
HOWEVER, the PS3 will only support FAT32 formatted drives - Therefore that is a drive limit of the device you are plugging in.
Now MP4 files, they have a 4GB limit on the PS3 regardless of the file system. No one knows why, but an MP4 file over 4GB will not play on the internal PS3 hard drive.
Streaming is the only way to get an MP4 file over 4GB to play on your PS3.
Is there any way to make the PS3 automatically play the next file in the folder after the previous file has finished playing?
It seems music files do this, but not the video files.
Good question but I dont think so.
Would be useful for 2 part movies
By the way, I added a FAQ section, and im going to cherry pick the best questions you guys ask!