GamePro.com Writes: "Your PlayStation 3 can handle almost anything you throw at it. Here's how to make it the centerpiece of your home entertainment center."
Unless you are going to discuss the PS3 Media Server then the article is hardly complete. It's free and quite simply the piece of software to be had for the purpose of streaming and media conversion on the fly. http://ps3mediaserver.blogs... http://code.google.com/p/ps...
Wow Morganfell, you were right. I tried out that program you suggested, and MAN is it impressive. Finally I can watch OGMs and MKVs upconverted really well. Good tip, my friend, enjoy the bubble.
Sony doesn't come up with some addition to the XMB under settings or something that would initiate a tutorial with links to websites like the ones Morgan posted. It would be cool to have a walk-through with some narrator and links, pics and such showing just what the PS3 could do for the purchaser. I know it could be done, it's just getting Sony to know how useful it would be.
are just great .. they are free , fast , mostly compatible and can be installed on every computer easily .. i use one and it increased the amount of space for movies, musics and pictures on my ps3 from 60gb to 2tb ... it's just that great !
I'm confused as to why you say that divx is better on the 360 over the ps3. Sony has a partnership with DIVX and all official divx files play on the ps3. The ps3 itself generates a registration code for you to certify your ps3 as an official divx player. the 360 has early divx support. mainly mpeg2. so i'm confused why you would say divx is better on the 360.
You see, GamePro did two of these articles. One for PS3 and one for 360. Which is cool. Allow me to quote two of the bullet points from the 360 article. "4. Plug and play If you don't have a PC, or can't afford a larger Xbox 360 hard drive, the Xbox 360 is also compatible with a number of portable USB-powered drives. Simply plug the hard drive into your console via the USB port beneath the power ring, and your Xbox 360 should detect the drive and allow you to access the videos, photos and music stored there. This is a quick, handy function if you've got something to show to your friends. 3. Huge hard drive Most Xbox 360s come equipped with either a 20GB or (more recently) a 60GB hard drive. To really open up your storage options, you might consider purchasing a separate 120GB drive (also included with the Xbox 360 Elite model). Though these special drives are much pricier than the standard laptop HDDs used in the PS3, 120GB gives you plenty of flexibility to store music, movies, and more right on your console." Given this, you notice any, shall we say, glaring omissions from this article? Now, don't get me wrong - I'm not saying "GamePro iz teh biased," so any such madness. What I am saying is the fact that any FAT32 external USB HDD you want to plug in will work great, and any 2.5" SATA laptop HDD you want to swap your standard drive out with will also work just fine. These are two great features of anyone who also uses their PS3 as a media center, and GamePro should have probably mentioned that. Hell, even as I type this I'm watching Transporter 3 from the external HDD plugged into my PS3 (just got done watching Wanted).
I agree. Thewre really isn't any competition between these two when it comes to being a media hub. The PS3 is quite simply the full featured version with the incredibly more flexible system. I have a 320Gb drive in mine and today ordered a 500Gb model. When it arrives I will swap out the drives and drop the 320 into an external drive case for the PS3. On top of that I have over 2TB of drives on my PC. I use the PS3 media server to access those drives and it encodes files on the fly - no pre-encoding like there is with Tversity. I can play everything from .mkv movies to .flac audio files...encoded in real time.
@ all in the gamerzone. Hey, Im just the contributor ! I didn't write this up ! Tho you could just be nice and approve it for me >.>
To mention the Big feature ps3 has wich is media streaming i bought playOn media server and its convincing my paretns to get them a ps3 and Drop cable all together since it streams hulu and Netflix.
Noting that they omitted a lot of lesser known PS3 features to give the 360 more weight.
They should have started with the 360 and then moved up to the PS3. Seeing as every thing the 360 can do (regarding those things mentioned in this article), the PS3 can do more of/or better. But of coarse, to write the review that way would have openly painted the 360 as an inferior product, so we have to congratulate them on keeping face with the bank account. I noticed that he also didn't mention browser based services, which is one of the great things about the PS3. I've found a few streaming music and video sites that work fine on the PS3. Here's one that I use that features some of the latest music. It's meant for the wii but it's just as good on the PS3. http://www.finetune.com/wii
I use one of the most prominent ones that works on your PC, on my iPhone, and on the PS3: http://www.pandora.com You can set up playlists, radio stations, etc. Works great on the PS3.
Pandora works on the PS3? Oh and Morgan, you use the PS3 media server and you like it right? Is your PS3 wired to your computer or is it wireless? I've used the software for a couple months now and it lags on video files that have encoded subtitles. I'm not sure if it's because I don't have the settings right on the app or if I need to configure some other settings on my router. Btw I'm on wireless. Any tips?
I've been meaning to check this one out but keep getting side tracked by a lot of the video media I've been streaming. Thanks for the reminder... now I just need a second tv and PS3 so I can game, stream, can surf all at the same time.
Oh yes, Pandora works fine. I use the same account I have on my iPhone. My PS3 is wired. I have used it wireless as a test and had no issues. I have N-Gigabit router. Be sure to set your Transcode Buffer size (Under the Transcode Settings tab) to the max of 600 (the default is 400).
Ahh N-gigabit router. Maybe that's why. I just have an old linksys g router (w/ DD-wrt) and QoS works on and off, but not good enough to give me lag-free transcoding with the # of devices connected to the router in my house. Anyway thanks and bubbles to you morgan.
One more note, this is from the help files: The answer depends on the video type, your network configuration, and cpu power. For almost SD/DVD videos, transcode should be fine. But if you are using default settings, and willing to play HD videos (or very, very good looking SD videos) on a WiFi/CPL connection, the stuttering is normal. You'll need to set a limit to the bandwidth used by the program, in the "Transcoding Settings->Encoder settings ->Maximum Bandwidth" textbox. A value of 14, or 15 (in Mbits) is an average value for Wifi/CPL. But you can set more or less, depends on the strength of your network. Please also be advised that reducing the bitrate will stress even more your CPU. That's why, if after setting a fair value for your network, or if you are on a wired connection, stuttering still occurs, it may be caused by an old (or not shiny anymore :p) CPU. Actually a Core2Duo CPU is enough to transcode 1080p with default network/quality settings, but a P4 is the very low limit in order to play a 720p video. If you stand between these two, you can adjust the video quality settings ("Transcoding Settings->Encoder settings") and test the examples provided in the drop down (you can also play with the parameters vqscale, vqmin, etc.) It's also recommended if you are on Windows, to try the AviSynth/Mencoder trancoding engine, as you could play your videos with CoreAVC, a fast H264 decoder (see Readme for instructions). Try also to reduce the number of channels. By default the application output a 5.1 channel video, so if you switch to stereo, the transcode will be a little faster. The good behavior of the transcoder is dependent on many parameters. It's up to you to find the most adapted ones to your configuration !
morganfell Thanks m8. Changed it and my HD streaming content doesn't lag anymore:) sd was always fine. But hd, stuttered abit, i changed loads of settings etc. Tried a diff router just to be sure, same thing. But 600 seems like the magic number. Pandora i can't use. UK :( Unless i log in as US on the PS3. But then again, wouldn't it check my i.p.? Oh well i'll give it a try:)
Does anyone know why this only shows when the files are imported onto the PS3? I would like to see these clips when I download something from the PSN Store, but no dice. Do I need to switch a setting around? Morgan, any ideas?
I'm a bit disappointed with this article, I thought/hoped it would be an expose on streaming dvds/videos/HDvideo via tversity or ps3media server
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