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Old Jan 18, 2009, 08:02 AM   #1
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Default PS3 - Moving large media files

I watch a lot of mkv TV shows on my PS3 but I'm going to start using files that are over 4GB. I've been just moving the 1-2GB shows over over to my PS3 via a thumb stick. Since the PS3 doesn't read NTFS and Windows won't move a file over 4GB in size to a FAT32 drive, I need to find a new way of doing things.

So, really I just ideally just need a way to move files directly to the PS3 via the home LAN. If I understand it right, TVersity is the most popular way to do it. I downloaded TVersity and started to install it, but stopped at the part where it tells you, you have to turn off UAC. It's maybe weird but I like the UAC being on even though it's annoying.

I just wanted to check - is TVersity going to be my only or best choice?

I tried media file streaming with my 360 a long time ago, but the files weren't 1080p files. I think they were 720p. What I noticed was sometimes there would be little skips and if you fast forwarded for awhile the screen would pause for a couple of seconds before it started again. Maybe I need to give streaming another shot? I really like the files being read off the PS3's HDD though.

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Old Jan 18, 2009, 09:06 AM   #2
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Cant you just load linux on to the PS3 and move the files over the network to the HDD?
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I watch a lot of mkv TV shows on my PS3 but I'm going to start using files that are over 4GB. I've been just moving the 1-2GB shows over over to my PS3 via a thumb stick. Since the PS3 doesn't read NTFS and Windows won't move a file over 4GB in size to a FAT32 drive, I need to find a new way of doing things.

So, really I just ideally just need a way to move files directly to the PS3 via the home LAN. If I understand it right, TVersity is the most popular way to do it. I downloaded TVersity and started to install it, but stopped at the part where it tells you, you have to turn off UAC. It's maybe weird but I like the UAC being on even though it's annoying.

I just wanted to check - is TVersity going to be my only or best choice?

I tried media file streaming with my 360 a long time ago, but the files weren't 1080p files. I think they were 720p. What I noticed was sometimes there would be little skips and if you fast forwarded for awhile the screen would pause for a couple of seconds before it started again. Maybe I need to give streaming another shot? I really like the files being read off the PS3's HDD though.

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Are you using wired or wireless networking?
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Old Jan 18, 2009, 10:22 AM   #4
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I have no other need for Linux. It seemed like a chore to deal with setting it up just to copy files.

I did find out a couple of things. If you go into the properties of the Tversity install package, you can set it up to run in XP compatibility mode and to run as the Admin. After you do that, it will not complain about turning off the UAC while it's installing. And it works perfectly with the UAC on after it's installed.

I didn't pay much attention to anything during the install and used default selections. Except there was two check boxes where it wanted to install the ASK tool-bar and set that site as my default homepage. I only had to do one of other thing. On one of my two PS3's the "Media Server" selection under network settings was turned off and I had to enable it.

Both PS3's see the shared video folder without me doing anything else. And when a video file was highlighted I could use the triangle buttons for options to copy the file.

Streamed files (even 1080p) looked perfect during playback. The only flaw is with fast forwarding if the file is streamed there are very long delays where the PS3's aren't getting the information fast enough. I'd say streaming is perfectly fine unless you need to fast forward a bit.

Sweet. It was really easy and I almost didn't have to do any thinking at all.

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Are you using wired or wireless networking?
One of my PS3's is wired, the 2nd one is wireless. I can't tell any difference in the streaming performance between them.
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Old Jan 18, 2009, 11:15 AM   #6
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I use hfs - http file server - it's fast and no problem at all with size limitation (search google). You can save to ps3 hard drive or watch directly from hfs.
There is a big difference between wired and wireless - I use a gigabit ethernet (wired) and it's fast - approx 22~25MB/s (megabytes/sec) or 180Mb/s (megabits/sec).

edit : http://www.rejetto.com/hfs/

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