This guide has been updated to use XMedia Recode. XMedia Recode greatly reduces the time it takes to convert MKV to MP4 and even allows you to convert those pesky non PS3 compliant MKV files to compatible MP4 files. If you would like to see the original guide which I have labeled (obsolete), go here.
This guide shows you how to convert an MKV video to an MP4 file with AC3 5.1 Surround audio so that it can be played on either your PS3 or the PC.The plan is to take an MKV file that you downloaded off the internet and convert it to an MP4 file with very little quality loss or no quality loss.
Xmedia Recode - for converting the video to a PS3 compatible MP4 file.
- Open XMedia Recode
- Drag the video you want to convert into the drop area.
- Make sure your video is selected. (Click on it)
- In the lower half, you should have the Format tab selected. Next to Profile, choose Custom.
- Change Format to MP4.
- Beneath Video Codec, change Codec to MPEG-4 AVC/H.264.
- Beneath Audio Track 1, change Codec to AC3 and do the same for Audio Track 2.
Note: We will be skipping the video tab and then come back to it later. We need to do some other things first before we can start changing things in the Video Tab.
- Go up to the Audio Track 1 tab and click it.
- If Audio Track shows AC3 or AAC, then check Audio Copy.
- However, if it doesn't, set Bitrate to 640
- Beneath the Audio Column, check to see how many channels your video is. If it says 1 Channel, choose Mono. If it says 2 Channels, choose Stereo. If it says 6 Channels, choose 5.1.
- If your video has a second audio track, simply repeat these steps in the Audio Track 2 tab.
This is where you come to a crossroads and must make a choice. But first, we need to figure out if your video is PS3 compatible.. In other words, does video need to be re-encoded? To find out:
- Right click your video and choose MediaInfo.
- You need to decide if you plan on burning your movie to a DVD. If you do, you need to know if it will fit on the DVD with its current file size.
Next to File size,
If the filesize is 8,147MB or smaller, then it will fit on a dual layer DVD.
If the filesize is 4,482MB or smaller, then it will fit on a regular single layer DVD.
If your video is larger than the kind of DVD you plan to burn it to, then you will need to re-encode your movie. If you don't plan on burning it to a DVD, there is still one other thing we need to check before we can rule out whether you need to re-encode your movie.
- Next to Level,
If it says 4.2 or lower and you do not plan to resize your video so that it fits on a DVD, then your video does not require reconversion.
If it says 5.1, then you will, without a doubt need to re-encode your movie. 5.1 is a spec that is too high for the PS3 to play and will result in a black video when you attempt to play it on your PS3.
After you have finished creating the MP4 file, there are several ways that you can play it on the PS3.
- Burn it to a DVD or Dual Layer DVD
- Copy it to an external hard drive (File cannot be larger than 4GB due to FAT32 Filesystem Restriction)
- Copy it to a USB thumb drive (File cannot be larger than 4GB due to FAT32 Filesystem Restriction)
- Stream it to your PS3 using a media streamer such as PS3 Media Server or TVersity (No filesize restriction)
- Copy it to your PS3's harddrive and play it directly from the PS3 (No filesize restriction)
If you have any questions or problems or comments of praise, please leave a comment below. :-)
Q. Can the PS3 play MP4 files larger than 4GB?
A. Yes. However, it depends what you are trying to play the MP4 file from. The PS3 can play files larger than 4GB directly from its internal harddrive, however it cannot play files larger than 4GB from an External Harddrive formatted with the FAT32 filesystem, or a USB thumb drive (for the same reason). You can play the MP4 file from a Dual Layer DVD or you can Stream it to your PS3 using a media streamer such as the PS3 Media Server or TVersity.
Last Updated (Thursday, 28 October 2010 22:55)