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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.

1. Required Files

Xmedia Recode - for converting the video to a PS3 compatible MP4 file.

Get XMedia Recode Here

2. Installation
  1. Install XMedia Recode
3. Adding your video to XMedia Recode
  1. Open XMedia Recode


  2. Drag the video you want to convert into the drop area.

  3. Make sure your video is selected. (Click on it)

4. Format Tab
  1. In the lower half, you should have the Format tab selected. Next to Profile, choose Custom.

  2. Change Format to MP4.

  3. Beneath Video Codec, change Codec to MPEG-4 AVC/H.264.

  4. 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.
5. Audio Track 1 Tab
  1. Go up to the Audio Track 1 tab and click it.

  2. If Audio Track shows AC3 or AAC, then check Audio Copy.

  3. However, if it doesn't, set Bitrate to 640


  4. 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.

  5. If your video has a second audio track, simply repeat these steps in the Audio Track 2 tab.

6. Is your video PS3 Compatible?

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:

  1. Right click your video and choose MediaInfo.


  2. 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.

  3. 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.


The video is L4.2 or lower and I do not need to make the video smaller.

The video is L5.1 and/or I do need to make the video smaller.


7. Conclusion

After you have finished creating the MP4 file, there are several ways that you can play it on the PS3.

  1. Burn it to a DVD or Dual Layer DVD
  2. Copy it to an external hard drive (File cannot be larger than 4GB due to FAT32 Filesystem Restriction)
  3. Copy it to a USB thumb drive (File cannot be larger than 4GB due to FAT32 Filesystem Restriction)
  4. Stream it to your PS3 using a media streamer such as PS3 Media Server or TVersity (No filesize restriction)
  5. 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. :-)

Frequently Asked Questions

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)

 

Comments

#51 Rober t 2013-07-19 16:42
Quoting sarah:
I'm trying to convert .h264 files from a cctv security system to mp4 so i can put them on a dvd for a court case. I tried Yamb and i can't figure it out. so i DL this software to try and it won't let me add my .h264 files to it. i can change my avi to mp4, but i don't see what good that would do... please advise. if you can't tell, i'm pretty new to this.



i have the same problem. cctv player plays the mpg fine. nothing else will. sucks..
#50 arjun 2013-03-05 10:51
goods
#49 V13NA5 2013-02-10 16:24
Thanks a lot for guiding out of confusion. Sony should reconsider its policy before its too late.
#48 Andrew 2012-12-19 05:18
MP4 and subtitles..... what a nightmare. Don't even bother, too hard.
#47 Uranova 2012-12-17 22:56
Hi!! This guide is very cool!! The instructions are very easy to understand :) I have 1 problem though... I tried converting an anime mkv video into mp4 but after the convertion, the subtitles were gone :(( Do I have to download a new subtitle file and import it? Isn't there a way to convert the subtitle from the mkv to mp4? How do I fix this? Please!! e-mail me here... uranovah@gmail.com
#46 sarah 2012-09-26 08:17
I'm trying to convert .h264 files from a cctv security system to mp4 so i can put them on a dvd for a court case. I tried Yamb and i can't figure it out. so i DL this software to try and it won't let me add my .h264 files to it. i can change my avi to mp4, but i don't see what good that would do... please advise. if you can't tell, i'm pretty new to this.
#45 Andrew 2012-09-24 17:29
Is it possible to combine subtitles in the MP4 container?
#44 happygirlbaby 2012-08-29 20:00
The following is a step by step guide on how to convert MKV to PlayStation 3 supported video format with the help of the powerful MKV to PS3 Converter at www.bigasoft.com/articles/how-to-play-hd-1080p-720p-mkv-on-ps3.html

This guide applies to:

Convert 720p MKV to PS3 supported format so as to stream 720p MKV to PlayStation 3 for playback successfully
Convert 1080p MKV to PS3 compatible format to stream and play 1080p MKV on PS3 with ease
Convert other HD MKV files to PS3 format to stream and play MKV on PS3 successfully
Convert MKV to PS3 supported format as well as add subtitle to the converted MKV video
Convert other video formats like FLV, BIK, MOV, AVI, MP4, MPG, F4V, ASF, WMV, MXF, WTV, AVCHD, VOB, DV, MOD, TOD and more to PS3 supported format for easy playback
#43 happygirlbaby 2012-08-26 20:06
The following is a step by step guide on how to convert MKV to PlayStation 3 supported video format with the help of the powerful MKV to PS3 Converter at www.bigasoft.com/articles/how-to-play-hd-1080p-720p-mkv-on-ps3.html

This guide applies to:

Convert 720p MKV to PS3 supported format so as to stream 720p MKV to PlayStation 3 for playback successfully
Convert 1080p MKV to PS3 compatible format to stream and play 1080p MKV on PS3 with ease
Convert other HD MKV files to PS3 format to stream and play MKV on PS3 successfully
Convert MKV to PS3 supported format as well as add subtitle to the converted MKV video
Convert other video formats like FLV, BIK, MOV, AVI, MP4, MPG, F4V, ASF, WMV, MXF, WTV, AVCHD, VOB, DV, MOD, TOD and more to PS3 supported format for easy playback
#42 T 2012-05-08 19:48
Thanks a ton for this. I followed this essentially step-by-step to get these videos compatible for iTunes and any iDevice. My normal route of converting the files was taking close to four hours per video since the quality is so high. Now, following this, it's only taking about six minutes per video. Much appreciated.
#41 trialNerror 2012-05-05 04:03
hey cool i did a tut for the same thing :lol:

not sure how long this process here takes but with avidemux 720p tv shows ~43min are PS3 ready in maybe 5 min from opening to closing of the prog

here's that tutorial
kat.ph/blog/trialNerror/post/579/
#40 Neil 2012-04-19 04:15
Quoting EricZ:
Heil,
Thank you very much for the detailed instruction. I am using the latest version of XMedia 3090.
The problem I have is when I choose both "video copy" and "audio copy", the XMeida just output an empty .mp4 file.
Do you have any idea of why this is happening?
Thank you.


Unfortunately, I have been having this problem as well. This has been an ongoing problem for several versions of XMedia Recode. I have sent the author of XMedia Recode e-mails telling him about the problem, but he never responds and I don't know when or if he'll fix this.

Try sending him an e-mail about the problem and he might realize the severity of the problem and do something about it.

Keep it short and sweet, though. He never responds! :sigh:

support@xmedia-recode.de
#39 EricZ 2012-04-18 15:26
Heil,
Thank you very much for the detailed instruction. I am using the latest version of XMedia 3090.
The problem I have is when I choose both "video copy" and "audio copy", the XMeida just output an empty .mp4 file.
Do you have any idea of why this is happening?
Thank you.
#38 Neil 2012-03-26 00:48
Quoting Austin:
I want to be able to play my mkv files on my ipad, so i wanted to remux them to .mp4 files. The files I have right now are 25 GB LOTR BD files. I don't want to have to actually encode the video, just repackage it. However, this program is telling me that it will take 12+ hours to do so. Is this normal for merely remuxing, or is it rencoding the video?


If you checked "Video Copy", it should not take 12 hours. It should take less than an hour. Video copy does not encode the video stream. Ensure that you're choosing "video copy". Otherwise, something is wrong and I'm not sure what it could be.
#37 Austin 2012-03-25 14:14
I want to be able to play my mkv files on my ipad, so i wanted to remux them to .mp4 files. The files I have right now are 25 GB LOTR BD files. I don't want to have to actually encode the video, just repackage it. However, this program is telling me that it will take 12+ hours to do so. Is this normal for merely remuxing, or is it rencoding the video?

You're an asshole.