1080i .TS hidef movies files on VLC question. Do they play smoothly?

cyberheater

Well-known Member
Just a quick question.

Has anyone got 1080i hidef .TS (mpeg2) movie files to play smoothly via VLC on any of the linux distro's?

And what combination did you use?

Thanks.
 

Billy Hunt

Member
I don't know about through Linux
But you can play them through the XMB fine.
 

Indiana Jones

Moderator
Just a quick question.

Has anyone got 1080i hidef .TS (mpeg2) movie files to play smoothly via VLC on any of the linux distro's?

And what combination did you use?

Thanks.

Linux doesnt seem to like HD files much but as Billy Hunt said they should playback through the PS3 as standard.
 

cyberheater

Well-known Member
Thanks Guys. I know that PS3 is meant to be able to play .TS files natively, i've unfortunately had no luck in getting that to work.

I'm really looking to see if anyone has managed to get 1080i .TS files to play smoothly on a linux distro via VLC.
 

Indiana Jones

Moderator
Linux isnt there yet mate, it can just about handle SD material but smooth HD playback isnt possible yet.
 

Billy Hunt

Member
Thanks Guys. I know that PS3 is meant to be able to play .TS files natively, i've unfortunately had no luck in getting that to work.

I'm really looking to see if anyone has managed to get 1080i .TS files to play smoothly on a linux distro via VLC.

I've found the PS3 is very picky about what it will play.
If there are any breaks or the file isn't perfect it will simply stop and say this file cannot be played.
I have had some limited success in playing .TS files by changing the extension to .mpg or .M2T, some times it will say unsupported data but will still play it.
If the sound is AC3 though there is no sound :(

I'm still expermenting myself hopefully somebody has a solution?
 

cyberheater

Well-known Member
Yeah, but its pretty pointless, as the XMB doesnt support more than 2 channel sound.

I, like a lot of other folks, are hoping they're going to fix that in a future firmware update.
 

kar1181

Active Member
Well it does handle more than 2 channel sound, but not in a mpeg2 transport stream, only handles it in a program stream. So you can use vlc to convert the .ts file into a mpeg2 ps and it'll work fine without any re-encoding.

If you do any capping off of sky hd though, things are encoded in h264 transportstream, a format the ps3 _really_ doesn't want to know anything about at present unless it's in a compliant mpeg4 container and even then you need to have aac audio :/
 

s4ge

Standard Member
I've just stumbled across PS3 Video 9 (http://www.redkawa.com/videoconverters/ps3video9/).

I've not had much chance to play with it yet, but it converted a couple of divx files no hassle for me - I've only tried 480p so far, but looks like it'll also create up to 1080p, I guess this is some sort of upscaling...??? Only stereo sounds by the look of it though...

Does have a neat tie in with bittorrent RSS feed and server program - so you can auto download divx via RSS, then convert and finally push onto the PS3 in time for you coming home from work :D Surely not...!!!
 

AiEri

Active Member
i hav a few mpeg-4 files and .ts file.
Both wont play on the XMB (unsupported format).

i thought the ps3 can play these type of files out of the box.

whys this?
 

Indiana Jones

Moderator
i hav a few mpeg-4 files and .ts file.
Both wont play on the XMB (unsupported format).

i thought the ps3 can play these type of files out of the box.

whys this?

The PS3 will playback MPEG-4 files but only if they are encoded in a certain way, check out a program called PS3 Video 9.
 

Buffo

Active Member
The PS3 will also play .ts files. Try and change the file extension to .mpg. Depending on the audio encoding, you may get video but no sound. To fix this you have to change the container from ts to ps. There have been other posts on this forum on how to do it, and here's a useful link:

h**p://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=801226

It's actually not much hassle and only take a few minutes to do. Some of the 1080i .ts files i've played have been excellent quality (Planet Earth, for instance), although you can still see a little blocking in the picture, but only close up.
 

cyberheater

Well-known Member
VLC playback on YDL on the PS3 isn't great as there is no access to the GPU at present.

But surely the CPU in PS3 should be strong enough to decode in software without GPU hardware support.
 

kar1181

Active Member
I don't think the problem is so much decoding the transport streams and rather in the blitting to output at that resolution.

It's like using mplayer on a pc using the x11 driver for video rather than the accelerated xv. Some low res avis work fine, and even then often losing audio sync. But try anything like a dvd let alone high def and it all comes crashing down around you.

It's like that on the PS3 there's no video display acceleration for the video so it's output to the display in an particularly inefficient manner and that makes it very slow.
 

Martos

Active Member
DOes the PS3 support H.264 natively too?

Also, do you just play the .ts files from a dvd, or do you need an external HD?
 

Indiana Jones

Moderator
DOes the PS3 support H.264 natively too?

Also, do you just play the .ts files from a dvd, or do you need an external HD?

Either will do.
 

Martos

Active Member
I thought the PS3 only supported FAT32 from USB drives, which has a max partition size of 4GB, most .ts stuff is much bigger. How do you get around this?

Also, will the PS3 play x264 natively?

Also, is it possible to get the files to play as 5.1 over optical? Everyhting I have tried only plays in stereo?
 

cyberheater

Well-known Member
Also, is it possible to get the files to play as 5.1 over optical? Everyhting I have tried only plays in stereo?

I don't know about the rest of if but the hypervisor converts 5.1 to stereo and then out to the optical point. For the life of me, I've got no idea why.
 

delboyuk2005uk

Active Member
how come when i try to transfer to my ps3 with ps3 media center i get a sign saying

Insert storage media at the save destination

what am i doing wrong?

am trying to transfer this file

Lost.S03E14.720p.HDTV.x264-CTU.mkv
 

zAndy1

Distinguished Member
How are you planning on playing that file once you've transferred it? The PS3 won't play .mkv files will it?
 

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