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playing MKV on a PS3?

Posted: Sat Jan 10, 2009 8:58 pm
by NeMeSiS_tm
Is ist possible to play MKV Files (HD movies in a MKV Container, some 720p some 1080p) with a Playstation 3 (actual Firmware) by streaming with the TwonkyMedia 5 Software (or maybe an other uPnP AV Software?)

NeM

Re: playing MKV on a PS3?

Posted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 10:59 pm
by Aikidoka
Working on this myself. As soon as I can figure out transcoding for ogg files I will try with mkvs also. Please post if you find the solution.

Re: playing MKV on a PS3?

Posted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 6:43 pm
by gosi
nope as the PlayStation3 doesn´t support mkv´s so without transcoding this is not going to fly. Also the PS3 doesn´t support DTS audio besides if its on a disc like DVD / BluRay -> also have to recode sound.
I wonder if TVersity works for that, as it supports transcoding based on the client, but you would have to test for that. You certainly need a damn fast computer/cpu for that, since transcoding HD content is goging to hog your cpu :evil:

The other solution: you can convert your mkvs to other format, usually without transcoding the video (equals in: not taking much time) so your PS3 understands it natively and then it also works with Twonky. Google for mkv2vob.

Re: playing MKV on a PS3?

Posted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 6:45 pm
by gosi
almost forgot: there is a little spark in the dark: DivX 7 will come with MKV support, so if Sony ever decides to also get DivX 7 certification, they will prolly also support MKV. Anyhow, Sony did neither commit to DivX 7 nor to also include MKV support.

Re: playing MKV on a PS3?

Posted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 9:11 pm
by NeMeSiS_tm
Its Possible.

There exist's a Media Server with can "on the fly" transcode MKV.

Re: playing MKV on a PS3?

Posted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 11:42 pm
by Aikidoka
Yes, there was one posted in this thread a little over a week ago. Seems somebody has removed the related posts.

Re: playing MKV on a PS3?

Posted: Wed Jan 21, 2009 6:00 am
by sjm
Ditto on mkv2vob http://forum.doom9.org/showthread.php?t=131782 works really well. Convert the MKV to another format. I use m2ts since its a "Sony" standard and will likely be supported well on a PS3. It is very easy to convert and very fast as well.

Re: playing MKV on a PS3?

Posted: Wed Jan 21, 2009 2:07 pm
by NeMeSiS_tm
Its not really funny if you have already more then 20 movies in a mkv container. AND its "work" if there exists a possibility to watch mkv files without converting everybody would be happier :-) (and there is a solution, but i can't post it on the Twonky media Forum *g*)

Re: playing MKV on a PS3?

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2009 12:00 pm
by gosi
Well of course there are servers that can transcode on the fly, but first of all you need a quite decent cpu, so for a media server running on a NAS that will not work and also you specifically asked if it was possible with TwonkyMedia Server ;)

Re: playing MKV on a PS3?

Posted: Fri Jan 23, 2009 4:59 pm
by NeMeSiS_tm
Yes, i asked if its possible with Twonkymedia, but a alternative is always usefull because everybody who owns a PS3 and wana watch movies owns also a PC and not only a NAS (how else should he get the movies to the nas?)
quite decent... I use a Athlon X2 4400+ for the transcoding. works fine.

TwonkyMedia Team: It would be grad if you could implement transcoding for PS3

Re: playing MKV on a PS3?

Posted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 8:30 pm
by TwinMoonsAnime
Twonky can't stream mkv's, but this can:

http://code.google.com/p/ps3mediaserver/

In fact, the above server can stream a ton of other formats including ISO images of DVDs with subtitle support. Currently I have it installed with Twonky on the same server without any problems.

It also generates thumbnails for all of your videos on the fly and does NOT require a folder.jpg file for the thumbnail. You don't even have to have the videos in separate folders. This is one feature that I would love to see in Twonky, but we've seen no progress in that direction. But then again, the above server is targeted only at the PS3 whereas Twonky supports many other media renderers such as the XBOX360, Roku, etc.

Re: playing MKV on a PS3?

Posted: Thu Mar 26, 2009 8:42 am
by windbell
Here is a tutorial about how to convert mkv files to play on PS3, hope it helps:)

Re: playing MKV on a PS3?

Posted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 5:16 pm
by flynn
noone has transcoding of MKV working with twonky yet?

Re: playing MKV on a PS3?

Posted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 5:46 pm
by flynn
isn't the whole point of 5.x to allow transcoding?
isn't MKV transcoding a key use case for PS3?

how can twonky not be jumping on this demand.... they can obsolete some of these converters (and from this thread you can tell there are plenty of them).

Re: playing MKV on a PS3?

Posted: Thu Apr 09, 2009 7:15 am
by wenling85
no,.since mkv is not supported by ps3. Just change the mkv to mp4 and then put it to ps3.
check it out here.
http://www.hd-dvd-ripper.net/video-converter.html#139

Re: playing MKV on a PS3?

Posted: Wed Feb 03, 2010 1:41 am
by dataCore
whats the current status of this topic? I want to change from PS3 MediaServer to Twonky (reason: stability problems with the ps3ms) and the mkv filetype is very importent.

I have a good machine which can transcode mkv's on the fly without problem (iQuadCore Q9400/8GB Ram). I just need a programm/extension to twonky which can do that...

any help?

PS: convert mkv's is no solution!

Re: playing MKV on a PS3?

Posted: Thu Feb 11, 2010 1:31 pm
by Mooncat
Came Looking on here for some answers to my MKV, MyBook World - PS3 problems

Running 2 x MyBookworld and want to play MKV's from them on a PS3, dont want to have to start installing new Media streaming software onto them when Twonky's already on

Was hoping for an update from Twonky for MKV support

Re: playing MKV on a PS3?

Posted: Wed Mar 17, 2010 7:39 am
by ogre_x
I tried this yesterday on my Linux server:

Created a symlink to ffmpeg into cgi-bin
Checked the box in the web GUI to transcode video to MPEG

Created ffmpeg-mkv-mpg.desc

Code: Select all

exec: ffmpeg -i $infile -vcodec mpeg2video -b 4096k -r 25 -acodec copy -f mpegts $outfile
# capabilities
from=video/x-matroska
to=video/mpeg
asynchronous
priority=idle


This seems to work, i.e. I can play the files, but no fast forward or pause is possible. I'm new to the transcoding engine in Twonkymedia 5, so the asynchronous/priority part I'd like to get explained.

Re: playing MKV on a PS3?

Posted: Thu Mar 18, 2010 9:01 pm
by ogre_x
I just found out the hard way that you cannot run twonkymedia with the -D option because ffmpeg won't start then. The server freezes and the PS3 goes nuts.

flac transcoding works though.

[SOLVED] playing MKV on a PS3?

Posted: Thu Mar 18, 2010 10:28 pm
by ogre_x
Ok, so if I start twonkymedia WITHOUT -D it works!

ffmpeg.location

Code: Select all

/usr/bin


ffmpeg-mkv-mpeg.desc

Code: Select all

exec: ffmpeg -threads 2 -i $infile -vcodec mpeg2video -sameq -acodec copy -f vob -copyts -y $outfile
# capabilities
from=video/x-matroska
to=video/mpeg
asynchronous
priority=idle


While it's transcoding you can't pause or fast forward, but the second time it uses the cached mpeg-file and you are in full control.

Re: playing MKV on a PS3?

Posted: Tue Jun 22, 2010 10:43 am
by tcviper
And that is on the fly transcoding?

Re: playing MKV on a PS3?

Posted: Wed Jun 23, 2010 9:15 am
by ogre_x
Yes. However I can't get on-the-fly transcoding to work on 6.0 with the same settings I described above for 5.1. Has anyone succeded in that with Twonky 6.0?

Re: playing MKV on a PS3?

Posted: Wed Jun 23, 2010 9:18 am
by tcviper
You saying no other settings have to be enabled except that file needs to be in there for on the fly transcoding?

Re: playing MKV on a PS3?

Posted: Wed Jun 23, 2010 9:19 am
by ogre_x
For 5.1, yes, that's what I did. For 6.0 it doesn't work at all for me.

Re: playing MKV on a PS3?

Posted: Wed Jun 23, 2010 9:46 am
by tcviper
Strange... i also think Twonky themselves should help with this, specially since we are all paying customers, the least thing they could do is built in MKV on the fly transcoding support :(

Re: playing MKV on a PS3?

Posted: Fri Jul 29, 2011 5:28 pm
by notzippy
[quote="tcviper"]Strange... i also think Twonky themselves should help with this, specially since we are all paying customers, the least thing they could do is built in MKV on the fly transcoding support :([/quote]

I agree - where is the support for MKV ?

Re: playing MKV on a PS3?

Posted: Fri Jul 29, 2011 9:49 pm
by Twonky_Rick
TwonkyServer streams some types of MKV files without problems. Most playback issues are the result of the client and not the server. Based on what I've read the PS3 cannot play MKV files.

Transcoding will probably help with this. Although it's possible today with TS 6.x, setup isn't that easy. TS 7.0 will include built-in trancoding which should help with some MKV files and devices like the PS3.

- Rick

Re: playing MKV on a PS3?

Posted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 3:27 pm
by estockda
[quote="TMM_Product_Manager"]TwonkyServer streams some types of MKV files without problems. Most playback issues are the result of the client and not the server. Based on what I've read the PS3 cannot play MKV files.

Transcoding will probably help with this. Although it's possible today with TS 6.x, setup isn't that easy. TS 7.0 will include built-in trancoding which should help with some MKV files and devices like the PS3.

- Rick[/quote]

Playstation 3 can play most of the video content in mkv files but doesn't support the MKV container. So it is remuxed into an MP4 container. Further, sometimes it can't handle the audio (if you don't have a DTS setup).

Would it be possible for Twonky to remux the files on-the-fly (not transcode it as that can be too processor intensive) and, if necessary, transcode just the audio (which is a lot less than doing the video/whole file)? Also, it would only need to do this when a PS3 is requesting the file, as other media boxes support MKV.

(Background: I have a PS3 and a WD TV Live Plus. The latter supports MKV so it's kind of annoying to have to remux MKVs just for my PS3 when the WD plays them fine)

To me that is would be a killer feature for Twonky to separate itself from the pack of media servers.

Re: playing MKV on a PS3?

Posted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 6:42 pm
by Twonky_Rick
I'm passing on your feature request to the server team. If they have a response, I'll post it here.

- Rick

Re: playing MKV on a PS3?

Posted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 3:56 am
by frekovea
bump. any news??

Re: playing MKV on a PS3?

Posted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 7:30 pm
by Twonky_Rick
I have not received a response yet. Everyone is really busy right now.

- Rick