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September 16, 2008 // 10:48 pm - Now the PlayStation 3 is a brilliant media center as it can pretty much play any format you would ever desire and the ease of copying files combined with accessible expandable storage makes it nearly perfect. Although as you might or might not already know the PlayStation 3 can not playback the standard HD format that is .mkv.

Matroska is slowly becoming the norm for high definition content and it's a bit let down that Sony haven't supported it. Luckily there is a fairly easy work around that you can use through the process of ReMuxing.

Remuxing in this instance takes the video and audio streams and combines them into one mixed file. This means that you'll end up with a playable file but without any visible loss of quality. This file, which can be a .vob or .mpeg depending on your preference, can then be played back on your PlayStation 3 instantly. It's also incredibly quick to remux your file to this format as I've rarely waited more than a couple of minutes for a file to be generated.

What you'll need is mkv2vob which is the easiest and quickest program to use that can do this. This program is quite diverse for what is a simple program. You can produce spilt files for easier backing up and you can produce the outcome in a number of formats. mkv2vob really does the job.

My only problem is fitting content on a DVD5 but maybe an investment in a dual-layer drive would help. Nevertheless this program provides the easiest solution to this problem although you would like to think that Sony will add support sooner rather than later.

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#14 - T2D2420 - September 24, 2008 // 8:14 pm
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i think mkv2vob is the best program for converting high quality movies.

#13 - mangevil - September 24, 2008 // 3:01 am
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Are there any OS X solutions for this?

MKVtools with Leopard. But in the official web site:
and should also run on Mac OS X 10.4.x though there has only been limited testing. WARNING: Mencoder appears to have an issue with Power PC computers when trying to set the aac audio to low complexity, so mp4 encoding might not work for those users. Other functionality seems to be OK.


#12 - slammy - September 18, 2008 // 12:51 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by Neobond View Post
Are there any OS X solutions for this?

I know I've seen a converter doing mkv 2 vob for mac os x somewhere, just google it.

#11 - Neobond - September 18, 2008 // 12:54 am
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Quote Originally Posted by clotz2000 View Post
Run XP in Parallels on the Mac.

I have an iBook, PowerPC Mac.

#10 - clotz2000 - September 17, 2008 // 5:24 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by Neobond View Post
Are there any OS X solutions for this?

Run XP in Parallels on the Mac.

#9 - Neobond - September 17, 2008 // 3:42 pm
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Are there any OS X solutions for this?

#8 - slammy - September 17, 2008 // 1:17 pm
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works very good, only thing I've had a few problems with is to get the subs working on the output .vob.

If you have have a xvid you wanna add subs to use aviaddxsub, and set fourcc to DX50. works flawless

#7 - ricdee - September 17, 2008 // 12:44 pm
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Just use GOTSent its the best way of converting and it lets pick either mpg or my preference .mp4 and it will split at 4gb to allow for transfer to ps3 required fat32 disks. Top stuff.

#6 - dijitalxyz - September 17, 2008 // 10:01 am
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maybe SONY support extracted subtitles and AVC

#5 - xcalibur - September 17, 2008 // 8:25 am
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Firstly, MKV is not a "format", it's a container much like AVI and MPEG. All of these can be encoded with either x264, xvid or you name it.

MKV's advantage is that it's possible to mux it with several audio tracks simultaneously + subtitles. Nowadays Matroska is only used in the pirating industry. No major has true interest in using this not to mention Sony themself.