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270w ago - Today porfitron mailed in to let us know about the recent DivX Plus Software for Windows update, as the latest version targets the PlayStation 3 entertainment system with MKV video conversion.

The new DivX Plus Player now has DivX to Go, which will move/convert video files to a USB drive or CD/DVD disc for free... all you do is drag the video onto the PS3 icon.

The simple 5 Step outline is below, with the full guide available linked above or from HERE.

Step 1 - Download and Install the Free DivX Plus Software
Step 2 - Add your MKV video to the DivX Plus video library
Step 3 - Drag the video file to the PlayStation 3 icon
Step 4 - Follow the Transfer Wizard and Insert a USB or Disc
Step 5 - Let DivX to Go Finish, and Enjoy!

New DivX Plus Software Update Targets PS3 via MKV Conversion

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#19 - johnnyknt - 270w ago
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I have been using PS3 Video 9 but now will try MKV2VOB and compate the conversion speeds and the final file size.

Great post

#18 - porfitron - 270w ago
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I don't think that's there's any dispute that you can copy files over the network to get around the Fat32 limitation people run into doing USB transfers... I think the issue was whether or not you could play an .MKV directly, and based on your screenshot, that looks like an MPEG2 file vs. an H.264/MKV.

Either the file is already an MPEG-2 file on your computer and you're simply doing a network copy, or if the original is an H.264/MKV it's probably being served as an MPEG-2 that is transcoded on the fly during copy/playback (which is how Windows 7 serves media files to the PS3 via UPnP).

#17 - bguzmanz2 - 270w ago
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i believe him, i have irobot at 4.5gb on my ps3 and it plays fine. of course i had to send transfer the movie to the ps3 through a mediaserver since their is a 4gb limit with fat32. now i'm having a hard time taking it off my ps3.

#16 - SuperDre - 270w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by GrandpaHomer View Post
Umm - HOW exactly did you watch the MKV file DIRECTLY on PS3? There is no MKV support?

Yep, I also think he is talking nonsense.. The only thing I can imagine is that he used copy from PS3mediaserver which would propably transcode it during copying.. I also really don't believe he actually got a MKV file and played it directly on the PS3 from the XMB.

#15 - stevebull - 270w ago
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The 4gb file limit makes no differance with the ps3 since it has sequential playback, the mkv that you are converting can be split into fat32 filesize limits resulting in your film being in 2 or 3 parts but still playable on the system.

#14 - GrandpaHomer - 270w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by bluetba View Post
Yes you are right, I had this conversation with someone else, I actually took pictures of it to show it on there, I copied the file over, shutdown the pc and then made sure that the MKV file is in the "video" container on the PS3, clicked on it and watched the whole of district9 1080 without any gaps and in hd.


Umm - HOW exactly did you watch the MKV file DIRECTLY on PS3? There is no MKV support?

#13 - porfitron - 270w ago
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Lots of good info on this thread...

@Ninjazin: tsMuxer is fast, but it may not be the solution for everyone. As already brought up later on in this thread, if the resulting m2ts file is too big, you don't have a way to copy it onto the PS3 due to the fat32 file size limitation. Also, if you convert it to .divx, you can play the file not only on the PS3, but lots of other DivX Certified devices, which include name brand DVD players, Blu-Ray players, MP3 players, and HDTVs, to name a few.

@bluetba: Not everyone has or wants to run a media server (e.g. ps3mediaserver, which is awesome), so again, this offers an easy alternative to those that want to play videos directly off the USB drive or copy them onto the PS3's hard disk.

@Neo Cyrus: As for inputs, DivX to Go will accept .mkv, .divx, .avi, .mp4, .m4v, .mov, .wmv, .asf, .mts, .m2ts, .rmvb and more because the DivX Plus Player can leverage directshow as well.

@thedoginthewok: We actually love the MKV container! DivX has a hardware certification called DivX Plus HD (MKV/H.264/AAC), which we would love to do for the Sony PlayStation 3, since it's already DivX Certified, so all they would have to do is update the firmware and let us test it like we did for them before. DivX Plus HD would bring MKV support to the PS3, as well as introduce other advanced format features that DivX Plus can offer (e.g. smooth FF/RW, font optimization for subtitles...). You should hit up @SonyPlayStation and ask them for DivX Plus HD in an update, since we're ready to go!

In the meantime, I hope some of you find our free software useful, since we know it may not be for everyone, but it doesn't hurt to try

#12 - Pretikewl - 270w ago
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The PS3 can hold files larger than 4gb. The problem is, the external media you need to use to put it on the PS3 generally doesn't work because of Fat32 formatting. The solution you ask?

Use a free media server to transfer it to your PS3. I use Tversity. There's other free one's out there though. PS3 Media Server (PMS) comes to mind as well.

You can use these to stream video to your PS3, but if you have the extra space, I find just straight copying it to the PS3 hd works best.

#11 - BakaEcchi - 270w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by sika View Post
Don't ps3's have a Fat/Fat32 Hdd with around a 4gb file size limit, so what your saying is not possible?

Thats right, but only for extern HDDs. The intern HDD is not in FAT/FAT32, its in a different Ext-Format, without the 4GB file size limit.

EDIT: too slow and didn't see page 2 -.-

#10 - Kellog - 270w ago
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PS3 internal HDD has it's own disc format and has no 4GB file size limitation. Only the external HDD has this limitation (when using FAT32).