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    How to play MKV content on PlayStation 3 (M2TS)



    Introduction & Requirements:

    Step 1: Download TsMuxer from the link and extract all the files to a folder using WinRAR.


    The PlayStation 3 (PS3) console does not support the MKV / Matroska container, but it will support much of the audio and video that can be stored in the MKV container. This guide assumes that the video and audio of your MKV file are H.264 / AVC and AC3 audio. For the record, DTS audio will work with this process.

    TsMuxer:

    Code:
    http://www.smlabs.net/tsMuxer/tsMuxeR_1.8.4(b).zip
    Winrar: Optional

    Code:
    http://www.rarlab.com/rar/wrar38b3.exe
    Step 2:Open TsMuxerGUI.exe

    After you have extracted all the files from WinRAR to a folder, run the TsMuxerGUI.exe file. This program is not very complicated at all but what it achieves is ground breaking for PS3 video. This process used to take quite a while, but TsMuxer automates nearly the entire process now.

    Anyway, let's get on with it. Make sure you are in the Input tab. Look at the blank Input files field, click the Add button beside this.


    tsMuxer Interface


    Step 3: Open MKV file

    Browse through your Hard Disk Drive for the folder that contains the MKV file that you want to play on the PlayStation 3 (PS3) console. Double-click it when you find it.

    TsMuxer will now take a moment to analyze the file before it shows you any streams.

    Open MKV File



    Step 4: Check Stream Information

    If the MKV file was opened successfully, you should now be able to see the type of streams that you have in your MKV file. In mine, I have H.264 / AVC video (1280 x 720) running at 23.976fps (click to enlarge picture) and AC3 5.1 audio, very nice.

    However, there is a problem. Look closely at the track info for my video. It says..

    Profile: High@5.1

    This is not good because the PS3 only supports up to Level 4.1, not 5.1. However, the fix for this is easy and built right into the tsMuxer program.

    MKV stream information



    Step 5: Change AVC video to Level 4.1

    Select the AVC stream that is set to Level 5.1 (if you have 4.1 or lower, skip this step) and you will see the options before the Tracks list changes (check my picture, click to enlarge).

    Beside the Change Level option is a box. Click it and a green tick will appear. Now click the drop-down box and select 4.1 from the list. This should ensure that the video will play correctly.


    Change AVC video to Level 4.1




    Step 6: Set to M2TS Muxing

    By default, tsMuxer is set to TS Muxing, which won't work for this process. Simply select the M2TS muxing option as I have done in my picture (click to enlarge). The option is located under Output.

    You also can now choose where to save the new M2TS file if you wish, although the default will be the same folder and filename as the original MKV, but with a .m2ts extension. This is usually fine.

    When you have done all of the above, click the Start Muxing button.

    Output = m2TS Muxing




    Step 7: The Process

    How long this process will take depends on the length of the original MKV file, and of course, it's file size. Hope that there will be no errors!

    Processing



    Finally

    I hope this short article will bring some new multimedia life to your PlayStation 3 (PS3) console.

    Last edited by dbrums; 04-13-2013 at 01:02 PM. Reason: Updating

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    http://www.videohelp.com/tools/mkv2vob

    Use this, much simpler, and faster. 2 clicks and you're done.
    It also RE-Codes some files as they wont play, now I disabled encoding and they still played fine.
    Take's about 20 minutes to extract the file.

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    Extemely nicely done tutorial. I think this should be stickied.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dazbobaby
    http://www.videohelp.com/tools/mkv2vob

    Use this, much simpler, and faster. 2 clicks and you're done.
    It also RE-Codes some files as they wont play, now I disabled encoding and they still played fine.
    Take's about 20 minutes to extract the file.
    .VOB and other MPEG 2 files have a 720p resolution limit.

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    WoW....didnt expect this to be sticky'ed! My first sticky ever....LoL

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    thanks, will use if i get a 1080p tv. for now i just use mkv2vob

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    i hve 1080p tv and i just use mkv2vob so im losing quality?! NO!! :'( but i really dont lwanna go through the hassle of making sure my video is H.264 / AVC and AC3 audio

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    What hassle? tsMuxer gives you that info when you open your mkv

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    Great guide thank you, so once the file has been extracted and code, just burn it as a data file on a DVD i take it? I have a 40G PS3 so I dont have much space to save movies.Again thank you for the easy to follow guide.

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    the latest mkvtovob is a much easier/hassle free way to do this now.

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