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03 November 2011 @ 12:41 pm
So behind on posting...  
So after having my PS3 for years (well, after having _a_ PS3 for years. This is my second one after the first one died.) i finally got around to figuring out how to use my computer as a media server. It took a couple minutes of searching for a guide and flipping a couple settings on my computer, though i have a vague impression it's a bit harder if you're not using Windows 7.

Of course then there was figuring out how to add stuff to Windows Media Player. It seems there's no way to add individual files for streaming? I have to select a specific folder and everything in that folder tree will be automatically added? Kinda annoying.

So what prompted get around to it after all this time? I wanted to watch Megamind. For the fifth or sixth time. But i wanted to use my computer for something else at the same time and the copy on our DVR is missing the first 10 minutes :)
 
 
 
Kirin: Gankutsuou-SDcountkirinn on November 3rd, 2011 08:53 pm (UTC)
This is pretty much the way I watch anime (and other TV I guess) all the time now. I use a program called, inventively, "PS3 Media Server", which I think is cross-platform. It also does the "point it at a folder" thing (though you can also point it at multiple folders), but then it lets you browse the hierarchical file system from there on the PS3.
受け継がれる意志: Moss-computer :{clock_hasty}:doctorskuld on November 3rd, 2011 11:33 pm (UTC)
If you don't want to stream over your home network, you can also put the files on a USB and play them directly from your PS3 that way. It doesn't work for MKV files, but I think XVID, MPEG-2, MP4, and H264 files work.
Kirin: Skuld-computerkirinn on November 4th, 2011 01:33 pm (UTC)
I used to do that, but it can be super picky about which exact codec versions it'll play, plus it seems like everybody want to use MKV for fannish stuff these days. The big advantage of the media server I'm using is it'll transcode on the fly into a format the PS3 likes. Which does eat a pretty hefty amount of processor if the original video in any decent resolution, but it's worked pretty well since I last upgraded my desktop a few years ago.
DonAithnendonaithnen on November 5th, 2011 11:17 pm (UTC)
But getting up and walking two feet across the living room to plug in a USB drive is soooo much work! *whines* ;)