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25 November 2011 @ 08:05 pm
I <3 VLC  
I love the VLC player. I remember the days before the days of codec hell before the VLC player, quite well now in fact.

The only downside to VLC is that it is _not_ the default media player for Windows, which means it is not the program that the PS3 talks to when looking for media servers.

I just spent a little over two hours...

1: Installing the Divx codecs so Windows Media Player could read mkv files
2: Getting WMP to actually realize it could now read mkv files
3: Installing the AC3 filter like Divx said i ought to when some of my mkv videos didn't have any audio, which didn't work.
4: Using VLC to discover the files in question were using FLAC for their audio component.
5: Installing the Xiph codec to handle the flac part, which didn't work
6: Installing the K-Lite Mega pack to handle the flac part, which didn't work
7: Installing the x64 version of K-Lite to handle the flac part, which worked!!!
8: Realizing that it only worked if i right-clicked the file and ran "open with" and selected the _second_ WMP listing, not the first, and _not_ if i ran WMP from the Start menu
9: Figuring out that the second WMP in the "open as" list was the x64 version, while the Start menu version was x86
10: Running several registry hacks to change the Start menu WMP link to the x64 version

After all that, mkv files show up in Windows Media Player, and all the ones i've tested so far have both video and sound.

...and still doesn't have any sound when i play it on the PS3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I guess the PS3 uses the x86 version regardless of what i have the default set to on my machine? Or there's something else screwy? I don't know, but i think i'm giving up on it for tonight, perhaps i'll work on it some more tomorrow =P
Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated
受け継がれる意志: Moss-computer :{clock_hasty}:doctorskuld on November 26th, 2011 04:49 am (UTC)
Have you ever tried using the Windows Media Player Classic that's available at SourceForge? By far the most comprehensive media player that has the most transparent and most comprehensive codec control. Way, way, way better than VLC. It supports just about everything. I've never had any trouble doing just about anything with it.

Also, I'm pretty there are windows options somewhere in whatever OS you're running that let you set the default player for certain filetypes. That can't be that hard to find.
DonAithnendonaithnen on November 26th, 2011 04:54 am (UTC)
I think that was actually an option as part of the K-Lite codec package, but i didn't bother to install it. VLC does everything i want though, so unless Windows Media Player Classic allows you to replace Window Media Player is the streaming service for Windows 7/PS3 it won't help me much.

And yeah, i know how to set file associations in Windows, that wasn't the hard part, it was getting the codecs to actually work with WMP that took the vast majority of the time.
受け継がれる意志: Franziska :{dokuji_graphics}:doctorskuld on November 26th, 2011 04:59 am (UTC)
On my computer, I actually uninstalled the default WMP and replaced it with WMP Classic. I think in the PS3 streaming program, you can set what decoder it uses by default, right? Which one are you using? It's also been a while since I've fiddled with those, since instead of streaming to my PS3, I usually just plug a stick in.

Most people I know use VLC, but I've had bad experiences with it displaying subtitles incorrectly and whatnot. WMP Classic is awesome because it lets me control just about every aspect of the video decoding and display process.
DonAithnendonaithnen on November 26th, 2011 05:09 am (UTC)
If there's a way to set the decoder on the PS3 end i'd love to hear where it is, i can't find it under any of the usual settings places. Everything i've read so far says that tricky part is configuring the Windows end of the system to get the videos to show up in the media center.

Since the videos are showing up but i'm not getting any audio on the PS3 end i don't know for sure if the problem is with WMP not handling the audio properly, or if the PS3 is trying to play the FLAC component directly and just failing. I'll look into that more later.
Kirin: Skuld-computerkirinn on November 26th, 2011 04:40 pm (UTC)
http://www.ps3mediaserver.org/ pretty much just works for me. Has Windows and Linux builds too, comes with its own codecs built in, transcodes for PS3 on the fly. Only issue I had with the latest build was I had to turn off the ASS/SSA subtitles option, which for some reason were making the PS3 think the transcoded files were incompatible. And crank the output video quality down because I'm streaming over Wifi, but you wouldn't have to if you were going over ethernet.
DonAithnen: OmgPonies!donaithnen on November 26th, 2011 05:18 pm (UTC)
ZOMG! Setting that up was about ten billion times easier than the crap i was dealing with last night! It even handles subtitles automatically! (I didn't even have to turn off the ASS/SSA thing, don't know why.) Thank you!!!!!!!
Kirin: Gankutsuou-SDcountkirinn on November 27th, 2011 03:32 pm (UTC)
Sweet. Glad it worked for you.