How to Convert Video Files to PS3 Format

by Leighton Sawatzky

The Playstation 3 (PS3) plays many video file formats, but it doesn't support every format. If you want to play a video file on your PS3, it must be encoded in a format the PS3 reads. There are a number of video conversion programs available that convert video files to PS3-supported formats. Xvid4PSP, tsMuxeR and MP4 Converter are three options. Xvid4PSP is the simplest to use, while tsMuxeR is more technical. MP4 Converter uses a familiar Windows-style interface.

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Download and install a video conversion program. See the Resource section for links.

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Open your chosen conversion program.

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Load the video file into the conversion program. In tsMuxeR, click the "Input" tab at the top of the window, then click the "Add" button on the right side. The "Add file" button in MP4 Converter is at the left side of the blue bar near the top of the window. In Xvid4PSP, click the "Open" button at the top of the window. Browse to the file you want to convert and double-click it.

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Set your video output format to AVI in Xvid4PSP by clicking the "Format" drop-down menu and selecting "AVI." If you're using tsMuxeR, click the "MT2S muxing" option in the "Output" box. In MP4 Converter, select the file from the main window, click the "Profile" drop-down menu and select any format from the list that ends in .mp4 or .avi.

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Click the "Encode" button in Xvid4PSP, or the "Start muxing" button in tsMuxer to convert the video file to a PS3-supported format. Click the "Convert" button in MP4 Converter's blue toolbar, if you're using that program.

Tips

  • check Your computer may become sluggish or unresponsive while converting the video files. This is normal. Converting video files is a memory-intensive process.
  • check Install a video codec pack before converting your video files to make sure your computer is decoding the files properly. See the Resource section for links.

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About the Author

Leighton Sawatzky began his writing career in 2008 as a writer and editor for the research magazine "Conscientia." After earning his Bachelor of Arts in communications, he went on to earn a Master of Arts in philosophy at Trinity Western University.

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