Archive for the ‘ps3’ Category

It’s a MKV to PS3 MP4 Christmas

December 25, 2008

Having some time, motivation and being the Holidays, I decided to do some more work on my MKV to PS3 MP4 script; I implemented my large file support tutorial. So, no more fiddling with the command-line getting things to work (expect for running the program itself… for now).

This marks a milestone in the scripts development. So, instead of having revision numbers, we’ve finally reached version 0.1. It can be downloaded here.

Hope you like your gift. Have a happy holidays.


MKV (h264) File to PS3 MP4 Scripted (Updated 2008-12-25)

October 19, 2008

For the past little while I’ve been scripting my first tutorial and over the past little while its worked. It has advantages over other scripts that I’ve seen such as, proper identification of the video track and its FPS. I’ve also compensated for ffmpeg’s multiple naming of the aac codec name and taken this whole process off the command line into the realm of the GUI.


Resistance: Fall of Man On Superhuman

June 30, 2008

When I first ran into Resistance: Fall of Man, I was a little sceptical. I saw some footage, and picked up the box in the store. But, still on the edge. What tipped me to buying it was that it was made by Insomniac Games. Those guys just know what they’re doing, so how badly could they mess it up. Well, they didn’t. Resistance: Fall of Man is a great game and I’m eagerly waiting the second instalment.

But, the reason for this post is just a little bit of chest beating. I beat the thing on the most difficult difficulty setting: Superhuman. Rather tough in parts, but Hard prepared me fairly well. Quite frankly, I was surprised just how easy the final fight was.

Now if only Sony would have reasonable information requirements when signing up for on-line play. Call me paranoid, but I’m not giving them my physical address. American corps have too tragic of a history dealing with people’s private data for me to give that up to them. Especially given the new “laws” in the US and the fact that they don’t need it. If they want my physical location enough to pick the closest server they can geo-locate from my IP address.

Large MKV (h264) File to PS3 MP4

June 7, 2008

This is pretty much an addendum to my previous tutorial on the subject.

Unfortunately, the PS3 doesn’t support 64-bits for large files. So, transcoding to something else was what I used to do for files larger than 4G. Which is rather slow on my older computer. Finally getting somewhat irritated with this, I did some poking and found out about mkvmerge. This is the my solution.


The Cell B.E. System Simulator on a Cell B.E. System

May 2, 2008

There are those of us that still only have a 32-bit system. Though there is an i386 version, there is a lack of a 32-bit version for the PPC. But, that isn’t really a problem if one has a PS3 with Linux installed on it. Here I’ll assume that the reader has YDL installed and has been a good developer and selected the development tools when installing the OS. Other than that, I assume nothing else.


The PS3 and Linux – Back and Forth

March 28, 2008

So, I have a PS3 and just installed Yellow Dog Linux on it. Thought it’d be the distro to go with considering it’s the one that Sony has teamed up with. But, my issue is that I lack multiple keyboard/mouse-s and don’t want to have to switch them back and forth all the bloody time.

Like many (I imagine) I have decided to run it headless and run (X) Apps on the PS3 remotely. This is rather trivial to do and there exist many good tutorials including this one.

Once that is running, there is the matter of switching between the two. In the PS3 OS, just set the default OS to ‘other os’ to get to Linux. But, to get back, one must issue the command:


And auto-magically, we’re booting back into Sony’s OS. Well, there is a hitch. You must be logged in as root. NOT by just an su, but actually ssh’ing in as root.

So, there you have it. A way to run any (X) App you want remotely with a way to switch easily between the two OS’s. And all that without crawling around swapping cables.

EDIT: The reboot to game os isn’t fool proof. I had to hold down the power button for 5 seconds but, that still didn’t work. I then had to manually flip the power switch on the back of the PS3 to get it to boot again. It DID boot into the game os at that point, but still shouldn’t have had to do it. I guess there’s still some stuff for the YDL people to work out.

Converting an MKV (h264) File to PS3 MP4 Without Re-encoding on Mac OS X

January 26, 2008

I searched a *long* time on the net trying to find out how to convert a HD mkv file to an MP4 file for play on the PS3 without re-encoding on Mac OS X. Couldn’t find anything that didn’t cost any money which was rather irritating; lots of question, not really any answers.

But, what I did find was how to do it on Linux. Which was great because through MacPorts, we on OS X have access to many of the same tools. Unfortunately, I had to spend a significant amount of time to patch work the different tutorials and tweek them to work on OS X. So, hopefully this will save some other poor soul some frustration.