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We have a WD MyBookLive NAS onto which we're trying to copy all of our DVDs (some standard, some BluRay). We're using Handbrake. We're using the MP4 container. What's the best codec to use for best viewing on a PS3?

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x264/h264 avc codec is fine for video. I always keep the original AC3 Dolby Digital audio.

With the PS3, the only format with switchable subtitles is AVI container with a DIVX/Xvid encode.

For MP4 you need to hardcode burnin the subtitles, this option is in Handbrake.

PS3 will happily handle High Profile, level 4.1, i set CRF to 16.5, I tune the default video settings so that B-Frames is set to optimal and motion search is set to uneven multi hexagon. I leave all the other settings.

Due to the subtitle issue and iphone/ipad compatibility. I have moved from using the PS3 to AppleTV for streaming video. The AppleTV/ipad/iphone can all have switchable soft subtitles in the mp4/m4v container.

I had been using AVI / Xvid with the PS3 up till last year. But x264 is such a better encode that I re-did my entire library in the new config. 720p/1080p xvid does not stream well to the ipad.
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