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The PS3 firmware update 2.10 added Divx support. Unfortunatly, I've found that it's a mixed bag. It won't play everything I throw at it.

In order to help determine what the system will play, I have gone through part of my Divx/Xvid library and tested them on my PS3.

I have used Media Info in text based mode to generate the following information.

It would be helpful if others ran through their libraries and posted results of what plays and what does not. Media Info can suck in an entire directory of media files, making it easy to get the info I've posted.

Here is a description of my setup:
PS3 60GB US
HDMI connected to a Panasonic 50PZ77U Plasma TV
Optical Out connected to a Kenwood 5.1 receiver

Everything I've listed plays fine in windows. Furthermore, the file with audio syncing issues played fine on my Oppo 981.

Here is a listing of what the PS3 will and will not play:

Code:
General #0
Complete name        : XXXXX
Format               : AVI
Format/Info          : Audio Video Interleave
Format/Family        : RIFF
File size            : 175 MiB
PlayTime             : 25mn 44s
Bit rate             : 942 Kbps
StreamSize           : 2.15 MiB
Writing application  : VirtualDubMod 1.5.4.1 (build 2178/release)
Writing library      : VirtualDubMod build 2178/release

Video #0
Codec                : XviD
Codec/Family         : MPEG-4
Codec/Info           : XviD project
Codec profile        : Streaming Video Profile/Level 1
Codec settings/Packe : No
Codec settings/BVOP  : Yes
Codec settings/QPel  : No
Codec settings/GMC   : 0
Codec settings/Matri : Custom
PlayTime             : 25mn 44s
Bit rate             : 810 Kbps
Width                : 640 pixels
Height               : 480 pixels
Display Aspect ratio : 4/3
Frame rate           : 29.970 fps
Resolution           : 8 bits
Chroma               : 4:2:0
Interlacement        : Progressive
Bits/(Pixel*Frame)   : 0.087
StreamSize           : 149 MiB

Audio #0
Codec                : MPEG-1 Audio layer 3
Codec profile        : Joint stereo
PlayTime             : 25mn 44s
Bit rate             : 127 Kbps
Bit rate mode        : CBR
Channel(s)           : 2 channels
Sampling rate        : 48 KHz
Resolution           : 16 bits
StreamSize           : 23.4 MiB
Writing library      : LAME3.97
Encoding settings    : CBR
Result: Won't Play on PS3

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Code:
General #0
Complete name        : XXXXX
Format               : AVI
Format/Info          : Audio Video Interleave
Format/Family        : RIFF
File size            : 699 MiB
PlayTime             : 1h 7mn
Bit rate             : 1438 Kbps
StreamSize           : 6.25 MiB
Writing application  : VirtualDubMod 1.5.10.1 (build 2366/release)
Writing library      : VirtualDubMod build 2366/release

Video #0
Codec                : DivX 5
Codec/Family         : MPEG-4
Codec profile        : Streaming Video Profile/Level 1
Codec settings/Packe : No
Codec settings/BVOP  : Yes
Codec settings/QPel  : No
Codec settings/GMC   : 0
Codec settings/Matri : Default
PlayTime             : 1h 7mn
Bit rate             : 1241 Kbps
Width                : 520 pixels
Height               : 376 pixels
Display Aspect ratio : 1.383
Frame rate           : 25.000 fps
Resolution           : 8 bits
Chroma               : 4:2:0
Interlacement        : Progressive
Bits/(Pixel*Frame)   : 0.252
StreamSize           : 601 MiB

Audio #0
Codec                : AC3
PlayTime             : 1h 7mn
Bit rate             : 190 Kbps
Bit rate mode        : CBR
Channel(s)           : 2 channels
Channel positions    : L R
Sampling rate        : 48 KHz
Video0 delay         : 500ms
StreamSize           : 92.1 MiB
Result: Won't Play on PS3 (Even though it's Divx?)

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Code:
General #0
Complete name        : XXXXX
Format               : AVI
Format/Info          : Audio Video Interleave
Format/Family        : RIFF
File size            : 508 MiB
PlayTime             : 51mn 57s
Bit rate             : 1358 Kbps
StreamSize           : 6.28 MiB
Writing application  : VirtualDubMod 1.5.10.1 (build 2439/release)
Writing library      : VirtualDubMod build 2439/release

Video #0
Codec                : XviD
Codec/Family         : MPEG-4
Codec/Info           : XviD project
Codec profile        : Streaming Video Profile/Level 1
Codec settings/Packe : Yes
Codec settings/BVOP  : Yes
Codec settings/QPel  : No
Codec settings/GMC   : 0
Codec settings/Matri : Default
PlayTime             : 51mn 57s
Bit rate             : 1238 Kbps
Width                : 576 pixels
Height               : 432 pixels
Display Aspect ratio : 4/3
Frame rate           : 23.976 fps
Resolution           : 8 bits
Chroma               : 4:2:0
Interlacement        : Progressive
Bits/(Pixel*Frame)   : 0.206
StreamSize           : 460 MiB

Audio #0
Codec                : MPEG-1 Audio layer 3
Codec profile        : Joint stereo
PlayTime             : 51mn 57s
Bit rate             : 112 Kbps
Bit rate mode        : VBR
Channel(s)           : 2 channels
Sampling rate        : 48 KHz
Resolution           : 16 bits
StreamSize           : 41.4 MiB
Writing library      : Xing (new)
Result: Plays on PS3

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Code:
General #0
Complete name        : XXXXX
Format               : AVI
Format/Info          : Audio Video Interleave
Format/Family        : RIFF
File size            : 174 MiB
PlayTime             : 25mn 33s
Bit rate             : 947 Kbps
StreamSize           : 1.71 MiB
Writing application  : VirtualDubMod 1.5.4.1 (build 2178/release)
Writing library      : VirtualDubMod build 2178/release

Video #0
Codec                : XviD
Codec/Family         : MPEG-4
Codec/Info           : XviD project
Codec profile        : Streaming Video Profile/Level 1
Codec settings/Packe : No
Codec settings/BVOP  : Yes
Codec settings/QPel  : No
Codec settings/GMC   : 0
Codec settings/Matri : Custom
PlayTime             : 25mn 33s
Bit rate             : 816 Kbps
Width                : 640 pixels
Height               : 480 pixels
Display Aspect ratio : 4/3
Frame rate           : 23.976 fps
Resolution           : 8 bits
Chroma               : 4:2:0
Interlacement        : Progressive
Bits/(Pixel*Frame)   : 0.109
StreamSize           : 149 MiB

Audio #0
Codec                : MPEG-1 Audio layer 3
Codec profile        : Joint stereo
PlayTime             : 25mn 33s
Bit rate             : 127 Kbps
Bit rate mode        : CBR
Channel(s)           : 2 channels
Sampling rate        : 48 KHz
Resolution           : 16 bits
StreamSize           : 23.3 MiB
Writing library      : Xing (new)
Result: Won't Play on PS3

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Code:
General #0
Complete name        : XXXXX
Format               : AVI
Format/Info          : Audio Video Interleave
Format/Family        : RIFF
File size            : 700 MiB
PlayTime             : 1h 32mn
Bit rate             : 1048 Kbps
StreamSize           : 11.2 MiB
Writing application  : Nandub v1.0rc2
Writing library      : Nandub build 1852/release

Video #0
Codec                : XviD
Codec/Family         : MPEG-4
Codec/Info           : XviD project
Codec profile        : Streaming Video Profile/Level 1
Codec settings/Packe : Yes
Codec settings/BVOP  : Yes
Codec settings/QPel  : No
Codec settings/GMC   : 0
Codec settings/Matri : Default
PlayTime             : 1h 32mn
Bit rate             : 911 Kbps
Width                : 640 pixels
Height               : 352 pixels
Display Aspect ratio : 16/9
Frame rate           : 23.976 fps
Resolution           : 8 bits
Chroma               : 4:2:0
Interlacement        : Progressive
Bits/(Pixel*Frame)   : 0.167
StreamSize           : 604 MiB

Audio #0
Codec                : MPEG-1 Audio layer 3
Codec profile        : Joint stereo
PlayTime             : 1h 32mn
Bit rate             : 128 Kbps
Bit rate mode        : VBR
Channel(s)           : 2 channels
Sampling rate        : 48 KHz
Resolution           : 16 bits
StreamSize           : 84.9 MiB
Writing library      : LAME3.90.
Encoding settings    : ABR
Result: Plays on PS3, but has audio syncing issues

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Code:
General #0
Complete name        : XXXXX
Format               : AVI
Format/Info          : Audio Video Interleave
Format/Family        : RIFF
File size            : 350 MiB
PlayTime             : 41mn 13s
Bit rate             : 1181 Kbps
StreamSize           : 3.44 MiB
Writing application  : VirtualDubMod 1.5.4.1 (build 2178/release)
Writing library      : VirtualDubMod build 2178/release

Video #0
Codec                : XviD
Codec/Family         : MPEG-4
Codec/Info           : XviD project
Codec profile        : Streaming Video Profile/Level 1
Codec settings/Packe : No
Codec settings/BVOP  : Yes
Codec settings/QPel  : No
Codec settings/GMC   : 0
Codec settings/Matri : Custom
PlayTime             : 41mn 13s
Bit rate             : 1049 Kbps
Width                : 640 pixels
Height               : 480 pixels
Display Aspect ratio : 4/3
Frame rate           : 29.970 fps
Resolution           : 8 bits
Chroma               : 4:2:0
Interlacement        : Progressive
Bits/(Pixel*Frame)   : 0.113
StreamSize           : 309 MiB

Audio #0
Codec                : MPEG-1 Audio layer 3
Codec profile        : Joint stereo
PlayTime             : 41mn 13s
Bit rate             : 127 Kbps
Bit rate mode        : CBR
Channel(s)           : 2 channels
Sampling rate        : 48 KHz
Resolution           : 16 bits
StreamSize           : 37.5 MiB
Writing library      : LAME3.97
Encoding settings    : CBR
Result: Won't Play on PS3

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Code:
General #0
Complete name        : XXXXX
Format               : AVI
Format/Info          : Audio Video Interleave
Format/Family        : RIFF
File size            : 175 MiB
PlayTime             : 23mn 22s
Bit rate             : 1039 Kbps
StreamSize           : 1.95 MiB
Writing application  : VirtualDubMod 1.5.4.1 (build 2178/release)
Writing library      : VirtualDubMod build 2178/release

Video #0
Codec                : XviD
Codec/Family         : MPEG-4
Codec/Info           : XviD project
Codec profile        : Streaming Video Profile/Level 1
Codec settings/Packe : No
Codec settings/BVOP  : Yes
Codec settings/QPel  : No
Codec settings/GMC   : 0
Codec settings/Matri : Custom
PlayTime             : 23mn 22s
Bit rate             : 906 Kbps
Width                : 640 pixels
Height               : 480 pixels
Display Aspect ratio : 4/3
Frame rate           : 29.970 fps
Resolution           : 8 bits
Chroma               : 4:2:0
Interlacement        : Progressive
Bits/(Pixel*Frame)   : 0.097
StreamSize           : 151 MiB

Audio #0
Codec                : MPEG-1 Audio layer 3
Codec profile        : Joint stereo
PlayTime             : 23mn 22s
Bit rate             : 127 Kbps
Bit rate mode        : CBR
Channel(s)           : 2 channels
Sampling rate        : 48 KHz
Resolution           : 16 bits
StreamSize           : 21.2 MiB
Writing library      : LAME3.97
Encoding settings    : CBR
Result: Won't Play on PS3

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Code:
General #0
Complete name        : XXXXX
Format               : AVI
Format/Info          : Audio Video Interleave
Format/Family        : RIFF
File size            : 700 MiB
PlayTime             : 1h 56s
Bit rate             : 1601 Kbps
StreamSize           : 5.52 MiB
Writing application  : Nandub v1.0rc2
Writing library      : Nandub build 1853/release

Video #0
Codec                : XviD
Codec/Family         : MPEG-4
Codec/Info           : XviD project
Codec profile        : Streaming Video Profile/Level 1
Codec settings/Packe : Yes
Codec settings/BVOP  : Yes
Codec settings/QPel  : No
Codec settings/GMC   : 0
Codec settings/Matri : Default
PlayTime             : 1h 56s
Bit rate             : 1212 Kbps
Width                : 640 pixels
Height               : 272 pixels
Display Aspect ratio : 2.35
Frame rate           : 25.000 fps
Resolution           : 8 bits
Chroma               : 4:2:0
Interlacement        : Progressive
Bits/(Pixel*Frame)   : 0.277
StreamSize           : 528 MiB

Audio #0
Codec                : AC3
PlayTime             : 1h 56s
Bit rate             : 382 Kbps
Bit rate mode        : CBR
Channel(s)           : 6 channels
Channel positions    : Front: L C R, Rear: L R, Subwoofer
Sampling rate        : 48 KHz
StreamSize           : 167 MiB
Result: Plays on PS3

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Code:
General #0
Complete name        : XXXXX
Format               : AVI
Format/Info          : Audio Video Interleave
Format/Family        : RIFF
File size            : 233 MiB
PlayTime             : 17mn 9s
Bit rate             : 1892 Kbps
StreamSize           : 2.27 MiB
Writing application  : VirtualDubMod 1.5.10.2 (build 2540/release)
Writing library      : VirtualDubMod build 2540/release

Video #0
Codec                : XviD
Codec/Family         : MPEG-4
Codec/Info           : XviD project
Codec profile        : Streaming Video Profile/Level 1
Codec settings/Packe : Yes
Codec settings/BVOP  : Yes
Codec settings/QPel  : No
Codec settings/GMC   : 0
Codec settings/Matri : Default
PlayTime             : 17mn 9s
Bit rate             : 1765 Kbps
Width                : 512 pixels
Height               : 384 pixels
Display Aspect ratio : 4/3
Frame rate           : 29.970 fps
Resolution           : 8 bits
Chroma               : 4:2:0
Interlacement        : Progressive
Bits/(Pixel*Frame)   : 0.298
StreamSize           : 217 MiB

Audio #0
Codec                : MPEG-1 Audio layer 3
Codec profile        : Joint stereo
PlayTime             : 17mn 9s
Bit rate             : 118 Kbps
Bit rate mode        : VBR
Channel(s)           : 2 channels
Sampling rate        : 48 KHz
Resolution           : 16 bits
StreamSize           : 14.5 MiB
Writing library      : LAME3.90.
Encoding settings    : ABR
Result: Plays on PS3
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You didn't list how you are playing your files? Streaming? From Disk? From external drive? If streaming, what is your server software? WMP11? TVersity? Etc.... If TVersity, did you turn OFF transcoding?

Basically, you need to list more information to make your file information useful.
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Try running some of your non-working files through AVI Mux GUI first (be sure the writing junk at beginning of file option is disabled) to see if that helps at all.

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You didn't list how you are playing your files? Streaming? From Disk? From external drive? If streaming, what is your server software? WMP11? TVersity? Etc.... If TVersity, did you turn OFF transcoding?

Basically, you need to list more information to make your file information useful.

I apologize. Don't ask me what I was thinking.

Everything was being played from an external HDD. I've verified that it doesn't make a difference if the file was on the HDD or on the PS3's HDD.

Here's another that plays on the PS3.

Code:
General #0
Complete name        : XXXXX
Format               : AVI
Format/Info          : Audio Video Interleave
Format/Family        : RIFF
File size            : 700 MiB
PlayTime             : 1h 31mn
Bit rate             : 1057 Kbps
StreamSize           : 11.1 MiB
Writing application  : VirtualDubMod 1.5.10.2 (build 2542/release)
Writing library      : VirtualDubMod build 2542/release

Video #0
Codec                : XviD
Codec/Family         : MPEG-4
Codec/Info           : XviD project
Codec profile        : Streaming Video Profile/Level 1
Codec settings/Packe : Yes
Codec settings/BVOP  : Yes
Codec settings/QPel  : No
Codec settings/GMC   : 0
Codec settings/Matri : Default
PlayTime             : 1h 31mn
Bit rate             : 922 Kbps
Width                : 608 pixels
Height               : 256 pixels
Display Aspect ratio : 2.35
Frame rate           : 23.976 fps
Resolution           : 8 bits
Chroma               : 4:2:0
Interlacement        : Progressive
Bits/(Pixel*Frame)   : 0.245
StreamSize           : 606 MiB

Audio #0
Codec                : MPEG-1 Audio layer 3
Codec profile        : Joint stereo
PlayTime             : 1h 31mn
Bit rate             : 127 Kbps
Bit rate mode        : VBR
Channel(s)           : 2 channels
Sampling rate        : 48 KHz
Resolution           : 16 bits
StreamSize           : 83.3 MiB
Writing library      : LAME3.90.
Encoding settings    : ABR
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You'll have to excuse me as I didn't do a side-by-side comparison with your files listed in the OP, but what is the difference as far as details are concerned? The details I studied for a bit are all XviD, but some play, some don't.
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You'll have to excuse me as I didn't do a side-by-side comparison with your files listed in the OP, but what is the difference as far as details are concerned? The details I studied for a bit are all XviD, but some play, some don't.

I was hoping there'd be some sort of pattern in what would play or what wouldn't (resolution, bitrate, audio codec, etc).

Here's another working movie.

I'll try the AVI Mux GUI thing and see what happens.

Code:
General #0
Complete name        : XXXXX
Format               : AVI
Format/Info          : Audio Video Interleave
Format/Family        : RIFF
File size            : 690 MiB
PlayTime             : 1h 40mn
Bit rate             : 952 Kbps
StreamSize           : 12.1 MiB
Writing application  : Nandub v1.0rc2
Writing library      : Nandub build 1852/release

Video #0
Codec                : XviD
Codec/Family         : MPEG-4
Codec/Info           : XviD project
Codec profile        : Simple Profile/Level 3
Codec settings/Packe : Yes
Codec settings/BVOP  : Yes
Codec settings/QPel  : No
Codec settings/GMC   : 0
Codec settings/Matri : Default
PlayTime             : 1h 40mn
Bit rate             : 785 Kbps
Width                : 672 pixels
Height               : 288 pixels
Display Aspect ratio : 2.35
Frame rate           : 23.976 fps
Resolution           : 8 bits
Chroma               : 4:2:0
Interlacement        : Progressive
Bits/(Pixel*Frame)   : 0.196
StreamSize           : 564 MiB

Audio #0
Codec                : MPEG-1 Audio layer 3
Codec profile        : Joint stereo
PlayTime             : 1h 40mn
Bit rate             : 159 Kbps
Bit rate mode        : CBR
Channel(s)           : 2 channels
Sampling rate        : 48 KHz
Resolution           : 16 bits
StreamSize           : 114 MiB
Writing library      : Xing (new)
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No go on the AVI Mux GUI.

I will point out, though, that every XviD full length movie I threw at it has played (so far). The only movie it wouldn't play was a DivX. The XviD files it won't play were all short sub-half-hour TV content.
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I know everyone has been focused on resolution/bitrate/etc. as reasons for files working/not-working, but according to the posts above, here is what I see:

Packed Bitstream ON = play
Packed Bitstream OFF = no go
(it appears as "Codec settings/Packe" in the stats above)

Those who've been following decoder development on PC for a few years will know what a royal pain in the rear Packed Bitstream was to get right, and how developers of ffdshow/xvid and co struggled to get it working right and how much they all hated it (every decent guide for xvid and co will still tell you not to use the damn thing). From the looks of it PS3 won't play nice (even with actual DivX) unless you make your files using the infernal option from hell that everyone hates.

What do you say? Great irony or the greatest irony?
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You may be right...

What I'll do (when I return from vacation) is encode a vidio with/without the packed bitstream setting and see what happens.
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A pattern seems to emerge : Codec settings/Matri : Custom => won't play
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If you are streaming your videos wirelessly to the PS3 via WMP11, good luck getting anything that will actually play to play for very long (maybe 5 to 10 minutes) before it errors out.

It'd be nice if Sony would issue a fix in the future for wireless users that are running WMP11. Maybe it is Sony's subtle way of saying "don't use a Windows product to serve your video to the PS3"? Hehehe, I dunno but it is strange that you can stream whatever you want wirelessly to the 360 without a hitch but it's a no-go on the PS3.
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If you are streaming your videos wirelessly to the PS3 via WMP11, good luck getting anything that will actually play to play for very long (maybe 5 to 10 minutes) before it errors out.

It'd be nice if Sony would issue a fix in the future for wireless users that are running WMP11. Maybe it is Sony's subtle way of saying "don't use a Windows product to serve your video to the PS3"? Hehehe, I dunno but it is strange that you can stream whatever you want wirelessly to the 360 without a hitch but it's a no-go on the PS3.

TVersity also freezes, too. I just watch everything off a external HDD.
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If it turns out that the issue is with packed bitstreams, try unpacking them. At the end of this page there are two utilities that are supposed to work.
It's Just Ones and Zeros What is Packed Bitstream

Edit: here's a list of issues that can cause playback issues with Xvid avi files, quoted from a thread at Doom9.
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xvid (as fourcc) is ok
gmc and qpel is out
custom matrix is out
open-dml is ok
Audio frames: aligned on interleaves , Audio frames: split across interleaves is BOTH OK if stream isn't PACKED

Luckily for me, Auto GK uses the proper settings by default. My only problem is that so many of my files exceed the 2 GB limit.

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I have a BeyondTV server that records tv, but I do a lot of my DVD ripping on my laptop. Both use XViD / AutoGK setups and both work fine with my Iriver X20 portable (deceased now) and both work with my new Creative Zen.

But only files from my laptop were working on my PS3. I used GSpot media info (similar to poster's above) and found that my XViD versions were different, but all my bitrate settings, etc were the same on both machines.

So for me, everything I've encoded with XViD 1.1.2 is ok, but 1.0.2 is a no-go.

I've updated both machines to the same xvid version and am creating a new file to test now.
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If it turns out that the issue is with packed bitstreams, try unpacking them. At the end of this page there are two utilities that are supposed to work.
It's Just Ones and Zeros What is Packed Bitstream

OK I got off my lazy ass to test this, and I have plenty of encodes using both Packed and Unpacked Bitstream, all work flawlessly. So I think this is a red herring, I think people just notice it's on or off on non working files, but this isn't the option that's at fault.

Also all of my encodes in OpenDML AVI (1.0 to 2.0 version), so I don't think that's the issue either.

So gmc+qpel and custom matrices now look like the real culprits. I don't know how to test custom matrices, but none of my encodes use gmc or qpel, which is a sad affair, since DivX supports it since version 5.2. I read on the 360 official blog that their firmware is DivX 5.0 to 6.0, I assumed Sony did the same thing... apparently not, if it was 6.0 compliant gmc+qpel should work flawlessly, leaving only custom matrices out of action (for which I don't really care).
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Good to know at least some packed bitstreams are working. Hopefully Sony will continue to give us updates to the Divx/Xvid codec. I'm hoping they add support for these files in .mp4 containers and remove that 2 GB limit.

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I'm gonna sound like a complete noob which I'm fine with, b/c basically I am to video conversion. I have some HD video files I'd like to convert to the most efficient means possible (xvid?) to play on the ps3 and to preserve my surround sound. What settings do you guys recommend for what software right now? Of course I'll be streaming wirelessly via WMP11 so file size is not an issue.
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I'm gonna sound like a complete noob which I'm fine with, b/c basically I am to video conversion. I have some HD video files I'd like to convert to the most efficient means possible (xvid?) to play on the ps3 and to preserve my surround sound. What settings do you guys recommend for what software right now? Of course I'll be streaming wirelessly via WMP11 so file size is not an issue.

I use a program called GOTsent to convert HD h264 files to mp4 so I can watch them on my PS3. You need ac3filter and haalie media splitter since the ps3 doesn't like files over 4gb for some reason. Basically it just takes the h264mkv file and converts it to a playable mp4 format for the ps3...

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I was hoping there'd be some sort of pattern in what would play or what wouldn't (resolution, bitrate, audio codec, etc).

Here's another working movie.

I'll try the AVI Mux GUI thing and see what happens.

Something I've noticed that I read somewhere... It will only play files that the Height and Width are multiples of 16...

I quickly looked over the files that you said will play, and the HxW are both multiples of 16.. most (if not all) of the others that wont play aren't multiples of 16.

Something to try looking into. I'm just currently re-encoding a video to see if it'll work on my PS3.
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Something I've noticed that I read somewhere... It will only play files that the Height and Width are multiples of 16...

I quickly looked over the files that you said will play, and the HxW are both multiples of 16.. most (if not all) of the others that wont play aren't multiples of 16.

Something to try looking into. I'm just currently re-encoding a video to see if it'll work on my PS3.

Good find. It'll be great if the variables allowing files to play or not play are nailed down. Let us know.
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I just got home from Europe after a 3 week vacation to find this, and the 2.10 firmware! I'm praying my 200GB of so worth of video will play on my PS3 (not sure what version the files have been encoded with, they're mostly files I've torrented). Woo!

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Good find. It'll be great if the variables allowing files to play or not play are nailed down. Let us know.

Yup! I tried re-encoding a video in VirtualDub. The original file was Xvid, and resolution was 608 x 336, It didn't play, must have been because of the Xvid format, since the resolution seems to check out... I've heard about Xvid being picky, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't...
So anyway, I re-encoded it to Divx, and resized it to 640x352 and it now plays flawlessly!

I also used a bitrate of about 2048kbps, enough so the video would fit on my thumbdrive to copy it over.

Definitely worth a try with finicky videos.
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Yup! I tried re-encoding a video in VirtualDub. The original file was Xvid, and resolution was 608 x 336, It didn't play, must have been because of the Xvid format, since the resolution seems to check out... I've heard about Xvid being picky, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't...
So anyway, I re-encoded it to Divx, and resized it to 640x352 and it now plays flawlessly!

I also used a bitrate of about 2048kbps, enough so the video would fit on my thumbdrive to copy it over.

Definitely worth a try with finicky videos.

Hmmm - I don't think there's a version of this software out for Mac. Perhaps I'll try re-encoding a few of my .avi files which haven't been working to see if it fixes the playback issue. Many people here are getting into very minute details of the encoding process to try to figure out what will and will not play, but for those of us who've acquired videos from unknown sources, it's a bit more tricky to figure out what does and doesn't work. Re-encoding on your own machine seems to be one of the few ways to figure it all out. *sigh*

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Here are 2 examples of files that work and don't work on my ps3.....the one that doesn't work if I put it in the divx converter then it will work. The first one I did I didn't change the file size and the quality decreased some but I just converted a few more and bumped the files from 700mb to 900mb and they don't seem to have any quality loss... (I'm new to this stuff and learning as I go. I play mine from a ext. hd, but also tried to burn them on cd and they didn't work that way either...


This doesnt work:

AUDiO......[ MP3 48000Hz 112 kb/s CBR (2 chnls)
LANGUAGE...[ English
ViDEO......[ 670 kbps XviD 23.976 FPS
RESOLUTiON.[ 608 X 256
SUBS.......[ None
SiZE.......[ 702 MB


But this one does work....

> AUDiO......[ AC3 48000Hz 192 kb/s CBR (2 chnls)
> LANGUAGE...[ English
> ViDEO......[ 976 kbps XviD 25.000 FPS
> Q. FRAME...[ 0.214 bits*pixel
> RESOLUTiON.[ 672 x 272
> DAR........[ 2.471 (42:17)
> SUBS.......[ None
> FiLES......[ 1
> SiZE.......[ 699 MB

So what is the difference between these 2? and why would one work and one not...any new developments? Anyone think sony will have a update to make sure all divx/xvid are playable?
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Codec : DivX 5
Codec/Family : MPEG-4

Always work in my case.
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my xvid files, even upscaled play but screen jumps up and down, mean picture. please advise. files burnt on cd r
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some files i stream (via Tversity) will start playing then stop after 3 seconds and pause, and wont resume :\\ Anyway this can be fixed? thanks for the help

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Only AutoGK files encoded with the ESS-standalone support will work, so I imagine there are a bunch of custom matrices the PS3 doesn't like.
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some files i stream (via Tversity) will start playing then stop after 3 seconds and pause, and wont resume :\\ Anyway this can be fixed? thanks for the help

I think this is a network issue or Tversity itself.
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Free full movie divx files for your ps3 2.10 to try
http://www.divxcrawler.com/index.htm

although in my setup only one played without conversion.
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