Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Preparing a Video for the PS3

Last night, I was able to convert a .MOV to an XVID-encoded .AVI using mencoder. This was then playable using the Playstatoin 3 video playback off of a USB memory stick.

Here is the video manual:
http://manuals.playstation.net/document/en/ps3/current/video/filetypes.html

I ran the following command:


mencoder -oac mp3lame -lameopts cbr=128 -ovc xvid -xvidencopts bitrate=1200 -o output_filename.avi input_filename.mov

This says that you want to have MP3 audio encoded at 128 kbps and XVID encoded video at 1200 kbps, which seem to be reasonable quality settings. I also ripped a DVD using the following command:


mencoder -oac mp3lame -lameopts cbr=128 -ovc xvid -xvidencopts bitrate=1200 -o output_filename.avi dvd://0

You may need to increment the number following the dvd:// until it is correct, though 0 is often the right one.
You can download mencoder along with MPlayer from: