How to Use VLC to Make a PS3 Video

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How to Use VLC to Make a PS3 Video
The PS3 isn't just a tool to play games on anymore. (James Woodson/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

The PS3 functions as a wonderful centrepiece to your home entertainment system. Users can watch hours of video on the PS3, from a variety of sources. However, getting video to play on the PS3 can prove to be a bit of a stumbling block. One quick solution is to convert your video to one of the PS3's supported files using VLC. VLC can convert just about any video to a wide variety of formats, and it was designed to help make issues of file compatibility a thing of the past. You will convert your video using the popular H.264 codec, saving space and ensuring that your video will play on a wide variety of platforms.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • PS3
  • VLC software
  • Storage device

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  1. 1

    Open VLC and navigate to the "Streaming/Transcoding Wizard" in the "File" menu. Choose "Transcode/Save to file" and then click on "Choose" to locate the video file you wish to play on your PS3.

  2. 2

    Load your video and select "Transcode video." Choose the "H.264" option as the codec and make sure the bitrate is more than 1024 kb/s for optimal video quality. Choose "MPEG 4 audio" for the audio option and set the bitrate to more than 192 kb/s.

  3. 3

    Use "MPEG 4" as the "encapsulation format" (the file format that the video is stored as) and click "Finish" to start transcoding your video.

  4. 4

    Transfer your video to a hard drive or thumb drive to move the file onto your PS3. Once on the hard drive, the video will be set to play.

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