Sony's PlayStation 3 console includes a number of multimedia features that allow users to view photographs, surf the Internet or stream music and movies from a computer on the same network. A piece of software on the Mac readies the files from streaming and acts as a server. The PS3 locates it on a website and downloads the file to its cache, as if streaming the video from a website such as YouTube.
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Things you need
- Media server application for Mac OSX
Power on the Macbook Pro, and the PlayStation 3. Both units need to be switched on during the pairing process, or else they will not be able to see each other on the network. Open the "Network Settings" menu in the PlayStation options, and check the name of the router you are connecting to. Click on the Airport symbol at the top right of the Mac's desktop. The currently selected network will have a check mark next to it. The same router name should be displayed on both devices.
Download and install a Mac-compatible media server application. Several options are available. NullRiver MediaLink is regarded as a stable and reliable solution for this task and is available from NullRiver for £13. Alternatively, the Vuze Torrent client includes a built-in Transcoder for sharing media files over a network with a number of different devices. The Vuze application is free and compatible with the PlayStation 3, Xbox360, iPhone, iPad and TiVo.
Launch the media server application. MediaLink is integrated with OS X and will automatically add your "Pictures," "Movies," and "Music" folders to it's sharing directory, along with your iTunes library. Vuze requires you to manually add files to the Transcoder. Launch the software, and click the "PS3" icon that appears in the left-hand toolbar. Drag and drop any files you wish to stream, into the main window, and they will be prepared for streaming.
Return to the PS3, and use the controller to navigate across the main toolbar. You will notice that extra icons have been added in the "Photos," "Movies," and "Music" menus. Each will have a new menu option featuring the logo of your chosen streaming application. Click the "X" button on an icon to access a file browser, and select the desired file. It will then play in the PlayStation 3's on-board media player.
Tips and warnings
- Songs purchased from iTunes cannot be streamed to a third party device because of the DRM restrictions placed on the tracks.
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