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Can’t play .mp4 files on PS3 via TVersity

by Alex Peck on March 2nd, 2009

I got some .mp4 videos which refused to play through Tversity on my PS3 (I got the ‘the data type is not supported’ message). At first I thought the headers were corrupt, but when I opened them with HxD the corrupt files matched the one which worked.

It turned out some of the files were encoded with h.264 level 5, which appears to be incompatible with the PS3. This is relatively easy (and quick) to fix:

  1. With Yamb split out the audio and video streams
  2. Use H264info to convert the video to Level 4.1 (don’t touch the other options)
  3. Recombine audio and video using Yamb (make sure you set the correct framerate for the video stream, or it will be out of sync)

Whilst Yamb seems to work extremely well, the UI suffers from appalling glitches when navigating (mainly due to button placement and having to go back and forth to split and join), so be careful not to overwrite any files if you batch convert.

For a better explanation of H264 levels see this page, and the H264info switches are described toward the bottom here.

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One Comment
  1. healthyemily permalink

    PS3 cannot play any knids of MP4 files. PS3 can play MP4 video files with extension of .mp4 with video codec of MPEG-4 AVC H.264 /Xvid/DivX and audio codec of AAC. There are still some other MP4 video files are unsupported like MPEG-4 ASP.

    As MPEG-4 AVC H.264 codec, support is limited to the following specifications:

    AVC Profile: Baseline, Main or High Profiles
    Maximum bitrate: None specified. However, if bitrate is above 20Mbps, stuttering will occur when playback
    AVC Level: 4.2
    No B-Pyramid and P4x4 support
    4GB limit for streaming H.264 files

    To successful play MP4 files that PS3 failed to see/recognize, transfer, playback or not normally playback, a better solution is to convert MP4 to PS3 supported MPEG-4 AVC codec or MPEG-2 video

    Here is the detailed guide on how to successfully play various kinds of MP4 on PS3:

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