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Before we go any farther, you should confirm that your Playstation 3 can see the TVersity server and can stream video from it. Once we've done that, we'll work on optimizing video quality. The PS3 delivers great video and audio quality, but it can be a little tricky to configure.
Fire up your PS3 and go to the Video blade. You should see an entry at the top of the list that's YourPC'sName: TVersity Media Server. If you don't, you should verify that your PS3 is connected to the network, and that your PC's firewall is either disabled, or you've given TVersity permission to listen on port 41952. Additionally, you need to enable UPNP broadcasts and Multicast on your router. If you have an older router, you may need to update the firmware or actually replace the device with a newer model.
Once you're connected, browse to the Video item, then the My Video Item, and then click All Video and browse down to one of your videos. If you followed the instructions, you should be streaming video to your PS3. It will be crappy, low resolution video, but it will be video. With everything working properly, we can tweak the visual quality in the next step.
|TVersity’s default settings are fine for wireless connections, but a wired connection and increased visual-quality settings offer the most satisfying results.|
The maximum visual quality you'll get from your streamed media is dependant on two different things—the quality of the network connection between your PC and the actual speed of your PC. You see, transcoding is tough work and streaming media is network intensive. TVersity's default settings work reasonably well on an 802.11g network, but the resulting video looks terrible. You'll be hard pressed to stream even DVD quality video across wireless—at least until there's an 802.11n-based solution for streaming video.
Assuming you have a wired network between your PS3 and your PC, you can really ratchet up the video quality. To do that, you'll need to open up TVersity's profiles.xml file, which contains the settings that TVersity uses to determine the proper format to use when streaming to different devices. You can find it at c:\Program Files\TVersity\Media Server\profiles.xml. Open the file in notepad.
You only need to adjust the PS3 section, so press ctrl+f to open the find dialog, and search for Playstation. That should take you to a line that reads <friendlyName>Sony Playstation 3</friendlyName>. Scroll down until you see the <transcodeTarget> section, and change ”video/mpeg16” to ”video/mpeg2” in both the video= and onlineVideo= sections. Save and close the profiles.xml file, and then go back to the TVersity client.
Click on the Settings tab, and then go to the Transcoder page. We recommend that you adjust these options one at a time, then save your settings, restart the service (Advanced menu, Restart Sharing), and test playback to ensure that one change doesn't bork your setup.
The first thing you'll want to do is adjust the maximum video resolution, so that TVersity doesn't automatically downconvert your ripped DVDs to a lower resolution. We recommend 1280x720, which is equivalent to a 720p signal. This setting will let you play DVD-quality content at its native resolution, with no conversion or artifacting. If you experience network performance problems, it's a good idea to lower this setting to 640x480 or lower.
Now, we're going to adjust the settings to maximize quality. If you're on a wireless network or have a slow CPU, your performance will suffer if you enable these settings. First, make sure the box labeled Use DirectShow for Windows Media Encoding is checked and the codec is set to Windows Media Video 9. This will improve performance and quality of the video the system outputs. Finally, set the transcoder to optimize for Quality, the Compression setting to Minimum, and set your connection speed to Wired (100Mbps), with the quality set to Excellent. Click Save at the bottom of the page and then restart the TVersity service by going to the Advanced menu and clicking Restart Sharing.