SAMBA, MKV and similar suggestions

Added by Alter Ego over 10 years ago

Hello,

Congratulations for conceiving this idea from inception to reality. Like myself a lot of PS3 owners must be waiting for an application like this to be ported to PS3 or having such abilities built into the PS3 standard firmware, the latter in this case seems like a remote possibility to which Sony has no intentions of doing so.

This program just serves the purpose of turning the PS3 into a full fledged media center for streaming media and posing a direct competition to NMT (Network Media Tank) like Popcorn/EGreat). I already have an NMT but always dreamed of having only one machine doing all (Games, Movies, Pictures, Music). Similar idea is already realized on the XboX platform in the shape of XBMC, which is mostly a universal media player. Following are my suggestion to improve the applications,

1. In addition to DLNA and UPnP, it should be able to browse samba shares on the network to find and play the media. This is applicable in the case (like mine) where all the media is hosted on a NAS (Network Attached Storage) which only hosts standard samba shares. Built-in SMB support would be great.

2. Ability to play all major media formats natively. MKV is the most desired one. With applications like Ps3MediaServer, you have to install keep a PC running all the time serving as the DLNA server, certainly not power efficient if only media playing the is the purpose. The PS3MediaServer detects if an MKV media is requested by PS3, since PS3 does not know and like MKV format, just to play the PS3MediaServer remuxes and re-encodes it into a readable format (MPEG2/AC3/DTS) and server to PS3.

The PS3 already has a sufficiently powerful processor and graphics engine, if the program can natively detect and play the MKV format then it can be a wonderful replacement of all other hardware based media players. The other widely popular formats could be all flavours of AVI (OpenDML), Mp4, VOB, ISO ,RVMB, FLV and so on.

Mainly whatever the VLC media player can play on a regular PC. Porting any linux based flavour of VLC to PS3 platform in this shape could also be a possibility.

3. SRT and IDX/SUB widely used subtitle format support.

4. Usual other media player extras and add-ons like Media Juke Box support for browsing and playing the movie files in a more intuitive way.

5. Small file explorer type listing of available media file on the shares to sort/filter based on file/folder names, date, time, generes and so on.

6. Possibility to read and index files based on ID-3 and similar metadata tags in the media files.

All of the above are listed in the order of priority so they can be gradually built into later version of showtime.

I know some of them have already been demanded by a lot other numerous times, I just thought to re-list them with some additional items at one place.

Thanks, would love to hear about any work progressing on the above or otherwise.


Replies (13)

RE: SAMBA, MKV and similar suggestions - Added by Andreas Smas over 10 years ago

Alter Ego wrote:

Hello,

Congratulations for conceiving this idea from inception to reality. Like myself a lot of PS3 owners must be waiting for an application like this to be ported to PS3 or having such abilities built into the PS3 standard firmware, the latter in this case seems like a remote possibility to which Sony has no intentions of doing so.

This program just serves the purpose of turning the PS3 into a full fledged media center for streaming media and posing a direct competition to NMT (Network Media Tank) like Popcorn/EGreat). I already have an NMT but always dreamed of having only one machine doing all (Games, Movies, Pictures, Music). Similar idea is already realized on the XboX platform in the shape of XBMC, which is mostly a universal media player. Following are my suggestion to improve the applications,

1. In addition to DLNA and UPnP, it should be able to browse samba shares on the network to find and play the media. This is applicable in the case (like mine) where all the media is hosted on a NAS (Network Attached Storage) which only hosts standard samba shares. Built-in SMB support would be great.

I'm working on an SMB client, just ain't done yet. I agree it's high priority

2. Ability to play all major media formats natively. MKV is the most desired one. With applications like Ps3MediaServer, you have to install keep a PC running all the time serving as the DLNA server, certainly not power efficient if only media playing the is the purpose. The PS3MediaServer detects if an MKV media is requested by PS3, since PS3 does not know and like MKV format, just to play the PS3MediaServer remuxes and re-encodes it into a readable format (MPEG2/AC3/DTS) and server to PS3.

Showtime should be able to play MKV files (not just with HD bitrates).

The PS3 already has a sufficiently powerful processor and graphics engine, if the program can natively detect and play the MKV format then it can be a wonderful replacement of all other hardware based media players. The other widely popular formats could be all flavours of AVI (OpenDML), Mp4, VOB, ISO ,RVMB, FLV and so on.

Mainly whatever the VLC media player can play on a regular PC. Porting any linux based flavour of VLC to PS3 platform in this shape could also be a possibility.

3. SRT and IDX/SUB widely used subtitle format support.

4. Usual other media player extras and add-ons like Media Juke Box support for browsing and playing the movie files in a more intuitive way.

5. Small file explorer type listing of available media file on the shares to sort/filter based on file/folder names, date, time, generes and so on.

6. Possibility to read and index files based on ID-3 and similar metadata tags in the media files.

I believe 5 and 6 goes hand in hand. But yes, that's a nice thing to have.

All of the above are listed in the order of priority so they can be gradually built into later version of showtime.

I know some of them have already been demanded by a lot other numerous times, I just thought to re-list them with some additional items at one place.

Thanks, would love to hear about any work progressing on the above or otherwise.

RE: SAMBA, MKV and similar suggestions - Added by narcotic mind over 10 years ago

Andreas Öman wrote:

Alter Ego wrote:

1. In addition to DLNA and UPnP, it should be able to browse samba shares on the network to find and play the media. This is applicable in the case (like mine) where all the media is hosted on a NAS (Network Attached Storage) which only hosts standard samba shares. Built-in SMB support would be great.

I'm working on an SMB client, just ain't done yet. I agree it's high priority

What's the progress on SMB? Would be great to play .mkv with external subs straight through from SMB share...

RE: SAMBA, MKV and similar suggestions - Added by Pedro Igreja over 10 years ago

don't forget about digital pass-thru sound, HD media without DD or DTS doesn't make any sense, for who has a digital decoder that is!

Continue the great work andreas!

cheers.

RE: SAMBA, MKV and similar suggestions - Added by Arco Veenhuizen over 10 years ago

I wanne know what the status is of the samba client for showtime, love your work for so far!

cheers

RE: SAMBA, MKV and similar suggestions - Added by Andreas Smas over 10 years ago

I have a smb client that can list directories and open files.
But there is still some work left to do (in particular integrate it into showtime)

RE: SAMBA, MKV and similar suggestions - Added by Arco Veenhuizen over 10 years ago

Oke, nice to hear that! thats is the only thing whats missing for me:D

greets

RE: SAMBA, MKV and similar suggestions - Added by Cassius c over 10 years ago

I saw that the SAMBA feature target date was moved from 3.0 to "near future", hopefully this is sooner rather than later as it would complete this application in my view.

RE: SAMBA, MKV and similar suggestions - Added by grim loch over 10 years ago

Great to hear, Andreas! Will Dean be able to use it in multiman so that we can play games from NAS folders?

RE: SAMBA, MKV and similar suggestions - Added by grim loch about 10 years ago

Are we getting close to a release with SMB support? It's my #1 most wanted feature. Showtime is awesome, btw. Cheers-

RE: SAMBA, MKV and similar suggestions - Added by narcotic mind about 10 years ago

...Pump up

Still asking for the status of SAMBA implementation on Showtime, what's the status?

RE: SAMBA, MKV and similar suggestions - Added by B P almost 10 years ago

Show time is great this is first problem I've experienced I used latest multiman 2.07 >showtime didn't play the video it is the 5.1 x264 mkv but did Play the sound. Got Messaged along the lines of "sound 4.1 used may break file" so I downloaded latest showtime saw 5.1 should work installed package and ran from xmb >no error this time< but still>no video< just blackness and still get sound> tried video on vlc on pc and it works fine. So I know movie is sound. Is there something I should try? too bad there isn't a way to use some of VLC open source to help showtime become what i know it's potential is, love the work being done thx.
Let me know if i can try or if you have anything to test.

G

RE: SAMBA, MKV and similar suggestions - Added by Jeff Miller almost 10 years ago

without a sample we can't tell for sure but I almost guarantee you file has too high of ref frames. Use http://www.videohelp.com/tools/uncropMKV to re-encode the file.

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