PS3 Media Server access with XBMC

XBMC Media Center is a software for playback of media files. Playback is available for local drives, file shares or UPNP. XBMC is available for several platforms.

XBMC can be used to access PS3 Media Server.

First of all start PS3 Media Server, then XBMC.

Let’s access music on the PS3 Media Server. Switch to music in XBMC and press return.

Before playing music one has to add a music source manually. PS3 Media Server is accessible via UPNP.

After selecting a configured source one is able to browse the media content. As you can see on the screenshot PMS has recognized XBMC as a media renderer with valid profile.

You can also access photos and videos on PMS. First you have to configure the source, then browse and play.

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PS3 Media Server 1.60 – startup and basic settings

The last blog article was about installing PS3 Media Server on Windows 7.

So let’s start PS3 Media Server by double clicking the desktop icon.

The Windows desktop firewall is enabled by default. You have to give permission for communication between “javaw.exe” and your home network.

PS3 Media Server tries to detect so called media renderers (DLNA/UPNP playback devices) like Playstation 3. PMS supports a range of devices. It is possible that your playback device/software is not detected correctly. Then an “unknown renderer” will be detected.

It is strongly recommended that you limit access to files and folders. In “navigation / share settings” press the green plus button in “shared folders” section. Add all folders with media content to be shared with your home network.

After adding the folders press the save button on top.

Switch to “common transcode settings”.

You may have a look at “general settings”. Check if the number of cpu cores were detected correctly and change it if necessary.

Have a look at section “audio settings”. If your playbackback device is capable of playing surround sound select “6 channels (5.1)”, otherwise choose “2 channels (stereo)”. Select “keep AC3” if your playbackback device is capable of playing Dolby Digital surround sound (AC3). Select “keep DTS” if your playbackback device is capable of playing Sony Digital surround sound (DTS). Some playback devices like Playstation 3 may not support streaming DTS/AC3. For these devices additionally select “use LPCM”.

In section “video quality settings” you only have to change settings if you have poor network bandwith. This setting is only valid for usage of transcoding engine “mencoder”.

Don’t forget saving your settings!

Switch to “MEncoder”.

“use multiple CPU cores” should be enabled for performance reasons.

“remux videos with tsmuxer” should be enabled. If you want to play a video file that contains an audio codec which is not comaptible with your playback device PMS will convert the audio stream to a compatible format on the fly. This feature is also used when the video container format is not supported (like mkv on Playstation 3). If you encounter problems with this so called transcoding engine “tsmuxer” you can enforce the usage of transcoding engine “mencoder” by using virtual folder #transcoded#. PMS will then convert the video-stream to MPG2. This is not recommended because it costs much CPU ressources and network bandwith. Please note that playback of subtitles automatically enforces usage of mencoder engine!

A video file may contain several audio and subtitle languages. You can change behaviour of automatically choosing languages.

Don’t forget saving your settings!

Fine. All basic settings are done. Quit PS3 Media Server by clicking the “Quit” button.

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PS3 Media Server 1.60 – installation on Windows 7

PS3 Media Server is a software for providing media content in a home network. Originally developed for interacting withPlaystation 3, the media server nowadays support lots of other UPNP/DLNA-compatible devices.

Before installing PMS you need to download Java Runtime Environment from Oracle. I recommend installation of 32bit version.

Start installation by double clicking on the exe file. Click “yes” for UAC (user account controls). You may change installation folder for JRE.

PS3Media Server is available for download here.

Start installation by double clicking on the exe file.

Click “yes” for UAC (user account controls).

You may change installation folder for PMS.

Please deselect “Run PS3 Media Server”. If  you want to get a desktop shortcut created select that option.

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