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05-01-2011, 14:45   #1
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Does the PS3 play .avi files off of a USB drive? or off of a DVD?

I've tried the googling thing and can't get a definitive answer...

I have a .avi file - a film. I want to play it on my PS3 via a USB. The film's on the USB but when I go to access it on the PS3 it says there are no files. It's a new PS3 recently bought a few months ago.

Could I just burn the files to a DVD and play them off that?
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05-01-2011, 14:47   #2
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avi is just a wrapper for the video file. It's not an actual format. The video itself could be anything like DivX Xvid or h.264. It is quite likely that the particular format of video inside is not one supported by the PS3, so you will need to convert it to one that is.
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The USB is probably formatted to NTFS, PS3 only reads FAT32.
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Have you pressed the Triangle button when you get to the USB Device on the PS3 Screen, it will display everything on you USB and you should be able to play .avi no problem
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Most likely problem is that either the usb drive isn't formatted as FAT32 or you haven't got the correct directory structure on the usb drive.
You can press triangle and select display all to see all files on your thumb drive.

It isn't a problem with the codec inside the avi, as in that case it would say corrupt file, or unsupported or similar
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Yes just press triangle then view all files. once its an mpeg-4 file or says avi it'll play just fine 99% of the time the odd movie wont work its happened to me like twice out of hundreds of films
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Have you pressed the Triangle button when you get to the USB Device on the PS3 Screen, it will display everything on you USB and you should be able to play .avi no problem
Even if the format is unsupported, you should be able to see it. You could set up folders so that you can just press x instead, but I don't really see the point.
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Press triangle and display all. No idea why you need to do this, but you do. I always play films straight off the memory stick, never any problems.
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The USB is probably formatted to NTFS, PS3 only reads FAT32.
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Put your usb in your pc and reformat it as FAT32, this will clear the contents of the stick so be sure to have a backup of whatever is on it, so you can put back on it. The when you put it back in your ps3 when you go to watch a film or look at pics you may need to press Triangle so you can view things.Problem solved. Hope this helps
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Put your usb in your pc and reformat it as FAT32, this will clear the contents of the stick so be sure to have a backup of whatever is on it, so you can put back on it. The when you put it back in your ps3 when you go to watch a film or look at pics you may need to press Triangle so you can view things.Problem solved. Hope this helps
I'd be surprised if it was formatted to NTFS as default though, most seem to be FAT32.
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Thanks for all the help guys. Managed to get it working in the end with the USB.


If I burn these to a DVD with something like IMG Burn would the film play off of that?
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Ya there's no formatting or burning onto DVD's needed, just press Triangle and Display All..........as someone said above, it's a weird way about it, but u get used to it!!!

But if you burn it to a DVD it should just play like a normal DVD
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a press of triangle will let you copy your avi to ps3 hard disc also,
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The PS3 is the best thing ever made
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Yeah, no way would I be wasting DVDs/Laser wear and tear when I can just plug in a USB onto my 320GB HDD (which is starting to run out of space...)
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