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Re: PS3 Media Server for dummies / tutorial howto documentation

Postby rustyjarz » Mon Oct 05, 2009 1:19 am

This page really needs to be a sticky. It's got all the info or links to all the info you need.
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Re: PS3 Media Server for dummies / tutorial howto documentation

Postby otmanix » Tue Oct 06, 2009 4:34 pm

Troubleshooting - PMS - Renaming PS3 Media Server

Error: There is no option to rename PMS in GUI. I want to run more than one PMS instance in my home network and identify them easily.

Solution: There is no easy solution. One has to change sourcecode and compile PMS in order to get a renamed version of it.

How to compile PMS sourcecode on Windows:
I wrote a howto some months ago ... but only in German language: http://otmanix.de/2009/02/07/ps3-media-server-unter-windows-kompilieren/
There is also an English howto available in this forum: http://ps3mediaserver.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=392&p=1874
The difference is that I use TortoiseSVN instead of SlickSVN. Of course you can use your favourite SVN client...

step 1 - download sourcecode with your favourite svn client from http://ps3mediaserver.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/ps3mediaserver/

step 2 - customize downloaded version of pms.xml: http://ps3mediaserver.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/ps3mediaserver/resources/PMS.xml

Code: Select all
<friendlyName>Java PS3 Media Server</friendlyName>
<manufacturer>PMS</manufacturer>
<manufacturerURL>http://ps3mediaserver.blogspot.com</manufacturerURL>
<modelDescription>UPnP/AV 1.0 Compliant Media Server</modelDescription>
<modelName>PMS</modelName>
<modelNumber>01</modelNumber>
<modelURL>http://ps3mediaserver.blogspot.com</modelURL>
<serialNumber/>


step 3 - compile PMS with ant

step 4 - compiled version has new name when being installed...

It's nearly the same stuff to do on Linux:
- all software packages needed here should be available at the software repository of your linux distribution
- install current JavaSE developement kit (JDK)
- install Apache ant
- install svn client
- set ANT_HOME, JAVA_HOME and PATH variable to useful values
- checkout PMS sourcecode with your svn-client, e.g. svn checkout http://ps3mediaserver.googlecode.com/sv ... diaserver/
- customize xml-file with your favourite text editor, e.g. vi
- run ant to compile PMS
- use the new tar.gz-file for installation

P.S.
Compiling source code, etc. is no topic for beginners. Please don't annoy Shagrath if you don't get it...
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Re: PS3 Media Server for dummies / tutorial howto documentation

Postby otmanix » Mon Oct 19, 2009 6:36 am

Finally this howto/faq thread is a sticky. Thanks to Shagrath!
http://ps3mediaserver.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=4088

I hope lots of questions for PMS newbs will be answered with help of this thread. Everybody is invited to participate. So write a feedback or publish your solution for certain problems...

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Re: PS3 Media Server for dummies / tutorial howto documenta

Postby karl123 » Sat Oct 24, 2009 3:20 pm

Philips TV's are supported by PMS

The new PMS (PS3 Media Server) now also supports Philips networked TV's.
For this you have to use the PMS version 1.11.366, which contains a Philips TV configuration file.

(It took a while in searching and testing. With the great help of Shagrath and Tomeko the on-TV browsing was fixed and finally the streaming was fixed.)

There are two sorts of Philips networked TV's: the models like e.g. the Aurea and the NetTV models.
Both have the same basic networking capabilities and are quite similar to PMS.
The NetTV's have more native play (i.e. no transcoding needed) capabilities than the Aurea.

How to start?
- Connect the TV to your network. A wireless network works, but for streaming a cabled network is better.
- Install PMS PMS version 1.11.366. You can get it here: http://ps3mediaserver.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=3217
- Switch on the TV and start PMS on the PC. After little time you see at the main PMS screen (Status Tab) an Aurea TV picture
called "Philips Aurea TV NetTV".
- If the TV is not found then check in the Traces Tab which network has been used.
You can force the correct network in the General Configuration Tab.
At "Force network on interface"you can select your favorite network here.
(This is needed e.g. when you did install a virtual machine like Virtual Box or VMWare on your PC.
Such virtual machine adds a new network definition that is often chosen by PMS.
Also this can be used for selecting the best network connection for PMS e.g. forcing to use the cabled and not the wireless network
.)
- In the same General Configuration Tab you can select your favorite language.
- Select your video (and audio and photo) folders in the Navigation Tab.
- In Transcoding Settings Tab set number of audio channels to "2 channels Stereo". You can also disable Tsmuxer
- DO NOT FORGET to push on the Save button to keep your changes!

At the TV side
- Now select on your TV remote control "Source" and select "PC-network" from the list.
You should see the browser screen on TV and you can select a media server e.g. "PS3 Media Server"
- Now browse to your favorite media folder with video, audio or photo content.
Just learn by playing around!
- There is a special virtual #-TRANSCODE-# folder. Just browse in it and find for all video different transcoding options.
The Philips TV can only play so called Program Streams.
Just select a MEncoder type, but "MEncoder {Audio:AC3/Undetermined}" will always play.
- Click on your favorite video and its should start play on your TV.
- Audio and photo's are similar, but much simpler.

Native capabilities of Philips networked TV's
The current generation Philips networked TV's can only play Program Streams (no Transport Streams).
(Program Streams are simpler and Transport Streams have more error correcting. So the latter is used in e.g. broadcasting. But for local usage a Program Stream works fine.)
Programe Streams are output by some transcoders and "MEncoder {Audio:AC3/Undetermined}" will always play.

Philips Aurea native formats:
Video: MPEG-1, MPEG-2
Audio: LPCM, MP3
Photo: JPEG

Philips NetTV native formats:
Video: MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, AVI, H.264/MPEG-4, WMV9/VC1
Audio: LPCM, MP3, WMA
Photo: JPEG

Configuration file Philips.conf
See the philips.conf file in the renderer folder. Here you can experiment with configuration settings.
Please note that the newer Philips TV use a new DLNA stack with a different user-agent detection string!!
Older Philips TV:
# Renderer name string: Allegro-Software-WebClient/4.61 DLNADOC/1.00
UserAgentSearch= Allegro-Software-WebClient

Newest Philips TV:
# Renderer name string: Windows2000/0.0 UPnP/1.0 PhilipsIntelSDK/1.4 DLNADOC/1.50
UserAgentSearch= PhilipsIntelSDK

The standard Philips.conf file contains the older Allegro string.
You can find the proper string for your TV in the debug.log file (in the program folder): just search for the line with "USER-AGENT".

The following settings in the philips.conf are required for the Philips TV to work properly with PMS:

The current generation Philips networked TV's can only play Program Streams (no Transport Streams).
Mencoder and avisynth/mencoder will output MpegPS when TranscodeVideo=MPEGAC3.
Tsmuxer will always output MpegTS and cannot be used. http://ps3mediaserver.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=2099&start=260#p18487
TranscodeVideo=MPEGAC3

The Philips TV needs to receive a transcoded video with minimal delay (this TV has a very small timeout delay).
If not set, the TV will abort the play with "Not available" due to a "detected" time-out.
TranscodeFastStart=true

The size of the transcoded file is required to be -1 for the PS3, but this will crash the browsing for other TV rendererers.
For the Philips TV it need to be a positive integer, and we had better make it large:
TranscodedVideoFileSize=100000000000

Formats that cannot be played native like MKV, need to be transcoded, e.g. MKV, Flac, PNG
For the Aurea you specify formats that are forcefully transcoded:
TranscodeExtensions=avi,wmv,mkv,wmv,ts,m2ts,tp,iso,mp4,mov,hdmov,hdm,flac,fla,dts,ogg,asf,asx,m2v,av,m2p,mts,gif,tif,tiff,png,bmp
Many are not needed for Philips NetTV that can handle many formats natively

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Guide For Italian Users

Postby herbie_53 » Mon Oct 26, 2009 2:29 am

For Italian Users... Here there is a guide to configure PS3 MediaServer (@Moderators: I don't know if it's against the rules(I havent found it in teh FAQ) of this forum to publish an external link, i'm only try helping people. However if i can't publish that link remove this post)
Per gli utenti italiani... Qui è disponibile una guida per configurare PS3 MediaServer

http://newscienza.netsons.org/2009/10/23/ps3-media-server/

Merged into the tutorial thread, but will keep this post separate from Otmanix's main post
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Re: PS3 Media Server for dummies / tutorial howto documentation

Postby Gareee » Fri Dec 11, 2009 10:49 pm

Thanks! This thread and the links in it resolved a number of issues we were running up against.
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Re: PS3 Media Server for dummies / tutorial howto documentation

Postby kgee » Sun Dec 20, 2009 2:59 pm

Thanks for compiling this info. It is a huge help.

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Re: PS3 Media Server for dummies / tutorial howto documentation

Postby otmanix » Wed Dec 30, 2009 12:05 am

thanks for your positive feedback!
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Re: PS3 Media Server for dummies / tutorial howto documentation

Postby PeterinBC » Thu Jan 07, 2010 1:03 am

Sakradi sog I !

I was searching for a while to get my setting in order and to fool around with the different file types. Thanks to your easy to understand tutorial (that's why it is for dummies)
Did you write it in bavarian as well ?

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Re: PS3 Media Server for dummies / tutorial howto documentation

Postby otmanix » Thu Jan 07, 2010 6:00 pm

Did you write it in bavarian as well ?

No, only in German and English language...
"Bavarian" is a German slang which is only spoken in southern part of Germany, Austria and most northern part of Italy. All these people do understand German very well, at least I think so ;)
Here are some infos if you're interested in: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Austro-Bavarian_language
I live in the yellow region in this map which means that probably I speak North bavarian slang: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bairisches_Mundartgebiet.PNG
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