As a newcomer to your forum I hope to gather advice to my PS3 and streaming issues. Before my questions, I would also like to apologise for my naivety with any of these related issues. I'm at the start of trying to backup and stream my bluray disc collection via my Mac Pro (in dual boot Windows Vista Ultimate mode) and stream the movies to my PS3 via a wired connection (ethernet cable). Unfortunately, a number of issues have arisen. Before stating those, I thought I might give you some info as to my setup. I have a Mac Pro in Windows Vista Ultimate mode. I do have a broadband router but choosing to connect my ethernet cablke between my Mac Pro to PS3 directly. As I have a Samsung ue40b7020 tv set with ethernet and built in decoding software (i.e. MKV, AVI, etc), I am also using the supplied Samsung PC Share Manager acting as a DNLA server. I select this on my tv set via Source menu on my tv remote (I don't think this is relevant to my PS3 issue but I mention it just in case). The problems are as follows:
1). Once I activate the PS3 Media Server software, there is a tendency for my PS3 to lose or jump out of connection with my computer. On the few occasions the link remains, a number of my higher bitrate media and larger files stutter in playback.
2). As the majority of my titles are in M2TS VC1 files, I was hoping to select and play these files directly through the PS3. Unfortunately, my PS3 (with 2.80 update) states it as data corrupted. I tried to use the "transcode" folder on the PS3 and then select the m2ts file, but only the audio plays against a blank screen. If it can be helped, I would like to avoid trancoding in order to maintain the best quaity.
3). I have an MKV contained movie from one of my h264 movie files I extracted from a disc which exhibits large green blocks of artifacts and a stuttering playback. Interesting, this MKV 25gb file plays very smoothly via PC Share Manager directly from my computer to my Samsung TV via a connection to router to TV ethernet port. (My tv incidently does not recognise m2ts at all, and stutters consistently with WMV (VC1) files above 5 mbps so I don't intend to use that route).
4). I've heard that WMP 11 is useful but when I select it and goto Libray>Media Sharing options, it doesn't seem to detect my PS3 at all except only my TV (Samsung TV DMR). I have also ticked "Allow new devices and computers..." but it has no effect. I am using a straight lan cable from one of my two ethernet port on the back of my Mac Pro to the PS3.
As I am in the middle of considering whether cleaning out and reinstalling windows on my Mac Pro, I thought perhaps I could also gather some of your advice to install some recommended software for PS3 in order to make it run as smoothly and good a picture as possible. Perhaps I should avoid Vista and use another and alternative boot in to XP mode?
Any possible help would be greatly appreciated.