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Setting up PS3 Media Server on your Mac
With PS3 Media Server you can stream the videos and other media files from your computer to the PS3, Xbox 360, or other devices like your Sony Bravia (with DLNA) over Wi-Fi. It requires minimal configuration and is really easy to use, allowing you to stream your videos without worrying about the technicalities involved. Below are the steps with some screenshots which are self explanatory, but I will briefly describe the process to set up PS3 Media Server on your mac in this article.
Download PS3 Media Server from the Cnet website
Save the file in your Applications Folder
- Double click on the downloaded .dmg file.
- Drag the PS3 Media Server application then opened to the Applications Folder.
- Click on the PS3 Media Server Application Icon in your Applications to open it.
- When you try to open it for the first time you might get a popup saying that the application is unsafe since it was not downloaded from Apple store, but you can safely ignore the warning.
- The Main Panel will now be visible and a small icon of the application will also be visible on the top menu bar towards your right. The status screen for now will show you a red cross with a message saying 'No renderers found'. It will look like the one in the adjacent image once you set up your TV. But let us first configure our mac.
- Click on the 'General Configuration' and ensure that your configuration matches the image. You could choose the Default Renderer from the dropdown based on the TV you have. If you do not know select 'Unknown Renderer'.
- Now click on the 'Navigation/Share Settings' tab. By default 'All Drives' would be selected under 'Shared Folders'. You could change and I would suggest that you change that to share just the folders that contain your Videos, Music and Pictures only. This would make your navigation on the TV a bit easier. For example, to share your 'Movies' folder, click on the plus button and select the 'Users/<your username>/Movies'. This will automatically remove 'All Drives' from the shared folders and only your movies folder will be shared.
- Now click on the 'Transcoding Settings' and choose 'MEncoder' under 'Video Files Engine'. Configure the screen as shown in the image. You could configure the folder that would contain the subtitles of the movie you are watching. I keep my movies in the Movies folder and subtitles (*.srt or *.sub files) in Subs folder under 'Movies' folder. If you do not want to configure it and still want subtitles then you should keep the subtitles files in the same folder where your movie is. Also whatever be the case ensure that the Movie file name and the subtitles file name is exactly the same with no special characters like '.', '-' etc. Also the name must start with an alphabet and not a number.
- Hit on the 'Save' button on the top of the main panel and then 'Restart Server' to restart the server.
How to configure your Sony Bravia to work with PS3 Media Server on mac
Now that you are all done with the settings in your mac. Lets configure your Bravia TV now. First, connect your TV to the internet. I have briefly explained the process below.
Wiring the router
- The adjacent image is of a wireless router through which your mac connects to the internet. An ethernet cable from your internet service provider connects to this router. Take another ethernet cable (the blue one in this image) that fits into one of the free slots in your router and connect it to any of those free slots.
Wiring the TV
- Your our TV has a similar slot on the back side as shown here. Connect the other end of the blue ethernet cable into that slot. This connects your TV to the internet and the same Local Area Network (LAN) where your mac is connected. PS3 server could only stream media to devices in the same LAN.
You are now all set with wiring your TV to connect to internet and LAN. Sony also sells a wireless usb adaptor for TV but I am not using that as it is very costly. If your router and TV are placed nearby, wiring is the easiest thing to do.
Browsing Mac Media on TV
- Press the 'Home' button on your Bravia's remote.
- Keep pressing the 'left' or 'right' arrow button until you see the 'Videos' in the menu on your screen as shown in the adjacent image.
- This menu is used to play media from USB connected to your TV or any media servers like the PS3 media server connected in your LAN.
- You will be able to see the 'PS3 Media Server' icon on your TV screen. If not or if the icon does not look the same as what you see in your mac's Application folder, it means the Server is not running. Restart the server if it is not running. You should now be able to see the Green tick as in the 'Main Panel' image since your TV is on and configured.
- The first image here is when the media server is not running but was previously detected.
- The second image is when the media server on your mac is running and correctly detected by your TV. Notice the change in PS3 icon.
- Press the 'OK' button on your TV remote to select the PS3 icon and you will be able to see the folders that you had shared on your mac.
- Navigate to the 'Movies' folder and press OK to see the contents. Select you favorite movie and press OK.
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Enjoy the movie on the big screen. :)
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maximus-mcmullan on September 26, 2014:
when I try to access my movies the movies say "protected", and when I try to play them they pause themselves and never play. how do I unprotect the movies?
arun.udayan (author) from Hyderabad on October 03, 2013:
Thanks for the info Nicolas! I will surely try this. Does it allow to stream subtitles?
Nicolas enjay on October 02, 2013:
you can simply download homestream from official site of sony .No need for this long and weird solution.
ud1093 from ? on June 24, 2013:
This is real nice thanks for sharing your knowledge
who cares on June 18, 2013:
i just thank u from my bottom of my heart
arun.udayan (author) from Hyderabad on April 28, 2013:
There could be many factors causing this one of which could be the wireless speed, transcoding-encoding of HD content (if you are trying to view HD content). I would say wire your mac to the router while watching the movie.
Just today I am trying out Plex Media server and and my movie is streaming well on my TV. You could try that out too if interested. :)
Kiran Polu on April 27, 2013:
Its worked. Thanks Allot.
Although some videos are coming in the reverse up and down. And browsing is also taking sometime. Please share if you have any inputs in improving these qualities.
arun.udayan (author) from Hyderabad on March 29, 2013:
This sometimes depends on the network strength, router capacity and also the number of programs running on your mac. Try to connect your router to your mac with a wire and restart the PS3 server. It should be the same router which is connected to your TV. A wired connection is always better than a wireless one.
Tred on March 29, 2013:
This worked great thanks, although the image keeps stuttering, is there a way to adjust this?
Rayan on March 09, 2013:
Man you rock. It works so seamlessly. Glad that I don't have to use cables anymore to connect my MacBook to my TV to watch movies or videos. Thanks heappppsssss!
Yunus on February 22, 2013:
It worked. thanks!
arun.udayan (author) from Hyderabad on December 29, 2012:
When you start the PS3 media server, do you see the Main Panel that shows renderer found? It should look like the 5th picture in my hub. If not then either your TV or your mac is not connected to the Local Area Network properly. Make sure that you connect both devices through the same router and are able to access internet through both the devices.
Matt SJ on December 29, 2012:
I followed this to the letter and it does not work with my Bravia or PS3?