MP4 on PS3 - How to Convert MP4 to PS3 Supported Formats to Play MP4 on PS3?

Easily Convert MP4 to PS3 Compatible Formats to Solve "PS3 Won't Play MP4" Issue

Aug 24, 2014, Updated by Shirley White


According to PlayStation Knowledge Center, MP4 is one of the input formats of PS3 and PS4. But many people still encounter the following issue when they play MP4 on PS3 and PS4:

  • When I tried to play MP4 files made with my Samsung HD camcorder on PS3. I can view the video perfectly, but after about 3 seconds, I lost audio;
  • I have an MP4 file (h.264/aac). When I put this file in a USB stick and insert the stick into PS3, it can see the USB stick but it says no files;
  • I have some MP4 files on a HDD and I want to play these MP4 files on PS3. How can I do this?
  • I intend to rip a bunch of kid's films to MP4 and stick them on the PS3. I just can't get the PS3 to see them;
  • I have a lot of MP4 files which are converted from DVD disc. When I put these files on PS4 through USB stick, PS4 can't read the files.

Can PS3 and PS4 Play MP4 Files?

Although PS3 do support MP4 files, they have strict requirement for this kind of format.

If your video is recorded in a Memory Stick by a camcorder, the video must meet following standard:

  • Video in MPEG-4 SP (Simple Profile) and audio in AAC LC (Low Complexity) format.
  • Video in H.264/AVC HP (High Profile) and audio in AAC LC (Low Complexity) format.
  • MPEG-2 TS format with video in H.264/AVC and audio in AAC LC (Low Complexity) format.

If your MP4 file comes from other source, eg. converted from DVD, it must meet following requirement:

  • Video in H.264/AVC HP (High Profile) and audio in AAC LC(Low Complexity) format.

How to Play MP4 on PS3?

In order to successfully play various MP4 files on PS3, a widely used solution is to convert MP4 to PS3 recognized formats. Here, we strongly recommend Faasoft MP4 to PS3 Converter to help you convert MP4 to PS3 to solve "PS3 won't play MP4" issue.

Besides transcoding MP4 to PS3 supported formats, Faasoft MP4 to PS3 Converter also has the powerful feature of converting almost all kinds of videos to PS3 like AVI to PS3, MKV to PS3, MOV to PS3, WMV to PS3, FLV to PS3, ASF to PS3, and WTV to PS3, etc.

Furthermore, Faasoft MP4 to PS3 Converter is also a built-in editor to optimize MP4 files in the following aspects: trim, crop, merge files into one, split by chapter, add subtitle/watermark/effect, adjust volume/channel/bitrate, and rotate, etc.

How to Convert MP4 to PS3 Formats with Faasoft MP4 to PS3 Converter?

Free download and install Faasoft MP4 to PS3 Converter, and then follow the step by step guide to convert MP4 to PS3.

Step 1 Add MP4 file to Faasoft MP4 to PS3 Converter
Simply drag and drop MP4 file to Faasoft MP4 to PS3 Converter. Or click "Add File" button on the interface of this MP4 to PS3 Converter to open MP4 file you want to convert.

Step 2 Set output format
Click "Profile" drop-down button to select "PS3 H.264 Video (*.mp4)" from "PlayStation" category as the output format.

Tips: If your source file is HD, please choose "PS3 H.264 HD video (*.mp)" or "PS3 MPEG-2 HD video (*.mpg)" as the output formats.

Step 3 Start MP4 to PS3 Conversion
Click the big "Convert" button of Faasoft MP4 to PS3 Converter to start and finish MP4 to PS3 transformation.

One Step to Play MP4 on PS3

When the conversion of MP4 to PS3 is done, press "Open Folder" button, and you'll see the converted MP4 file there. Now there is only one step to play mp4 on PS3.

Tips: Watch MP4 on PS3 via an external USB hard drive or flash drive

Plug the external USB hard drive into one of the USB ports on the PS3 and navigate to VIDEO on the PS3 XMB menu and find your device. And then hit "Triangle" to view all contents. Finally, copy and paste the converted MP4 file to PS3 hard drive. Or just play it directly from the connected device.

FAQ on Transferring Files to PS3 via USB

Question one: Watch MP4 on PS3 via an external USB hard drive

Create a folder on your USB drive called VIDEO. Place this folder in the root of the USB drive, and then try. You can also press "Triangle" in the USB Drive on the XMB and you see an option to "Display All." This should display all the folders on your USB Drive.

Question two: Why PS3 can't see my device?

PS3 has a strict requirement for device format. The device you connect must be formatted to FAT32.

Question three: How to check if my device is formatted to FAT32?

Plug your device in computer and check what letter the drive is. Open the properties dialog of that drive in Windows Explorer, and you will see the "File system" of that drive.

Question four: How to format my device to FAT32?

Select "Run" from the menu in Windows and type "cmd" to bring up the command window. Type the following line in the window format (Drive Letter): /FS:FAT32.

If your drive is K, and then you should type format K: /FS:FAT32.

Note: If your drive is one of SanDisk Cruzer Flash Drive, you need to uninstall the U3 Launchpad software which automatically runs. Before you do this, make sure that you back up all data on the USB device because this tool will wipe it completely.