Step 4: Adding media files to the Library
We will now add our media files (images, audio, video files) to the TVersity library, so that these can be accessed from your PS3. Click on the "Library" button at the top to go to the sharing section.
Click on the "Add Item" button and select one of the options to load in your media. My preference is to store all the media that I want to share in the same folder, as opposed to having them spread out across the hard-disk. This way, you won't unnecessarily load in a bunch of media files that you don't plan on sharing. You can click on the advanced button to set if the files in this folder should override the main transcoding settings. This is useful when adding a single file, and that file refuses to play on the device even though the TVersity thinks the file should be compatible with the device - so here, you can force TVersity to transcode this problematic file using the "Always" option - the inverse is true, when a file that the device can play natively is detected by TVersity as being not compatible - using "Never" forces transcoding to be turned off.
Once you have added in all your media, the "Sources" tree view on the left hand side should list them. You can click on items to change their options, as well as use the "Update" button to update the folder when new files are added.
Step 5: Finishing Off
You should now try to connect to your TVersity enabled PC from the device of your choice, be it the PS3 or the Xbox 360. If you aren't seeing the TVersity enabled PC being listed in available devices, then you may need to refer to the troubleshooting
Here are some troubleshooting hints:
- Make sure TVersity is started (see the last part of Step 2)
- Make sure TVersity hasn't been blocked by your firewall. In Windows Firewall, TVersity should be listed and selected in the "Exceptions" section. If it isn't listed there, you can use the "Add Program" button to add the TVersity executable to the list. Other firewall software will have different ways to do this. For example, in Norton Internet Security, you need to go to Network Settings -> Smart Firewall -> Program Control -> Configure -> make sure TVersity is "allowed" or if it isn't listed there, add the TVersity executable to the list and "allow" it.
- If you have another media sharing software started, try it with the other software shut down
If UPnP could not be enabled or isn't working, then you may need to perform port forwarding. Each router will have different port forwarding instructions, but this is a really good website to find precise instructions for your network device. The website also covers information on DHCP, which you'll need to understand to get port forwarding to always work. The port that needs to be forwarded is 41952.
An example of the port forwarding setup on my network. My router hands out IP addresses via DHCP for 192.168.0.2 to 192.168.0.50. I set my PS3's IP address to be a static IP address outside of this range, 192.168.0.51, as to avoid DHCP assigning the same address to multiple systems. In my Netgear DG834G router setup section, I use the instruction provided on this page to set up port forwarding for TVersity.
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