For those of you out there that are into streaming your home movies to your PS3, Xbox, or other device using PS3 Media Server, you may have run into trouble streaming videos you’ve taken using your phone or Sony point and shoot (or possibly other cameras that record using the mov file format). My problem was the videos would play, but the sound with it was some awful stuttering-screeching noise. After trying to change every setting in PS3MS, I came to the conclusion that none of the available transcode settings were going to solve my problem. It turns out the mov container (file format) is not very well liked by the PS3 and other renderers. I was immediately frustrated with the thought that I would have to reencode all my mov files to get them into streamable mp4 files.
Luckily, I came across this small, fast piece of software that keeps the h.264 encoding but changes the container to anything I want. Video Container Changer works like a charm. All you have to do is drag and drop the file to be changed into the program, select the new file format you want and click the “Transcode” button. In a few seconds, you’ll have a new file in a streamable format. Also, since the actual h.264 encoding is still intact, you can feel secure enough to delete your original file knowing the new file’s quality will be exactly the same.