The PlayStation 3 has some cool photo slideshow features, and of course pictures look great in HD, so I’ve been trying to transfer my pictures from iPhoto to the PS3. Once again I document my adventures in trying to get something to work.
The first thing I tried was iPhoto’s Burn command. But when I put the resulting CD into my PS3, I found all sorts of data files, thumbnails, and originals. Obviously this is meant to back up one’s library rather than transfer it to another platform.
My next guess: the Export command. I exported everything as JPEG, at its original resolution. That way all my Camera Raw images should come out right. But no. The PS3 found a significant percentage of images unreadable, for no apparent reason. Some of them were shot within minutes of other pictures that came through fine. That combined with the explicit JPEG export made this a very mysterious failure.
By this point I was tired of burning coasters, so I got myself a new USB drive. I figure I’ll be doing this transfer thing now and then, so it should be worth upgrading from the 16MB model I’ve been carrying around for a couple of years. And of course there was the usual shock of going from years-old technology to the modern-day stuff. I had picked up the 16MB thing as an impulse buy at CompUSA for somewhere around $15. Now I’ve got a 4GB Kingston DataTraveler from Amazon for $40… and of course it’s smaller.
It didn’t work as smoothly, though. When I tried exporting directly to it from iPhoto, it got stuck on the first picture. The Finder also froze when I tried to unmount it. I restarted, and tried copying a couple of test files onto it, and it seemed to work. I began the export again, but this time to the desktop. That, at least, is a process I should only have to do once. But when the export was done, and I tried copying the first picture over, it froze again. Boy, restarting is fun when you can’t even get the Finder to quit.
For my third try, I opened up Disk Utility to reformat the thing. I left it in DOS format since I’m not sure what the PS3 can read. That took a minute, and at first I was afraid that was just going to freeze too. But it seemed to succeed… as did the first picture. So I dragged the rest over, and the progress bar was finally moving forward.
The final phase: getting the stuff onto the PS3. Now, you would think at this point that at least the file copying part would be no problem. But life is quirkier than that. I plugged it in, and selected it in the pictures menu, and it said “There are no images.” I got similar results for movies and music (though the lack of music was expected). This was disappointing.
I hit the triangle button and went to the info screen for the USB drive. This displayed a screen with counters for images and size (in MBs) that quickly counted upwards as it scanned the drive. Why did it see images here and not before?
The menu that got me to the info screen also had a command called Display All. Lo and behold, it caused all the images to be displayed just as I had expected them to before. Why this step was necessary, I can’t guess, but there you are. Soon everything was copied and I was watching that cool “pictures falling on a desk” slideshow, complete with the previously unreadable pictures.
I was a little worried by the fact that the exported pictures had the current date as their modification date, which would have messed up the PS3’s chronological slideshow. But happily the PS3 is quite capable of reading the embedded EXIF data put there by iPhoto. Whew.