But if it is possible to play MPEG file bigger than 4GB without problem up to the end, then I will change my opinion that PS3 limits all files moved to it on size of 4GB max.
It definetly plays mpeg2 files over 4GB OK, but you do lose proper use of the transport controls (ie. fast forward and backwards). Its not ideal but if your going to watch a movie all the way through in one sitting then its all right, soon as you try forwarding it goes back to somewhere near the start of the movie and starts over.
I used the 3.7gb files that i split from the 20gb movie file like the method that the giude showed from hacked2123. the outcome was ment to be able to be playd on the ps3 XMB. how ever the files came out as 123mb files instead of 3.7gb and were displayed as "unsurpported data" on the XMB.
is this normal for the result of a 3.7gb (.mpg) file, converted through VLC player to be able to be playable on the XMB, to be a 128mb file?
today I encode a couple of mp4 files for file size tests. My PS3 with fw 1.93 can correctly play .mp4 up to 4GB. Ie: 3.9GB file plays ok while files greater than 4.0GB are always reported as CORRUPTED DATA.
Please note: the PS3 file size is always reported correctly using the info option, either for smaller and bigger files.