Video > Copying or moving video files

Copying or moving video files

Copy video files saved on storage media to the system storage or copy or move imported files from the system storage to storage media. With the file you want to import or copy selected, press the Triangle button, and then select [Copy] or [Move] from the options menu. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the operation.

Differences between copying and moving

The operation you can perform varies depending on the type of file. Copy-protected files can only be moved. If a file is moved, it will no longer exist in the original save location.

Types of video files Supported operations Save locations
Video files without copyright protection Copying
  • System storage of the PS3™ system
  • Storage media
Video files with copyright protection
(File types: MGV, ETS and others)
  • System storage of the PS3™ system
  • Memory Stick PRO™ *1
Purchased video content (file type: MNV) *2 recorded in SD resolution that was downloaded from PlayStation®Store Copying
  • System storage of the PS3™ system
  • Memory Stick PRO™ Duo*1 inserted in the PSP™ system
  • System storage of the PSP™go system

Including Memory Stick PRO-HG™ and Memory Stick Micro™


Paid content (file type: MNV) recorded in HD resolution that was downloaded from PlayStation®Store cannot be copied or moved, but can be selectively backed up. To selectively back up contents downloaded from the Video Store of PlayStation®Store, use the PS3™ system's backup feature. For more information, see (Video) > [Backing up or restoring video files] in this guide.


  • The sale / rental of video content from PlayStation®Store on the PS3™ system has been discontinued.
  • When copying or moving video files that have parental control restrictions, you must enter a password. You can set the password in [Change Password] under (Settings) > (Security Settings).
  • Depending on the device in use, some copied files may not be playable.
  • Depending on the model of PS3™ system in use, an appropriate USB adaptor (not included) may be required to use storage media. Also, when moving video files to Memory Stick PRO™ media, a USB device that supports Memory Stick™ media's copyright-protection features such as the PSP™ system or MRW-F3 (a Sony product) is required.
  • When using Memory Stick Micro™ media with a PS3™ system that is equipped with a Memory Stick™ slot, you must use the media with a Memory Stick™ M2 Duo Adaptor.
  • Some copy-protected video files cannot be moved.
  • Take care not to infringe the intellectual property of others.
  • Video files cannot be copied or moved during playback.*
  • * Includes content playback using other features, such as playback of music files.

Copying or moving video to view on a PSP™ system

Copy or move video files to view them on a PSP™ system.


Connect the PSP™ system to the PS3™ system using a USB cable.
To copy files to Memory Stick™ media, insert the Memory Stick™ media into the PSP™ system.


On the PSP™ system, select (Settings) > (USB Connection).


On the PS3™ system, select the video file you want to copy or move, and then press the Triangle button.


Select [Copy] or [Move].
Follow the on-screen instructions to copy or move the file. You can play the copied or moved video file by selecting the file under (Video) > (Memory Stick™) or (Video) > (System Storage) on the PSP™ system.


  • For information on playing video files on the PSP™ system, refer to the user's guide for the PSP™ system.
  • Depending on the type of video file that you copy or move, you must use Memory Stick PRO Duo™ media.
  • Video content recorded in HD resolution cannot be moved.

Video > Copying or moving video files