VR is the future or a flash in the pan? Who cares? We only know VR devices gives us normal people a chance to enjoy a Virtual Reality world at home. In the world, we can see the dragons in the Jurassic Park, fell the passion in The Martian strongly. What’s more, with more and more VR Headsets manufactured, a VR Headset is getting more and more cheap. Even the hot Samsung Gear VR is priced at approachability. So with a VR headset in hand, do you really know how to play your own 3D video on your VR Headset?
When you get your first VR box in hand, you must be confused how the black box can give you a VR world. Here, we will show you how to watch a 3D movie with a VR Headset, even it is a low end VR Headset at home.
Here’s what you’ll need:
A 3D movie. Please remember: If you turn a 2D movie in a 3D one, none of your existing 2D titles will work. You need to download a true 3D video from YouTube and other 3D movie sites or you can buy a 3D Blu-ray movie than rip it to right 3D SBS video for your VR Headsets.
A phone. iPhone or Android, either one will work. We’re going to assume your phone fits nicely into the VR headset you have on hand.
A VR headset. We used the Samsung Gear VR available for $98 on Amazon. (Other VR Headsets choices)
A VR Video Player: The one extra thing you might need, depending on the 3D movie you have, is an app to play it for the VR headset. The reason you need a special app to play a 3D movie because when you play any sort of video that’s meant for a VR headset, it’s split into two windows like this;
We say you might need the app because the movie may not be split into two windows. The one we tried this out with was already split into two windows. In the event that your movie isn’t, here are some free apps, one for iOS and Android each, to split the view.
VR Video Player app for iOS users:
Homido 360 VR Player – Homido itself is a VR headset maker and it has its 360 VR Videos player app too!. The Homido 360 VR Player is a really cool app for iPhone users to watch 3D SBS & 360 VR Videos.
Mobile VR Station for iOS iPhone – Mobile VR Station is another alternative or similar app to Homido 360 VR Player. It perhaps has even more features than Homido!
Carl Zeiss VR One Cinema – Carl Zeiss one of World’s best lens maker recently came out with a VR Headset and Carl Zeiss VR One Cinema app comes directly from the company.
VR Player – This VR video player can effectively play the 2D, 3D Top-Bottom, 3D SBS videos on your smartphone. If you are interested in having the experience of theatre with your smartphone, then you must install the VR Player in it.
VR Gesture Player – The most amazing feature of the app is that the inputs are made through hand gestures. The touch-less control of this app lets the users to jump into the world of virtual reality. The hand gestures are recognized by the back camera and these gestures are used to control the app.
VRTV Player Free – This player app features all the projection types like dome, cube, and more that are required to play the VR videos. Fish Eye is the best feature of this player which lets the users to split the videos in such a way that there is no strain on your eyes.
If you’ve got a movie that’s already split into two windows, just play it using VLC player.
Create 3D Video, Transfer Video to phone, Play 3D with Gear VR
Create 3D Video
As we aforementioned, the 3D movie is a key point for successfully playing 3D video with 3D VR Glasses.
You can download true 3D movie from popular 3D movie download sites. Top 3D movies download sites have:
- YIFY Torrents
- The Illustrated 3D Movie List
- The Pirate Bay
- YouTube 3D Channel
You also can buy 3D Blu-ray/DVD and rip 3D Blu-ray/DVD to 3D SBS Video for VR Headsets with 3D Blu-ray Ripper.
Open Blu-ray to Side-by-Side 3D converter and load your source Blu-ray movie. From the “Format” drop-down list, you are suggested to follow the path “3D Video > MP4 Side-by-Side 3D Video(*.mp4)”for ripping Blu-ray to side-by-side 3D MP4 video. Finally, click the “Convert” button on program interface to start ripping Blu-ray to side-by-side 3D MP4 video. After it finished, open output file destination, locate the created SBS 3D MP4 video and you could watch it on your VR Headsets.
3D depth and video size, bitrate is very important for a 3D video effect. You HAVE TO check the user manual of your VR Headsets to learn the best compatible 3D video codec, frame rate, bitrate, audio codec, channel. AND, since the phone is the screen, you should make sure the 3D video is also supported by your iPhone 6S/6S Plus/6/6 Plus/5S/5, Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge/S6/S6 Edge/Note 5/4, Blackberry, HUAWEI, LG, HTC, etc.
For Gear VR, we recommend using 1280×720 HD resolution to encode your videos. Higher resolutions will not provide any better quality, meaning you’ll waste space and processing power.
We also recommend using a higher bit rate than a typical web stream at that resolution, as the pixels in your video will be magnified on the phone’s screen. The optimal bit rate is content dependent, and many videos can get by with less, but 5 Mb/s should give good quality.
While H.264 is the recommended video coding, H.265 videos can also be played.
3D movies should be encoded “full side-by-side” with a 1:1 pixel aspect ratio. Content mastered at 1920×1080 compressed side -by- side 3D should be resampled to 1920×540 resolution full side -by -side resolution.
When you don’t make sure the best 3D video parameters, just keep 3D Video resolution 720p or 540p.
Transfer Video to phone
I think this step is very easy for you. If you don’t know, please read the tutorial by yourselves.
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To view your SBS 3D video files on your Gear VR with Galaxy S7/S7 Edge/S6/S6 Edge/Note5/Note 4, follow these steps:
- On your MicroSD card file directory, navigate to Oculus > Movies > Your Movies
- Create a new folder within “Your Movies” and label it “3D”
- Import or move your side-by-side 3D videos into your newly created “3D” folder
Since Galaxy Note 5 has no MicroSD card, you can simply connect it to your computer to transfer your 3D video to it.
Play 3D with Gear VR
Once you have created your 3D content folder and imported compatible video files, insert your MicroSD card into your Galaxy phone (if it isn’t already), dock the phone in your Gear VR, and don the virtual reality headset. Then:
- Navigate to Oculus Cinema from the main menu
- Navigate to “My Videos” from the Oculus Cinema content library menu
- Select the 3D video you wish to view (if you followed the above steps it should have a “3D” label in the upper righthand corner)
- Choose the cinema mode to begin playback
The software is coded to automatically convert any video in the “3D” folder for 3D playback. While the included documentation and tutorials don’t make the process completely obvious, the answer is buried in the literature accompanying the Gear VR’s Oculus Mobile SDK along with plenty of other tips on importing your own content for viewing on Samsung’s virtual reality headset.
This 3D video playing on VR Headsets tutorial is applied to nearly all VR Headsets in the market no matter it is a lower end or higher end one only if it needs a smartphone as the display. You can follow the steps to view 3D movie on Gear VR Innovator Edition, Gear VR, Oculus Rift DK2, Rift Development Kit 2, Google Cardboard, Cardboard HeadMount 3D VR BOX, Daydream VR, ZEISS VR One, ANTVR KIT, Vitrio VR, Freefly VR, View-Master VR, DESTEK Vone 3D VR Headset, IncrediSonic M700 VUE Series VR Glasse, Baoer Cardboard Valencia Quality 3d VR, Glyby 3D VR, VIGICA VR, True Depth 3D VR, J-DEAL Large FOV 3D VR, HTC Vive, Homido Virtual Reality Headset, Findbest VR, Speck Pocket VR, Deepoon VR, Visus, Cmoar VR, AuraVisor, Project Morpheus, PlayStation VR, etc.
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