Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Watch 3D Movies on Oculus Rift

The Rift is a virtual reality head-mounted display developed by Oculus VR. The Rift will be released in Q1 2016, making it one of the first consumer-targeted virtual reality headsets. Although many people don't have a Oculus Rift in hand, it doesn't prevent them from asking how to watch 3D movies on Oculus Rift? Here, this article will instruct you to the way of playing 3D movies with Oculus Rift DK 2.

Here we go:

  • Download and install VLC Player
  • Download and install VR Player
  • You then need to download the DK2 Tracker (Hosted here incase it is removed from where I got it from) for motion tracking within the player
  • Expand the .zip ( * See below in known issues if you have problems here)
  • Copy to the following location (or wherever you installed VR Player):
    C:\Program Files (x86)\VR Player\Trackers
  • Open up VR player and set the tracker that you just copied as follows:

Depending on the content you wish to view you have a few options. Here are some examples:

  • Set up Oculus as extended Desktop in the Rift Display Mode program.
  • Ensure your windows monitor is setup so your rift is secondary.
  • For 3D movies such as Avatar: 
    Menu - Media - Format - Side By Side 
    Menu - Media - Projection - Plane
  • If your movie is not 3D 
    Menu - Media - Format - Mono 
    Menu - Media - Projection - Plane
  • To open a movie select: 
    Menu - File - Open File - With VLC...
  • Browse to your selected movie.
  • Now that the movie is running you need to move the video screen onto your Oculus screen. 
    In my case the Oculus is my second monitor to the left. So I hit these keys: 
    Hit Windows Key + Cursor Key Left (Do this twice, this moves the window to your Oculus) 
    Hit Windows Key + Cursor Key Up (This maximizes the window)
  • Put on headphones and enjoy! 

    If you have problems playing back files such as .MKV. You may also need to install a CODEC pack. I would recommend the CCCP Codec pack (It may have a Russian name but this should cover your CODEC needs and has no spam) 

Other VR apps recommend:

  • Homido 360 VR player
  • Cineveo VR (CINEVEO – Virtual Reality Cinema, the popular VR cinema app for Oculus Rift, is now available for Android with Cardboard VR support. Grab some popcorn, it's movie time! "CINEVEO offers a mind-blowing voyage into a new realm of movie entertainment and forever changes the way you will want to watch movies."
  • VR Cinema for Cardboard (You can use the Google Cardboard or other such devices to create your own little personal cinema experience. VR Cinema for Cardboard turns MP4 format videos and other formats if you pay for the pro version into a split-screen view for the VR headsets.)

If your video format is not in the list of Oculus Rift supported formats, like VOB, MTS, MXF, Tivo,etc, you can use iFastime Video Converter Ultimate for Mac to help you. Unlike other converters on the market like Handbrake, MPEG Streamclip or FFmpeg converter, it supports almost all input and output video/audo formats, it can change 2D/3D movies, no matter best horror movies on Netflix, family/kids movies, or action movies to 2D or 3D MP4, AVI, WMV, MOV, etc for your specific use on Gear VR, VR One, Rift DK2, Google Cardboard, etc.

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How to convert unsupported 3D movies to Oculus Rift on Mac?

Step 1: Add source movies

Launch the top 2D/3D to 3D converter for Mac and add your movie source by clicking the "Load file(s)" or “Add videos” icon to import videos to the app.

Step 2: Select a suitable output video format

Oculus Rift DK2 supports MP4, MKVI, etc format. You can click the "Format" bar and choose "MP4 Side-by-Side 3D Video (*.mp4)" or "MKV Side-by-Side 3D Video (*.mkv)"  from "3D Video" profile list for your Oculus Rift DK2.

Note: For getting better 3D experience for Oculus Rift DK2, you should adjust the video size and bitrate here. Clicking the "Settings" button, for common videos, 1280x720 HD resolution and 5 Mb/s video bitrate are recommended. 1920x1080 compressed side-by-side 3D should be resampled to 1920x540 resolution full side-by-side resolution.

Step 3: Start to transform all videos to 3D MP4 for Oculus Rift DK2

The last step is to press the big "Start conversion" button on the right to start converting all videos to Oculus Rift DK2 on Mac. The conversion takes a few minutes, if you don't have time to wait, you can choose "Shut down computer after conversion". Then your computer will be turned off automatically after the conversion is finished.

Now, you can watch 3D movies on Oculus Rift as the steps showed on the top of the guide.

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