Since the new Samsung Gear VR was released on Nov. 27. 2015, more and more people get the Gear VR. Watching 3D Movie on Old/New Samsung Gear VR through Oculus Cinema on your Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy Note 4/Note 5 or Galaxy S6/S6 Edge/S6 Edge+ smartphone a great way to jump into the world of VR entertainment.
How to Play All Videos on the Gear VR?
Watching movies on VR display is already quite drippy, and if you manage to make it look as awesome as possible, the experience is out of this world. The official tutorial for it is not the best I would say, and can improved in some explanation areas.
1) Buy/Download a 2D or 3D movie that is in these formats:
Currently, Gear VR supporst the following video file types: *.mp4, *.m4v, *.3gp, *.3g2, *.ts, *.webm, *.mkv, *.wmv, *.asf, *.avi, *.flv
2) Make sure your movies are in 720p.
It is said the best format for movies is 720p.
If you find your movie to be not in the right format, you can download Pavtube Video Converter program to convert your movie file.
3) Organize your folders.
Here it's where it may get a bit confusing for some. When you install the Oculus Cinema App on your phone, an additional folder will pop up on your Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy Note 4/Note 5 or Galaxy S6/S6 Edge/S6 Edge+ phone. That is where you put 2D movies in.
To watch Gear VR 3D movies however, make sure to create a " 3D " folder (without quotes now and further on) INSIDE the 2D folder.
Oculus Cinema usually reads 3D movies in SBS (side-by-side) format. If your movie is in that format, do not change anything and just drop the 3D movie into 3D folder.
But, if your movie happens to be in OU (Over/Under) or TB (Top/Bottom) format, you have two choices:
A). You are required to add this specific .txt file with EACH movie you drop there.
Text file looks like this:
Just copy the content alongside with brankets inside the text file, and save the file by naming it exactly as is shown on the movie title (or on the .mkv file)
Then download the IMDB picture (Not Required).
After downloading your movie picture from IMDB, resize it to 232 x 344, and save it as .png.
After that, drag the picture into your 3D movie folder. That will make it look good in Oculus Video Theater, as well as easing the movie finding process.
B). You need to convert these movie content to 3D MP4/MKV or other Gear VR supported file types. You can use Pavtube Video Converter (recommended). After conversion, you just need to copy the converted 3D MP4/MKV or other Gear VR supported file to the created " 3D" folder INSIDE the 2D folder.
That will make it look good in Oculus Video Theater, as well as easing the movie finding process.
That is it, enjoy!
Create Your Own 3D Video with Best 3D Converter
All 3D Video converter software has one main function: converting 3D/2D/4K/HD/Common videos from one format to another. However, Pavtube Video Converter rate and rank the best video converter software with the list features.
-Ability to perform any 3D video/movie to batch conversions
-Ability to make basic edits and add effects to videos
-Allow you to add watermarks or change the aspect ratio on a video.
-Convert all kinds of 3D videos: such Anaglyph, Top-Bottom, Side-by-Side 3D MP4/MKV video supported by Samsung Gear VR/Oculus Cinema
-Very easy to perform basic tasks with a simple interface
-Pavtube Studio offers support for its product along the way
Step Guide: Convert Videos to SBS 3D MP4/MKV for Gear VR
Take Pavtube Video Converter for Windows for example, here goes the step by step guide of any videos to SBS 3D MP4/MKV conversion for Gear VR on Windows 10/8,1/8/7/XP...(Mac Version has the same step, if you are a Mac user, you can also start your conversion as the steps given below).
Firstly download the Pavtube Video Converter for Windows and launch it.
Step 1. Add video files
Click the "Add video" icon to import source video to the program. Or directly drag & drop any video in this program. With the function of batch conversion, you are here allowed to import more than one video files for your 3D movie creating project.
Step 2. Choose SBS 3D MP4/MKV as your output format for Gear VR
Tap on "Format" bar and find "3D Video", there are a lot of format options for you. To watch mvoies on Gear VR with 3D effects,"MP4 Side-by-Side 3D Video (*.mp4)"or "MKV Side-by-Side 3D Video (*.mkv)" is recommended for Samsung Gear VR/Oculus Cinema.
Note: An important issue that you must consider that in Samsung Gear VR resolution for each eye is not FullHD but half the QHD screen. We recommend using 1280x720 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, This converter can also encode any video to H.265 or decode H.265 to any videos..
Step 3. Start to convert videos to SBS 3D MKV/MP4
Click "Convert" and let the Pavtube Video Converter accomplish the rest automatically. When the process finishes, open the output folder to copy the converted 3D MP4/MKV files to the created " 3D" folder in your Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy Note 4/Note 5 or Galaxy S6/S6 Edge/S6 Edge+ smartphone. Then what you should do is equip your 3D Gear VR and start your theatric 3D experience via Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy Note 4/Note 5 or Galaxy S6/S6 Edge/S6 Edge+ smartphone at home! BTW, you can also playing the converted 3D SBS MP4 video on your 3D TV.
Now you can convert and watch 3D movies with Gear VR on Galaxy S7, Galaxy Note 4/Note 5 or Galaxy S6/S6 Edge/S6 Edge+ smartphone through Oculus Cinema for freely! Have a nice day!