Can I watch 3D Blu-ray on Oculus Rift CV1? Solved

To Leverage the immersive power of VR and compete with the "Roomscale" VR HTC Vive, Oculus Rift has taken a few steps forward to introduce its new Oculus Touch besides the previous Xbox One controller to its VR addicts, that means no matter what you play games or watch 3D or 360-degree movies, it's really amazing to get the first-person immersive virtual reality experience by just sitting there or lying on your comfortable bed or sofa. Especially for those staff who hate watching 3D viewings in theaters, however, if you want to play your 3D movie from an external movies sources, such as 3D Blu-ray collections. Do you know how to watch the 3D Blu-ray on Oculus Rift CV1 or DK2 by 3D settings? Well, here's where we start to venture into "your miles may vary" territory of Oculus 3D Blu-ray VR experience.

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➤ Part 1 What 3D formats supported by Oculus Rift CV1?

➤ Part 2 How to view 3D Blu-ray on Oculus Rift CV1?

➤ Part 3 How to Rip and transcode 3D Blu-ray to 3D SBS Video for Oculus Rift CV1?

➤ Part 4 Professional tips to watch videos on Oculus Rift CV1

What 3D formats supported by Oculus Rift CV1?

Before make 3D Blu-ray files playing on Oculus Rift CV1 smoothly, you should be clear of what 3D file formats can be accepted. The below table is the 3D movies formats applied on Oculus Rift CV1:

The 2D/3D File Fortmats Supported by Oculus Rift CV1
  • mp4 H.264
  • m4v
  • 3gp
  • 3g2
  • webm
  • mkv H.264
  • wmv
  • asf
  • avi
  • flv
Audio:
  • mp3
  • aac

How to view 3D Blu-ray on Oculus Rift CV1?

Why watch a video when VR was made for so much more? Well…it’s really cool! Imagine watching a 3D movie, on a 100 inch curved TV that completely fills your field of vision. And we'd be in the same boat juggling all the software players, most people suggesting Virtual Desktop or Cineveo, Whirligig or the Oculus Video Player software to gain 3D Blu-ray immersive experience on Oculus Rift, which really mean re-encode your 3D Blu-ray videos to side-by-side firstly, or enjoy them in 2D in a virtual cinema. In that case, a powerful yet simple 3D Blu-ray ripper can do best for you, and Dimo Video Converter Ultimate as the best 3D Video Converter can helps you re-encode any 2D/3D movie files to VR Headsets (VR Box included) with more compatible 3D MP4/MKV/MOV/AVI/WMV formats without additional codec installed. It is a powerful FLV, MKV, AVI, MP4, VOB, M2TS, MTS, WMV, MPEG, 3D YouTube, 3D YIFY, 3D Netflix to VR device converter.

What's more, it allows you to make video files accepted by VR Box or other any VR Headsets like Gear VR, Zeiss VR One, Oculus Rift, ANTVR Kit VR Headset, HTC Vive etc. with ease. The outstanding 3D Blu-ray ripper app enables you to adjust video resolution to 720p for best VR immersive experience. Meanwhile, multifunctional program can offer you the output video format with the optimized presetting for your phones and tablets like Android, iPhone, Samsung, Lenovo, Sony, Nexus etc. as you want. Apart from 3D Blu-ray ripper, it can owns some small video editing features like trimming video to several video segments, cropping unwanted areas, merging multiple videos into a new one, adding watermark/subtitles to 2D/3D video sources and more.

 If you are a Mac user, you can turn to Dimo Video Converter Ultimate for Mac (EI Capitan, MacOS Sierra, Yosemite included), which has the same function as the Windows version.

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How to Rip and transcode 3D Blu-ray to 3D SBS Video for Oculus Rift CV1?

As the above mentioned, if you need to play 3D Blu-ray with Oculus Rift CV1, you should rip and transcode your 3D Blu-ray movies like the classic Avatar firstly by the help of Dimo Video Converter Ultimate, the most professional 3D Blu-ray ripper programs. So follow the guides as below step by step, it's simple and easy.

Step 1: Load 3D Blu-ray movies 

Install and launch the fast 3D Blu-ray Ripper for Oculus Rift CV1, and insert your 3D Blu-ray disc into your Blu-ray drive. On the main interface, click "Add Blu-ray" to load your movie to the app.

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Step 2: Choose output 3D format for playing on Oculus Rift CV1

From the “Select Format” drop-down list, you are suggested to follow the path "Device" > "VR" >"Oculus Rift" for ripping 3D Blu-ray to H.264 MP4 video. This 3D Blu-ray ripper for Oculus Rift offers preset specific profiles for easy and direct 3D Blu-ray to Oculus Rift CV1 conversion. Alternatively, if your 3D Blu-ray contains multi-track languages and audio soundtracks, you can select one vide format compatible with Oculus Rift CV1 such as “Multi-track MP4″ or ”Lossless MKV” by changing the video encoder to H.264 and audio encoder to "AAC' or "AC3" as output format.

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Note: Oculus Rift CV1 claimed officially the specs of CV1 is 1200×1080 (per eye) but not by that much, at 1080×1200 per eye (to my best knowledge). With the DK2, the effective display resolution for watching movies on the biggest screen size that’s still comfortable is not quite 480p. So for high fidelity, you can downsize it to 960×1080 per eye or other lower resolution by clicking the "Setting" to optimize the "Frame rate", "Resolution" and "Biterate" etc.

Step 3: Add 3D VR effects to your video

Click "Edit" icon to activate the editor window to start adding 3D SBS effect to source files by this path: "Edit" > "3D" > "Left-Right"/"Top-Bottom" > "OK". Also this 3D Blu-ray tool supports editing function includes the cropping frame size, trimming the length, adding watermark, rotating and so on.

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Step 4: Start to convert 3D Blu-ray to Oculus Rift CV1

Back to program main interface, hit "Start" button and start to create SBS 3D digital video from 3D Blu-ray. When the conversion is done, you can locate the generated video in output folder to view on Oculus Rift CV1 with seriously immersive 3D effect.

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How to change default folder of your 3D Blu-ray video in Oculus Video app?

Due to limitation in Oculus Cinema I described below a simple method to change default directory path to the locally stored movie files. Hopefully Oculus will add such option in UI in future updates, hardly anyone keeps all media files in Windows' default folders.

  1. Find and open the below file (I recommend Notepad++ but text editor should be sufficient): C:\Program Files (x86)\Oculus\Software\oculus-oculus-video\videos_settings.ini
  2. Scroll the setting file and find something like below: {"movie_dir_2":"C:\\Users\\your_name\\Videos"}
  3. Change the path to whatever you need. Remember that the app will scan sub-folders. In my case it was: {"movie_dir_2":"X:\\"}
  4. All done. Make a backup file of videos_settings.ini in case you mess things up :) If you have any 360 or 3d movies make sure to label them correctly, this metod worked with my NAS. Cheers

How to set up your Oculus Rift remote?

If you're setting up your Oculus remote for the first time, follow the on-screen instructions when you set up your Oculus Rift before you can enjoy the 3D Blu-ray movies on bed like below setting:

  1. Open the Oculus app on your PC computer
  2. Click Setting Icon and then select Settings
  3. Click Devices in the left menu
  4. Click Configure Rift and then select Add Remote
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to add your remote

Virtual reality is difficult to understand until you try it for yourself. And Oculus Rift CV1 can make you have a wide field of view compared to a monitor or TV, true 3D Blu-ray (not fake like 3D TV), the scale of objects is correct, you can look around, and in fully tracked headsets even move around. With Oculus Touch controllers, Oculus Rift can bring you perfect interact with virtual objects. Then, enjoy it! Still got trouble to watch 3D Blu-ray collections on Oculus Rift CV1? Please feel free to Email Us with detailed information of your device such as device model, build number, kernel version and else. Attach some snapshots would be better.

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