How to Solve PlayStation VR 3D MKV Playback Problems

Do you still remember most people have been sneering at "the weirdest thing" when Google Glass came out as one of the first pieces of wearable technology to break into the mainstream? Today, however, wearing the VR devices like Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR or even toylike Google Cardboard to enjoy playing games and watching 3D movies is becoming more and more normal in our daily leisure time. However, like other devices like TV or editors like FCP, PS VR users may experience some technical problems, especially when playing 3D MKV videos on PS VR without sound. If you don't have idea how to fix the problem, or this "PlayStation VR 3D MKV Playback" with no sound issue, just read on for details.

Watch 3D MKV on PSVR

Part 1. It is exciting to watch 3D MKV movies on PSVR

Compared to 3D TVs and watching 3D movies in theatre, the games console PlayStation 4 has gained large market share with its absolutely games playing performance and impressive 3D effects, let alone its trump card -- PlayStation VR (PSVR), which designed to work with PS4 to make game and Cinematic Mode better. So, as the loyalty PS fans, it must be more exciting that there is the way below to help you offiline playing downloaded 3D MKV movies on PSVR successfully, not only getting VR videos from YouTube, Hulu (in the US only), Allumette (Penrose), Invasion! (Baobab), Kismet (PsyOp), Within, LittlStar, Vrideo, and The Martian (Fox).

Part 2. Solution for "playing 3D MKV on PSVR with no sound"

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According to PlayStation Blog Europe, from 13th October, 2016, PS4's Media Player v2.50 rolls out support for 360°videos and photos using PlayStation VR. (To enjoy 360-degree media on PlayStation VR, any supported video – MKV, AVI, MP4, MPEG2 PS , MPEG2 TS, AVCHD – or photo – JPEG, BMP, PNG – files must be captured in equirectangular format by a 360-degree omnidirectional camera.) And using a VR player like VLC or Dimo and a PSVR HDMI cable plugged on your PC, you can watch 3D Side-by-side (SBS) videos like MKV, MP4 on your PS VR too.

But you shound not that only 3D MKV which are encoded in AAC or MP3 for stereo can work on PS VR. AC3 and DTS were removed because of high licensing costs. You can either wait till a developer brings a VR player which supports also custom codecs or you can convert your video files to ACC audio or add codecs for AC3/DTS to your VR player on PC. Since it is not so easy to find a proper codec, here we recommend you an easy and effective solution to solve "playing 3D MKV on PSVR with no sound" - Re-encode 3D MKV files to PS VR more compatible format to get them play nicely.

Part 3. Best 3D MKV to PSVR Converter

Actually, it's quite easy and can be done well with the help of a professional yet easy-to-use 3D video conversion tool. Here Dimo Video Converter Ultimate can be the bee's knees, which can help you easily solve the MKV and PS VR no sound problem. With its help, you can effortlessly transcode not only 3D, but also 2D MKV to PS VR's playable SBS format using VR player in MKV, MP4 with MP3/AAC audio at fast speed while retaining its original quality.

Best of all, this software allows you to convert 3D MKV to 3D videos with different 3D effect including Top-bottom, Side-by-Side and Anaglyph, which can be played on most VR headsets, 3D TVs, 3D players like Gear VR, HTC Vive, Google Cardboard, Google DayDream, Oculus Rift, Homido VR, VR One, etc. If you are a Mac user, you can also turn to the Mac version. Below is a simple guide:

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Part 4. Process from converting 3D MKV to PS VR supported video

PS VR video converter

Step 1. Load 3D MKV video files

Run the PS VR video converter program and load your source video files 3D MKV into it. You can either click "Add file" button or directly drag and drop the files into this program.

Step 2. Decide output format

Tap on "Select Format" bar and find "Video", there are a lot of format options for you. "MP4" is recommended for Sony PS VR. Of course, AVI, MKV, MPEG-2 are also supported.

Step 3. Specify video/audio parameters

Click Settings button to adjust video/audio parameters like video resolution, bitrate, audio codec, audio channel. PlayStation VR features a 1920 x 1080, OLED display split vertically to deliver a resolution of 960 x 1080 to each eye. But, according to my experience, anything over 720p does nothing but turn battery energy into heat, due to the screen resolution. Here you just need to set resolution to "1280 * 720".

Step 4. Create Side-by-side 3D video

Click "Edit" icon to start adding 3D SBS effect to source files. Turn to "3D" tab and choose "Left-Right" mode. Also this 3D movie converting tool supports editing function includes the cropping frame size, trimming the length, adding watermark, rotating and so on.

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Step 5. Start encoding 3D MKV to PS VR

Click "Start" button to start converting 3D MKV to PlayStation VR friendly 3D SBS video. After the conversion, you can get the resulted videos by clicking the Open button.

Step 6. Import the output 3D .mp4 to PlayStation VR for playing

The PlayStation VR connects to your PS4 via a special converter box. You plug the headset's HDMI and USB cables into the box, then the box into your PS4. A secondary HDMI port on the box lets you send the image to your TV, so you can wear the headset and still play your friend who doesn't have a headset of her own. Now start importing your 3D SBS MP4 video to PS VR.

  • Plug the PSVR HDMI cable directly to your PC(Mac), not the breakout box.
  • In the HDMI OUT port of the PSVR breakout box, You have to plug a HDMI cable to a TV that is turned on. Could be bypassed by connecting something like Headless Ghost, (this will trick the PSVR breakout box into thinking a display is connected to it.)
  • After that, you should see your PC screen on the PSVR headset, not in cinema mode but your entire screen covering the whole PSVR display, then you can use VLC or something to display a SBS 3D movie

Or see how to add 360 degree video into PS VR for watching. Begin your virtual reality experience with perfect sound and high video quality at the same time!

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