Get 3D movie experience on Gear VR

Time never stops its step for one minute, so does the development of virtual reality. And Gear VR is groundbreaking VR technology that combines a lightweight, wireless headset with the convenience of your own smartphone: Galaxy Note 7, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy S6, or Galaxy S6 edge, etc. Now prepare your ticket: Galaxy smartphone, and put on your Gear VR for amazing VR experience! This tutorial will shows how users set up Gear VR and use Gear VR to watch 3D movies smoothly without limitation.

Watch 3D on Gear VR

Part I: Import 3D movies to Gear VR

Samsung and Oculus have made it easy to import and watch your own movies (even 3D) in virtual cinema mode. So how do we accomplish this? The short answer is to import your movie files (the Gear VR by default supports most common file formats including MP4, AVI, and FLV) into the "My Videos" folder on your SD card. To watch your 3D videos, however, there is an additional step, and it's not entirely straightforward.

The following will allow for perfect 3D playback of videos set up in a side-by-side (SBS) format (the left and right video channels are contained within the same file and appear as a near-mirror image when played back using a standard media player). To view your SBS 3D video files on your Gear VR, 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

Once you have created your 3D content folder and imported compatible video files, insert your MicroSD card into your Galaxy phone, 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

Part II: Issues with Putting 3D movies to Gear VR

We found that some typical issues occurred while users putting 3D movies to Gear VR

Q1: Play 3D Movies Through Oculus Cinema?

I bought the Gear VR and it is outstanding. However, I have the movie Gravity in 3D--side by side. Is there a way to play it in 3D?

Q2: How to watch 3D movies?

I downloaded "VR Cinema" app and when I load a movie into it, its showing the split screen side by side inside the virtual theater whilst looking thru the Oculus, so obviously it doesnt work or. what am I doing wrong? Is there a better way to just watch a 3D movie with the Gear VR?

So here comes the question: How to transfer unsupported 3D movies to Gear VR?

Best Answer: Since some 3D sources like 3D YouTube FLV, 3D YIFY MKV, 3D MTS shootings, 3D Blu-ray are all not supported by Samsung Gear VR. Don't worry! Actually, it's possible to make these unsupported 3D movie files playable in Gear VR as long as you convert 3D movies to Gear VR readable 3D SBS format.

To get the work done, you need help from the best 3D video converter- Dimo Video Converter Ultimate.

As a professional 3D video converter, it can help users to convert 3D videos to Gear VR playable 3D SBS MP4/MKV video effortlessly. Besides, it also supports converting 2D movie files in AVI, MKV, WMV, MPG, VOB, MOV, etc to a decent format which are accepted by VR headsets like Gear VR, VR One, Oculus Rift, Google Cardboard, etc. What's more, with the built-in editor, you can trim, flip, adjust special effect, add watermark to your 3D video, so that you get the very part and effects at your will. If you are a Mac user, you can turn to Dimo Video Converter Ultimate for Mac. Download the program to start the 3D movies to Gear VR conversion task.

Part III: Guide to Convert unsupported 3D movies to Gear VR

Step 1: Import source 3D video

Click "Add file" to add the 3D videos that you wish to change to 3D SBS video.

Step 2: Select 3D SBS format

For "Select Format" to navigate to "Select Format". Here, you can find "Samsung Gear" from "Device" > "VR";. Then set the output folder by clicking "..." as you need.

Select Gear VR video format

Note: Although there is a profile created by the application, we can always change some parameters of resolution, compression, audio, etc. An important issue that you must consider that in Samsung Gear VR resolution for each eye is not FullHD but half the QHD screen.

So you can free change your target video size, bitrate, frame rate, etc. in "Settings". If you want to get best video quality, pls switch them to “default”. 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.

Gear VR video format settings

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. (Note: While H.264 is the recommended video coding, H.265 videos can also be played, Dimo Video Converter Ultimate can also encode any video to H.265 or decode H.265 to any videos.

Step 3: Go to 3D video editing interface to set 3D effect

Click the "Edit" button and you can go into the Video Editor interface. Choose "3D" tab to set the 3D settings. You can choose the 3D effect like Left-Right or Top-Bottom to get better 3D movie playback in Gear VR.

Add 3D Effect

Step 4: Start to change 3D video to Gear VR 3D SBS format

Now, you can hit the "Start" button to start to change 3D video for Gear VR. After the process, open output folder to locate the generated 3D movie for sharing/transferring. Through this way, you also can freely enjoy 3D movies on Gear VR in 3D SBS format. Now just immerse yourself in the amazing and fantastic VR world! You can download the free trial version and try.

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