HTC Vive 3D Movie Watching FAQs: Ultimate Tricks and Tips Guide to 3D Movies Playback

What's the hottest virtual reality medium? Needless to say, HTC Vive has wined the red-rose among majority VR fans with 2 innovative controllers and full room scale sensors, even Michael Jordan gave his nod to this popularity for its immersive VR safari in November. However, are you bored of the low quality games that you might have been playing for the whole months? and you are thinking of bringing back recliner back into your playing space and try some Movies (as well as use revive for sitting Oculus content), but you'd like to be mildly amazed hence want to try 3D movies for HTC Vive playback to begin with. Well, come this place and you will find your answers in this HTC Vive 3D movies playback FAQs. And if it doesn't have what you are looking for, just leave us a note in the comments below. We'll do our best to update this continually before, during, and after launch.

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➤ Q1: What are the minimum system requirements to run HTC Vive for 3D movies playback?

➤ Q2: How to Convert Normal Video to 3D movies for viewing on HTC Vive?

➤ Q3: What Subtitles file format HTC Vive Cinema supports? Why my Blu-ray with .pgs can't play on Vive Cinema?

➤ Q4: What's the best VR video resolution of HTC Vive VR Screen Details?

➤ Q5: What size space do I need for the HTC Vive?

➤ Q6: What Kinds of 3D Videos I can watch on HTC Vive?

➤ Q7: Can I watch YouTube 3D videos with the HTC Vive?

➤ Q8: What's the VR players available on HTC Vive to watch 3D movies?

➤ Q9: How to Watching 3D Movies In Style?

➤ Q10:How to Play VR Video on HTC Vive with Vive Cinema?

➤ Q11: Can I watch 3D movies on bed when wearing HTC Vive?

➤ Q12: Can I use HTC Vive to directly play 3D movies in my Mac?

Q1: What are the minimum system requirements to run HTC Vive for 3D movies playback?

A1: To use Vive to get 3D movies enjoyment, your computer must meet the following minimum system requirements.

  • GPU: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 970, AMD Radeon™ R9 290 equivalent or better
  • CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-4590/AMD FX™ 8350 equivalent or better
  • RAM: 4 GB or more
  • Video output: HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort 1.2 or newer
  • USB port: 1x USB 2.0 or better port
  • Operating system: Windows® 7 SP1, Windows® 8.1 or later, Windows® 10

To find out if your computer is ready for VR, test your PC.

Q2: How to Convert Normal Video to 3D movies for viewing on HTC Vive?

A2: If you wish to get more video to playback on your HTC Vive, it is necessary to get a HTC Vive VR Video Converter. Dimo video Converter Ultimate is such a professional VR video converter which allows you to convert any ordinary video to virtual reality format like the popular 3D MP4. So you can get more VR content for HTC Vive, Samsung Gear VR, PlayStion VR and so on. This program is capable of 150+ ordinary output format like MP4, MKV, AVI, MOV, FLV, MTS, etc. Now, let's see the VR conversion that can be used for HTC Vive in detail. For mac users, please turn to Dimo Video Converter Ultimate for Mac.

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Dimo Video Converter Ultimate is the fast VR video converter for HTC Vive which allows you to convert any 2D video to virtual reality 3D video within minutes.

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Step 1. Add Video Files

Open this VR video converter. You can directly use the "Add File" button to load the ordinary video that you wish to convert into VR format. Or you could drag and drop videos from PC directly into this program.

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Step 2. Choose right video format

In order to make converted videos works perfectly with your HTC Vive, you could directly go to "Select Format" to find "Video", there are a lot of format options for you. "MP4" is recommended for HTC Vive (at present, only videos in .mp4 and .mkv can be played on HTC Vive). Or since this 3D HTC Vive Converter has already preset the compatible format for HTC Vive, you can directly choose HTC Vive as the output format via "Select Format" > "Device" > "VR" > "HTC Vive";

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Step 3. Rendering 3D effects to the output video

Click "Edit" icon to start adding 3D SBS effect to source files. For Normal Video, there are 180 for your choice. For Stereo Video, you can choose 180 top/bottom, 180 left/right, as the output video mode. So hit "3D" button 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.

render 3D effects to video for HTC Vive

Step 4. Customize Video Settings

Before starting the conversion, click "Setting" button to adjust video/audio parameters like video resolution, bitrate, audio codec, audio channel. HTC Vive 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". Also it is possible to change the output folder path as per your need.

HTC vive 3D setting

Step 5. Start to Convert Normal Video to 3D for HTC Vive

Click on "Start" button to accomplish the process of video to HTC Vive supported SBS format. And this virtual reality video conversion will be finished in a short time.

Q3: What Subtitles file format HTC Vive Cinema supports? Why my Blu-ray with .pgs can't play on Vive Cinema?

A3: Currently, Vive only supports two subtitles types including .srt, .aac and build-in .pgs in MKV, while the plug-in subtitles in .pgs is not allowed to play on Vive Cinema. That means, the .pgs in Blu-ray is rejected by Vive cinema.

If you insist to play .pgs in Blu-ray movies, we suggest you'd better to backup Blu-ray with .pgs to MKV lossless by the Blu-ray backup software Dimo Video Converter Ultimate.

Q4: What's the best VR video resolution of HTC Vive VR Screen Details?

A4: The HTC Vive VR Headset has twin 1,080 x 1,200 OLED screens, providing a total resolution of 2,180 x 1,200, identical to the Oculus Rift.

It also has a 110 degree field of view and 90 Hz refresh rate with quality lenses, identical to the Oculus Rift.

Q5: What size space do I need for the HTC Vive?

A5: The HTC Vive comes with Room Scale Tracking. This enables the VR headset and VR controllers to be tracked in a room sized area, with the Vive Headset this would ideally be at least 2.4m x 2.4m (8ft x 8ft).

Q6: What Kinds of 3D Videos I can watch on HTC Vive?

A6: Below are the movies that can be played on HTC Vive:

  • 3D video: You've seen 3D movies at the theater, and you can buy those 3D movies on Blu-ray, too. To watch them in VR, you can rip that 3D Blu-ray to a "side by side" or "over under" format, which is playable on a VR headset in 3D. (You'll usually have the choice between Full SBS, which contains each eye in full resolution, or Half SBS, which contains each eye in subsampled half resolution. Full SBS videos are noticeably higher quality, but take up more hard drive space and more graphics power to play.)
  • 180 or 360 degree video: These types of video are fairly new, but you can check out lots of them on YouTube or download them from other sources. On your 2D monitor, you can use the mouse to drag the video around to see different views, but played on an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, you can actually look around using your headset's head tracking. It's very cool.
  • Full VR video: This format combines 3D and 180 or 360 degree footage for a completely immersive, 3D, head-tracking experience. You can buy videos like this at different places around the web, like VideoBlocks or watch a few for free on YouTube.
  • Regular 2D video: These are the normal videos you find on YouTube, or rip from DVDs and Blu-ray discs, and then render SBS 3D effects to create 3D movies for HTC Vive playback.

Q7: Can I watch YouTube 3D videos with the HTC Vive?

A7: Of course, you can. The easiest way to watch Youtube videos is going to be to use either the BigScreen or Virtual Reality application, both available on Steam. From there, use the browser of your choice, navigate to and watch your video!

However if you want to watch YouTube video offline, you could download it from YouTube and convert your YouTube videos to HTC Vive playable 3D SBS files by Dimo Video Converter Ultimate as well.

Q8:What's the VR players available on HTC Vive to watch 3D movies?

A8: You can get your VR players among the top free VR player apps. If you don't mind the extra fee, you could use a virtual desktop tool as well such as "Virtual Desktop" or "Big Screen" even though it doesn't seem to have the refinement of the Oculus Video app. The top applications are currently Virtual Desktop, Big Screen, CINEVEO and Whirligig.(Hint: Big Screen is free and awesome!)

You'll also want to get WebVR for your browser so you can click to send the content directly to your headset. This is super useful (and fun).

Q9: How to Watching 3D Movies In Style?

A9: To watch 3D movies on the HTC Vive, one method is to launch the Virtual Desktop app, go to the video tab, open the video using VLC or Media Classic and then select the correct format.

  1. Start the Virtual Desktop using the SteamVR mode.
  2. Set the environment in the application to Home Theater.
  3. Load up media player classic.
  4. When the movie starts, press F7 and you'll enter 3D mode.

Make sure to use the super sampling trick with this in order to squeeze the most quality that you can out of it. As great as the HTC Vive is, the resolution isn't the highest (but the engagement and experience makes up for it!).

Q10: How to Play VR Video on HTC Vive with Vive Cinema?

A10: Here are the steps to watch VR content on HTC Vive

Step 1. Start Vive Cinema

Place your videos into the directory "Vive Cinema" folder in Windows Video Library. If there is no "Vive Cinema", you can create it by yourself or directly run this application once. Then the folder will be created automatically for you. After the SteamVR status gets ready, open the Vive Cinema.

vive cinema 3d mode

Step 2. Start Playing Video on HTC Vive VR

1. First, select VR video by pointing to the video thumbnail and then pulling Trigger.

2. In the Video Selection page, the right-top corner of thumbnail will show a setting icon. Point to this icon then it will show a video type selection panel. Pull Trigger to switch and select the mode as per your need.

3. Adjust the screen position

  • For flat, stereo (3D) videos

    Point to the screen, pull and hold Trigger, then point to any position to put down the screen; Swipe top/down on Touchpad to adjust the distance of the screen; press Touchpad to rotate the screen.
  • For 360, stereo 360 videos

    Press and hold Trigger, swipe left/right on Touchpad to adjust the view direction on the center.

4. Press Grip to start the video playback.

Q11: Can I watch 3D movies on bed when wearing HTC Vive?

A11: As a bonus, if you want to watch movies in bed then I strongly recommend a wireless keyboard with a trackpad. This will allow you to control your computer remotely and eliminate the need to stand up to set anything.

While if you don't want to waste money on that you could use the "Media Server" of Dimo Video Converter Ultimate to mirror video from your PC to HTC Vive. Alternatively, Reddit user Simplicity Compass offers a great suggestion: Use a wireless Xbox controller in combination with JoyToKey. You can then map the mouse X and Y to the joystick and the mouse buttons to the controller's trigger. Finally, map one of the buttons (I choose "A" to F4 in order to maximize in Virtual Desktop. That way, you'll have all the tools required to watch your movies in the palm of your hand.

Q12: Can I use HTC Vive to directly Play 3D movies in my Mac?

A12: Currently, Vive is only compatible with PCs.

If you want to view the movies from your Mac, we suggest you should convert 3D movies from Mac to HTC Vive (.mkv and .mp4) firstly by the powerful video converter and then transfer to HTC Vive by simply clicking "Media Server" of Dimo Video Converter Ultimate to streamlessly copy the video to your HTC Vive or mobile devices like iPhone/iPad/iPod/Apple TV wirelessly. Based on the advanced IP sharing technology, just "ONE CLICK" to finish the movies transferring task within minutes.

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