Play 3D videos from YouTube on Gear VR online or offline

Samsung Gear VR is an out-of-this-world headset to let you engage with your favorite VR media files. Good News is that Samsung recently updated its Internet for Gear VR browser used inside the virtual reality headset which makes it easier to view 3D images and streaming VR content on the device. 3D can bring a stimulating new experience to your favorite blockbusters, home movies and online video. Then is it possible to watch 3D movies from YouTube on Gear VR online and offline?

Watch 3D YouTube on Gear VR

Yes! Surely you will be the lucky one to experience Samsung Gear VR which takes watching 3D YouTube movies on your smartphone like Galaxy S9, S9+, Note8, S8, S8+, S7, S7 edge, Note5, S6 edge+, S6, S6 edge, A8, A8+, etc. to a whole new level. Just read the following two parts:

Part I: How to watch downloaded 3D YouTube on Gear VR
Part II: How to watch online 3D YouTube movies on Gear VR

Part I: How to watch downloaded 3D YouTube on Gear VR

As usual, Samsung Gear VR will import your movie files into the "My Videos" folder on Samsung SD card. Additionally, with the File Explorer feature in Samsung Gear VR Internet app, users can effortlessly browse and view and videos stored on mobile device, or on USB storage through the USB OTG (on-the-go) support feature. Gear VR supports a wide range of media formats like 3D MP4 , 3D MKV and so on, but YouTube downloaded movies are not always supported.

Hence, to view and play 3D YouTube movies on Samung Gear VR via Galaxy smartphone, you need a VR movie converter to convert unsupported 3D YouTube to Gear VR playable 3D SBS/TB format. Here Dimo Video Converter Ultimate is such a professional VR video converter which allows you to convert any ordinary 2D/3D video and rip Blu-ray/DVD to virtual reality format. So you can get more VR content for Samsung Gear VR, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Google Cardboard, and so on.

This program is capable of outputting SBS, Top-Bottom, Anaglyph 3D formats in MP4, MKV, AVI, MOV, FLV, WMV, M4V, etc. If you are a Mac user, you can turn to Dimo Video Converter Ultimate for Mac (OS High Sierra, OS Sierra included), which has the same function as the Windows version. Now, let's see the YouTube to VR conversion that can be used for Gear VR in detail.

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How to convert and play 3D YouTube on Gear VR

Step 1. Add 3D YouTubeVideo Files 

Open this 3D YouTube video converter. You can directly use the "Add File" button to load the ordinary YouTube video that you wish to convert into VR format. Or it is also available to drag and drop videos from PC folder into this program. 

Gear VR video format

Step 2. Choose Proper 3D Video Mode 

In order to make converted videos works perfectly with your Gear VR, you need to set a video mode according to your video type. Click "Edit" and turn to "3D" tab. Here "Left-Right" and "Top-Bottom" are recommended.

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Step 3. Select Gear VR as Output Format 

This Gear VR Video Converter has already preset the compatible format for Gear VR so that you can directly find Gear VR as the output format via "Select Format" > "Device" > "VR" > "Gear VR ". 

Step 4. Customize Video Settings 

Before starting the conversion, click the "Setting" icon on bottom right corner where you are able to adjust the video/audio settings like encoder, resolution, frame rate, bit rate and so on. Also it is possible to change the output folder path as per your need.

Note: VR videos for the Cinema app should be in 720p (1280*720) with a higher bitrate around 5mbit/s.  

Gear VR video settings

Step 5. Start to Convert 3D YouTube Video to Gear VR

Click on "Start" button to accomplish the process of video from YouTube to Gear VR. And this virtual reality video conversion will be finished in a short time. After the conversion, click "Open" button to quickly locate the generated media file. Now you can transfer the converted YouTube ideos to play with Gear VR easily.

See how to watch converted 3D video via Samsung Internet app:

1. Download Samsung Internet Browser for Gear VR

  • Open the Oculus Store from within GearVR
  • Find and Download the Samsung Internet Browser
  • If you can't find it in the store, you may already have the browser.

2. Enjoy VR content on Gear VR

  • Place your video files into the folder named "My Videos" on your MicroSD card for Galaxy phone, or store them on USB storage through the USB OTG (on-the-go).
  • Launch the Samsung Internet Browser from Gear VR. And use File Explorer feature to browse and view ripped DVD videos on Samsung Gear VR via Samsung Handset.


Part II: How to watch online 3D YouTube movies on Gear VR

As the cameras get cheaper, more folks are pushing fun 360-degree videos to YouTube, and folks in VR headsets want to get the full experience. So here takes 360-degree YouTube as an exmpale, and shows what you need to do if you want to enjoy 360-degree YouTube videos on Gear VR online.

As it stands right now, if you want to watch 360-degree YouTube videos as they were meant to be viewed in VR, you'll need the help of a third-party app. To get the full experience, you have one of two options available to you. 

1. Virtual Desktop — This $14.99 app gives you some impressive control over how you render your PC desktop in VR. It's a lot of fun, and keeps getting better with each update, but the big feature we're after here is the 360-degree video tab in the settings for this app. You paste the link to the 360-degree YouTube video you want to see in this tab, and the app will download the video and play it back for your as a 360-degree sphere for you to enjoy. This removes some of YouTube's discoverability features and makes doing things like leaving comments a little more complicated, but it works well and the rest of the app is actually quite powerful. 

2. YTVR — This is a very early beta of an unofficial YouTube app for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. It offers up a quick list of 360-degree videos for you to watch as well as a search bar if you know exactly what you're looking for. Playback at lower resolutions is fine in both headsets, but bandwidth quickly becomes a concern when trying to watch at the highest resolutions. The developer has not released an update for this in quite a while, so it's unclear how much better this experience will get from here. On the other hand, it's free and can be downloaded here.

With these two methods of watching YouTube 360 videos, here's a quick warning on actually enjoying this experience: there aren't many 360-degree YouTube videos recorded at 60fps, which means the videos you're watching can quickly lead to nausea if you aren't careful. Avoid videos with a ton of irregular motion if you can, or only watch videos clearly labeled to play at 60fps if you want to decrease the chances of motion sickness. Other than that, enjoy what YouTube has to offer in 360-degrees!

Samsung Internet app

What's more, if not through a dedicated Youtube app, you can use the Samsung browser to watch YouTube videos including 360 videos.

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