Wednesday, 23 November 2016

How to rip and play 3D Blu-ray on Oculus Rift

With 3D display and tilt sensors, Oculus Rift VR headset is not only designed for gaming, but also be used for movies as well. Step into Rift and watch an immersive VR movie, jump to a destination on the other side of the world. The screen looks huge and so do the pixels. Since now VR sources are so limited, and in 2016 it's not legally buy and download 3D movies in any resolution, then is it possible to watch your purchased 3D Blu-ray with Oculus Rift (including   the latest development kit for the Oculus Rift- DK2) while lying in soft sofa for a true theater entertainment instead of going to cinema?

Play 3D Blu-ray on Oculus Rift

Of course Yes! To play 3D Blu-ray on Oculus Rift  without limitations, many users are looking for VR players to make Rift (DK2) to afford 3D Blu-ray movies. However, as far as I know, most vr player apps can only play side by side or top-bottom video, while most Blu-rays are in the "frame packed" format. Worse still, Oculus Rift doesn't support Blu-ray drive attaching.

In this case, if you wanna enjoy 3D Blu-ray movie on Oculus Rift freely, you'd better find a 3D Blu-ray ripping tool to help you convert a frame packed Blu-ray to a SBS/TB which are supported by Oculus Rift natively. In the market, 3D video converter software programs vary, so you might be confused when you have to choose one.

If so, you are recommended Dimo Video Converter Ultimate. It is rated as the best solution out there to watch 3D Blu-ray movies on Oculus Rift (DK2). The program is easy to use and fully supports new released Blu-ray discs likeGame of Thrones seasons 6Deadpool, etc.. With it, you can easily rip 2D/3D Blu-ray, DVDs to MP4/MKV/AVI/WMV with 3D SBS/TB effect for VR headsets like Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Homido VR, VR One, PSVR, etc. instead of going to cinema.

Plus, this 3D Blu-ray ripping software offers fast speed, excellent output quality, and even entitles users to freely customize the output videos by changing video/audio parameters, trimming, cropping, adding video effect/watermark freely.  The equivalent Mac version is Dimo Video Converter Ultimate for Mac, which can help you convert 3D Blu-ray on Mac OS X (macOS Sierra included) with ease. Just download the right version and follow the step-by-step guide to rip and play 3D Blu-ray films on Oculus Rift (DK2) with 3D effect.

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How to rip 3D Blu-ray movie for Oculus Rift

One: Insert your 3D Blu-ray disc into your BD drive, run the 3D Blu-ray ripping software and click "Add Blu-ray" icon to load your movies.

Tip 1: The Blu-ray to Rift Converter allows you to select desired audio tracks from source Blu-ray movies. You can achieve the selections via opening the drop-down boxes of "Audio tracks" in each loaded Blu-ray file.

Two: Go to the Format bar and follow the path "Device > VR > OculusRift" for ripping 3D Blu-ray to H.264 MP4 video. This Blu-ray ripper for rift offers preset specific profiles for easy and direct Blu-ray to Oculus Rift conversion.
 
Oculus Rift video format

Tip 2: If you like, you can go to "Settings" page to adjust codec, aspect ratio, bitrate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channel as you like. For ripping 3D Blu-ray to view on Oculus Rift (DK2), the created 3D videos for the Cinema app should be in 720p (1280*720) with a higher bitrate around 5mbit/s. Higher resolutions for the specific format doesn't make the quality better but are a waste of power and battery life.

Three: After you have set output format, you could even click "Edit" button to open the Video Editor Window. As you see, you can turn to "3D" tab and choose "Left-Right" or "Top-Bottom" 3D mode. Also, you can trim, crop or adjust the video effect with the built-in video editor to get the very part and effect of the movie you want.

3D Effect

Four: Finally click the "Start" button under the preview window to begin converting 3D Blu-ray to Oculus Rift 3D MP4 format you select.

This converter can achieve 6X faster Bluray to Rift conversion with the help of NVIDIA CUDA, AMD APP and Intel Quick Sync graphics acceleration technologies. The encoding process will be finished soon. After conversion, you can find the converted 3D Blu-ray files under "Open" panel.

Now just enjoy 3D Blu-ray movies with Oculus Rift as you wish.

Which Video Formats Are Supported by Oculus Rift

2D videos:
 MKV, MP4, AVI, WMV 

3D movies: Side-by-side, Top-Bottome

360-degree videos

How to watch any videos including converted 3D SBS/TB MP4 on Oculus Rift (DK2)?


Step 1: Properly labeling 360 and 3D videos

Before moving 360 and 3D videos to the videos folder in Windows system drive, it must be labeled in the proper format for Oculus to render it correctly.

Label 3D videos:

For 3D panoramic videos, top-bottom, bottom-top, left-right and right-left stereoscopic video support are implemented using the following naming convention:

Naming conventions used to label your 3D panoramic video:

"_TB.mp4" or "_360_TB.mp4" - Top / bottom 3D 
"_BT.mp4" or "_360_BT.mp4" - Bottom / top 3D
"_LR.mp4" or "_360_LR.mp4" - Left / right side by side 3D
"_RL.mp4" or "_360_RL.mp4" - Right / left side by side 3D

Please add the proper naming convention to the end of your video file name.

Example: If your video file was MyCoolVideo.mp4, label it asMyCoolVideo_360_TB.mp4.

Label 360 videos:

360 videos in Oculus are implemented using spherical mapping to render panoramic videos. For 360 video to be compatible with Oculus, add "_360" to the end of your file name. Example: If your video file was MyCoolVideo.mp4, label it as MyCoolVideo_360.mp4.

Step 2: Import/Transfer your videos to Oculus Video

The Oculus Video app for Rift pulls video files from default Windows video folder. To transfer your video files to the Windows Video folder: 
  • Open your Windows System drive (this is generally your C: drive).
  •  Open the Users folder.
  • Select your user profile.
  • Locate and open the Videos folder and move your videos here.
The next time you launch Oculus Video, your videos will automatically appear in the "My Videos" section.

Step 3: Start to watch Movies On The Oculus Rift

By default, the Rift only allows apps from the Oculus Store, which means SteamVR and Steam games wonr work.

Here we go:

1. Download and install VLC Player 
2. Download and install VR Player
3. You then need to download the DK2 Tracker (Hosted here case it is removed from where I got it from) for motion tracking with the player

4. Expand the .zip and copy to the following location (or wherever you installed VR Player): C:Program Files (x86)VR PlayerTrackers

5. Open up VR player and set the tracker that you just copied as follows:

dk2 tracker

Depending on the content you wish to view you have a few options. Here are some examples:

1. Set up Oculus as extended Desktop the Rift Display Mode program 
2. Ensure your windows monitor is setup so your rift is secondary.
3. For 3D movies such as Big Hero 6:

Menu - Media - Format - Side By Side 
Menu - Media - Projection - Plane

4. If your movie is not 3D
Menu - Media - Format - Mono
Menu - Media - Projection - Plane

5. To open a movie select: 
Menu - File - Open File - With VLC

6. Browse to your selected movie.

7. Now that the movie is running you need to move the video screen onto your Oculus screen.

In my case the Oculus is my second monitor to the left. So I hit these keys:

Hit Windows Key + Cursor Key Left (Do this twice, this moves the window to your Oculus)

Hit Windows Key + Cursor Key Up (This maximizes the window)

8. Put on headphones and enjoy!

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