General VR video formats
There are different types of Virtual Reality videos including the regular 2D videos you download from online sites or ripped from Blu-ray/DVD disc, 3D video downloaded from 3D Torrent sites, YouTube, Vudu, 180 or 360 degree video captured or recorded with 360 degree video camera or full VR video purchased from VideoBlocks or other places.
Generally, all VR videos are in tradditional formats, the main reason is that VR video files are considered as common videos. The VR video formats are most commonly in .mp4 file extension, encoded with MPEG4 (as standard resolution) or H.264 (as higher definition). While some panoramic Videos are with the format of MOV, F4V.
Best VR video formats on YouTube/Facebook
YouTube offers 360 degree video with the format of MP4 and WebM, as on Facebook, those are mainly with the formats of MPEG-4 MP4. The file size of a VR video is usually no larger than that of a non-VR video (common SD/HD/4K video). Unlike 4K UHD video, downloading a VR video won't occupy too much space on your computer, USB or Hard Disk Drive.
Convert Video to Virtual Reality video format
Don't own the professional VR maker devices or feel it too complicated to make a VR video on your own. Never mind, with a VR video converter, you can easily turn all your common 2D video/Blu-ray/DVD disc and even 3D Blu-ray movies into popular Virtual Reality headset playable SBS/TAB/Anaglyph 3D movie formats.
Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate for Windows/Mac is such a remarkable 3D Movie Converter for VR Headsets. The program can do you a great favor to make popular VR Headsets such as Samsung Gear VR, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Google Day Dream, Zeiss VR One, etc compatible VR video formats like SBS/TAB/Anaglyph 3D MP4/MOV/MKV/AVI/MKV with perfect video quality and sound effect.
If you don't satisfy with the output 3D video effect, you can adjust the output 3D depth value to get better 3D depth perception. You can also make a output choice between full SBS 3D (which contains each eye in full resolution) or half SBS 3D (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). In addition, you can also use the "Switch Left Right" option to change the image display order for 3D SBS movie.
How to Create Virtual Reality Video from Common Video/Blu-ray/DVD disc?
Step 1: Load Video or DVD/Blu-ray disc.
Start the program on your computer, click "File" > "Load Video/Audio" to import common digital files into the program. For loading Blu-ray/DVD disc, insert your DVD disc into into your computer's optical drive and Blu-ray disc into an external Blu-ray disc, then click "File" > "Load from disc" to load 2D DVD/Blu-ray or 3D Blu-ray disc into the program.
Step 2: Output 3D MP4 or MKV format.
Move to "Format" menu, find "3D Video" category and choose one of the popular VR file formats such as "MP4 Side-by-Side 3D Video(*.mp4)" or "MKV Side-by-Side 3D Video(*.mkv)" as output format, you can also choose other 3D mode or 3D formats according to your own needs.
Step 3: Adjust 3D profile settings.
Click settings to open "3D Profile Settings" window, here you can adjust output 3D video depth, select the specific 3D resolution: Side by Side (Half - Width) or Side by Side (Full) or change the image display order for 3D SBS movie.
Step 4: Start virtual reality 3D format conversion process.
Back to program main interface, hit on the "Convert" button and start to create 3D SBS MP4/MKV video from video/DVD/Blu-ray disc. When the conversion is done, you can locate the generated 3D SBS MP4 video in output folder to view on VR Headsets with seriously immersive 3D effect.