From what I understand the Rift has stereoscopic 3D capabilities. Does this include the DK2? Does the DK2 still reta its 1080p HD resolution when 3D? And lastly, do I have to buy 3D movies to utilize this or does it have an effect while watching regular movies?
As for my setup, I plan to buy a USB 3D Blu-ray player to watch movies and I'm wondering if the 3D blu-ray qualities carry over to the rift? Do I need to download some sort of program to make it work or can I just plug the rift into my laptop?
All right, let"s just face the user's question, a word: DK2 for 3D movie, what do we need?
DK2 is the latest development kit for the Oculus Rift that allows developers to build amazing games and experiences for the consumer Oculus Rift. Its great positional tracking feature is a key requirement for virtual reality; with it, the Rift can accurately map all of your real world head movements.
Currently movie players that work with the Rift might not work with a 3D Blu-Ray disc. They work great with 3D videos such as side by side and over/under MP4 or MOV files. So the most important thing we should do is to use a Blu-ray ripper to convert Blu-ray/ISO to MP4 or MOV format. Now we will show you a detailed solution of watching 3D Blu-ray on Oculus Rift DK2.
Solution: Use a 3D Blu-Ray ripper to watch 3D Blu-ray on Oculus Rift DK2
Here we will introduce you a powerful 3D Blu-ray to 3D SBS MP4 converter - Pavtube BDMagic. It is a professional 2D/3D Blu-ray ripping software. With it you can easily convert 2D/3D Blu-ray movies or DVDs, ISO folders to MKV, AVI, WMV, MOV, MP4 with 3D effect to watch not only Oculus Rift DK2 but also other 3D Virtual Reality Devices such as Google Cardboard, Zeiss VR One, Samsung Gear VR, etc with true theater entertainment at home instead of going to cinema.
Follow the steps to get 3D MP4 movie for DK2:
Step 1. Load your Blu-ray disc
Run the best 3D Blu-ray to DK2 Converter your PC and click "File" icon to load movie from your Blu-ray source(Disc, folder, ISO).
Step 2. Choose an output format
Choose "MP4 Side-by-Side 3D Video(*.mp4) " under "3D Video" category for your DK2.
Step 3. Start ripping Blu-ray to DK2
Hit the "Convert" button to transfer your 3D Blu-ray to MP4 Side-by-Side 3D video for playback with Oculus Rift DK2.
In order to have the wonderful 3D home theatre experience, two extra things we need are VR Player and media player. And how to set up?
DK2 + VLC: The Best 3D Home Theater Experience
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 Player\Trackers
5. Open up VR player and set the tracker that you just copied as follows:
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)
Put on headphones and enjoy!
How awesome is this?! DK2 + VLC + Blu-Ray Ripper: The Best 3D Home Theater Experience!