In our previous article, we have talked about top 10 best virtual reality headsets. In this article, we will mainly focus on Oculus, one of the biggest names in VR, which has released Oculus Rift Development Kit 2 in July 2014, as for its consumer Rift model - Oculus Rift, the release date will be the first Quarter of 2016.
Watch 3D Blu-ray Movies on Oculus Rift
For people who have large collection of 3D Blu-ray movies in hand, you will be very concerned about how to watch 3D Blu-ray movies on Oculus Rift. It will be impossible to directly watch 3D Blu-ray disc on Oculus Rift, since Oculus Rift lacks the internal or external Blu-ray drive to read the 3D Blu-ray disc. However, Oculus Rift has the ability to play 3D video content that comply with the following standards:
3D formats: Side by Side and Top-to-Bottom
Video encoding: H.264 is recommended, H.265 video can also be played
Video resolution: 1280x720 is recommended, higher resolution will not provide better quality
Bit rate: recommend to use a higher bit rate than a typical web stream at that resolution
Encoded resolution: 3D movies should be encoded "full side-by-side" with a 1:1 pixel aspect ratio. Content mastered at 1920x1080 compressed side-by-side 3D should be resampled to 1920x540 resolution full side-by-side resolution.
Therefore, the best way to watch 3D Blu-ray movies on Oculus Rift with 3D effect is transcoding 3D Blu-ray to Oculus Rift readable Side by Side or Top and Bottom 3D video with H.264 format. There is simple solution in hand called Pavtube ByteCopy for Windows (Top 3D Blu-ray Ripper Review)/Mac (support Mac OS X El Capitan), you can easily load copy & region protected 3D Blu-ray movies to the program, and then make Oculus Rift playable SBS or TAB 3D video content with H.264 format.
Besides 3D Blu-ray movies, the program also has the ability to decode 3D Yify torrent movies, 3D TV channels or other 3D content for moving and displaying on Oculus Rift
How to Convert 3D Blu-ray to Oculus Rift SBS or Top and Bottom 3D Format?
Step 1: Load 3D Blu-ray movie.
Insert Blu-ray disc into your external Blu-ray disc drive, launch Pavtube ByteCopy, and import 3D Blu-ray movie into this app by clicking "Load from disc" button.
Step 2: Output Oculus Rift accepted 3D format.
From "Format" drop-down list, select Oculus Rift compatible 3D format from "3D Video" > "MP4 Side-by-Side 3D Video(*.mp4)" or "MP4 Top-Bottom 3D Video(*.mp4)" as output format for watching on Oculus Rift.
Step 3: Adjust output video resolution.
Click "Settings" to open "Profile Settings" window, as content mastered at 1920x1080 compressed side-by-side 3D should be resampled to 1920x540 resolution full side-by-side resolution, adjust the output video resolution as 1920x540 in "Size(pix)" drop-down list.
Step 4: Start the final conversion process.
Go back to the main interface and start the 3D Blu-ray to Oculus Rift conversion process by hitting right-bottom "Convert" button.
When the conversion is finished, you won't have any problems to watch converted 3D Blu-ray movies on Oculus Rift.