Easy tricks to convert 3D YouTube videos to watch with Gear VR

John Salley

Mar 26, 2015 09:52 am / Posted by John Salley

Seen Titanic 3D yet? If not you’re missing out. YouTube is definitely the best place to go for never-before-seen Titanic 3D clips and previews. So what if you want to download Titanic 3D clips from YouTube onto your Gear VR headset for viewing freely? Such an extremely enjoyable experience! Interested? Here we go!

Watch 3D YouTube videos on Gear VR

As we know, we can watch YouTube movies in 3D on Gear VR with YouTube apps (Great News: YouTube now offer 360-Degree Videos for Gear VR), but if you want to transfer your 3D movies downloaded on computer from YouTube to play on Gear VR, you had better convert your YouTube videos into playable 3D SBS files at first since 3D YouTube flv is not a compatible format for viewing like a virtual reality with Gear VR.

To get it done, a 3D YouTube video converting program is needed. Searching online, some free converters can be taken into your consideration, you can read this review to find a suitable one. Or you can turn to Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate, which has been proven to be the best 3D VR Headset Movie Converter. With it, you can change 3D YouTube FLV to Gear VR supported SBS MP4/MKV easily and quickly so that you can play YouTube videos in Gear VR without hassle. In addition to YouTube video, this converter also allows you to convert all your 2D/3D video and audio files in various regular formats AVI, MKV, WMV, MPG, VOB, TiVo, MOV, MTS, etc. This YouTube file converter is also equipped with rich editing features, so you can customize your videos just as you want. Free download it to watch Titanic 3D YouTube video with Gear VR.

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Convert 3D YouTube videos to watch with Gear VR on Oculus Cinema

STEP 1. Add 3D YouTube Video

After running the program, load Titanic 3D YouTube videos to it by clicking Add button or simply drag & drops. You can add many files and convert them at one time.

Import video for Gear VR

STEP 2. Choose Output Format

Click “Format” bar and find “3D Video”, there are a lot of format options for you. “MKV Side-by-Side 3D Video (*.mkv)” or “MP4 Side-by-Side 3D Video (*.mp4)”  is recommended for Samsung Gear VR.

Choose format for Gear VR


a. Adjust target video settings and 3D effect.

Click “Settings” which is next to “Format”, free change your target video size, bitrate, frame rate and 3D depth. If you want to get best video quality, pls switch them to “original”. 3D movies should be encoded “full side-by-side” with a 1:1 pixel aspect ratio. Content mastered at 1920×1080 compressed side­-by-­side 3D should be resampled to 1920×540 resolution full side­-by­-side resolution. We also recommend using a higher bit rate than a typical web stream at that resolution, as the pixels in your video will be magnified on the phone’s screen. The optimal bit rate is content dependent, and many videos can get by with less, but 5 Mb/s should give good quality.

b. Useful edit functions for enhancing your video files.

Clik “Edit” button, you can apply cool effects to your videos. To get more information about this, go to the user guide of Video Converter Ultimate.

STEP 3. Start Conversion

The last step is to press the “Convert” button to start 3D YouTube video to Gear VR conversion. After the conversion, click “open output folder” to quick locate the generated media file.

STEP 4. Transfer converted YouTube Videos to play with Gear VR

To view your SBS 3D video files on your Gear VR, follow these steps:

  1. On your MicroSD card file directory, navigate to Oculus > Movies > Your Movies
  2. Create a new folder within “Your Movies” and label it “3D”
  3. Import or move your side-by-side 3D videos into your newly created “3D” folder

Once you have created your 3D content folder and imported compatible video files, insert your MicroSD card into your Galaxy Note 4 (if it isn’t already), dock the phone in your Gear VR, and don the virtual reality headset. Then:

  1. Navigate to Oculus Cinema from the main menu
  2. Navigate to “My Videos” from the Oculus Cinema content library menu
  3. Select the 3D video you wish to view (if you followed the above steps it should have a “3D” label in the upper righthand corner)
  4. Choose the cinema mode to begin playback

Now enjoy your Titanic 3D YouTube videos on Gear VR with ease.

Additional Tips:

a. How to download videos you like from YouTube?

Launch your IE, Firefox, or other internet browser. Enter www.Youtube.com in URL search box. View the YouTube website to select videos you love. Afterwards, copy the page’s URL showed in search box, and then choose an online YouTube downloader and paste. There’re plenty of such free tools on the Internet. They will capture the video in the certain page and download it for you. Or get a top YouTube downloader.

b. With this highly rated 3D YouTube Video to SBS Converter, you can also convert YouTube to play on Oculus Rift DK2, Lakento VR Glasses, 3D TV and more.

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