How to Play 3D Blu-ray Movies on HTC Vive with 3D Visual Effect?

John Salley

Oct 31, 2016 08:54 am / Posted by John Salley

As the best virtual reality headset in the world, HTC Vive provides an immersive gaming experience like no other. For movie enthusiasters, the good news is that you will also have the chance to get a serious immersive video-watching experience on HTC Vive. You can now watch a 2D movie, 3D movie or even a full 360-degree VR production on HTC Vive. How about 3D Blu-ray movies, which offers better image quality and sound effect than the 3D movies downloaded from YouTube or 3D Yify Torrent sites? Have more interest, please read on:

How to Watch 3D Movies on HTC Vive?

Before answering your question, let’s first turn our attention to another issue, how to watch 3D movies on HTC Vive. There are generally two methods: Use the Virtual Desktop or Xbox controller in combination with JoyTokey.

HTC Vive

Use Use the Virtual Desktop

detailed steps are listed below:
1. Start the Virtual Desktop using the SteamVR mode.
2. Set the environment in the application to Home Theater.
3. Load up media player classic.
4. When the movie starts, press F7 and you’ll enter 3D mode.

Tips: Make sure to use the super sampling trick with this in order to squeeze the most quality that you can out of it. As great as the HTC Vive is, the resolution isn’t the highest (but the engagement and experience makes up for it!).

To watch 3D Blu-ray on HTC Vive with 3D visual effect, you will need to rip 3D Blu-ray to a “Side by Side” or “Over Under” (Top and Bottom) format which can be playable on HTC Vive in 3D. Here, you can complete the ripping process with our Top 3D Blu-ray Converter – Pavtube BDMagic for Windows/Mac. The program has full support for loading 3D Blu-ray disc, 3D BDMV folder and also 3D ISO image file and then output HTC Vive playable 3D SBS or TAB format in MP4 or MKV format.

Adjust 3D profile settings

The program gives you the choice to choose between full sbs or half sbs and full tab and half tab. The full SBS or full TAB format offers noticeably higer quality but take up more hard drive space and also more graphics power to play. If you are not satisfy with the 3D depth perception, you can drag the slider bars to change the 3D video depth. By checking “Switch Left Right Image” option, you will also be able to change the image display order for 3D SBS movie on HTC Vive.

Step by Step to Convert 3D Blu-ray Movies for HTC Vive Viewing

Step 1: Load 3D Blu-ray movie.

Insert Blu-ray disc into your external Blu-ray disc drive, launch Pavtube BDMagic, and import 3D Blu-ray movie into this app by clicking “Load from disc” button.

Step 2: Output HTC Vive accepted 3D format.

From “Format” drop-down list, select HTC Vive 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 HTC Vive.

Step 3: Adjust 3D profile settings.

Click “Settings” to open “Profile Settings” window, here you can adjust the 3D depth, change image display order for 3D SBS movie, you can also make a choice between full sbs/tab and half sbs and tab according to your own needs.

Step 4: Begin the 3D Blu-ray to 3D format ripping process.

Go back to the main interface and start the 3D Blu-ray to HTC Vive supported 3D SBS or TAB MP4/MKV 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 HTC Vive.

Use the Xbox controller in combination with JoyTokey

Alternatively, you can also use a wireless Xbox controller in combination with JoyTokey. You can then map the mouse X and Y to the joystick and the mouse buttons to the controller’s trigger. Finally, map one of the buttons (I choose “A” to F4 in order to maximize in Virtual Desktop. That way, you’ll have all the tools required to watch your movies in the palm of your hand.

Further Reading:
Best Free Android VR Video Player for Android
VR Headset 3D Movie FAQs: Gear VR, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, VR One…
Easy Tricks to Convert 3D YouTube Video to Watch with Gear VR
How to Watch 3D Blu-ray Movies on Oculus Rift with 3D Effect?
Guide on Ripping 3D Blu-ray to View on Google Cardboard 2

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