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Tutorial: How to View 3D Movies on Gear VR with Galaxy S7 Edge

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Are you lucky enough to experience the Samsung Gear VR which takes watching 3D movies on your smartphone like Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge to a whole new level? If so, do you know how to properly watch 3D movies on your Gear VR? Now just follow our step-by-step guide on how to watch 3D movies with Gear VR on Galaxy S7 Edge easily.

Part I. Step-by-step guide for watching 3D movies on Gear VR

Step 1. Make sure you have the correct smartphone. Yes, it's a silly instruction, but people have been known to make mistakes once in a while, so it doesn't hurt to check. The Gear VR only works on the following Samsung Galaxy smartphones: Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6/S6 Edge/S6 Edge+, and Galaxy S7/S7 Edge.

Step 2. Make sure your 3D video is supported by Gear VR.

Gear VR Supported Media Formats:

.mp4 .m4v .3gp .3g2 .ts .webm .mkv .wmv .asf .avi .flv.

In our opinion, .mkv is best, while audio is aac. Only audio which Android standardly supports work and that is AAC and MP3. AC3 and DTS were removed because of high licensing costs.

If you find your movie to be not in the right format, you can download Brorsoft Video Converter Ultimate which is the best video converter for Gear VR. It allows you to re-encode any 2D/3D movie files to Samsung Gear VR more compatible 3D formats for playback on Gear VR via Galaxy S7/S7 Edge with ease.

Actually, it's an all-in-one video converter for you. With it, you can convert any common/HD/3D/4K video files as well as Blu-ray/DVD movie to a very wide range of formats, such Anaglyph, Top-Bottom, Side-by-Side 3D MP4/MKV video supported by Samsung Gear VR with the best quality. For Mac users, please turn to iMedia Converter for Mac.

 

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Step 3. When you make sure your 3D video is supported by Gear VR, you can transfer the 3D videos to Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge to view on Gear VR. There are some steps below to teach you how to enjoy 3D movies on Gear VR via S7/S7 Edge successfully.

There are two ways to watch your own video content in the "My Videos" section of Oculus Cinema with Gear VR via Galaxy S7/S7 Edge. First, any movies you record using your Galaxy S7/S7 Edge's camera will automatically appear in the "My Videos" section. The other way is to copy Gear VR compatible video files directly to your Galaxy S7/S7 Edge phone or SD card in any of the following directories:

On your phone's internal storage (Galaxy S7/S7 Edge):
/DCIM/
/Movies/
/Oculus/Movies/

On your phone's removable SD card (Card):
/DCIM/
/Movies/
/Oculus/Movies/

Step 4. Now, your 3D movies will show up beautifully in the Oculus Cinema with Gear VR. Enjoy.

Part II. How to Transfer Downloaded Movies to Gear VR

When downloading 3D movies, you'll notice that they come in either Side-by-Side (SBS) format, which comes in Full SBS and Half SBS, or Top/Bottom format. For the non-techie people, they refer to the resolution of the movies and the way the two frames are separated (vertically for the former and horizontally for the latter).

A Side-by-Side format comes in 1920 x 1080. Full SBS nets you the full resolution in both frames, while Half SBS gives you 960 x 1080 for each frame. On the other hand, the Top/Bottom format comes in 1280 x 720, with each frame coming in at 1280 x 360.

The Gear VR automatically assumes that all files in the "3D" folder are in the SBS format. If you have a movie in Top/Bottom format, you must create a text file to have it correctly read. Simply copy and paste the following to Notepad and save it in the EXACT name of the movie:
{
"format": "3DTB"
}

So, Top/Bottom movies in your 3D movies folder should have two accompanying files: the .png file for the poster image (assuming you got one) and the aforementioned text file.

Above are the tips and tricks to watch 3D movies(not matter your own movies or downloaded movies) on Gear VR via Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge. Hope you have great 3D movie enjoyment on a portable device.

Related Guides:

Play ISO image files on Gear VR
Watch DVD movies on Gear VR
Watch 3D Blu-ray on Freefly VR
VR Headset Supported Video Formats
Watch 3D Blu-ray on Archos VR Glassess

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