Convert 3D MTS footage for playback on Oculus Rift

You probably got that Oculus Rift to play games, but VR can also offer a seriously immersive video-watching experience. Well…it's really cool! Imagine watching a 3D movie, on a 100 inch curved TV that completely fills your field of vision. It's like having Barney Stinson's TV strapped to your head. If you've some 3D MTS footage from hot 3D camcorders that you would love to watch in Oculus Rift (DK2/CV1), you've come to the right place. In this article, you will learn how to convert 3D MTS files to Oculus Rift friendly file type, so you can watch 3D MTS clips in Rift (DK2/CV1) more conveniently.

Watch 3D MTS on Oculus Rift

Oculus Rift has stereoscopic 3D capability assuming you use programs (e.g. SBS 3D Video Player) for the DK2/CV1, however, Oculus Rift requires either 2D, 360 degree or 3D Side-by-Side/Top-Bottom MKV, MP4, AVI, WMV video, while does not support playing 3D MTS movies. You can either wait till a developer brings a VR player which supports also custom codecs or you can re-encode your 3D MTS files to Oculus Rift more compatible format to get them play nicely.

Here Dimo Video Converter Ultimate is the bee's knees, which can help you easily solve 3D and Oculus Rift playback issue. Overall, the program is a professional 3D Video Converter, which comparatively has better output quality and intuitive interface. With it, you can fast convert not only 3D stereoscopic MTS video recordings, but also 3D YIFY, 3D YouTube, 3D MKV, 3D Blu-ray, DVD, etc. to Oculus Rift supported file type like MP4, MKV, AVI, WMV, etc..

Best of all, this 3D video converting software allows you to convert SBS 3D, Anaglyph 3D and Top/Bottom 3D, which can be played on Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, DayDream View, Gear VR, Google Cardboard, 3D TV, 3D Player, perfectly. If you are Mac users, please turn to Dimo Video Converter Ultimate for Mac. Now, we will give a detailed guide on the whole process from converting 3D to Oculus Rift (DK2/CV1) supported video.

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How to convert 3D MTS for playback on Oculus Rift (DK2/CV1)

Step 1. Load 3D MTS video files

Backup your 3D .MTS video to hard drive. Run the 3D Video Converter for Oculus Rift and clikc "Add File" to load your source 3D MTS video into it. Or directly drag the MTS shooting into the program.

3D Video Converter for Oculus Rift

Step 2. Choose Oculus Rift format

Now go to "Select Format" and open the format panel. As we mentioned above, Oculus Rift (DK2/CV1) supports MKV, MP4, AVI, WMV formats, so you can directly choose one of them as the output format. Alternatively, you can directly select "Device" > "VR"> "Oculus Rift".

Oculus Rift video format

Step 3. Specify video/audio parameters

Click Settings button to adjust video/audio parameters like video resolution, bitrate, audio codec, audio channel. According to my experience, anything over 720p does nothing but turn battery energy into heat, due to the screen resolution.

Step 4. Set Video Mode

Once you have gained proper information about video types then it is time to set a mode as per your video type with this VR video converter so that it can work perfectly on your VR headset. Click "Edit" and turn to "3D" tab to choose Left-right or Top-Bootom mode.

Add 3D effect

Step 5. Start encoding 3D MTS to Oculus Rift

Click "Start" button to start converting 3D MTS to Oculus Rift friendly video. After the conversion, you can get the resulted videos by clicking the Open button for importing and playing on Oculus Rift (DK2/CV1).

How to Import converted 3D MTS Videos on Oculus Rift

Step 1: Properly labeling your 3D videos 

Before you can move your 3D videos to the Videos folder in your Windows system drive, it must be labeled in the proper format for Oculus to render it correctly. 

Label 3D videos: 

For 3D panoramic videos, top-bottom, bottom-top, left-right and right-left stereoscopic video support are implemented using the following naming convention: 

Naming conventions used to label your 3D panoramic video: 

"_TB.mp4" or "_360_TB.mp4" - Top / bottom 3D 
"_BT.mp4" or "_360_BT.mp4" - Bottom / top 3D 
"_LR.mp4" or "_360_LR.mp4" - Left / right side by side 3D 
"_RL.mp4" or "_360_RL.mp4" - Right / left side by side 3D

Please add the proper naming convention to the end of your video file name. 

Example: If your video file was MyCoolVideo.mp4, label it asMyCoolVideo_360_TB.mp4. 

Step 2: Transfer your videos to Oculus Video 

The Oculus Video app for Rift pulls video files from your default Windows video folder. To transfer your video files to the Windows Video folder: 

  • Open your Windows System drive (this is generally your C: drive). 
  • Open the Users folder. 
  • Select your user profile. 
  • Locate and open the Videos folder and move your videos here. 

The next time you launch Oculus Video, your videos will automatically appear in the "My Videos" section. Now enjoy your 3D files on Oculus Rift (DK2/CV1) without hassle.

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