Monday, July 4, 2016

ZTE VR review: Backup blu-ray videos to watching on ZTE VR

Summary: Alongside the announcement of its new Axon 7 smartphone today, ZTE also unveiled the creatively named ZTE VR. It's basically ZTE's version of the VR: it's a mostly empty headset that you slide the Axon 7 into. 

The ZTE Axon 7, just announced today, boasts quite a serious flagship-grade specs sheet. And if you are aiming for the top, you better go all out, a lesson the Chinese OEM seems to be putting into practice with the ZTE VR.Details about the virtual reality headset are still mostly unavailable, but going by the official render ZTE has provided, there isn't really much room for surprises. It looks to be ZTE's take on the Samsung Gear VR - more or less a holder to place the Axon 7 a few inches away from your face and let it do most of the heavy lifting.

Just like the Samsung Gear VR, there are a few controls on the side - a rocker, single action button and a touch pad to swipe and navigate around. There is also a focus wheel on the top. ZTE has also shared that the unit has a 9-axis gyroscope inside to aid in motion tracking - neat!

The only other thing that was mentioned for the ZTE VR is that it will support Android's Daydream VR, which was introduced at Google I/O 2016. However, that might prove to be a bit of a cryptic statement, as the particulars around Daydream are still unknown and it doesn't help either that ZTE has been tossing around claims of Daydream compatibility for the Axon 7 handset as well.Either way, in its current state, the ZTE VR should be pretty close to its Samsung counterpart in terms of experience, although, perhaps, with even less content to go around.

The reason to can't play blu-ray movies on ZTE VR 

The fact that different blu-ray movies files come with different video and audio codecs, Such as:MKV, MP4, MOV, WMV,AVI, etc. and different formats: Side-By-Side, Anaglyph, Top-Bottom. Since the ZTE VR does’t understand the encoding in the content on blu-ray movies. So you should choose the supported files by ZTE VR. In the picture above, you can conclude blu-ray movies format(with MP4 video and AAC audio codec)that a good choice. Now, you just need a video converter to convert files into blu-ray movies Side-By-Side format with MP4 video and AAC audio codec.

How to Watch Hot 3D Movies on ZTE VR 

Step 1: Import blu-ray movies 

blu-ray  movie to disc drive, and click “Load from disc” button to load. For video file, click the “Add video” button, browse to computer hard drive and import video into this app. 


Step 2: Select format and set profile

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

Tip: We recommend using 1280×720 HD resolution to encode your videos. Higher resolutions will not provide any better quality, meaning you’ll waste space and processing power.

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.

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.

You can click “Settings” near the “Format” to adjust the video resolution and bitrate to get more compatible format with ZTE VR.

Step 3: Convert blu-ray movies to ZTE VR 

Click “conversion” button, video to SBS 3D MP4 conversion begins. When the process finishes, open the output folder to locate. Then transfer them to ZTE VR foo watching via smart phone

1. Place your video files into the folder named “My Videos” on your Built-in SD card or extra SD card.

2. On your MicroSD card file directory, navigate to Oculus > Movies > Your Movies

3. Create a new folder within “Your Movies” and label it “3D”

4. 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 S7/S7 edge, dock the phone in your ZTE VR. 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

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