Saturday, April 09, 2016

Now you can finally see your SD Card files on the GEAR VR if you have an S7 or S7 Edge

At last Samsung have solved the problem of how to see movie files stored on the SD card in S7's on the GEAR VR!.
Switched mine on this morning and went to the Oculus Videos menu in the Gear, clicked on the My Movies button and there they all were - definitely weren't there last night so must have done an update overnight. So now I can see the movie files I created from my 3D & 2D Bluray discs all in 3D in the Oculus theatre without having to copy them to the phones storage every time I wanted to watch one. So far have converted Avengers:Age of Ultron, Guardians of the Galaxy, Maleficent, San Andreas & Mrs Brown's Boys (yes really!) and they all work beautifully. The only one I've not been able to convert was Jurassic World, no idea why. They need to be in a folder called Movies on the SD card and if they are 3D a subfolder just called 3D within the Movies folder.

Sunday, April 03, 2016

I'm in love with my Gear VR!

Got myself a Gear VR headset free when I bought one of the new Samsung Galaxy S7 phones a couple of weeks ago. I've been using it most every day since then and I'm just blown away, every time I switch it on it seems there's new stuff to explore. There's now an amazing and ever growing assortment of material and apps from being able to play Netflix videos on a huge screen in a 360 degree 3D environment to watching 3D movies on an even bigger screen in the Oculus Theatre.

I've taught myself how to download 3D & 360 degree movies from YouTube and how to put them on the S7 so I can watch them on the Gear, the variety of stuff available is amazing, quality varies but when you see the good stuff on the Gear it's amazing.

Of course there's lots of games available as well, some of which are free and others have to be paid for. Free ones I can definitely recommend are InCell, Smash Hit, Temple Run and Bait. I've also discovered Groovr, a music visualisation app which is pretty amazing. I found a video on YouTube of 2 hours of music by Lesiem, a German project whose music combines elements of rock, pop, electronica, new age, enigmatic and ambient music, as well as Gregorian chant and other choral music. I downloaded it as an MP3, stripping out the graphics so was able play it in Groovr and float along a methane river on an alien world with the most amazing graphic animations surrounding me, trust me, has to be seen to be believed! There's so much more I could tell you about but this will do for now I'm sure, needless to say I'm loving it!