Ever since the launch of Google Cardboard back in 2014, virtual reality has slowly been making its way to the masses. Not only are more and more manufacturers producing higher-end headsets such as the Samsung Gear VRand the Oculus Rift, there are also a slew of super affordable options available for those who are looking to try VR for the first time. Google Cardboard is a very popular VR headset now. It is compatible with Android phones, iPhone series, etc. Watching 3D movies with Google Cardboard via smartphones has become a hot topic.
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Sometimes you may can’t play some 3d movies with Google Cardboard , but you must be placed in the appropriate format. Because of the playable format of the 3D glasses have strict requirements, such as: Blu-ray, DVD, some MKV movie files(downloaded from Internet or some raw Blu-ray rips in MKV) in 2D or 3D SBS(Side-by-Side) work on Google Cardboard , but the audio has to be encoded in AAC or MP3 for stereo. AC3 audio and DTS Dolby don’t seem to work. And for that we need a 3D movie on the hard drive of your computer and a professional 2D/3D Video Converter Ultimate (PC and Mac) program which can helps you re-encode any 2D/3D movie files to Google Cardboard more compatible 3D formats and make 3D movies accepted by your Google Cardboard or other any VR Headsets with ease.
Let your best 3D friend to help you to watch 3D movies on Google Cardboard via any Android phones or Apple iPhones by converting your movies to Google Cardboard supported 3D movies with 3D effect on your computer. It is called iFastime Video Converter Ultimate (Mac). It can convert any 2D/3D DVD, Blu-ray, H.265, MKV, AVI, YouTube, etc to Google Cardboard supported 3d movies easily and quickly.
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Start to Convert 2D/3D movie to 3D movie with 3D effect for playing with Google Cardboard
Step 1. Load 3D Blu-ray movies
Step 3. Start converting movie to Google Cardborad
At last, simply click the “Start conversion” button under the preview window, and the Blu-ray ripper will start the conversion. When the conversion done, transfer the converted movies to your smartphones and then you can watch 3D movies on Google Cardboard via any smartphone. The most important thing is that this 3D experience really cost so little.
Tips: How to Google Cardboard?
Today we’re going to walk you through that process, and show you exactly how to build your very own Cardboard headset.
This Google Cardboard headset is too small to be used with larger devices like the Nexus 6. For that, you will need a headset based on Google Cardboard 2.0, which isn’t quite as DIY-friendly, but just as possible to make yourself, with a little more homework, no magnets, and a conductive pad required.
Here’s what you’ll need
A piece of cardboard at least 22” (55.88cm) by 8.75” (22.23cm)
Two 2” (5.08cm) strips of 3/4” (1.91cm) wide Velcro
One 3/4” (1.91cm) neodymium ring magnet
One 3/4” ceramic disk magnet
Two Biconvex lenses (45mm focal length)
An NFC tag
Additionally, the only tools you will need for this project are an X-ACTO knife, a straight edge, Scotch tape, some spray adhesive or contact cement, and you may also find that some super glue will come in handy.
Begin by downloading the manufacturers kit from Google by following this link (.zip). Once you extract the .zip file, open the scissor-cut template and proceed to print the three pages.
Next, trim away any extra cardboard you may have. Once all the excess is cut away, lightly coat the cardboard with spray adhesive and let it sit for three to five minutes. Press the three separate templates into place, and you’re ready for the next step.
So far it’s been pretty easy, right? Well, unfortunately, here’s where you’ll have to put in a little bit of work. The next step is cutting out every little nib with an X-ACTO knife, which can get pretty tiresome after awhile. I began this process by trimming away all the unnecessary outside pieces and worked my way in from there. For all of the tight corners and smaller pieces, I found it much easier to just perforate the cardboard by stabbing it repeatedly, rather than trying to drag and cut. Dragging your knife through the cardboard might end in you cutting off more than you need.
During this part of the process your hand might cramp up a time or two, but just remember – be patient! Making all of these cuts will likely take you around 30 to 45 minutes in all, so be prepared when it comes to this step. We’d recommend cutting out all of the round pieces last, as these are the most intricate.
Once you’re done cutting everything out, it’s now time to begin assembling.
First, insert the lenses into the two eye holes, and make sure you pay attention to their orientation. The paper template will tell you which direction the lenses should face. Proceed by folding the top third of the lens holder template down and the lower third up, so that the middle panel is sandwiched between the two and the divider, then wrap the cardboard frame around it, lining up all the proper slots and grooves.
Note: When I folded mine up all the way, I noticed there was an extra flap I didn’t need. I cut it off and opened up the hole for access to the neodymium magnet, which will operate as your select button when using the headset.
I added a touch of super glue to the inside of the left-most panel and glued the headset shut. Next, add the Velcro strips to the top of the flap where you’ll later insert your phone. Here’s where you have the option to add an NFC tag to your Cardboard. You can program it by downloading Trigger from the Google Play Store and creating an action which will launch the Cardboard app.
Once your Cardboard headset is set up, download the Cardboard app from Google Play, launch it, then insert your phone into the headset. You can now experience VR at will!