The following article will provide a solution to Gear VR MKV playback issue as well as how to successfully watch or play MKV on Gear VR with the best quality.
I just bought a Gear VR and was excited to put it to use. Does Gear VR play MKV files?
It can be gotten from its official website that MKV files in 2D or 3D SBS(Side-by-Side) work on Gear VR, but the audio has to be encoded in AAC or MP3 for stereo. AC3 audio and DTS Dolby don’t seem to work. Since I some MKV videos with AC3/DTS audio(checking by mediainfo), I need to re-encode my MKV files to Gear VR more compatible format to get them play without any issue.
I’m using Brorsoft Video Converter to achieve the goal. Overall, It is a yet professional video converter, which comparatively has better output quality and intuitive interface. With it, you can fast convert MKV to Gear VR supported file type like MP4, MKV in .mp3, .aac audio. Best of all, this software allows you to convert MKV to 3D videos such as MKV Top-bottom 3D Video, MP4 Top-bottom 3D Video, MP4 Side-by-Side 3D video, which can be played on Gear VR perfectly. If you are Mac users, please turn to Video Converter for Mac. Below is how to.
Convert MKV to Gear VR best video format
1. Load MKV files
Run the best 3D Video converter program and load your source video files MKV into it.
2. Decide output format
Click 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 Gear VR. Of course, “MKV Side-by-Side 3D video” is also supported.
Tip: 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.
3. Start encoding MKV to Gear VR
Click Convert button to start converting MKV to Samsung Gear VR friendly video. After the conversion, you can get the resulted videos by clicking the Open button. Now it would be easy for you to watch 3D MKV videos on Samsung Gear VR. Enjoy.