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Solved! Gear VR doesn’t support MKV DTS 5.1 via Galaxy Note 4/5/S6 (Edge/Edge+)/S7 (Edge)

Samsung Gear VR provide you with the virtual cinema mode when you watch your own 3D movies with it through Oculus Cinema. Many 2D/3D movies online are downloaded with MKV format, though Gear VR claims to support MKV files, sometimes we still encounter no sound in MKV when playing with Gear VR on Samsung Galaxy Note 4/Galaxy Note 5/Galaxy S6/Galaxy S6 Edge/Galaxy S6 Edge+/Galaxy S7/Galaxy S7 Edge. Can old/new Gear VR play MKV files? Why Gear VR play some of the MKV videos but not others? Simply follow this article to get the reason and solution for "Gear VR doesn't support MKV DTS 5.1" problem.

Reasons for No sound on MKV (DTS 5.1) in Gear VR

Though Gear VR has the ability to read and play 2D/3D MKV files, there are some restrictions on the MKV files. Gear VR only plays MKV files encoded with H.264 video codec and AAC/MP3/ audio codec. If the MKV is encoded with audio codec like DTS 5.1, we will fail to view MKV on Gear VR via Galaxy Note 4/Galaxy Note 5/Galaxy S6/Galaxy S6 Edge/Galaxy S6 Edge+/Galaxy S7/Galaxy S7 Edge through Oculus Cinema.

How to Solve Can't Play MKV on Gear VR

To solve Gear VR won't play MKV files issues; a recommended fix is to convert Gear VR unsupported MKV to Gear VR more compatible 2D/3D MKV or MP4. Among all top video converters in the market, iFastime Video Converter Ultimate is just the right MKV to Gear VR Converter app for you.

With it, you can convert all kinds of MKV files including 2D MKV, 3D MKV, H.265 MKV to Gear VR supported format like Top-Bottom, Side-by-Side 3D MP4 and MKV. Once you start the MKV to Gear VR conversion, you can soon get your output files cause its fast conversion speed. To enhance and personalize your movies like trimming, cropping, adding special effect, inserting subtitles are also allowed. In addition to converting MKV to Gear VR, it can convert other video formats to enables us to play AVI, WMV, FLV, VOB, 3GP, TS, RMVB, WTV, WebM, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, and etc on Gear VR via Galaxy Note 4/5/S6 (Edge/Edge+)/S7 (Edge). Mac version is here. Below will show a detailed guide on how to convert Gear VR unsupported MKV to Gear VR supported MKV or MP4 on Windows or Mac.

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Part I. How to Convert MKV to Gear VR Video Format for Viewing?

Step 1. Add MKV videos

Install and run the MKV to Gear VR Converter, click "Add video" button on the interface to load the MKV movies. With the function of batch conversion, you are here allowed to import more than one MKV video files for your 3D movie creating project.

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Step 2. Decide output format

It is a great experience to watch 3D films with Gear VR via Galaxy Note 4/Galaxy Note 5/Galaxy S6/Galaxy S6 Edge/Galaxy S6 Edge+/Galaxy S7/Galaxy S7 Edge through Oculus Cinema, tap on "Format" bar and find "3D Video", and "MP4 Side-by-Side 3D Video (*.mp4)" is recommended for Samsung Gear VR. Of course, "MKV Side-by-Side 3D video" is also supported.

This MKV to Gear VR Converter perfectly supports a very wide range of 3D formats, such Anaglyph, Top-Bottom, Side-by-Side 3D MP4/MKV video supported by Samsung Gear VR, VR One, Rift DK2 and other VR heasets with the best quality.

Best format for VR One

Step 3. Specify video/audio parameters (Optional)

Click Settings button to adjust video/audio parameters like video resolution, bitrate, audio codec, audio channel. Audio has to be encoded in AAC or MP3. According to other Samsung users' experience, anything over 720p does nothing but turn battery energy into heat, due to the screen resolution. You can also adjust 3D depth if you want.

Note: 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. While H.264 is the recommended video coding, H.265 videos can also be played.

VR One Profile Settings

Step 4. Start MKV to Gear VR conversation

Click the "Start conversion" button to start and finish converting the MKV to Gear VR supported format. Your conversion can be done for a short time on your computer, after that, you will easily open converted MKV via "Open" buttion. Now, equip your 3D glasses(like Gear VR) and start your theatric 3D experience at home! We'll be sharing more of these helpful tips and tricks in the coming days.

Part II: Guide for viewing converted movies on Gear VR

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 Note 4/Galaxy Note 5/Galaxy S6/Galaxy S6 Edge/Galaxy S6 Edge+/Galaxy S7/Galaxy S7 Edge, dock the phone in your Gear 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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  1. merrill says:

    It options the power to convert videos into hottest 3D video formats – from HD and 3D Videos to SBS 3D MP4, 3D MKV, 3D AVI, etc.

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