On some online QA stations like quora.com and Samsung’s forum, you could see quite a lot of questions like “How can I watch 3D Blu-ray movies on Samsung Gear VR” or “Is it possible to watch 3D Blu-ray films on Samsung Gear VR?” Such questions are quite common to those Samsung Gear VR owners. In fact, most VR device owners that have VR devices of various brands might have the same question. We could spread the question to this: is it possible to watch 3D Blu-ray movies on VR devices?

With the fast development of the movie industry, more and more movies have been produced in 3D and published in Blu-ray package for high-quality movie enjoyment. There are also more and more 3D movie playback devices available for home 3D movie enjoying. VR device is one of the most popular 3D movie playback devices. In this guide, we would like to introduce you effective solutions on playing 3D Blu-ray movies on Samsung Gear VR and other VR devices.

Part 1. Can I watch 3D Blu-ray on Gear VR?

Let’s firstly make things clear: Can we watch 3D Blu-ray movies on Gear VR? Actually, the answer depends. If you want to watch 3D Blu-ray movies on Gear VR directly, the answer is definitely no. Samsung definitely provides no direct access to playing back 3D Blu-ray movies with Gear VR. However, you could try 3rd-party solutions to turn 3D Blu-ray movies compatible with Samsung Gear VR.


We all know that we could stream 3D YouTube videos to Samsung Gear VR and even local 3D movies to Samsung Gear VR device for playback. This makes it possible that we could convert our 3D Blu-ray movies to 3D videos and then stream to the Gear VR device for playback. Therefore, the real concern should then go to what are Samsung Gear VR supported video formats, what can help us convert 3D Blu-ray movies for Gear VR, and how to convert 3D Blu-ray movies to Gear VR. The below content would provide you with satisfactory answers.

Part 2. Samsung Gear VR supported formats

Samsung Gear VR (now at Innovator Edition) is a relatively affordable VR accessory; it creates a better-than-expected sense of immersion using a Note 4, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge as its screen and engine; apps, while limited, are all free. As mentioned above, if you've some 3D Blu-rays that you would love to watch in Samsung Gear VR, you could rip 3D Blu-ray to Samsung Gear VR compatible 3D videos so that you can enjoy your 3D Blu-ray movies more conveniently with your Gear VR device.

Samsung Gear VR by default supports most common file formats including MKV, MP4, AVI, and FLV. When it comes to playing 3D videos, Samsung Gear VR requires either side-by-side or top-to-bottom (top-down).
You can properly view 2D and 3D videos in Samsung VR by adding _2dp, _3dpv or _3dph strings to your video filenames. See Video Types below for all the supported video types and their respective string codes.

Video Type


2D video


3D top bottom video


3D left right video


Monoscopic 180


Monoscopic 180 16:9


Left right stereoscopic 180 16:9


Monoscopic 360 equirectangular projection


Top bottom stereoscopic 360 equirectangular projection

"3dv" or "_tb"

Left right stereoscopic 360 equirectangular projection

"3dh" or "_lr"

Monoscopic 360 cube projection

"_cubemap "

Top bottom stereoscopic 360 cube projection


Left right stereoscopic 360 cube projection


Monoscopic 360 octahedron projection


Monoscopic 360 icosahedron projection


Top bottom stereoscopic 3D 180


Left right stereoscopic 3D 180


Left right stereo 3D 180 squished


Top bottom stereoscopic 3D 180x160


Two monoscopic 180 hemispheres

"180hemispheres" or "180-hemispheres"

Top bottom 3D cylinder 2.25:1


Top bottom 3D cylinder 16:9


Top bottom 3D 360 no bottom


180 planetarium full dome

"_planetarium" or "_fulldome"

V360 camera


RTXP 360 cylindrical


The below content would show you 2 different tools to help you rip and convert Blu-ray for Samsung Gear VR device.

Part 3. How to watch 3D Blu-ray movies on Gear VR with Leawo Blu-ray Ripper?

As mentioned above, you only need to convert 3D Blu-ray movies for Gear VR device. Therefore, we would firstly like to recommend you Leawo Blu-ray Ripper. Leawo Blu-ray Ripper is a professional and best Blu-ray ripping and converting program, allowing users to rip and convert Blu-ray disc or Blu-ray folder to a variety of video and audio formats such as Blu-ray to MP4, Blu-ray to MKV, Blu-ray to MOV, Blu-ray to AVI, etc. With professional disc decrypting technology, Leawo Blu-ray Ripper could decrypt and convert Blu-ray discs with AACS, BD+ and the latest MKB protection. As for 3D Blu-ray movie conversion, Leawo Blu-ray Ripper could fully decrypt, rip and convert 3D Blu-ray movies in Full Mode without changing 3D movie effects. You could then freely watch 3D Blu-ray movies on Gear VR and other VR devices.

Free download and install Leawo Blu-ray Ripper on you PC, and then start to rip and convert Blu-ray disc with Leawo Blu-ray Ripper. Mac users should turn to Leawo Blu-ray Ripper for Mac.


Note: Leawo Blu-ray Ripper is a module built in Leawo Prof. Media.
The below content is the guide on how to rip and convert 3D Blu-ray disc for Samsung Gear VR with Leawo Blu-ray Ripper:


  1. Leawo Blu-ray Ripper provides you 3 content loading modes to load all movie (Full Movie), the movie only (Main Movie), or preferred titles (Custom Mode). To rip 3D Blu-ray movies, you need to choose Full Movie mode.
  2. Leawo Blu-ray Ripper allows you to select desired subtitles and audio tracks from source Blu-ray movies. You can open the drop-down boxes of "Subtitles" and "Audio tracks" in each loaded Blu-ray file to select subtitles and audio tracks.

Step 1: Load Blu-ray disc
Insert a Blu-ray disc that you want to rip into laptop’s Blu-ray drive, and then launch Leawo Prof. Media. Open the “Convert” module, and then click "Add Blu-ray/DVD" button on the main interface to load Blu-ray disc after you launch this Blu-ray to laptop converter.


Step 2: Select output format
Click the drop-down list next to “Add Photo” button, and choose “Change” to enter Profile setting panel where you can freely set output format for your laptop. Here MP4 is recommended as Samsung Gear VR by default supports most common file formats including MKV, MP4, AVI, and FLV.


After you have set output format, you could click the same drop-down list and click "Edit" button to adjust the video and audio parameters of output files, including video codec, audio codec, bit rate, aspect ratio, frame rate, channel, etc.


Step 3: Convert Blu-ray to laptop videos
At last, click the big green "Convert" button and then set output directory to save the final converted Blu-ray movies in the “Save to” box.


Click the bottom “Convert” button on the popup sidebar to start converting 3D Blu-ray movies for Gear VR or other VR devices. After the conversion completes, you only need to stream the converted 3D Blu-ray movies to your Gear VR device.

Part 4. How to watch 3D Blu-ray movies on Gear VR with Arcok Blu-ray Ripper?

Another wonderful 3D Blu-ray ripping software tool we would like to recommend is Acrok Blu-ray Ripper, which could help you easily rip and convert 2D/3D Blu-ray movies to MP4, AVI, MOV, WMV, MKV, and other formats for multiple uses.


The below guide would show you how to use Acrok Blu-ray Ripper to rip and convert Blu-ray disc to a laptop in detail.

  1. Download and install Acrok Video Converter Ultimate on your laptop or computer. The Acrok Blu-ray Ripper is built in Acrok Video Converter Ultimate.
  2. Insert Blu-ray disc into the Blu-ray drive that has been connected to your laptop.
  3. Launch Acrok Video Converter Ultimate and then click the “Load Disc” option to browse and load source 3D Blu-ray disc.
  4. Click the "Format" drop-down menu to choose an output format that you prefer.
  5. You can also click "Settings" to customize the output settings in details, adjust parameters like bitrate, frame rate, etc.
  6. In the "Output" menu you can choose the output folder for converted videos.
  7. Finally, click the “Convert” button to convert Blu-ray discs for laptop.

When conversion is completed, you can click "Open" button to get the converted video files.
With 3D Blu-ray movies converted 3D videos saved on your local drive, now you could follow the below steps to play converted 3D Blu-ray movies on your Gear VR via phones. To play 3D movies on Gear VR, you need the help of the Oculus Videos app. The below steps would show you how to watch 3D movies from the local drive over Gear VR:

  1. Install Oculus Videos app on your phone.
  2. Create the /oculus/movies/3d folder on your phone
  3. Move your 3D movies from your PC to “/oculus/movies/3d/” folder on your phone.
  4. Open Oculus Videos app on your phone.
  5. Select your movie for playback.

Now, you could freely watch converted 3D Blu-ray movies on Gear VR device.