To watch our videos in their full glory, you will need a spherical video player. Here’s an overview of current free players and their capabilities, last updated April 10, 2015.
We, of course, recommend using our player, the eleVR Web Player. This is the first headset-enabled spherical video player for the web (and as far as we know still the only one), which several companies have integrated into their spherical video sites. In our original version, you can watch your own local files in the player, or check out a couple of our videos without having to download them first.
The current version of the eleVR Web Player works with the native browser support currently being implemented by Firefox and Chromium. Once you download a webVR enabled browser, you should be able to use the player with a DK1 or a DK2 Oculus. Please note that these experimental browsers may not have mp4 support, so you will want to get (or convert your mp4 to) a webm file in order to view the videos. You can find more details on our GitHub page. Also, to decrease judder, try setting the refresh rate of your Oculus Display to 60hz. (Thanks Tony Parisi and Josh Carpenter for the tip!)
VR Player has a messy open source desktop player and a very nice paid phone app. The desktop version has a lot of options but requires a bit more effort upon installation so read the about page carefully before you jump in. VR Player only runs on Windows. We’ve had some trouble with long videos on our PC, though others have reported better results. There exists an addition that makes it work with DK2. Not the most recommended for desktop, but definitely recommended for Android phones.
Total Cinema 360 desktop version is simple to install, run quick tests, but has finicky UI. It works on Windows and Mac on the DK1.
Kolor Eyes is the slickest and most branded player available. It lets you change the projection quickly and even has a few flashy novelty effects. It is for both Windows and Mac and works well on the DK1 and DK2. If you want a desktop player, this is a good choice.
Whirligig is a finicky Unity app that works on Mac and Windows for DK1 and DK2, with many projection options and the ability to loop video. The head tracking is juddery, and it requires copying your video into a special media folder. It has direct-to-rift functionality. This player is only meant for the Oculus Rift, without flat-screen options.
On any of these players, you will also need to change the settings for the video that you are playing. Most of our videos want a spherical projection, and our spherical 3d videos use a top/bottom or over/under for the two video streams. If you are using a VR headset like the Oculus, you may need to change some settings for use with the headset as well.