Hey Guys I'll just take the oportunity to gather some off-topic info about VR Players and discuss them in a competent community like this. Any comments, suggestions with which player you wanna use your 8k are greatly appreaciated! (Tried Vive, Rift and some on Go)
I'll try to focus on app solutions, but feel free to include Pc streaming workarounds as well. I will include an overall rating over time as well which will be subjective on certain criterias though (eg importance of webbased streaming, which is not my focus since YouTube bitrate is usually poor anyways)
Most important criterias are:
Picture quality, SS, controls, ease of use, GUI, codec support,
coverage of basic settings like 3D SBS OU 180 360
Player that I have tried so far and most important impressions of mine (I'll leave out surrounding, rooms):
+best button assignment for super fast tilt and positioning (point and drag)
+streaming from network devices
+remembers file settings
-issues with certain codecs (lagg or no audio)
-overall mediumminus picture quality
Oculus Video (3/10)
+good overall picture quality
(presumably intergrated but not advertised SS)
-bad button assignment
-needs to restart after certain changes
-no zoom, tilt
-issues with OU videos
-arkward access to files
+very good picture quality
+-lots of options...many useless though
+-not ready to go, but good results if set right
+global save slots
+individual file property save
-hustle to set up, strange distortions on the very edges
-translucent menu background makes me throw off, dizziness when focusing
fair 4 bucks
NVR Player (2/10)
+best overall picture quality
-rest insanely bad
Deo VR (6/10)
+mediumplus picture quality
+remembers file individual settings
+menu does not cause dizzyness
-menus (FF, RW) too big on screen or not readable if size is reduced
-does not save global file stettings, every new vid needs to be declared SBS, OU, 180, 360 and so on at least once
-nas must be network drive
-useless, buggy, clunky
+good quality (mad vr, SVP pro)
-vlc and mpc work well but are not optimised for wand/touch controls
-arkward to start and setup spontaniously
-issues in vr using 21:9 screen as main screen
Vorpx same as above but no laser pointer though which makes navigation a little uneasy
So basically DeoVR with "Input" quality of NVR Player, making use of Whirlgigs SS and Skyboxes controls and gui would be close to perfect.
After some digging I have tried some more VR Players, hoped that more plp had suggestions though..
Still, I'd like to know whether there may be more criteria that I did not consider so far and experiences that
you guys are willing to share.
+mediumplus picture quality
+no codec issues with klite
-strange fps conversion (stuttering no dropouts though)
-bad streching needs tons of adjustments
-"goingmad" bumpy controls
CMOAR VR Cinema (0/10)
-extremly buggy controls
-buggy GUI especially if dealing with more than 1 page
-impossible to scroll
Power DVD (1/10)
+very good picture Quality, even without SS
+easy to use
+good for static 2d and 3d (non vr) movies
+ mediumplus (limited) controls
-not usable for vr videos at all
- INSANE!! pricetag 100bucks
Simple Player VR (8/10)
+superb picture quality (better than DEO)
+super enhance function (impressive)
+medium GUI with little but most important options (zoom, tilt, post fx, filebrowser...)
+no noticable bugs so far
+at least saves general options per session
+no codec issues with 5k/HEVC (FIXED using newest LAV Filter)
-does not save individual file and application settings (at least I do not how IF there is an option for that)
-no controller mapping
+8 bucks that I pay gladly
So far suprisingly Simple Player VR is hands down the best VR Player in town, not free though and also...not perfect
Is it 3 times better than Deo? (which is free), no. Is it 8 bucks better?, definitly yes! if you care about a decent player.
I think that 5-10 $ is absolutely ok to pay for a good app so I won't consider it a minus exept it's payforgarbage.
Unfortunaly there is still no app that covers all of the criterias and there is still a lot of room for the close to the perfect app.
Again, I'd be happy if some of you would like to contribute their thoughts. This topic does not seem to be extensivly covered anywhere. And just in case VR videos cover so much more use cases than what you guys may think, so there's no need of blushing when talking about VR Players.
After Whirligigs update it may be a contender.
It's still a hustle to find the right adjustments but if set right the results are pretty sweet.
Had to go into all options to actually find what I was looking for
A big upside is that you can save global settings onto different slots and activate ini save
that will consider all individual changes per file.
There are lots of backgrounds available but the translucent menu cant be changed (at least i dont know how)
which leads to extreme focusing issues when the menu is displayed on top of 3d footage, resulting in dizzyness.
I find it interresting how the menus are handled throughout the apps. SPVR just plain dark background, Deo huge and dark background. All of that makes the effect of reading less unpleasant.
Btw. I have contacted the dev of mobile vr station which is the perfect app! unfortunaly it just works on android and ios but he is considering to rewrite it. It's not the topic here but just in case you're using cardboard or iOS check his app out it is freaking amazing! Unfortunaly of course due hardware limitations of phones makes VR movies less enjoyable.
Mobile station vr is handling the menu issue by simply switching to mono which is a smart move as well.
So after many comparsions I decided to pick the only 4 apps that can
be taken seriously and provide a one on one chart.