Setting up your virtual reality headset for Vrideo

This article covers setting up your virtual reality headset for use with Vrideo's website.  Note that Vrideo can also be experienced on most virtual reality headsets via our native apps.

Our website currently supports playback on the Oculus Rift DK2 and Oculus Rift CV1.  Support for additional headsets is coming soon!

If you've followed these steps and are having problems watching videos from the Vrideo website on your virtual reality headset, please instead see this article.

Instructions for Mac OS


Unfortunately, Macs are not supported for the Oculus Rift.  Oculus stopped SDK development for Macs in the summer of 2015.  Newer versions of the Oculus SDK are not available for Macs.  If you are particularly daring, you can try your luck by installing the Oculus Runtime 0.5 and this version of Chrome on your Mac, but we can't promise any results.


Instructions for Windows 7/8


Please follow these steps in the order presented:
  1. Download and install the latest Oculus Runtime.
  2. Download and install a WebVR enabled version of Chrome or Firefox.  For Firefox, additionally download and install the Mozilla WebVR Plus add-on.  (These are standalone browser builds that will not interfere with your normal browser.  This step will become unnecessary once the WebVR protocol is standardized and merged into the trunk codes of Chrome and Firefox.)
  3. Once a video has started to play, activate VR Mode by clicking the "eye" icon on the right side of the video player control bar.  Put on your headset, ideally along with headphones, and enjoy!
  4. Optional.  Graphics often play more smoothly in virtual reality when the "Projector Only" display mode is used, focusing all of the GPU's drawing power on the headset.  You can set this up before putting on your headset by repeatedly pressing "Window Key + P" on your keyboard until you're in "Computer Only" mode.  Once you've followed the instructions above to activate VR Mode, press "Window Key + P" on your keyboard until you're in "Projector Only" mode.  When finished, press "Window Key + P" on your keyboard until you're back in "Computer only" mode.

Headset controls


While viewing a video in VR Mode, display and hide the video player control bar by pressing the "Space" key on your keyboard or the "X" button on your gamepad.

When menus are displayed, select a menu item by positioning the reticle over the menu item and then left-clicking your mouse, pressing "Control" or "Enter/Return" on your keyboard, or pressing the "A" button on your gamepad.  As an example, let's look at one way to pause a video while in VR Mode:
  1. If needed, press the "Space" key on your keyboard to display the video player control bar.
  2. Move your head to position the reticle over the pause icon.
  3. While the reticle is still on the pause icon, left-click your mouse to pause the video.
When a scroll bar is displayed, such as when the video player is in playlist view, you can scroll by selecting the up or down arrow adjacent to the scroll bar.  Alternatively, you can scroll by positioning the reticle over the scrollable area and then turning the wheel on your mouse, pressing the up and down keys on your keyboard, or using the left stick on your gamepad.

To reset the video player's orientation, press any alphanumeric key on your keyboard or the "Y" button on your gamepad.

To exit VR Mode, press the "Escape" key on your keyboard.

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