DISCLAIMER: This feature is experimental, and you may find that some videos may not work. We will be working towards making sideloading as stable as possible going forward.
VERSION 1.10 NOTE: If you are experiencing videos playing back incorrectly, make sure there is no whitespace after any flags (sbs, ou etc). For example, if your file ends with _sbs (1).mp4, it needs to be renamed to sbs.mp4 before it will play back correctly. We made this stricter naming convention because file names that contained 'ou' (my_house.mp4) or 'sbs' were rendering incorrectly due to how we were reading file names. A patch is being worked on (v1.11) to allow for this safety but also allow for whitespace before or after any flags.
For maximum compatibility, we offer a tool that transcodes videos to properly match our spec, it can be found at https://github.com/littlstar/ls-psvr-encoder. For people not as familiar with the command line, we will be making a small tool to allow you to upload your file and have it be transcoded automatically for you.
With the release of version 1.10 of the Littlstar VR Cinema app for PS VR, support has been added for fixed frame 2d (mono) and 3d (stereo) videos. Along with standard 360 videos, we support play back via an external hard drive or USB (2.0/3.0, exFAT or FAT32 format) flash drive through our player. There are a few simple steps that must be followed to get videos to play back correctly; please read through the instructions below and reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
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Supported video types
|Video Type||180 SBS||180 OU/TB||360 SBS||360 OU/TB||FF 2D||FF 3D SBS|
FF 3D OU/TB
Note: It is recommended to insert the drive prior to launching the application to avoid disk read errors.
Hard drive or USB flash drive setup
- must be formatted as exFAT or FAT32
- must contain a folder named "Littlstar" at the root (top level) directory
- the name of the folder is case-insensitive
- all videos need to be placed in this folder or they will not be able to be read by the app
File naming conventions
There are specific naming conventions to which videos must adhere for the app to recognize the type of video it needs to render. By default, the Littlstar player will attempt to render a mono (non 3D) equirectangular 360 video. Therefore it is not necessary to explicitly add "360" to the file name.
- file name needs to contain "180"
Fixed Frame Videos
- file name needs to contain either "2dff" or "3dff"
- file name needs to contain either "ou", "tb", or "bt"
- file name needs to contain either "sbs", "lr" or "rl"
To ensure proper playback and to be able to support as many videos as possible, we recommend some basic encoding guidelines:
- H.264 High@5.1 or lower
- Max pixel width: 2560
- Max frame rate: 60fps
- YUV420/NV12 color space
- 20Mbps bit rate or lower
- Stereo Audio only
- AAC (Advanced Audio Coding)
- 320Kbps bit rate or lower
- File extensions: MP4, MOV
- No fragmented MP4
- No DRM
- Video files will not load if the video's format extension is not lowercase (IE ".mp4", not ".MP4")
- Multiple USB sticks can cause video reading issues so it is recommended to only use a single drive that has been inserted before application start
- Videos should not contain "sbs", "ou" or any of the other phrases above unless they are intended to let the player know which type of video it should try and render.
- Videos may not playback correctly if they do not include an audio channel. Even if your video is silent, make sure to encode the video with at least one audio channel. Other known issues include videos with multiple channels (3 or more) playing back with no audio. Please adhere to the audio specs for ideal audio formatting.
- Fixed frame videos default to 16:9 resolution. Using another aspect ratio may result in unintended stretching or partially cutting off the video. We plan to include support for other aspect ratios in the future.
- Currently all 3D videos are limited to the same standard mapping, meaning that "sbs", "lr", and "rl" are all equivalent during playback. Videos in "rl" format, (where the right eye texture is placed on the left and the left eye texture is placed on the right), is currently unsupported. Allowing for this flexibility is a feature we hope to implement soon in a coming update.
- If you are formatting your drive on OSX (Mac), you will need to enable Master Boot Record (MBR), otherwise your videos may not show up
- Sometimes formatting your drive on OSX can cause duplicate files on the application, this is a hidden meta file generated by OSX that ends up being recognized by the PS4. Once of these is the actual video and can be played back where the other is not and will not load.