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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.

Starting with the release of version 1.07 of the Littlstar VR Cinema app for PS VR, support has been added for play back of videos 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 support@littlstar.com if you have any questions.

Donation

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Supported video types

Video Type180 SBS180 OU/TB360 SBS360 OU/TB
Supported (Y/N)YYYY

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.

180 Videos

  • file name needs to contain "180"

OverUnder/TopBottom Videos

  • file name needs to contain either "ou", "tb", or "bt"

SideBySide/LeftRight Videos

  • file name needs to contain either "sbs", "lr" or "rl"

Examples:

  • myvideo_180.mp4
  • myvideo_180_ou.mp4
  • myvideo_180_tb.mp4
  • myvideo_180_bt.mp4
  • myvideo_180_sbs.mp4
  • myvideo_180_lr.mp4
  • myvideo_180_rl.mp4
  • myvideo.mp4
  • myvideo_ou.mp4
  • myvideo_tb.mp4
  • myvideo_bt.mp4
  • myvideo_sbs.mp4
  • myvideo_lr.mp4
  • myvideo_rl.mp4

Recommended Settings

To ensure proper playback and to be able to support as many videos as possible, we recommend some basic encoding guidelines:

Video Requirements

  • H.264 High@5.1 or lower
  • Max pixel width: 2560
  • Max frame rate: 60fps
  • YUV420/NV12 color space
  • 20Mbps bit rate or lower

Audio Requirements

  • Stereo Audio only
  • AAC (Advanced Audio Coding)
  • 320Kbps bit rate or lower

Container Requirements

  • File extensions: MP4, MOV
  • No fragmented MP4
  • No DRM
  • 15 min max duration

Known Issues

  • 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.
  • 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
  • Traditional non-360 video is not currently supported
  • 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.
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