This guide will help you get started using CINEVEO for Android Cardboard.
The guide explains how to setup the CINEVEO app, how to play video files and how to use all of CINEVEO's interfaces and menus.
- Is my phone compatible with CINEVEO?
- Starting the app
- First time setup
- Copy video files to your Android device
- Selecting a video to play in CINEVEO
- The CINEVEO user interface
- How to remove drift
- How to display movie subtitles
- How to speed up the CINEVEO app on older devices
- How to use CINEVEO with a Samsung Gear VR
IS MY PHONE COMPATIBLE WITH CINEVEO?
There is a simple rule of thumb to verify if your phone can provide a good mobile VR experience. If your device does not have a 4K HD display (2560 x 1440 resolution), then most likely it will not meet the minimum requirements. For a good mobile VR experience, you need a high-end device with low latency motion sensors. Your phone needs to have similar hardware specifications as the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 / 5 / 7, S6 or S7.
STARTING THE APP
Before you start the CINEVEO app, it is recommended to restart your Android device and have a 100% battery charge. This will improve the performance and frame rate. When you start the app, you will be presented with the title screen.
• CINEMA - This buttons takes you directly into the virtual reality movie theater.
• BROWSER - This buttons opens the file browser, where you can select a video file for playback "before" you enter the virtual reality movie theater.
• OPTIONS - Takes you into the VR Setup Zone, where you can configure your display size and IPD to match your VR headset and Android device.
• HELP - Opens a short version user guide.
• QUIT - This button will exit the CINEVEO app.
FIRST TIME SETUP
Before you can start watching movies with CINEVEO, you need to first configure your display size and IPD. This is a one time process only and necessary to get a sharp and distortion free image in virtual reality.
Click on the OPTIONS button and you will enter the VR Setup Zone. Next, place your Android device into your VR headset. To center the view in VR, hold the VR headset in front of your face and tab the screen with your finger once. Then put on the VR headset.
You will see a computer terminal in front of you with Display Size and IPD settings. By moving your head, you can move a white cursor on the computer terminal's screen. Experiment by filling up the yellow boxes for display size and IPD until you get a sharp and aligned image. Next, move the white cursor over the blue SAVE button to save the settings permanently. You can always change the settings by entering the VR Setup Zone again.
COPY VIDEO FILES TO YOUR ANDROID DEVICE
Before you can watch movies in CINEVEO, you need to copy video files from your PC to your Android device's internal or external SD card. For this, connect your Android device to your PC via a USB cable. If your device supports USB OTG, then you can play videos directly from an external USB stick.
Step #1: Open either Phone or Card, then create a new directory and call it CINEVEO.
You can give this directory any name. CINEVEO is only an example.
Phone - Is your Android device's internal SD card storage.
Card - Is your Android device's external SD card storage.
Step #2: Now open the CINEVEO directory and copy as many video files into it as you like. Supported video formats are (AVI, MP4, WMV, MKV). Supported audio codecs are (AAC, Vorbis and Opus).
Legally, we are "not allowed" to add AC3, MLP and DTS audio support into CINEVEO because of LGPL license restrictions. Use a free app like HandBrake (https://handbrake.fr) to convert your video files to AAC audio.
SELECTING A VIDEO TO PLAY IN CINEVEO
After you copied video files to your Android device, you can watch them in CINEVEO. To select a video for playback from your Android device's internal SD card, external SD card or USB OTG, you use CINEVEO's File Browser. You can access the file browser by pressing the BROWSER button on the title screen. There is also a VR version of the file browser inside the VR movie theater. You can open it by looking at the popcorn box.
The Android file system is very different from Windows and needs some getting used to. At first you might be confused what the directories called MNT, SDCARD, STORAGE are. These are the root system directories of your Android device and on some devices they might even have different names. What you need to do first, is search through these root system directories and locate directories with names such as EXTSDCARD, SDCARD and USBDRIVE.
EXTSDCARD - Inside here are all the files on your device's external SD card.
SDCARD - Inside here are all the files on your device's internal storage.
USBDRIVE - Inside here are all the files on your externally connected USB drive.
If you have followed the instructions above (COPY VIDEO FILES TO YOUR ANDROID DEVICE), we can now search for the CINEVEO directory you created earlier with the video files inside.
• If you copied to your external SD card (Card), then the CINEVEO directory will be inside the EXTSDCARD directory.
• If you copied to your internal storage (Phone), then the CINEVEO directory will be inside the SDCARD directory.
• If you copied to a USB stick / drive, then the CINEVEO directory will be inside one of the USBDRIVE directories.
When you have located the CINEVEO directory, open it and you will see the video files listed inside. Choose the video file you want to play, next the 2D or 3D playback mode and you are good to go. Enjoy the movie!
THE CINEVEO USER INTERFACE
CINEVEO's interfaces can be controlled completely "Hands-Free". Once you are inside the VR movie theater, you can control everything without having to touch your Android device again or having to take it out of your VR headset.
Looking to the left, you will see a popcorn box. Look directly at the popcorn box until you see a white spinning circle appear. Wait for a second and the VR Video File Browser interface will open. This file browser is identical to the one at the title screen. You can control it by looking at the left, right, top, down arrow buttons. Takes a bit of practice at first, but you will master it quickly.
Looking to the right, you will see a smartphone. Look directly at the smartphone and wait until the Player interface opens. The player interface can be controlled by looking directly at its buttons. You will see a white selection cursor moving around on the interface's screen when you move your head.
The player interface provides the following controls:
• Fast forward (10 seconds or 1 minute)
• Fast rewind (10 seconds or 1 minute)
• Volume controls
• Video seek bar (Go to any time position in the video)
• Screen (Switch between curved and flat cinema screen)
• Themes (Switch between 4D Movie Theater and The Void theme)
• Subs (Show movie subtitles from included SRT file)
• Block (Block horizontal head tracking to eliminate drift)
• Reset (Resets the orientation of the head tracking)
• Exit CINEVEO (Exits the app)
• Tabbing the screen also resets the orientation
HOW TO REMOVE DRIFT
If your Android device suffers from drift (the view rotates slowly left or right by itself), then you have the option to block horizontal head tracking. This will completely eliminate drift and is also practical when you are watching a movie inside a moving vehicle such as a car, train or plane.
After you blocked horizontal head tracking, you can still move your head up and down. When you look down between your legs, you will see a yellow orb. This orb can open a small menu with essential player controls (play and pause) and let's you unblock the horizontal head tracking as well as reset the orientation.
HOW TO DISPLAY MOVIE SUBTITLES
CINEVEO can load and display external subtitle files (SRT format) in all languages; Spanish, Chinese, Russian, etc.
• Step #1: Copy the SRT subtitle file into the same directory as the video file.
• Step #2: Rename the SRT subtitle file and give it the exact same name as the video file.
• Step #3: You can activate the subtitles inside CINEVEO with the SUBS button.
Can't get subtitles to work?
If the subtitles don’t display correctly and you only see garbled characters, please try the following steps to fix this issue.
• Step #1: Open the SRT subtitle file you are using with Windows "Notepad".
• Step #2: See if the text in Notepad shows up with readable language characters or just garbled stuff. If it shows garbled stuff in Notepad, then the SRT file is invalid and cannot be used.
• Step #3: If the text in the SRT file shows up fine in Notepad, you have to save the SRT subtitle file in Notepad and set the Encoding to "Unicode". Then it should work fine in CINEVEO.
HOW TO SPEED UP THE CINEVEO APP
If your Android device does not meet the minimum requirements, the CINEVEO app will run at low frame rates with jumpy head tracking. However, there is a way to speed up the app and make it run up to 10 times faster. To do this, open the player controls interface (Phone) and select "The Void" theme. This will disable all graphics, dynamic lighting and the multiplayer audience.
Problem: No sound in movie.
Solution: Supported audio codecs are AAC, Vorbis and Opus. Legally, we are "not allowed" to add AC3, MLP and DTS audio support into CINEVEO because of LGPL license restrictions. Use a free app like HandBrake (https://www.handbrake.fr) to convert your video files to AAC audio.
Problem: Movie just shows a black screen.
Solution: Supported video formats are MP4, WMV, AVI and MKV. There is a simple rule of thumb. If a video file plays in the standard Android video player, then it will also play in CINEVEO. You can use a free app like HandBrake (https://www.handbrake.fr) to convert your video files to any format. The MP4 video format works best on Android.
Problem: The button lights at the bottom of my Android device stay lit up.
Solution: Open "Settings". Then "Display and wallpaper". Scroll down to "Touch key light duration" and set to "Always off".
HOW TO USE CINEVEO WITH A GEAR VR
It is possible to use CINEVEO and any other Google Cardboard app with a Samsung Gear VR. All you need to do is de-activate the Gear VR Service from auto-loading. To do this, you need an app called Package Disabler available in the Google Play Store. With this app you can de-activate / activate the Gear VR Service and Oculus will no longer start up when you plug your phone into the USB connector of the Gear VR.
Step #1: Download the app Package Disabler on the Google Play Store.
Step #2: Open Package Disabler
Step #3: Scroll down and check the box for "Gear VR Service". Instead of scrolling, you can also just search for "vrsvc" and the "Gear VR Service" appears.
Step #4: Now you can open any Google Cardboard app and use it with the Gear VR.
Note: Use this method at your own risk! CINEVEO cannot be held responsible for any damage you may cause to your device.
Always make a backup!
We hope you will enjoy CINEVEO!
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