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Kolor Eyes Desktop - Oculus Rift

Prerequisites



Oculus Rift with Kolor Eyes is supported on following platforms :

  • Mac OSX 10.9 (Mavericks), OSX 10.10 (Yosemite), OSX 10.11 (El Capitan)
  • Windows 7, Windows 8 & 8.1, Windows 10


Note : if you want to have the best result with Kolor Eyes and Oculus Rift, we recommend you to use Windows.

Note 2 : ensure to have your graphics drivers up to date.

Note 3 : most of the laptops are not supported by Oculus.

Hardware requirements for Oculus.

Note: Kolor Eyes Desktop is still not compatible with Oculus CV1. A new version will be coming soon



Configuration

Windows

DK2

  1. Install the last Oculus Runtime for Windows (version 0.8)
  2. Plug the usb cable of the Oculus to your computer.
  3. Plug the HDMI or DVI cable of the Oculus to your computer.
  4. Update Oculus firmware to the version 2.12 : Start Oculus Config Utility > Tools > Advanced > Update firmware.
  5. Configure Oculus display : Start Oculus Config Utility > Tools > Rift Display Mode > tick "Direct HMD Access".


Mac

DK1

  1. Configure Oculus screen from OS screen configuration. Set Oculus screen as an extended screen.
  2. Plug the usb cable of the Oculus to your computer.
  3. Plug the HDMI or DVI cable of the Oculus to your computer.
  4. Turn on Oculus.


DK2

  1. Install the Oculus Runtime (select 'Platform: PC' and version 0.5.0.1).
  2. Plug the usb cable of the Oculus to your computer.
  3. Plug the HDMI or DVI cable of the Oculus to your computer.
  4. Update Oculus firmware to the version 2.12 : Start Oculus Config Utility > Tools > Advanced > Update firmware.
  5. Configure Oculus display : Start Oculus Config Utility > Tools > Rift Display Mode > tick "Extend Desktop to the HMD".
  6. Configure Oculus screen from OS screen configuration. Set Oculus screen as an extended screen. Rotate to 90° Oculus screen (by default it is vertical).
  7. Set Oculus screen as the main screen. (see tricks)


Start Kolor Eyes, a message will inform you that Oculus mode is activated and you have to restart. After restarting, you should see Oculus icon in bottom bar. If not, you can check the software log in the menu to see what gone wrong. See troubleshoots for more details.




Tricks for Mac

For now, Oculus DK2 and Kolor Eyes require a specific configuration in order to have the best user experience on Mac. Configuration will be much simpler in future versions, especially when Oculus driver will be full compatible with OpenGL. Meanwhile, we provide you some tricks to help you in this annoying configuration.

The most important thing is to set the Oculus screen as the main display. In this way you should be able to have zero latency. Here are some tricks to help when Oculus is the main display.



Dock
Arrangement

In System Preferences :

  • Dock
    • Position Dock on screen Left
    • Keep Dock always visible
    • Drag and drop Kolor Eyes app icon in Dock bar (top part) in order to have a shorcut to start Kolor Eyes
    • Drag and drop Videos directory (or another directory where your videos are stored) in Dock bar (bottom part) in order to have a shorcut to access to videos.


  • Displays > Arrangement
    • Ensure to untick "Mirror Displays".
    • Drag and drop the white rectangle bar on the blue rectangle which identify the Oculus screen. This will set the Oculus screen as the main display.
    • Keep in mind that Dock bar will be present only on the first screen. The first screen is the leftmost blue rectangle.


Note : in the bottom-right corner, the button "Gather Windows" allow to gather all screen configuration windows.




Gaze User Interface

When using Oculus you can change video or picture without removing the headset, just use the gaze user interface to select the media to load.

Gaze User Interface


The gaze user interface is accessible only if a playlist is loaded in Kolor Eyes.

Here is how to use it :

  • Ensure that a playlist is loaded
  • Do a simple tap on the Oculus headset to display the user interface
  • Focus your sight on a media thumb and wait 3 seconds to load it (or do a simple tap)





2D & 3D

You can watch standard video 360 (2D) in the Oculus but you can also watch video 360 with 3D perspective. This kind of video has 2 points of view and so it contains 2 textures, one per point of view.

You can set the mode in Menu/Stereo Configuration :

  • 2D : your video contains an single texture, same for left eye and right eye.
  • 3D Over/Under : your video contains left eye texture on top and right eye texture on bottom.
  • 3D Side by Side : your video contains left eye texture on left and right eye texture on right.



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