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This guide applies to:


Whirligig Media Player


DeoVR Video Player


Simple VR Video Player

Whirligig 06/2020 update

Latest Whirligig beta on Steam - whirligig_early_access_v.4.8323 - supports playback through LAV Video Decoder + ffdshow raw video filter, so it's now our preferred video player for VR.

Just install LAV Filters and switch to Direct Show video path (see below).


Basic settings

This applies to DeoVR Video Player, Simple VR Video Player and Whirligig earlier than 4.8323.

Unfortunately there's no option to set up a video decoder plus ffdshow raw video filter so we can't use LAV hardware decoder here and we have to use ffdshow video decoder instead. It's outdated, software-only and doesn't support H.265 at all.


    • Click on Preferred decoders and in the window opened set all video types to ffdshow (for 64-bit decoders only) then press Apply & Close: Show picture
    • Click on Preferred splitters and in the window opened ensure that all video types to LAV Splitter: Show picture
    • Click on MS Codec Tweaks and disable all 64-bit Microsoft video decoders, then press Apply & Close: Show picture

DeoVR specific steps

  • Launch DeoVR, open Settings -> Advanced settings and check Direct Show: Show picture

Simple VR specific steps

  • Launch Simple VR, click Settings, look down and click on the blue arrow to open Super Advanced Settings, then check DirectShow and click RESTART: Show picture

Whirligig specific steps

  • Launch Whirligig, open Settings -> Video path and set it to Direct Show: Show picture

How to check

List of filters in use can be checked from ffdshow icon in the tray area.

Enable 90 fps FRC

By default SVP will interpolate video up to the screen refresh rate e.g. 60 Hz. But Oculus Rift is not a "screen" and it actually runs at 90 Hz regardless of the screen refresh rate.

To force Whirligig do FRC up to 90 fps:


  • Open "Video profiles" section in SVP's Control panel.
  • Add new profile by clicking on "New..." button, set some meaningful name e.g. "VR".
  • Click on "Other target frame rates" button and choose "Fixed frame rate 90 fps".
  • Click on "Apply this profile IF" and choose "Video player", enter "whirligig" into the value field.
  • You may also want to tweak performance settings here.

The same applies for other VR video players.