PlayStation 4's Media Player is very picky in terms of supported video formats, codecs, and resolutions. This becomes specifically difficult when converting high-quality virtual reality content for PS4's Media player to play it with the PSVR.
I wonder: What is the best format and quality to bring 360 degree videos to PlayStation 4?
I found this help page from Sony that shows the supported formats (version October 27th, 2016 for Media Player v2.5).
To my knowledge the best format in the list for my purpose is
MP4 file format with:
- Video: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile Level4.2
- Audio: AAC LC
I have also tested different resolutions, but for the current version 2.5 of Media Player, it accepts 1080p Full HD max.
The current version of Media Player allows 360 degree videos in VR mode, however, I found no way to play stereoscopic videos (side-by-side, or top/bottom).
Yet, the best ffmpeg command to convert videos for the PlayStation 4 I found is:
ffmpeg -i file.mp4 -an -vcodec libx264 -profile:v high -level:v 4.2 -s 1920x1080 -preset slow -crf 18 -c:a libfdk_aac -vbr 5 file_ps4.mp4
Any suggestions or hints are welcome!