Best video player apps for ipad
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Just a suggestion, I know you can't link to them but when you mention them can you at least give ...
Hi, menniesyys love your bibles.
Just a suggestion, I know you can't link to them but when you mention them can you at least give a clue on how to find them. Took me about 15 mins of googling to find another forum where you posted a link.
I have been suing azul for a few years now. Always did the job and was good for streaming. However I just got an ipad3 and it crashes all the time. Cannot download over wifi, cannot press "done", cannot connect over Internet etc etc. all these things make it crash. Used to be able to download over Internet, but now reports that the certificate is out of date (???).
8player seems more stable, but play back is not nearly as good. It will download from my Netgear Stora NAS on my wifi but I can't get it setup to do over the Internet yet. Seems a fairly complicated setup.
8player does have an option to play file in another player. So at times I have downloaded using 8player, then played in azul.
I might try buzz.
Either way it is annoying. I can't find a player to play non apple formats well, and also download and stream well.
02-06-2013 05:48 PM
Do MX player is availabale on apple store? I couldn't found it. If any one found this, post here.
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Last edited by scifan57; 02-11-2013 at 08:23 AM.
You won't, it's an Android only App.
Originally Posted by Baskinbor
.........I don't always get your questions right.... but you'll certainly know I've tried.
Well, it's indeed the best if you don't need features like playback of non-native iOS video format playback, non-iTunes Home Sharing streaming, gesture-based ffwd/rewinding, support for DVD / multiple subs etc.
Originally Posted by ryanlawrence171
Otherwise, it's REALLY restricted.
Originally Posted by Cowabunga438
OK, from now on, I'll post a relevant sentence so that Google finds the article immediately.
Originally Posted by Cowabunga438
You REALLY should consider jailbreaking. XBMC has absolutely excellent streaming support. (And jailbreaking also allows for a lot of other goodies Apple doesn't want us to use: Quasar etc.)
Originally Posted by Cowabunga438
A brand new video player, Fresh Video Player, has recently been released (AppStore link; $1.99). As its developers flooded quite a few iOS forums (for example, that of iPadForums) with their ads, I've found it necessary to thoroughly test the app to find out whether it's any good so that my readers are properly informed.
In a word: it isn't. It's, as of version 1.0, only recommended if (and only if!) you need a strictly iOS-based app to display the metadata of a video file. (This, as has been pointed out in the Video Metadata bible & Roundup, isn't at all supported by most other players.)
(The filelist view. Click the image for the full-sized version.)
The other (single) advantage it has is AC3 audio support at least for now (as of version 1.0). However, I'm pretty sure it'll be removed in the near future, in subsequent (and REALLY needed) updates; that is, you shouldn't purchase the app because of the AC3 support. Particularly now that AVPlayer(HD) has been re-released to the AppStore with officially licensed (and, consequently, future-proof) AC3 support.
Needless to say, AVPlayer(HD) is really-really superior to Fresh Video Player. Its only disadvantages are the lack of Universal support (meaning you need to pay significantly more for the two separate versions if you want to run them on both your small- and large-screen iDevices), HTTP streaming and metadata display support. (Nevertheless, as I've also pointed out below in the Cons section, the HTTP support of Fresh Video Player isn't anything to write home about there are a lot of other players with significantly better HTTP support.)
All in all, I in no way recommend this player in its current, initial version. (Hopefully subsequent versions will be bugfixed and enhanced.) Again, you should only consider it if, for some reason, you need an iOS-based player with metadata display support.
A detailed pros/cons list (note that I've published a full roundup / tutorial on almost every single bullet below. To fully understand what these bullets mean, you're supposed to read all those roundups.):
- AC3 support!!!
- DTS support
- metadata display support; an example screenshot showing the metadata included in THIS file (provided in my Video Metadata bible & Roundup):
As you can see, almost everything is displayed, except for the embedded image.
- universal & 16:9 screen support (currently, the iPhone 5 / iPod touch 5)
- absolutely no HW decoding for iOS-native file formats
- the above also means there's no non-Mirroring-based AirPlay support at all (and during mirrored streaming, it doesn't make use of the horizontal screen estate as opposed to several players like CineXPlayer (my dedicated, current post is HERE, which I may make into a full article some time). The horizontal screen estate isn't even fully utilized on the iPhone 5 / iPod touch 5, which have 16:9 screens but still leave a black bar around the image in mirrored mode
- no wired HDMI / VGA output (other than plain mirroring, which doesn't make use of the entire horizontal screen area either)
- no iPad 3/4 Retina screen support
- absolutely no subtitle support
- slowish H.264 decoder forget anything over lower-bitrate 720p (or normal-bitrate Standard Definition)
- only HTTP streaming is supported (no UPnP / SMB / FTP) by direct links only as there's not even a built-in Web browser in the app
- absolutely no (M)TS container support
- while it does support WMV files (WMV1, 2 and 3 are all supported), WMA Pro audio isn't supported, which renders many of the WMV files unplayable.
- no support for common audio formats like WAV, FLAC, APE, WV, Ogg.
- (audio-only) WMA is only partly supported: only one of my (non-Pro) simple test WMA's were played back properly
- even Camera MJPEG videos (at XGA resolution) are played back very choppily
- no hardware acceleration for MKV / AVI (either)
- no sorting, playlists etc. - the only file listing / organizing feature is file renaming and opening in other apps
- absolutely no gesture-based rewinding / fast forwarding support. (The two (rewind/ffwd) icons do step 15 seconds backward/forward.)
- no support for force-filling the entire screen (with the inevitable aspect ratio distortion) to make use of its entirety while not cropping out anything
Excellent multimedia player nPlayer updated now, it's even more recommended
Guys, let me present you with another new, professional review you'll find useful (sorry, have to paste it here as no external links are allowed):
I've dedicated several articles to nPlayer, an excellent multimedia player with unique multi-subtitle capabilities (AppStore link; $2.99 (Universal version)).
Back then, the biggest problem with the player was the relatively slow H.264 decoder top players like AVPlayer(HD) or It's Playing (or, in this respect, much better yaPlayer) have all had much better decoders. Because of that, I couldn't really recommend the player as a generic player for most purposes.
Fortunately, as opposed to many other players' update statements (see the above AppStore update screenshot click for the enlargened version), the developers' claiming to have fixed this issue has turned out to be true: now, the playback speed is as good as that of the top players.
Taking into account that the player is indeed feature-packed, I can only recommend it (unless you need AC-3 audio support). It's well worth the price.
A more detailed pros / cons list (again, due to time / space constraints, I can't explain the background of all these bullets. I've dedicated a full tutorial / roundup to almost all of them. Please read my previous articles for more info on why, say, gesture-based fast forwarding / rewinding can greatly speed up seeking in a video or what one needs to know about playing back audio-only files.)
- the two biggest problem (low-quality/speed H.264 video decoder and buggy MKV subtitle rendering) of version 1.4 have been fixed. Now, A6(X)-based iDevices (iPhone 5, iPad 4) play back even 10 Mbps 1080p H.264 streams (like the Monsters test video) in software without really annoying stuttering or frame drops. (Unfortunately, earlier models, even including the A5(X)-based iPhone 4S and iPad 3/iPad mini, can't do the same they drop frames and get the video and audio desynched after a while. With them, 720p is the maximum software-playable H.264 resolution.)
- hardware-accelerated, flawless MKV playback (added in version 1.4)
- support for video flipping (both horizontal and vertical) few apps do the same (AVPlayer(HD) does see its Tools menu)
- DTS audio support
- WMA (including Pro), WV, FLAC, WAV, Ogg Audio and Ape audio support; plays them back in background by default (you can enable the same for the audio track of videos in Settings > Videos > Plays In Background). Note that Ogg Audio and Ape streaming isn't supported, only local playback.
- dedicated fast forwarding / rewinding icons are large and their skipping interval can be independently(!) set between 5 and 300 secs in Settings > Fast Forward and Settings > Fast Backward
- access to both the iPod library and camera roll
- excellent (M)TS support ((European) DVB TS-wise, properly switches between 16:9 and 4:3; handles all subtitle and audio tracks and scrubbing.) Of course it won't play AC3 audio in original AVCHD MTS files or US DVB broadcasts.
- intelligent screen filling (not just dumb cropping zoom)
- flawless wired (HDMI / VGA) TV output, also with hardware-accelerated MKV files. (Note that some kinds of videos become choppy when played back via wired connections; for example, all my Standard Definition DVB TS test files. When not output to a TV, they're played back flawlessly on the same device, on the screen.)
- native (non-mirroring) AirPlay is supported for native iOS containers (all the other files can be played back in mirroring mode with, of course, limited throughput and stuttering). For MKV files, playback is suffering from the same problem as with other behind-the-curtains MKV remuxers: plays about 10 seconds, then stops, loads the the next 10 seconds and restarts playing and so on. That is, MKV files can only be played in AirPlay mirroring mode (with its inherent, above-listed problems).
- good streaming support: FTP, UPnP, WebDAV / HTTP. (No SMB, though.) (Also see my UPnP bible for more info on its excellent UPnP support. Unfortunately, there is still no download support for UPnP in version 1.7. Also note that my audio streaming tests worked just great.)
- speedup / slowdown works with non-hardware-assisted playback too (useful with, say, podcasts).
- screen gestures configurable. For example, you can easily enable gesture-based fast forwarding / rewinding by overriding the default Seek setting by Forward/Backward in Settings > One Finger Gestures > Drag Horizontally. Then, it'll use the custom settings you set in Settings > Fast Forward / Backward (see above). Excellent!
- while it can zoom into videos (by selecting Original size in the zoom menu), you can't scroll around the zoomed video, unlike in It's Playing.
- no AC3
- still no VobSub support during hardware-assisted playback (see the section titled Unfortunately in my last nPlayer-specific article)
Some news for you all (a cross-copy of my just-published article with external links removed):
New Version of Excellent Video Player AVPlayerHD out!
There is a lot of GREAT multimedia news. Let's start with one of the two best players, AVPlayerHD and It's Playing, which both have just received some major updates! After these two players, I quickly report on the new versions of some other players too.
In several articles of mine (see e.g. my latest review and tips & tricks collection) I've mentioned AVPlayer(HD), an otherwise absolutely excellent multimedia player, had very limited FTP support. All it could do was simply downloading videos from FTP servers prior to playback, meaning absolutely no streaming capabilities.
Version 1.60, which has just been approved by Apple, to the rescue!
(AppStore update list. As with all the images in the article, click the link for the enlargened, original image.)
The new version, as its update notes states (see above), has greatly enhanced FTP support: now, it supports streaming over FTP and has a decent download manager.
(Currently, only the iPad version seems to have been approved (in Saturday evening, European time) that is, the iPhone / iPod touch version is still at version 1.52.)
Unfortunately, there's still no UPnP or SMB (two much more widely used file access protocols) support in the app. However, adding full FTP streaming is definitely a step forward.
It's Playing 3.9
If you do need DSP's, the best player has too received excellent SMB support and a brand new Settings screen where you can, among other things, make hardware playback default.
The file list (showing the remote list of an SMB server), with the new Settings icon in the bottom left:
The new Settings dialog:
The SMB buffering has been fixed. Among other things, it, in addition to showing the currently pre-buffered video (see the thin line just under the position slider), it also displays the speed it's downloading / buffering content. See the annotated meters in the top left corner for the latter:
Because of the sophisticated buffering support, I haven't encountered annoying pauses during playback over SMB (assuming I let the player sufficiently pre-buffer). And yes, it supports hardware playback of iDevice-native files. And, what is more, it can play back MKV's (assuming they're compatible, see remarks below) using hardware acceleration over SMB! No other AppStore player is able to do this only the jailbroken XBMC.
Unfortunately, over SMB,
- while it lists the embedded subtitles in iDevice-native files, it doesn't render them;
- with some MKV's, it just stated it was unable to open them; for example, the standardized Monsters and Harry Potter test videos. Other MKV's (for example, the standardized Birds test video (link) or my AAC-only Kung Fu Hustle test video) were played back OK.
Note that the app also has a greatly enhanced desktop streamer client to, among other things, convert (non-supported) AC3 audio to AAC in runtime while streaming.
Unfortunately, the new version uses the CPU during hardware MKV playback as the old one (see my previous article for more info).
Fresh Player 1.1
The update notes of this - as of the initial (1.0) version, in no way recommended - player promise improved MKV playback:
(See the annotated sentence.)
Unfortunately, the new version isn't much better than the old one. Its MKV playback is still much-much inferior to the best players (AVPlayer(HD), nPlayer etc.). For that matter, it doesn't even support the Retina screen of the small-screen devices (iPhone 4+, iPod touch 4+), as you can clearly see in the following screenshot (see the badly pixelizated and aliased lines on the right and the girl's similarly pixelizated arm!):
All in all, it's still not recommended. There are much better players for the same price (or even less).
As you can check out in my previous review, the by far the biggest problem with this player was the lack of hardware decoding of iOS-native files.
The new version fixes this. Whenever you tap an iOS-native (mp4 / m4v / mov) video, a dialog box is displayed, letting you select from hardware and software decoding:
Unfortunately, the app hasn't really been fixed. For example, there is absolutely no iPad Retina support when using software decoding. That is, all the time, except for hardware mp4 / m4v / mov video playback. This alone makes the player useless for iPad 3 / 4 users. Not that I'd recommend the player to anyone else for the same price ($3) or, in cases, for much-much cheaper, there are much-much better choices.
iMedia Player 2.0
I've always recommended iMedia Player, the free (as-supported), but still excellent player.
The major version bump, in addition to introducing file list manipulation and playlist capabilities, also added SMB support something absolutely missing from earlier versions, as has also been pointed out in the chart (it's HERE - it's just a static chart link, NOT a link to my blog!) of my SMB bible.
I've very thoroughly tested the SMB support of the player and found out the following:
- it supports automatic discovery (unlike some other apps) in addition to manually adding a server
- it supports hardware-accelerated playback of iDevice-native formats (mov / mp4 / m4v), which is a definite plus
- it doesn't allow for manually fine-tuning pre-buffering. This means you may encounter buffering pauses during streaming as you can't instruct the player to pre-buffer as much as possible before starting the entire playback.
Two screenshots of the new SMB interface:
(server list + credentials dialog)
(remote file list)
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