I recently read on the iPad VLC forum that the hardware video playback is locked to developers, and that is why VLC cannot play HD video content as well as the native Videos.app.
I am assuming, then, that videos played through the Video.app would drain less power on the system resources than using VLC or CineXPlayer or another 3rd-party video application. Therefore, for maximum battery life, having natively encoded videos being played through the native video player would be better than using VLC or some other solution.
Are my assumptions correct? Does anyone have any information on this theory?