Best media player for iPad 2

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  1. FruitJuice
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    Has anybody got a media player on the 2nd gen iPad yet?

    There's 2 that have caught my eye one is Av player hd and the other is buzz

    Which is the better one as I have read some media players wont play mkv files or are a little
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    I'm going to say the Native video player, and only for one reason. It's the only one that hardware decodes the videos.

    All other video players software decode, which can lead to some playback issues (choppy).

    Additionally I experienced some stupid long backup times, because Itunes was backing up the app (I've tried oPlayer, CineX, and Buzz) plus all of the data associated with it (20GB+ of movies).

    With the native video player and it's integration into iTunes, no need to back up the movies, they are all contained in the iTunes database, all it has to do is take note of what movies are loaded on the iPad in case it needs to reload them.

    That being said...... I also hate the fact that the native Video player is so draconian. Open it up and let it play more formats Apple!

    I currently use handbrake for all of my conversion needs. MKV to h.264 MP4
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    +1 for buzz hd it works great many formats no wasted time converting. Its EZ!
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    When you say native player can you be more specific??? As for handbrake how long does it take to convert 1 episode of a HBO drama 50 mins
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    I'm pleased

    Great

    Did you get a home button with it? :p
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    HELP me please, what do I buy media player wise from app store?
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    +1. I'm using 'Air Video' to stream and / or convert to mp4 from my media server pc. Also using metaX to get all the correct titles etc. Looks great in native video player.
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    I love cinexplayer but also have VLC as a backup. Cinexplayer has problems with mp4 so those I loaf onto VLC. But cinexplayer handles 99% of my videos.
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    I too have the CineXplayer and it works for all my .mkv and .avi files. So far I have not had any problems with it. It sure beats converting all those files and putting them into iTunes.
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    Especially the chocolate ones.

    Michael "Spam, spam, bacon, eggs and spam. Hold the bacon and eggs." Sent from my iPad 2 using iPF
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    I use the stock Videos app since all of my videos are iTunes friendly. A lot easier this way.
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    I use Handbrake all of the time. For a SD episode I would say 20 minutes at the most. I am seeing SD movies take around 45 minutes. Blue-Ray takes longer.
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    I gotta have one of those!
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    Best Media Player for Ipad2

    My favourite is AVPlayerHD, it sounds good and its the only one I have found that lets you organise your movies in folders - try it

    Michael
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    Thanks for your useful post
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    Sounds great, all those players. But how do you synchronize movies from your PC to the iPad than?

    Sent from my iPad 2 using iPF
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    In iTunes with the iPad connected, go to the App tap, scroll down to App Share and then select the video player and Add the movies.
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    Great, I did not know that was possible! But what about the quality of the movie, since it is not the format for the iPad, can movies be played smoothly? Audio is good too?

    I will try it tomorrow. : )

    Sent from my iPad 2 using iPF
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    Well, if you're not into storing the actual movies onto the ipad and don't want to deal with converting and all that. i would suggest Air Video. It streams your vids off your PC wirelessly. As well it converts the format on the fly. Loading/buffering time is minimal, and found it much faster than VLC Player.

    For me, I find it the most convenient since I'm at home watching movies most of the time anyway so I don't need to sync movies onto it. I did find Air Video didn't support converting of all video formats though. But it is the best tradeoff since it is fast and convenient. I noticed VLC supports a tad more but is slower. Itunes native is certain the most draconian and demands you use something like handbrake.

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