Best video player apps for ipad

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  1. iPad100

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    I wanted to get some advice from users who may have tried any or all of the following video apps for iPad (see attached image for App Store listing):

    CineXPlayer
    Movie Player
    OPlayer HD
    BUZZ Player HD
    AVPlayerHD

    I have the old VLC Player (the one removed from the App Store) but wasn't impressed. I was hoping to get opinions and/or reviews of the above players, and any others people might suggest. My main needs are as follows:

    - Playback of non-Apple formats (mainly MKV, XviD, DivX, etc.)
    - Subtitles (.srt, .sub formats)

    Thanks in advance!
     

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  2. MachThree

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    I've been using AirVideo app which has a converter app that runs on your PC or Mac and converts videos on the fly (requires a network connection to your PC / Mac), or before hand where it will save the vid to your hard drive and automatically add it to iTunes for you so that you can sync it to the iPad yourself and play it back later on without an active network connection to your PC / Mac. Seems to work with all my .avi, .mkv and .mp4 files that I've tried.

    There's a slightly crippled version on the app store that you can download for free. The full version is $3.99 last I checked.

    I've also tried LiBox which is totally free and it seems to work as well, but it does require network connectivity to work.
     
  3. matt_90036

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    The streaming has never worked for me. There are two reasons for it.
    1) I can't stream when I'm on a plane, bus or train
    2) streaming from the pc is slow

    I got myself cinexplayer which plays most of my movies that I have on my hard drive.
     
  4. iPad100

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    I tend to agree - the streaming option is fine if you're on a network, and I'm guessing it has to be the same netwkr for iPad and source computer (or does it stream over internet as well?).

    I've tried ZumoCast (free version for trial) and while playback was fine, the source computer (MacBook Pro) was really working hard to convert on the fly (dual core processors were maxed out).

    So I would prefer to either convert or find a decent player for the non-Apple formats. I have shared my quick 'n' dirty conversion guide that I use for most MKV and XviD conversions here: http://www.ipadforums.net/ipad-gene...uick-conversion-method-mkv-xvid-avi-ipad.html

    Any problems with CineXPlayer? Do you find the iPad labouring under any conditions, such as with particular formats or resolutions (HD 720p, etc.)? As there's no fan you don't get the aural warning of high processor load (i.e. the fan doesn't click up to max. speed to cool the processor), and I'm not sure how to check the actual processor load on an iPad.

    I have read some complaints about overheating, but not specifically tied to video playback. The main issue seems to be poor/jerky playback - as the Apple formats are supported via hardware decoding, the other formats rely on only software decoding for playback, and this can overload the iPad.
     
  5. matt_90036

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    No I have not played HD movies on cinexplayer. But I did play 700mb in size movies downloaded from torrent sites (legally of course). The movies played fine with no interruptions and quite smoothly. I did not convert them as the movies that I downloaded were in avi format supported by cinexplayer.
    I did try VLC player but I was disappointed because it kept on crashing.
    Sorry I don't now any other specifications of the movies that I have.
     
  6. 666fff

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    I use VLC, I'm surprised you guys don't like it. It's never crashed on my iPad and playback is flawless. I don't know if anything supports mkv, I've avoided them as much as possible when I've downloaded films (legally of course :p)
     
  7. Anthy

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    Has anybody tried Azul Media player? What do you think of that?
     
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    yes vlc works great on iphone and ipad.
     
  9. Thphilli

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    XBMC. The only player you should have.

    *Free
    *Plays 720p high profile h.264@L5.1 videos flawlessly (basically any 720p video)
    *Allows you to stream from ANY network share
    *Can be remote controlled by ANY Android phone or ANY iphone/ipod/ipad or ANY computer on the same network

    Seriously, what can compare to this? Is there a single other player that can play 720p high profile mkv files? I contend there is NOT.
     
  10. gweb

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    XBMC for iPad?

    Where did you find the XBMC app?
    For now i can only find a remote, and thats not what this thread is about.

    I have just recieved my iPad 2 and i really would like to play my videos (mkv, avi aso) with srt subtitles on my iPad. I just have no clue how, and i would really love to see the VLC player coming back.
     

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