Which small app for movies?

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    Which small and energy efficient app do you use for watching mkv movies on the ipad mini?
     
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    I use AVPlayerHD. Not sure how energy efficient it is, however. If you keep the screen brightness at a minimun it will be more efficient in terms of battery life.
     
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    Thanks for your suggestion. Is there a list of media players, or a even comparison?
     
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    i use vlc streaming so it takes lots of energy because stream use ipad wifi but then again when you stream it you can choose the lowest resolution so that might help a bit to lower processor work during playback which help save energy too :thumbs:
     
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    I've been testing the battery usage of MKV players (will publish my findings soon in a full article). AVPlayerHD is very efficient.
     
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    Using WiFi for streaming uses much less power than, say, software decoding H.264. This is particularly true when you use an app that uses hardware decoding even when streaming - for example, jailbroken apps streaming from SBM or UPnP.
     
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    Read my articles and posts here at http://www.ipadforums.net/ipad-apps/17801-best-video-player-apps-ipad.html . I've been publishing tons of reliable comparisons.

    (Note that the thread has a lot of misinformation from some other members. Basically, I tried to correct those mistakes but I may not have had the time to do to all of them.)
     
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    Let me know when you do, I'm interested!

    Since you can't post external links, if you do have external links to articles, don't hesitate to send me a PM with it!
     
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    No article yet. However, some battery drain numbers (fully playing back the H.264-converted 1080p video at http://web.hi10anime.com/colorful-10-bit-bd-1080p/ with minimal backlight and airplane mode) :

    HW (or, as with It's Playing, semi-HW) decoding:

    nPlayer 15%
    It's Playing 42%
    XBMC 13Alpha (17/Feb) 18%
    AVPlayer: 13% (useless image, though - so far, all standard H.264-converted, originally Hi10P anime vids with SSA subs have turned out to be hardware-unplayable by AVPlayer)
    HD Player Pro: 12%
    BUZZ Player.: 23%

    All with subs enabled, except for It's Playing, which wasn't able to properly render a lot of them so I disabled it.

    SW decoding:

    nPlayer 73%
     
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    So the best battery performance is HD Player Pro and the worst is it's playing?
     
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    If you want to have as long battery life as possible, yes.

    However, he above figures have been measured on the iPhone 5 running at the lowest brightness level. This means on higher brightness, particularly on the iPad, the battery drain results won't be THIS big.
     
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    Thanks! Should you ever write the article, please, do let me know in a PM.
     
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