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hustmobile
Jun 7, 2012, 11:46 PM
1080P MKV playback supported, new app PowerPlayer 1.0 released.
If you have review/report/feedback for PowerPlayer, please write it here.

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/powerplayer/id520818788?ls=1&mt=8

The 1080P MKV can be played back smoothly on iOS device now. With the help of H.264 hardware acceleration decoding, PowerPlayer can play back 1080P/720P H.264 video-based MKV/TS/AVI/3GP/MP4 on some iOS devices.

Features:
✔ 1080P and 720P H.264/AVC video-based MKV/TS/AVI/3GP/MP4 supported on iPad 2, new iPad and iPhone 4S
✔ 720P H.264/AVC video-based MKV/TS/AVI/3GP/MP4 supported on iPad 1,iPhone 4 and iPod touch 4
✔ 3gp,aac,ac3,amr,asf,avi,dat,divx,dts,dv,eac3,f4v,flac,flv,gxf,hlv,m1v,m2p,m2t,m2ts,m2v,m4v,m4r,m4a,m ka,mkv,mod,moov,mov,mp1,mp2,mp3,mp4,mpa,mpe,mpeg,mpeg1,mpeg2,mpeg4,mpg,mpv,mt2s,mts,mxf,oga,ogg,ogm, ogg,ps,qt,rm,rmvb,tp,ts,vob,webm,wm,wma,wav,wmv file formats supported
✔ 3 screen modes: "Crop on Fullscreen", "Fit on Fullscreen" and "1:1"
✔ srt,ass,ssa,mkv embedded subtitle supported
✔ No compromise in H.264 video quality by hardware decoding, generally hardware decoding has a better H.264 video quality than the software decoding
✔ Swipe fingers up/down on playing, to change the subtitle or turn off subtitle on the fly (for media files with subtitles)

Contacts information:
1. Support site: http://hustmobile.com/powerplayer/
2. Email: powerplayer@hustmobile.com



ipsychedelic
Jun 8, 2012, 01:02 AM
With Airplay, can this "air" the subtitles (SRT) as well?
AVPlayer (which is what I use) unfortunately seems to use like a video layer on top so only the video gets mirrored but the subtitles only show up on the iPhone (don't know tho' if this is a limitation imposed by what's available on the iOS SDK).

hustmobile
Jun 8, 2012, 03:32 AM
Now PowerPlayer does not support video AirPlay.

For the subtitle issue, unless you can embedded the subtitle to video, the issue will exist. For general AirPlay, it actually send the mp4 file/streaming to the Apple TV for playback, so it is hard to support subtitle in general AirPlay.

With Airplay, can this "air" the subtitles (SRT) as well?
AVPlayer (which is what I use) unfortunately seems to use like a video layer on top so only the video gets mirrored but the subtitles only show up on the iPhone (don't know tho' if this is a limitation imposed by what's available on the iOS SDK).

Donka
Jun 8, 2012, 04:26 AM
Hi,

I have been championing GoodPlayer for a while now to prospective owners so wanted to ask what PowerPlayer brings us? From reading the description, it seems less featured than GoodPlayer as it doesn't appear to have things such as network streaming/copying for example?
I also see it says hardware decoding for 1080p MKV content. Has this been opened up by Apple or is there another way that this can be achieved? Is this the primary reason for the new application?

finchwizard
Jun 8, 2012, 04:38 AM
I'm also interested to see the differences.

Or if it's just a case of double dipping so to speak.

Menneisyys2
Jun 8, 2012, 05:32 AM
Or if it's just a case of double dipping so to speak.

It isn't - it indeed uses behind-the-scenes MKV demuxing into MP4's to use HW playback. I'll publish a review later today.

Donka
Jun 8, 2012, 05:57 AM
It isn't - it indeed uses behind-the-scenes MKV demuxing into MP4's to use HW playback. I'll publish a review later today.

I figured it was something like that - another app just recently updated with the same feature. I wish Apple would just open up the use of hardware decoding for 3rd party video apps.

hustmobile
Jun 8, 2012, 06:12 AM
The H.264 hardware decoding is something you discussed in the earlier thread. It is not a new API opened by Apple. In our testing, it is much powerful than the H.264 software decoding. Generally speak, this method is faster than software decoding way, and is slower than the private API that XBMC uses.

The H.264 hardware decoding is the main reason we developed the new PowerPlayer app, but it is not the only reason.
Besides this H.264 hardware decoding, the basic architecture is totally different than the GoodPlayer's architecture. So for some issues that cannot be fixed in the GoodPlayer, we can easily fix or implement it in the new app. And another important reason is that we cannot find a way to use this H.264 hardware decoding in GoodPlayer.

As for features, since PowerPlayer is only 1.0, so we will add lots of feature in the future. As said earlier, PowerPlayer is totally new app under the hood. So it does not come with all the GoodPlayer's features.

We will maintain and update both apps at the same time. PowerPlayer is meant to be GoodPlayer's brother,not successor.

For network support, now we basically made HTTP streaming working on PowerPlayer development, however it needs lots of work to make it in product. And the good news is that for HTTP streaming, H.264 hardware decoding can be supported too.
Once again, we need to write something totally new in PowerPlayer. So some GoodPlayer features cannot be supported in PowerPlayer in the future.

We will write these in PowerPlayer online FAQ soon.

Hi,

I have been championing GoodPlayer for a while now to prospective owners so wanted to ask what PowerPlayer brings us? From reading the description, it seems less featured than GoodPlayer as it doesn't appear to have things such as network streaming/copying for example?
I also see it says hardware decoding for 1080p MKV content. Has this been opened up by Apple or is there another way that this can be achieved? Is this the primary reason for the new application?

Donka
Jun 8, 2012, 06:19 AM
Thanks for the update.

Donka
Jun 8, 2012, 08:01 AM
Yup, BUZZ Player has also recently received a very similar demuxer (see http://www.iphonelife.com/blog/87/quick-review-multimedia-player-app-buzz-player-out-brand-new-mkv-playback-engine )

Yup, that's the one I was referring to! :)

hustmobile
Jun 8, 2012, 11:54 AM
What to be expected in next PowerPlayer 1.1 update:

1 Audio track selection support added, swipe fingers left/right on
playing, to change the audio track on the fly (for media files with
multiple audio tracks)
2 "Open In" feature supported: open video and audio files from Mail
email attachments , Safari web browser ,and other 3rd party apps
3 FTP server for WiFi file sharing added
4 Folder support added

hustmobile
Jun 8, 2012, 12:34 PM
PowerPlayer online help site: http://www.hustmobile.com/powerplayer/

Just updated the FAQ on it.

PowerPlayer FAQ

FAQ #1: What is the relationship between the PowerPlayer and the GoodPlayer?

PowerPlayer is meant to be GoodPlayer's brother,not successor. We will maintain and update both GoodPlayer app and PowerPlayer app at the same time.

FAQ #2: Why to developer another media player app?

There are 2 reasons:

The first reason is that the new H.264 hardware decoding. We find a new way to decode H.264/AVC video. However, since this decoding method is very complicated, we cannot find a way to use this H.264 hardware decoding in GoodPlayer.

The second reason is that there are some issues and feature requests cannot be fulfilled in GoodPlayer app because of the architecture issue. PowerPlayer uses a total new architecture under the hood. So for some issues that cannot be fixed in the GoodPlayer, we can easily fix or implement it in the new PowerPlayer app.

FAQ #3: Will the GoodPlayer be updated and maintained in the future?

Yes. GoodPlayer is still a very important product to us. We will maintain and update both GoodPlayer app and PowerPlayer app at the same time.

FAQ #4: Will all the GoodPlayer's existed features be available in PowerPlayer in the future?

No. PowerPlayer is just a totally new app. Please just treat it as a new app. We will add lots of features to it. But it is impossible to have all the GoodPlayer features because of the different architecture.

FAQ #5: Will the new H.264 hardware decoding be used in GoodPlayer in the future?

We will try. But we make no promise we can make this happen.

hustmobile
Jun 9, 2012, 01:20 AM
Thanks.
There are lots of updates coming to PowerPlayer. We will update PowerPlayer frequently from some time. So it should be hard for a thoroughly PowerPlayer test.

Sorry, won't be able to thoroughly test the player today. (Have spent too much time on evaluating the new ProPlayer version: see http://www.iphonelife.com/blog/87/multimedia-player-news-new-proplayer-version-major-feature-update if interested.)

martini79
Jun 9, 2012, 05:33 AM
Do PowerPlayer have the same support for playing ISO files as the GoodPlayer has?

hustmobile
Jun 9, 2012, 07:21 AM
No. PowerPlayer does not support .iso file. We tested the .iso file playback in PowerPlayer, but there are some issues.

Do PowerPlayer have the same support for playing ISO files as the GoodPlayer has?

hustmobile
Jun 19, 2012, 12:16 AM
PowerPlayer 1.1 released, PowerPlayer - Powerful iOS Media Player for 1080P MKV Playback,

What's New in Version 1.1
1 Audio track selection support added, swipe fingers left/right on playing, to change the audio track on the fly (for media files with multiple audio tracks)
2 "Open In" feature supported: open video and audio files from Mail email attachments , Safari web browser ,and other 3rd party apps
3 FTP server for Wi-Fi file sharing added
4 Folder support added

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/powerplayer/id520818788?mt=8

hustmobile
Jun 22, 2012, 12:50 AM
Here are some differences between GoodPlayer and PowerPlayer:
1 the MKV/avi/ts/flv/f4v H.264 Hardware decoding is only for PowerPlayer, if your main purpose is high definition H.264 playback, PowerPlayer should be better.
2 mov/mp4/m4v is special, GoodPlayer can use MP4 hardware decoding to play them. And PowerPlayer will add mp4 hardware decoding mode in the future. In the long run, mov/mp4/m4v support is the same for both apps.
3 GoodPlayer is good at the streaming features, if your main purpose is all kinds of streaming features, GoodPlayer is better.
4 In the next 1.2 version, PowerPlayer can support HTTP/RTSP/MMSH streaming, it also will support DLNA/UPnP client in 1.2 version.
5 For other streaming such as SMB/FTP/SFTP , PowerPlayer cannot support them. PowerPlayer also cannot support WebDAV streaming, although it is HTTP streaming, but the auth part of WebDAV gives PowerPlayer trouble.
6 PowerPlayer will support Hi10P 10-bit H.264 in 1.2 version. GoodPlayer cannot support Hi10P correctly now.
7 For HTTP streaming, PowerPlayer supports H.264 hardware decoding too.
8 For Hight Quality Mode, PowerPlayer supports high quality RMVB/RealVideo too. GoodPlayer cannot support high quality RMVB/RealVideo
9 In 1.2 version, PowerPlayer supports multi core decoding for RMVB/RealVideo. GoodPlayer can only use single core decoding for RMVB/RealVideo

In short, PowerPlayer is good at H.264 related video playback,especially mkv/avi/flv/f4v/ts/tp. GoodPlayer is good at streaming. If you are happy at GoodPlayer now, just stay with it. If you want better mkv/avi/flv/f4v/ts/tp H.264 video playback, you can try PowerPlayer.


Here are PowerPlayer 1.2 update logs


1. Retina Display support for video output added, this improved the
video quality for iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and new iPad
2. Performance improved
3. High Quality Mode added for software decoding, please note that
H.264 Hardware Decoding does not use this setting, H.264 Hardware
Decoding will only use high quality mode. The default is off. Please
only turn on it when the iOS device has enough processing power, such
as iPad 2/new iPad playing a standard definition media file
4. "H.264 Hardware Decoding" setting added, the default is on. When it
is off, the app will use software H.264 decoding instead.
5. Hi10P(High 10 Profile, 10-bit H.264/AVC) supported, please note
H.264 Hardware Decoding does not support Hi10P. So the "H.264 Hardware
Decoding" setting needs to be turn off for Hi10P playback. Only
software H.264 decoder supports Hi10P.
6. The .gsm file format supported
7. File manger added. In main view or file listing view, in the right
of search input field, click the "Edit", it will go into file manager
mode. File manger supports folder creation/password
protection/delete, files copy/move/delete, and "Open in" by other
apps from PowerPlayer
8. HTTP streaming supported. HTTP streaming supports H.264 Hardware Decoding
9. Built-in Downloader & Browser added
10. UPnP/DLNA Client added, since UPnP/DLNA Client uses HTTP
streaming, so it supports H.264 Hardware Decoding too
11. Music playback improved
12. TV out/VGA out supported , HDMI TV-out and Video Mirroring
supported, it is for iPad & iPhone 4 & iPod Touch 4 only.
13. TV-Out resolution setting added, from 640*480 to 1920*1080
14. Multi Core Decoding for software decoder added, such as MPEG4,
RealVideo(RM/RMVB) and software H.264 decoder. This setting will only
be available for iPad 2/new iPad/iPhone 4S and future multi core iOS
devices. The default is on. When it is on, some video decoding will
use multi core concurrently to improve the performance greatly. When
it is off, all the decoding only uses single core to get more
stability. Please note that it is recommended to set it to on. Only
for those media files that have issue with multi core decoding, set it
to off.

hustmobile
Jun 30, 2012, 08:17 AM
PowerPlayer 1.2 released, DLNA client added, Hi10P supported,
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/powerplayer/id520818788?mt=8

What's New in Version 1.2
1. Retina Display support for video output added, this improved the video quality for iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and new iPad
2. Performance improved
3. High Quality Mode added for software decoding, please note that H.264 Hardware Decoding does not use this setting, H.264 Hardware Decoding will only use high quality mode. The default is off. Please only turn on it when the iOS device has enough processing power, such as iPad 2/new iPad playing a standard definition media file
4. "H.264 Hardware Decoding" setting added, the default is on. When it is off, the app will use software H.264 decoding instead.
5. Hi10P(High 10 Profile, 10-bit H.264/AVC) supported, please note H.264 Hardware Decoding does not support Hi10P. So the "H.264 Hardware Decoding" setting needs to be turn off for Hi10P playback. Only software H.264 decoder supports Hi10P.
6. The .gsm file format supported
7. File manger added. In main view or file listing view, in the right of search input field, click the "Edit", it will go into file manager mode. File manger supports folder creation/password protection/delete, files copy/move/delete, and "Open in" by other apps from PowerPlayer
8. HTTP streaming supported. HTTP streaming supports H.264 Hardware Decoding
9. Built-in Downloader & Browser added
10. UPnP/DLNA Client added, since UPnP/DLNA Client uses HTTP streaming, so it supports H.264 Hardware Decoding too
11. Music playback improved
12. TV out/VGA out supported , HDMI TV-out and Video Mirroring supported, it is for iPad & iPhone 4 & iPod Touch 4 only.
13. TV-Out resolution setting added, from 640*480 to 1920*1080
14. Multi Core Decoding for software decoder added, such as MPEG4, RealVideo(RM/RMVB) and software H.264 decoder. This setting will only be available for iPad 2/new iPad/iPhone 4S and future multi core iOS devices. The default is on. When it is on, some video decoding will use multi core concurrently to improve the performance greatly. When it is off, all the decoding only uses single core to get more stability. Please note that it is recommended to set it to on. Only for those media files that have issue with multi core decoding, set it to off.

SteneDave
Jul 5, 2012, 05:51 AM
It always freezes when I try to edit some downloaded file, therefore the file is sometimes impossible to delete. Also the search function disappears sometimes when switching the file system structure in download folder leading to another freeze.

Some file sharing services dont work -> after the captcha code is typed power player downloads just some 10kb file, not an issue in for example "filer".

Thanks

hustmobile
Jul 5, 2012, 06:03 AM
For the downloaded file deletion, can you delete it at last? Or cannot delete it always?

For 10KB file downloading issue, it should be related to the specific server, for some server status, the app maybe does not handle it correctly.

It always freezes when I try to edit some downloaded file, therefore the file is sometimes impossible to delete. Also the search function disappears sometimes when switching the file system structure in download folder leading to another freeze.

Some file sharing services dont work -> after the captcha code is typed power player downloads just some 10kb file, not an issue in for example "filer".

Thanks

SteneDave
Jul 5, 2012, 06:27 AM
Once I managed to delete it, now it freezes so often that I cannot at all, it freezes when I try to search in Download folder, edit or whatever.

I also managed to start the download of my file that I mentioned previously, but it froze when I went to the Download folder while downloading.

This is my file: http://m.ulozto.net/xGXnDKd/pixar-short-06-luxo-jr-1986-1080p-mkv.

hustmobile
Jul 5, 2012, 07:13 AM
For the freeze issue, we tested a lot and could not reproduce it here. We fixes another freeze issue in the next 1.3 version. We do not know if that fix will help on your case.

For the file download link, we will check it. Thanks.

Once I managed to delete it, now it freezes so often that I cannot at all, it freezes when I try to search in Download folder, edit or whatever.

I also managed to start the download of my file that I mentioned previously, but it froze when I went to the Download folder while downloading.

This is my file: http://m.ulozto.net/xGXnDKd/pixar-short-06-luxo-jr-1986-1080p-mkv.

SteneDave
Jul 5, 2012, 09:47 AM
I found the issue, it always happens when there's a lot of apps running in the background. I had like 30 apps in my multitasking bar and it always froze, now I got 4 of them there and its running OK, but fix it, please.

hustmobile
Jul 5, 2012, 09:49 AM
Thanks a lot for the feedback, we will check it.

I found the issue, it always happens when there's a lot of apps running in the background. I had like 30 apps in my multitasking bar and it always froze, now I got 4 of them there and its running OK, but fix it, please.

hustmobile
Jul 13, 2012, 11:12 AM
PowerPlayer 1.3 released,
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/powerplayer/id520818788?mt=8

What's New in Version 1.3
1 MKV embedded subtitle support improved
2 Background Audio supported
3 SMB/CIFS client added, no SMB streaming support
4 WebDAV client added, no WebDAV streaming support
5 FTP client added, no FTP streaming support
6 SFTP client added, no SFTP streaming support
7 "Direct Streaming URL" feature added, supports HTTP, RTSP, MMSH,
RTMP streaming
8 "Home Page" setting to set up the default page of built-in browser
9 Adds a "Maximum Resolution" option for "TV-Out Resolution" setting,
this item will use the maximum available device resolution. For
"TV-Out Resolution", the "Default" setting will use the minimum
available device resolution
10 Lots of localization added, thanks again to all the help on localization

bahhhhh
Jul 16, 2012, 02:42 PM
In my opinion the only thing missing for this app to be perfect is to support subtitles for UPNP streaming. Don't get why it still doesn't, many other apps in the market do. :/. Until then, won't be happy with the purchase, since DLNA streaming was the main reason for it.

hustmobile
Jul 16, 2012, 11:22 PM
Thanks.
We are working on the subtitle support of HTTP streaming, hopefully the next version will support this feature.

In my opinion the only thing missing for this app to be perfect is to support subtitles for UPNP streaming. Don't get why it still doesn't, many other apps in the market do. :/. Until then, won't be happy with the purchase, since DLNA streaming was the main reason for it.

Arnold Rimmer
Jul 23, 2012, 11:41 AM
Thanks.
We are working on the subtitle support of HTTP streaming, hopefully the next version will support this feature.

Wow wow wow!
I've been searching for UPNP player that will play/stream 720p on my iPad and I've finally found it!

So far I have bought and paid for,
Ace player
Good player
Media connect
8player
Buzz player
Airplayer
Flex player (part of media connect)

I can assure you all that NONE of the above players that i bought will play 720p on an iPad 1.... NONE OF THEM!

As a last ditch attempt, I decided to buy this app "PowerPlayer" and :eek:
It worked!

It's not perfect, but it's completely watchable!

My only request is for faster decoding on an iPad 1 and to iron out some of the upnp bugs (I'm getting duplicate files and notice the lists are organising files in a bizarre order on occasion...

For example when selecting to view titles A-Z the app actually lists A-H.. Then returns back to A then lists files down to Z?

A weird bug but I don't care!

This app makes it possible to view my media on an iPad 1 without JB and for that I salute you guys!

Please please please fix the little bugs and iron out the kinks and just eek out a little more performance of the iPad 1 if you can... It's 90% there and I can safely say this is THE best video app for the iPad 1. Period!

Keep going guys this has truly solved ALL the media issues I was having and I hope you can continue to develope this... A little more horse power and this will be an unstoppable app!

Again this is the only APP from all the ones I purchased and mentioned above that will play 720 tv shows! There not 100% perfect.. (a few frame drops and stutters here and there) But my word it's close... and they are very very watchable..

I'd happily loose a little more quality or features or eye candy etc for smoother playback... Even a longer wait for start time if a larger buffer etc is required! It's nearly there guys please keep doing what ou are doing and get iPhone 4 and iPad 1 playing 720 shows... If so... I'll happily donate or rebuy the app again!

Amazing work.
Truly amazing!

hustmobile
Jul 24, 2012, 01:48 AM
Thanks for the feedback.
For HTTP/DLNA/UPnP streaming with MKV hardware decoding support, PowerPlayer looks the only app store solution now.

For your feedbacks:
1 For the UPnP part, please send us some screenshots if possible. Our email address is powerplayer@hustmobile.com .
And also please tell us the DLNA server application name. The PS3 Media Server (http://www.ps3mediaserver.org/) is recommended for DLNA server. It is free and cross platform. Please turn off all the transcoding of PS3 Media Server if you use it.
2 For the performance part, now we know it is still possible to improve it. We are working on it. It is very promising, however it is very complicated. We have already spent lots of time on this new performance improvement, hope we can complete it soon.

Wow wow wow!
I've been searching for UPNP player that will play/stream 720p on my iPad and I've finally found it!

So far I have bought and paid for,
Ace player
Good player
Media connect
8player
Buzz player
Airplayer
Flex player (part of media connect)

I can assure you all that NONE of the above players that i bought will play 720p on an iPad 1.... NONE OF THEM!

As a last ditch attempt, I decided to buy this app "PowerPlayer" and :eek:
It worked!

It's not perfect, but it's completely watchable!

My only request is for faster decoding on an iPad 1 and to iron out some of the upnp bugs (I'm getting duplicate files and notice the lists are organising files in a bizarre order on occasion...

For example when selecting to view titles A-Z the app actually lists A-H.. Then returns back to A then lists files down to Z?

A weird bug but I don't care!

This app makes it possible to view my media on an iPad 1 without JB and for that I salute you guys!

Please please please fix the little bugs and iron out the kinks and just eek out a little more performance of the iPad 1 if you can... It's 90% there and I can safely say this is THE best video app for the iPad 1. Period!

Keep going guys this has truly solved ALL the media issues I was having and I hope you can continue to develope this... A little more horse power and this will be an unstoppable app!

Again this is the only APP from all the ones I purchased and mentioned above that will play 720 tv shows! There not 100% perfect.. (a few frame drops and stutters here and there) But my word it's close... and they are very very watchable..

I'd happily loose a little more quality or features or eye candy etc for smoother playback... Even a longer wait for start time if a larger buffer etc is required! It's nearly there guys please keep doing what ou are doing and get iPhone 4 and iPad 1 playing 720 shows... If so... I'll happily donate or rebuy the app again!

Amazing work.
Truly amazing!

hustmobile
Aug 1, 2012, 03:21 AM
PowerPlayer 1.4 released,
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/powerplayer/id520818788?mt=8

What's New in Version 1.4
1 MKV embedded subtitle support improved, MKV embedded subtitle tracks can be selected by swiping up/down. HTTP streaming MKV embedded subtitle is supported
2 HTTP/DLNA/UPnP streaming supports .srt subtitle. Please first upload/download the subtitle files to GoodPlayer app. If the movie name is filename.avi , the subtitle file name is something like "filename.en.srt" or "filename.fr.srt".Click the playback control information button, then click "Select Subtitle". This subtitle selection feature also applies to local playback.
3 the .3ga file format supported

Arnold Rimmer
Aug 1, 2012, 04:27 PM
No performance upgrade :(

Donka
Aug 2, 2012, 05:17 AM
No performance upgrade :(

That must really smeg you off! ;)
Can't complain with new features being added so often though.

Arnold Rimmer
Aug 2, 2012, 07:16 AM
That must really smeg you off! ;)
Can't complain with new features being added so often though.

Stop your fowl whining, you filthy piece of distended rectum :D

Oh, I'm more than happy with the updates, I think these guys are amazing, I certainly didn't mean to seem ungrateful.

I just thought he mentioned that there was a big speed upgrade thy had been working on and thought it was coming this update.

It's such an amazing app though that I sure won't complain about them supporting it, I'm eternally grateful for the creation of it it :)

I can't believe this app isn't plastered all over the web like goodplayer etc, these guys need to advertise a bit more as its without question, without argument, without competition THE best movie player available for iPad 1 and iPhone 3/4 etc.

It's just amazing having all my media readily available via this app all over the house. I honestly spent £20 buying all the other apps and they were ****! Then after some serious digging I came across this thread, tried it and it worked flawlessly and better than all the other apps I had tried right out the gates.

If more people knew about this app it would sell like a mofo I'm sure!

So sorry if I seemed ungrateful guys, your work is awesome :)

Donka
Aug 2, 2012, 09:39 AM
I really just replied to add the Red Dwarf quote (Love that episode btw) since I don't have this app but do have GoodPlayer which is excellent - one of the two video apps I use. I just wish Apple would open up the hardware to allow proper decoding in the first place.

Menneisyys2
Aug 2, 2012, 09:50 AM
I really just replied to add the Red Dwarf quote (Love that episode btw) since I don't have this app but do have GoodPlayer which is excellent - one of the two video apps I use. I just wish Apple would open up the hardware to allow proper decoding in the first place.

They won't. I think they're trying to protect their iTunes store by severely limiting the file formats you can play back in hardware (or even synch to the iPad). Unlike other, much more open operating systems (Android, Symbian).

Donka
Aug 2, 2012, 10:59 AM
They won't. I think they're trying to protect their iTunes store by severely limiting the file formats you can play back in hardware (or even synch to the iPad). Unlike other, much more open operating systems (Android, Symbian).

Yip, I'm aware of their reasoning which is frustrating given they approve apps that still support these other formats. It's like the Browser issue - they won't allow use of their nitro engine to offers up smooth scrolling even though other browsers otherwise offer many more features.

Menneisyys2
Aug 2, 2012, 12:06 PM
Yip, I'm aware of their reasoning which is frustrating given they approve apps that still support these other formats.

They do approve them because they know they just can't produce flawless playback (none of the current MKV players play back MKV's truly flawlessly) and, therefore, won't make people prefer ripping their own DVD's / BD discs to purchasing from the iTunes store.

It's like the Browser issue - they won't allow use of their nitro engine to offers up smooth scrolling even though other browsers otherwise offer many more features.

Well, the Safari case is even less understandable as I simply don't see any point in not allowing 3rd party browsers to use the Nitro engine / the old (and, now, forbidden) API calls to offer flawless scrolling. It's just another inexplicable (and very-very stupid) restriction of Apple.

(BTW, Nitrous ( http://www.ijailbreak.com/cydia/nitrous-cydia-tweak-ios/ ) has just been released for jailbroken devices. While it doesn't remove the jerky scrolling, at least it speeds up JavaScript.)

hustmobile
Aug 3, 2012, 07:22 AM
Thanks for the feedback.
And sorry that there is no performance upgrade in this version. We are more disappointed than you on this :rolleyes:

In the development, we are stuck with some issues for the performance improvement, although we got some hints on how to improve the performance.


No performance upgrade :(

JTravers
Aug 3, 2012, 04:04 PM
I would love it if you would add support to both PowerPlayer and GoodPlayer for the FileBrowser app's Quickstream feature. Please see the bottom of this page for details.
http://www.stratospherix.com/products/filebrowser/support/fb_guide.php?page=guide&section=streaming

Thanks!

hustmobile
Aug 4, 2012, 01:27 AM
Thanks a lot.
Just send an email to FileBrowser people for GoodPlayer Quickstream feature.
Since now PowerPlayer app does not support powerplayer:// url scheme yet, so we think this feature is impossible for PowerPlayer now. We will add this powerplayer:// url scheme feature first.


I would love it if you would add support to both PowerPlayer and GoodPlayer for the FileBrowser app's Quickstream feature. Please see the bottom of this page for details.
http://www.stratospherix.com/products/filebrowser/support/fb_guide.php?page=guide&section=streaming

Thanks!

JTravers
Aug 6, 2012, 02:52 PM
Thanks a lot.
Just send an email to FileBrowser people for GoodPlayer Quickstream feature.
Since now PowerPlayer app does not support powerplayer:// url scheme yet, so we think this feature is impossible for PowerPlayer now. We will add this powerplayer:// url scheme feature first.

Great! Thank you. Being able to store files or access network files in FileBrowser and "stream" them to GoodPlayer (and soon PowerPlayer) without having to "Open in" is going to save a lot of time and headache with large files.

Targan82
Aug 8, 2012, 08:46 AM
Hello everyone,

I've just discovered PowerPlayer while I was thinking of buying GoodPlayer.

I just wanna have the best/same quality with MP4/M4V video encoded specialy for iPad 2 with AirVideo / iPodMe or other.

The reason I don't use de video app from apple, is for subtitles, sometimes the delay is not good, and I also wanna watch video from my nas with samba without downloading them and I also wanna transfer over wifi with samba more than one video at the time.

The open in feature works with .srt ???

Can you confirm that PowerPlayer has that features?

Thanks in advance and excuse my poor English, I come from Belgium

hustmobile
Aug 8, 2012, 09:55 AM
Thanks.

1 For MP4/M4V file supports, GoodPlayer is better
2 For SMB support, GoodPlayer is better. PowerPlayer does not support SMB streaming, GoodPlayer does.
3 Both apps supports .srt Open in

PowerPlayer is better at HD MKV playback.


If you have purchased GoodPlayer or PowerPlayer, we can send the free promo code of the other app to you. You need not to purchase both apps. Please send us email powerplayer@hustmobile.com for the promo codes.


Hello everyone,

I've just discovered PowerPlayer while I was thinking of buying GoodPlayer.

I just wanna have the best/same quality with MP4/M4V video encoded specialy for iPad 2 with AirVideo / iPodMe or other.

The reason I don't use de video app from apple, is for subtitles, sometimes the delay is not good, and I also wanna watch video from my nas with samba without downloading them and I also wanna transfer over wifi with samba more than one video at the time.

The open in feature works with .srt ???

Can you confirm that PowerPlayer has that features?

Thanks in advance and excuse my poor English, I come from Belgium

hustmobile
Aug 31, 2012, 07:23 AM
PowerPlayer 1.5 released,

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/powerplayer/id520818788?mt=8

What's New in Version 1.5
1 Subtitle outline effects supported. PowerPlayer -->Settings --> Subtitle Setting --> Outline Color to set it. The default is off
2 Subtitle supports more fonts, such as bold fonts

hustmobile
Sep 10, 2012, 07:36 AM
PowerPlayer 1.5 free promo codes,
http://iphoneapp-promocodes.com/appinfo-3351.html

Please note: Facebook account and US iTunes account are needed to get the promo code from this site.

hustmobile
Sep 11, 2012, 04:27 AM
PowerPlayer 1.6 released,
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/powerplayer/id520818788?mt=8

What's New in Version 1.6
1. MSS2 and MSS1 video codec supports added, MSS2 and MSS1 video codec are usually used in .WMV file container
2. TSCC2/TSC2 video codec support added,TSCC2/TSC2 video codec is usually used in .AVI file container
3. The .rar file format decompressing supported. Upload/download rar/zip file to PowerPlayer, then go to PowerPlayer file manger( In main view or file listing view, in the right of search input field, click the "Edit"), click the rar/zip file, select "Decompress" from the pop-up menu

JTravers
Sep 23, 2012, 12:28 AM
I was wondering why Powerplayer registers itself as a handler for PDF files. Seeing that iOS (5, at least) only shows 10 apps on the iPad in the "Open in" menu, it is kind of a waste to have Powerplayer (and GoodPlayer, also) taking up a slot.

I'd like to request that the developers remove Powerplayer from listing itself as an "Open in" app for PDFs. Otherwise, I'll have to continually delete and reinstall Goodplayer and Powerplayer whenever one of my "real" PDF handling apps has been pushed off the list.

Thank you for considering this.

hustmobile
Sep 23, 2012, 12:29 AM
For the ease of use, we register PowerPlayer to "all files". So it looks there is no easy way to unregister the PDF format only.

I was wondering why Powerplayer registers itself as a handler for PDF files. Seeing that iOS (5, at least) only shows 10 apps on the iPad in the "Open in" menu, it is kind of a waste to have Powerplayer (and GoodPlayer, also) taking up a slot.

I'd like to request that the developers remove Powerplayer from listing itself as an "Open in" app for PDFs. Otherwise, I'll have to continually delete and reinstall Goodplayer and Powerplayer whenever one of my "real" PDF handling apps has been pushed off the list.

Thank you for considering this.

JTravers
Sep 23, 2012, 12:50 AM
For the ease of use, we register PowerPlayer to "all files". So it looks there is no easy way to unregister the PDF format only.

This seems unnecessary, in my opinion. Why not just register it for all the filetypes that you list in the App store description?

From what I've read, iOS 6 may solve this limitation. I guess I should upgrade soon.

hustmobile
Sep 23, 2012, 02:22 AM
Sometimes, the user need to open an unsupported file format, then rename the filename, play it in apps.

This seems unnecessary, in my opinion. Why not just register it for all the filetypes that you list in the App store description?

From what I've read, iOS 6 may solve this limitation. I guess I should upgrade soon.

IvanX
Sep 25, 2012, 01:55 PM
Couple of questions:

1. Is it possible to transfer files into the app via FTP?

2. At issues running in iOS 6 yet?

Cheers :)

hustmobile
Sep 26, 2012, 12:24 AM
Thanks.
#1 Yes, Click the Wi-Fi button in the PowerPlayer application, then use web
browser or FTP client of pc to upload the video to the PowerPlayer application; UTF-8 encoding is needed for FTP transferring.

#2 No known issue for iOS 6 so far.
For iPhone 5 support, we are waiting for our iPhone 5 device for the check
and upgrade. Please wait.
The next PowerPlayer 1.7 version will support iPhone 5, thanks.

Couple of questions:

1. Is it possible to transfer files into the app via FTP?

2. At issues running in iOS 6 yet?

Cheers :)

IvanX
Sep 26, 2012, 02:14 AM
Thank you for those answers. One more question: does the app remember playback position for all files even if it is restarted?

hustmobile
Sep 26, 2012, 02:20 AM
Yes, the playback position information is kept on disk.

Thank you for those answers. One more question: does the app remember playback position for all files even if it is restarted?

skaine
Sep 27, 2012, 11:18 AM
Thanks.

1 For MP4/M4V file supports, GoodPlayer is better
2 For SMB support, GoodPlayer is better. PowerPlayer does not support SMB streaming, GoodPlayer does.
3 Both apps supports .srt Open in

PowerPlayer is better at HD MKV playback.


If you have purchased GoodPlayer or PowerPlayer, we can send the free promo code of the other app to you. You need not to purchase both apps. Please send us email powerplayer@hustmobile.com for the promo codes.


hey, thanks for this app, works perfectly on my new ipad but only 720p ;)
little problem with subtitles with mkv fastsub.

its possible to have a free code for download the other app goodplayer ? thanks

hustmobile
Oct 2, 2012, 10:47 AM
###########
Urgent Notice for GoodPlayer/PowerPlayer apps!!!
###########
Please backup the current GoodPlayer/PowerPlayer app by iTunes before upgrading it to newer version
###########
The next GoodPlayer 5.8/PowerPlayer 1.7 will have to remove some audio codecs support. Backup current version before the upgrading!!!
###########

The following 2 links will help on how to backup current app version to a local .ipa files by iTunes. Once you backup an app to local .ipa file, you can roll back to that version at any time.


Question: After upgrading, the new GoodPlayer/PowerPlayer does not work, how to downgrade to the older GoodPlayer/PowerPlayer?

Answer: Please check the following 2 links, the older version need to be backed up by iTunes first. Or else there is no official way to roll back to older version.

How to reinstall previous versions of Apps on iPhone
http://bharter.wordpress.com/2009/10/29/how-to-reinstall-previous-versions-of-apps-on-iphone/

Recover Older Versions of iPhone Apps After Updating
http://gigaom.com/apple/recover-older-versions-of-iphone-apps-after-updating/

hustmobile
Oct 8, 2012, 08:13 PM
PowerPlayer 1.7 released, 3 audio supports(AC-3(A52), E-AC-3 and TrueHD(MLP) ) removed. iPhone 5 supported.

What's New in Version 1.7

!!! Back up older PowerPlayer version before upgrading, please check the following update log first!!!
1 Please note: due to patent reasons, the AC-3(A52), E-AC-3 and TrueHD(MLP) audio supports are removed from this PowerPlayer 1.7 version. Please back up older PowerPlayer version before upgrading!!!
2 iPhone 5 and iOS 6 supported

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/powerplayer/id520818788?mt=8

hustmobile
Oct 9, 2012, 07:51 AM
Question 2: In the future, can GoodPlayer/PowerPlayer add the AC-3(A52), E-AC-3 and TrueHD(MLP) audio supports back?
Answer 2: We have got a roughly pricing for the audio patent support, so far, the given pricing is too high for our GoodPlayer/PowerPlayer apps. So, unless we can get a lower pricing for the audio patent, we can not add these 3 audio codecs supports back.

Menneisyys2
Oct 11, 2012, 05:32 PM
PowerPlayer 1.7 released, 3 audio supports(AC-3(A52), E-AC-3 and TrueHD(MLP) ) removed. iPhone 5 supported.

What's New in Version 1.7

!!! Back up older PowerPlayer version before upgrading, please check the following update log first!!!
1 Please note: due to patent reasons, the AC-3(A52), E-AC-3 and TrueHD(MLP) audio supports are removed from this PowerPlayer 1.7 version. Please back up older PowerPlayer version before upgrading!!!
2 iPhone 5 and iOS 6 supported

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/powerplayer/id520818788?mt=8

Could you please look into the problem of the new version's complete inability to play back any MKV file with a compliant AAC track in it - along with an AC-3 one? Nothing is played back in the new version, not even using software decoding.

Here's a complete article I've written of BUZZ Player's (similar) AC-3 drop, where I've elaborated on the new PowerPlayer bug too. I paste the entire article here as I've linked to the test videos I've used in the BUZZ Player part and not that of PowerPlayer and it would take me far too much time to completely rewrite/edit the stuff. Sorry for the length - I tend to be VERY thorough when writing articles. (Note that this is a sligthtly edited version of my article - I've removed all links to my previous articles so that noone can accuse me with self-promotion.)

Excellent hardware MKV player "BUZZ Player" also drops essential AC-3 support

The player I recommend, along with the (currently, not AppStore-based) AVPlayer(HD), the most for non-DTS (that is, mostly, AC-3) MKV's on non-jailbroken devices has been BUZZ Player - it has had one of the best MKV behind-the-curtains demuxing and hardware playback.

Unfortunately, as was easy to predict, the latest update entirely removed AC-3 support, practically rendering the player pretty much useless for any (except for AAC-only - see below) kind of MKV playback. Again, as has already been stated, MKV's with DTS - the other most commonly used audio format in MKV's - audio can't be played back by the player, as opposed to ones with (up until 4.0.1) AC-3 or AAC tracks. AAC tracks are used very rarely in current MKV's because of their being non-native DVD / Blu-ray audio formats and comparative inferiority, particularly to DTS. Unfortuntaley, the new, 4.0.2 version refuses to play MKV's with not only DTS, but also AC-3 audio tracks using hardware decoding (it uses software decoding), even if the MKV does have a (still-compatible) AAC audio track.
I've annotated this in the AppStore update notes below (click for a larger version), along with the similar Power/GoodPlayer updates:

http://static.iphonelife.com/sites/iphonelife.com/files/resize/remote/c833a16a9037781caa079f824c4c1f82-600x800.jpg (https://dl.dropbox.com/u/81986513/102012/addAACtracktoMKVandMP4s/buzzremovedac3.jpg)
The solution? As has been (partly - there, I haven't mentioned all versions of BUZZ Player are incompatible with MKV's with an AC-3 + AAC double audio track) explained in my older articles, either

1. back up the old (4.0.1) version of BUZZ Player before updating and, then, just overwrite the updated version with the older one or

2. remux your MKV's to have an AAC audio track only. Note that you absolutely must delete the AC-3 audio track from the file (as with DTS) if you do want the player to play it back: if you do leave the original AC-3 track there (along with the converted AAC one), the pre-4.0.2 versions of the player won't open it at all, while the new 4.0.2 will only play back it using software decoding. (An example of such an AC-3 + AAC file is HERE (https://dl.dropbox.com/u/81986513/102012/addAACtracktoMKVandMP4s/mkv-with-ac3-and-aac.mkv). Feel free to play with it, test it in different players etc.) Purely AAC MKV files will be played back in every version. An example of them is HERE (https://dl.dropbox.com/u/81986513/102012/addAACtracktoMKVandMP4s/mkv-with-aac-only.mkv) - as with the previous one, feel free to test it. (Finally, should you want to play with a strictly AC-3-only MKV test file with the same footage than the other two, HERE (http://dl.dropbox.com/u/13100693/html/042012RetinaHDVideoPlayers/mkv-with-ac3.mkv) it is.)

3, should you have purchased the 3.x version of BUZZ Player, it won't be updated as the new version is a completely different product (also see an older article of mine) and the 3.x series will not be updated any more. Fortunately, the 3.x series has equally good MKV playback performance as that of the now-current 4.x series. That is, if you have both (3.x and 4.x) versions, stick with the older, discontinued one for strictly MKV playback, should you want to avoid manual fiddling with overwriting dumbed-down, updated versions of the player with the still AC-3-enabled 4.0.0 or 4.0.1 one (4.0.2 and later versions, as you can also see in the screenshot above, don't support AC-3 any more). As has been explained in my previous BUZZ Player review, the two versions can happily co-exist on the same iDevice so selective playback (you watch MKV's in the old and other stuff in the new version) is certainly possible. (Every cloud has a silver lining - at least there is an advantage of moving to a completely different product as there is, now, point in keeping the two different versions of the player on your iDevice.)

Of course, it's possible the BUZZ Player developers offer AC-3 support in the future in the form of an optional In-App Purchase - nothing is certain, though.

Verdict

Unfortunately, the "in the new version, the MKV files can only have an AAC track in them" is a very severe restriction - basically, you'll end up having to remux all your MKV's and, what is even worse, also delete the, compared to AAC tracks, vastly superior DTS / AC-3 audio tracks so that the files are played back using hardware and not software decoding. I'll talk to the developers about fixing this major problem. If you can, stick with the old version(s) for AC-3 playback - as explained in Bullet 3 above, even the not-any-longer-updated 3.x series will do fine and, as it won't ever be updated, you can avoid having to manually restore it after an update - as opposed to the now-current new version.

What about the other hardware MKV players?

I've tested some other hardware MKV players, of which two had new versions.

PowerPlayer: As has been emphasized above, it also had to drop AC-3 support in the new (1.7) version. In the latter, MKV's with AC-3 tracks won't be opened at all, even if they also have AAC or DTS audio tracks (that is, ones that are compatible with the player). As opposed to the AAC-only one now compatible with version 1.7, the previous (1.6) version played back all the three test files (AAC-only; AAC + AC-3; AC-3 only - all linked to in Bullet 2 above) using hardware decoding. Nevertheless, it's still a bit stuttering so I still don't recommend it over the smoother BUZZ Player or AVPlayer(HD) for MKV playback. The playback of the DTS-only Monsters (it's HERE (http://www.auby.no/files/video_tests/h264_1080p_hp_4.1_10mbps_dts_unstyled_subs_monsters.mkv), linked from HERE (http://www.auby.no/files/video_tests/)) is plain awful compared to the other hardware players - the current PowerPlayer still can't properly play back MKV's with DTS tracks, it seems.


It's Playing 3.5: it seems to have problems with the three MKV files above - it switches to software decoding with all of them. I'll discuss this issue with the developers and update the article with the news. (The DTS-only Monsters was played back almost (meaning a little stuttering now and then) flawlessly.)


AVPlayer HD: all the three files are played back flawlessly; so does with the DTS-only Monsters.


1080 MKV Player: the yesterday-released, new (2.02) version is compatible with all the three audio configurations (as was the previous version). I assume the Pro version is also compatible as it has the same update description (iOS 6 + iPhone 5-compliance) as the free (tested) one. The DTS Monsters is played back flawlessly too.


The current versions of the two jailbreak-only players, XBMC and RushPlayer+, both play all the AAC/AC-3 test files flawlessly (and the DTS-only Monsters too). Nevertheless, don't forget that XBMC, as of the current, today's(!) build of 12.0-0~alpha7, still doesn't support the high-resolution screen of the iPad 3 so high-resolution videos, while hardware accelerated, don't look as good as in, say, RushPlayer+.


I haven't tested the AppStore-based (not to be mistaken for the vastly better and just-recommended Cydia-based "+" version!) RushPlayer and EC Player because I don't recommend them for MKV playback and there is no new version of those titles. As soon as new versions of any of these players are released, I post a compatibility report update.

Therealhatem
Oct 13, 2012, 10:51 PM
I like the performance of power player in playing mkv videos but I just have troubles to read the subtitles as its position is always at far bottom so please developers update the program with the ability to control the subtitle position and make it movable and I will stick with this player for all my mkvs , thanks.

Cybbe
Oct 14, 2012, 10:21 AM
Verdict[/B]

Unfortunately, the "in the new version, the MKV files can only have an AAC track in them" is a very severe restriction - basically, you'll end up having to remux all your MKV's and, what is even worse, also delete the, compared to AAC tracks, vastly superior DTS / AC-3 audio track
tl;dr version: unjailbroken iPads are now useless for mkv-playback? I have AVPlayerHD from before the purge, but can't say the future of mkv playback on iPad looks great.

cvs
Oct 14, 2012, 11:37 AM
I see there's another app called AnyPlayerHD.
Has anybody tried that? Does it have all the codecs and all?

Menneisyys2
Oct 14, 2012, 11:52 AM
tl;dr version: unjailbroken iPads are now useless for mkv-playback? I have AVPlayerHD from before the purge, but can't say the future of mkv playback on iPad looks great.

It all depends on

- whether AC-3 will be removed from e.g. HD Player Pro / 1080 Player / AVPlayerHD (if and when it returns to the AppStore) and

- whether HustMobile / the BUZZ Player folks etc. start licensing AC-3 etc.

Nevertheless, it's always worth jailbreaking - a JB'n iPad is so much better than a jailed one. Just two top apps I'm continuously using and couldn't imagine my life without them: f.lux and Quasar... And there are still a lot more excellent apps for JB'n iPads.

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I see there's another app called AnyPlayerHD.
Has anybody tried that? Does it have all the codecs and all?

Sure I have - even written a review of it. Not recommended. Let me paste the review here (so that I don't need to link to my blog):

So far, I haven't dedicated a separate article to AnyPlayer (AppStore link (http://itunes.apple.com/app/anyplayerhd/id461464604?mt=8)) because I didn't consider it a viable alternative to the most powerful players in the AppStore (It's Playing, GoodPlayer, AVPlayerHD / ProPlayer, BUZZ Player) or, for jailbroken iDevices, Cydia (XBMC, RushPlayer+).

Today's update boasts better performance (as usual, click the image for a bigger version!):

http://static.iphonelife.com/sites/iphonelife.com/files/resize/remote/ec88dbca5074f4833474af180b90e01c-600x450.jpg (https://dl.dropbox.com/u/13100693/html/042012RetinaHDVideoPlayers/AnyPlayerUpdate.PNG)

so I took the time to update my previous (so far, internal, albeit you can also access it in the dedicated column in the under-construction version chart (https://dl.dropbox.com/u/13100693/html/042012RetinaHDVideoPlayers/201204-mm-chart.ods) of my forthcoming iOS Multimedia bible) notes on the app's behavior.

To make it short: unfortunately, it seems there isn't any performance fixes, at least not any I could notice. For example,

1, the Full HD MKV files (with H.264) still play decidedly slower than with AVPlayerHD / ProPlayer (which boast the best Full HD software decoder). Not even 720p (see the Harry Potter test video) H.264 is decoded properly in software.

2, quarter-FHD-resolution WMV files, while play back pretty good (but, with the VC-1 Advanced, WMA Pro test file, with some stuttering at the end) are still suffering from the same low-color-resolution bug I've pointed out in my WMV bible

3, the MSMPEG4 decoder is still as bad as used to be and WAY worse than that of the best players (see my post HERE (http://www.ipadforums.net/ipad-apps/77042-movies-ipad.html#post557696) for a list)

4, still no ASS subtitle support, still no OGG support, still no embedded subtitles for TS (DVB) files (at least they do work for MKV's), still no audio track selection, still no volume / brightness boosting, still the same problems with accessing UPnP shares as before etc.; that is, no new functionality / bugfixes of major bugs at all.

There is only one pretty much unique feature in this app, the color saturation change. However, now that It's Playing (which also has saturation setting, even when playing back H.264 streams in hardware!) has been fixed and made one of the best players, I simply don't see any point in not preferring it to AnyPlayer(HD).

All in all, stay away. It's simply not as good as the best players out there and definitely NOT worth its price tag.

cvs
Oct 14, 2012, 12:09 PM
Thanks Menneisyys2 !!

So, based on the fact that the codecs are absent in the Powerplayer/Goodplayer apps, I should go for the recommended "It's playing", right?

Menneisyys2
Oct 14, 2012, 03:26 PM
Thanks Menneisyys2 !!

So, based on the fact that the codecs are absent in the Powerplayer/Goodplayer apps, I should go for the recommended "It's playing", right?

I'd say It's Playing is, currently, the second best (available in the AppStore) player for MKV's. Give a try to HD Player Pro first, it has better (more stuttering-free) playback, albeit certainly lacks DSP's, which make It's Playing unique. And, of course, consider jailbreaking and using XBMC / RushPlayer+. And, if you've previously purchased AVPlayerHD, use that for MKV HW-decoded playback, it's unbeatable at that.

Cybbe
Oct 15, 2012, 05:30 AM
It all depends on

- whether AC-3 will be removed from e.g. HD Player Pro / 1080 Player / AVPlayerHD (if and when it returns to the AppStore) and

- whether HustMobile / the BUZZ Player folks etc. start licensing AC-3 etc.

Nevertheless, it's always worth jailbreaking - a JB'n iPad is so much better than a jailed one. Just two top apps I'm continuously using and couldn't imagine my life without them: f.lux and Quasar... And there are still a lot more excellent apps for JB'n iPads.[COLOR="#808080"]

Thanks, I guess the downsides of the wall-garden approach are slowly sinking in. Do you have any dirt on why AVPlayerHD was removed? Patent reasons or otherwise behaviour contrary to silly App Store rules? I know officially they mentioned "bugs" but it's been away for too long for that to ring true.

I've consistently jailbroken my iPhone but have yet to do so for my iPad: just didn't see the extra hassle as worth it. As I'm on iOS 6 (iPad at least) with iPad 3 that's not yet an option.

Menneisyys2
Oct 15, 2012, 06:21 AM
Thanks, I guess the downsides of the wall-garden approach are slowly sinking in. Do you have any dirt on why AVPlayerHD was removed? Patent reasons or otherwise behaviour contrary to silly App Store rules? I know officially they mentioned "bugs" but it's been away for too long for that to ring true.

Not because of bugs - but I may not tell you more, sorry.

Astronaut Jonze
Nov 5, 2012, 07:05 PM
Great thread. I really love using PowerPlayer in conjunction with FileBrowser. However, I've noticed some audio glitches with MKVs. It will cut out every so often. My current setup is an Apple AirPort Extreme with a USB powered HDD attached to it. Anybody else have experience with a similar setup?

hustmobile
Nov 19, 2012, 10:07 PM
Gesture customization support added, PowerPlayer 1.8 released,*

What's New in Version 1.8
1. Gesture customization support added

2. Add an option to set Fast Forward/Rewind step value in Settings, please check PowerPlayer-->Settings-->Gestures and Additional Gestures to set gestures for Fast Forward/Rewind



Notice: no AC-3/E-AC-3/TrueHD audio support!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/powerplayer/id520818788?mt=8

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If the file is on local iDevice, is the audio okay?

Great thread. I really love using PowerPlayer in conjunction with FileBrowser. However, I've noticed some audio glitches with MKVs. It will cut out every so often. My current setup is an Apple AirPort Extreme with a USB powered HDD attached to it. Anybody else have experience with a similar setup?

TJ61
Nov 20, 2012, 09:35 AM
I purchased PowerPlayer specifically to play VOB format, since it claimed that ability. However, my VOB files do not play on my iPad Mini. The VOB files are from an unprotected DVD, and each DVD contains 4 or 5 VOB files of about 30 minutes each.

Does PowerPlayer truly play VOB format? Any idea why my VOB files do not play?

Thanks,
Tom

hustmobile
Nov 21, 2012, 01:53 AM
This issue should be caused by the AC-3 codec, some DVD vob/iso files use AC-3 audio. PowerPlayer cannot play file with AC-3 at all from 1.7 version.
Please request a refund.


If the app is not suitable for you, we are okay for the refund.
If the PowerPlayer could not meet your requirements, you could request
the refund. Please contact Apple as soon as possible, since the refund
is a limited time only option provided by Apple. Sorry for the
inconvenience.

Please google for related information. All the refund are controlled
by Apple only. We can only answer app related technical issue here.
Thanks.

Here is one google result for how to request refund:
http://gizmodo.com/5886683/how-to-get-a-refund-from-the-app-store


I purchased PowerPlayer specifically to play VOB format, since it claimed that ability. However, my VOB files do not play on my iPad Mini. The VOB files are from an unprotected DVD, and each DVD contains 4 or 5 VOB files of about 30 minutes each.

Does PowerPlayer truly play VOB format? Any idea why my VOB files do not play?

Thanks,
Tom

Parramaniac
Nov 25, 2012, 09:34 PM
Hi I just recently purchased Powerplayer, I am running serviio on a qnap server and using Powerplayer to stream via DLNA.

Video quality is excellent for all files including HD, however for all Audio it seems to be crackling constantly. This is the same on an ipad 4th gen and an iphone 5.

Is there a setting that can fix this or is this a known issue?

Thanks

hustmobile
Nov 26, 2012, 09:24 PM
PowerPlayer comes with some audio issue (the know audio issue is some rmvb with cook audio). Please give us some media files details. If possible, please share some media files to us.

Hi I just recently purchased Powerplayer, I am running serviio on a qnap server and using Powerplayer to stream via DLNA.

Video quality is excellent for all files including HD, however for all Audio it seems to be crackling constantly. This is the same on an ipad 4th gen and an iphone 5.

Is there a setting that can fix this or is this a known issue?

Thanks

hustmobile
Nov 29, 2012, 10:30 PM
For the AC-3 audio issue, here is another fast transcoding tool. MkvТоMp4 v0.222 - rapid tool for repack Mkv to Mp4.http://forum.doom9.org/showthread.php?t=163050
It will transcode the AC-3 to AAC audio format.

Menneisyys2
Dec 1, 2012, 02:58 PM
Just posted a new article on enabling AC-3 again to http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=16407141 . It may be the solution to the lack of AC-3?

hustmobile
Dec 1, 2012, 08:27 PM
Thanks a lot. We are checking 8player.

Just posted a new article on enabling AC-3 again to http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=16407141 . It may be the solution to the lack of AC-3?

Menneisyys2
Dec 2, 2012, 02:26 PM
Just posted a new article on enabling AC-3 again to http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=16407141 . It may be the solution to the lack of AC-3?


Just posted another update to the article. Please, everybody suffering from the AC-3 removal problem, join the discussion there - and spread the word elsewhere. This is an issue where (as I've stated in the just-posted update) Apple themselves should try to make Dolby reconsider their ridiculously unrealistic demands.

yoot123
Dec 2, 2012, 03:03 PM
How can we reach apple . I've tried multiple times to email Dolby , they don't respond.

Menneisyys2
Dec 2, 2012, 03:05 PM
How can we reach apple . I've tried multiple times to email Dolby , they don't respond.

(Also reposted the answer to the other thread):

Well, if we mail major mediums and keep the subject discussed so Dolby, at last, after having realized their demands are just unrealistic, reconsiders their licensing fees?

(Of course known, famous Apple fanboy tech blogs - the names are known to everyone with open eyes - won't really discuss the matter as they also know Apple's obeying Dolby's AppStore removal requests destroys the entire reputation of iOS. More fair ones will surely do.)

hustmobile
Dec 20, 2012, 08:39 PM
PowerPlayer 1.9 released,
What's New in Version 1.9
Notice: no AC-3/E-AC-3/TrueHD audio support! Backup older version before upgrading


1 Camera Roll video playback supported (PowerPlayer-->Network-->Camera Roll)

2 HTTPS downloading supported

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/powerplayer/id520818788?mt=8

hustmobile
Mar 12, 2013, 08:30 AM
What's New in Version 2.1

Notice: no DTS/AC-3/E-AC-3/TrueHD audio support! Back up older version before upgrading
1 PowerPlayer now can work as a DLNA/UPnP server, click the "Wi-Fi" button of the PowerPlayer, the DLNA/UPnP server will be up and running
2 For DLNA/UPnP client, add a "Single Click to Play" setting

What's New in Version 2.0

Notice: no DTS/AC-3/E-AC-3/TrueHD audio support! Back up older version before upgrading
1 Camera Roll video playback supported (PowerPlayer-->Bottom Right button-->Camera Roll)
2 HTTPS downloading supported

CasperDK
Apr 6, 2013, 11:58 AM
@Hustmobile:

You removed DTS and AC3 decoding as many others have done. The reason was the license fee for the codecs. I don't understand why can't you just charge more for your app and let us have the option to pay for it? I love your app, but currently it's unusable because it can't play the audio for 99% of all my mkv files.

PowerPlayer ftw! :D

hustmobile
Apr 7, 2013, 02:11 AM
CasperDK: for your suggestions, since the patent holder has declined the in-app purchase solution, so it cannot work this way.

PowerPlayer 2.2 released.

What's New in Version 2.2

1. WebDAV streaming playback supported


@Hustmobile:

You removed DTS and AC3 decoding as many others have done. The reason was the license fee for the codecs. I don't understand why can't you just charge more for your app and let us have the option to pay for it? I love your app, but currently it's unusable because it can't play the audio for 99% of all my mkv files.

PowerPlayer ftw! :D

thunng8
Apr 8, 2013, 05:52 AM
CasperDK: for your suggestions, since the patent holder has declined the in-app purchase solution, so it cannot work this way.


Just not good enough. There are now many players in the appstore that have officially license AC3 and DTS support. Suggest other users try those instead if those codecs are required.


nplayer:
https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/id539397400?mt=8

avPlayerHD:
https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/id407976815?mt=8

Donka
Apr 8, 2013, 07:17 AM
Just not good enough. There are now many players in the appstore that have officially license AC3 and DTS support. Suggest other users try those instead if those codecs are required.


nplayer:
https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/id539397400?mt=8

avPlayerHD:
https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/id407976815?mt=8

That's a bit of a harsh statement You say many but have only listed two. Seems the vast majority of media players in the app store do not have official licensing for these codecs and presumably for the reasons of cost. Many developers struggle to deliver a quality product to the app store and maintain a living. If the costs are prohibitive for these developers, it is surely their choice not to include this support, much in the same way it is your choice whether you purchase their app or an alternative.
I say choice but for many developers, they have no choice but to go without support for these features purely because they cannot afford it.

thunng8
Apr 8, 2013, 07:34 AM
That's a bit of a harsh statement You say many but have only listed two. Seems the vast majority of media players in the app store do not have official licensing for these codecs and presumably for the reasons of cost. Many developers struggle to deliver a quality product to the app store and maintain a living. If the costs are prohibitive for these developers, it is surely their choice not to include this support, much in the same way it is your choice whether you purchase their app or an alternative.
I say choice but for many developers, they have no choice but to go without support for these features purely because they cannot afford it.

Yes, it may be harsh but that is the reality. If powerplayer or goodplayer want to be competitive they need to find a way to support it. Btw, I was just giving an example of other player that support ac3, there are more out there:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mplayer-best-media-player/id595251863?mt=8

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/cinexplayer-hd-best-way-to/id384098375?mt=8

There are probably more that I haven't checked.

Donka
Apr 8, 2013, 07:43 AM
Yes, it may be harsh but that is the reality. If powerplayer or goodplayer want to be competitive they need to find a way to support it. Btw, I was just giving an example of other player that support ac3, there are more out there:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mplayer-best-media-player/id595251863?mt=8

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/cinexplayer-hd-best-way-to/id384098375?mt=8

There are probably more that I haven't checked.

I agree but given so few are supporting it just now, I do feel this codec support will not be an option for most of the developers unless the licensing requirements are amended to facilitate the smaller developers out there.
Apple are partly to blame on this too imho with the restrictions they already have in place for movie playing apps. These devs need to offer alternative codec/container support in their apps to make them attractive in the first place given they can't officially use hardware decoding and if the devs can't afford to do so then these apps will slowly become redundant or close to it as more users are forced to use the Apple friendly formats and in turn just opt for the in built player. Apple are so proud of the size of the App store and the variety of content within, yet it's a shame they are still leaving developers of genuinely useful software hamstrung!
This is the kind of thing that long term may make the IOS platform less viable an option for some.

thunng8
Apr 8, 2013, 08:08 AM
I agree but given so few are supporting it just now, I do feel this codec support will not be an option for most of the developers unless the licensing requirements are amended to facilitate the smaller developers out there.
Apple are partly to blame on this too imho with the restrictions they already have in place for movie playing apps. These devs need to offer alternative codec/container support in their apps to make them attractive in the first place given they can't officially use hardware decoding and if the devs can't afford to do so then these apps will slowly become redundant or close to it as more users are forced to use the Apple friendly formats and in turn just opt for the in built player. Apple are so proud of the size of the App store and the variety of content within, yet it's a shame they are still leaving developers of genuinely useful software hamstrung!
This is the kind of thing that long term may make the IOS platform less viable an option for some.

Well .. The codec situation does put some developers in a difficult situation, my original post was just pointing out that some developers have got around this situation and are supporting ac3. It is survival of the fittest. I hope Powerplayer can follow.

hustmobile
Apr 9, 2013, 01:26 AM
Thanks.
All the information is helpful. We also are trying to figure out a way for the audio issue.

1 "MPlayer - Best Media Player" looks removed from App Store now
2 Be careful of DTS support, back up the apps that supports DTS now. It looks no app declares officially supporting DTS now.


PowerPlayer 2.3 released.

What's New in Version 2.3
1 SMB/CIFS streaming playback supported
2 UPnP/SMB/WebDAV client now generates the m3u playlist according to the sorting criteria

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/powerplayer/id520818788?mt=8


Well .. The codec situation does put some developers in a difficult situation, my original post was just pointing out that some developers have got around this situation and are supporting ac3. It is survival of the fittest. I hope Powerplayer can follow.

hustmobile
May 30, 2013, 11:17 PM
PowerPlayer 2.6 released,

What's New in Version 2.6

SMB/CIFS client supports "Delete" and "Rename" operations now



What's New in Version 2.5

NFS(Network File System) client added for both streaming and downloading.
Please note that NFS server side must allow regular (non-root) users
to connect to your NFS shared folders!!!
So far, we only tested NFS client with OS X NFS server.
NFS server setting for OS X: edit the
"/System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.nfsd.plist" file. Open it and
add the option "-N" to the startup parameters.
For the details, please check FAQ #12 of
http://www.hustmobile.com/powerplayer/index.html

What's New in Version 2.4

Fix the Wi-Fi HTTP server access issue

hustmobile
Aug 14, 2013, 04:49 AM
What's New in Version 2.8

1 Fix some iOS 7 bugs



What's New in Version 2.7

1 FTP and SMB clients add a new optional "Alias" field
2 Added a new setting: GoodPlayer --> Settings -->Others --> "Playable Files Only" for SMB/WebDAV/FTP/SFTP/NFS client

hustmobile
Mar 11, 2014, 12:08 AM
PowerPlayer 3.5 update log
Dropbox supported, “Network”—> “Dropbox”

PowerPlayer 3.4 update log

Google Drive, SkyDrive and Box supported, downloading feature only, “network icon”—> “Google Drive”, “SkyDrive”or “Box”

PowerPlayer 3.3 update log

1. Fix the SMB connection issue

PowerPlayer 3.2 update log
1. SMB/CIFS client supports OS X 10.9

PowerPlayer 3.1 update log
1 Open in improved
2 iOS 7 bug fixes

1. iOS 7 support improved
2 "Open in" support improved

PowerPlayer 3.0 update log
Streaming playback support improved

PowerPlayer 2.9 update log
iOS 7 support improved

hustmobile
Mar 17, 2014, 07:33 AM
PowerPlayer 3.6 released, AFP(Apple Filing Protocol, AppleTalk Filing Protocol) supported, both downloading and streaming