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semix2
Sep 15, 2012, 10:12 PM
Hello, I'm the developer of yaPlayer. Let me introduce the app. :-)

http://semix2apps.cafe24.com/yaplayer.jpg

AppStore Link (http://itunes.apple.com/app/id503098609?mt=8)

yaPlayer is a video player app for iPhone/iPad with gorgeous control interface (it's like jog dial). It can play most of all video formats like MP4, M4V, MOV, AVI, MKV, WMV, FLV, WEBM, VOB, TS, TP... and supports subtitle, chapters.

Into Movie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rooaBQzLOeE&feature=g-upl



Menneisyys2
Oct 19, 2012, 06:05 PM
My review of the just-released new, updated version:

You may remember my previous article reviewing the previous version of the multimedia player yaPlayer. Back then, I've stated the player is indeed very promising, albeit in some respects still inferior to the best ones (AVPlayerHD, GoodPlayer, It's Playing, HD Player Pro, ProPlayer etc.) in the AppStore.

A brand new version has just been released with a lot of changes. An AppStore update page (also showing the update of some other apps):
http://static.iphonelife.com/sites/iphonelife.com/files/resize/remote/5511b13b2942a69c45abf24b55a3e747-450x600.jpeg (https://dl.dropbox.com/u/81986513/102012/1019news/yaplayer32.jpeg)
(click for a larger image, as usual)

Needless to say, as the update notes provide a lot of goodies, I've re-tested the player's performance and feature set.

Compared to the other players, performance-wise, in previous versions the most problematic was WMV and MS-MPEG4 playback and buffering.

Fortunately, WMV seems to be fixed – the half-resolution Full HD WMV videos are now decoded flawlessly. Full HD ones, of course, stutter – as with all the other players.

MS-MPEG4 playback, on the other hand, is still inferior to the best titles in this category; that is, I don't recommend this player for MS-MPEG4 playback.

Buffering is still an issue: you'll see the sand-clock a lot of times – far more often than with other players.

The following bugs and problems have remained:

- the “Birds” and the “Harry Potter” bug

- still no way to quickly fast forward / rewind, say, 10...30 seconds with a gesture

- still no support for any kind of embedded subtitles

Other remarks:

The excellent MPEG-2 and H.264 decoder remained the same – this player is (still) one of the most recommended one for MTS playback. Of course, you'll always want to remux them to MP4 / M4V files for flawless playback if you have the time. Also remember that full HD direct MTS playback is especially useful if you quickly need to check the AVCHD footage you've just shot via the Camera Connection Kit. If your iPad is jailbroken and do what I've shown HERE (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1464236) (a MacRumors thread), you'll be easily able to utilize your iPad without even touching a desktop computer for transcoding / iTunes File Sharing-importing.

Fortunately, the player supports AC-3 audio tracks. (I don't know whether this support will be removed in the future.)

JTravers
Oct 19, 2012, 07:22 PM
Is there a lite version available or a way for us to try it out before buying?

If not, one question before I purchase. Can this stream videos from a URL, or does the video have to be copied into the app?

Thanks!

Menneisyys2
Oct 19, 2012, 07:25 PM
Is there a lite version available or a way for us to try it out before buying?

If not, one question before I purchase. Can this stream videos from a URL, or does the video have to be copied into the app?

Thanks!

Not any kind of streaming support available. Go for GoodPlayer or exPlayer HD if you need streaming. (Note that the latter has just been dumbed down seriously.)

JTravers
Oct 19, 2012, 09:34 PM
Not any kind of streaming support available. Go for GoodPlayer or exPlayer HD if you need streaming. (Note that the latter has just been dumbed down seriously.)

Any advice on a player with great 1080i/720p mpeg2 playback and streaming support?

Thanks.

Menneisyys2
Oct 20, 2012, 04:12 AM
Any advice on a player with great 1080i/720p mpeg2 playback and streaming support?

Thanks.

For playing back local ones, yaPlayer.

Unfortunately, while OPlayer and BUZZ Player support network streaming (and have a decent MPEG-2 decoder), the recent removal of AC-3 support rendered them useless for U.S. DVB TS playback if that's (original DVB recordings with AC-3 audio) what you want to play back.

JTravers
Oct 21, 2012, 05:33 PM
For playing back local ones, yaPlayer.

Unfortunately, while OPlayer and BUZZ Player support network streaming (and have a decent MPEG-2 decoder), the recent removal of AC-3 support rendered them useless for U.S. DVB TS playback if that's (original DVB recordings with AC-3 audio) what you want to play back.

Thanks for the advice. Unfortunately, MPEG-2 files are usually so large that it only makes sense to either stream them or convert to h.264.

Passenger88
Oct 23, 2012, 02:12 PM
Looks nice however I am wondering if this app have no sound aswell with mkv files etc since the ac3-licence thing?

JTravers
Oct 23, 2012, 05:47 PM
For playing back local ones, yaPlayer.

Unfortunately, while OPlayer and BUZZ Player support network streaming (and have a decent MPEG-2 decoder), the recent removal of AC-3 support rendered them useless for U.S. DVB TS playback if that's (original DVB recordings with AC-3 audio) what you want to play back.

I think the 4th gen ipad will finally fix 1080i mpeg-2 playback problems through brute force.

Menneisyys2
Oct 24, 2012, 03:27 PM
Any advice on a player with great 1080i/720p mpeg2 playback and streaming support?

Thanks.

Looks nice however I am wondering if this app have no sound aswell with mkv files etc since the ac3-licence thing?

Fortunately, the player supports AC-3 audio tracks. (I don't know whether this support will be removed in the future.)

Passenger88
Oct 25, 2012, 01:36 PM
gonna give it a chance, installing now :D

G3t/All
Oct 30, 2012, 07:14 PM
Downloading now. I'm in afghanistan and I watch Dexter and Walking dead while I do my hour of cardio on a treadmill every day. Reencoding my downloads is a pita so I need AC3 audio decoding. Thanks for your write up bro, saved me some time swimming through all the possibilities on the app store.

Passenger88
Nov 9, 2012, 03:40 AM
Been using this for a week or two and I am satisfied with this app. No ac3 rights problems like goodplayer and other apps. And I also haven't experienced any lag issues with 720p files.

The only downside is that videos with subtitles in it it doesn't work. Only videos with seperate .srt files works at the moment. Though it still keeps saying the following error: this subtitle cannot load or something and you have to change the codec. I just picked Europe, windows or OS everytime and than it works. But it still a hassle that should be fixed imo. Like 90% of videoplayer Apps does't have this issue. If these problems can be fixed I would give it 5 stars.

Menneisyys2
Nov 9, 2012, 04:17 AM
The only downside is that videos with subtitles in it it doesn't work. Only videos with seperate .srt files works at the moment.

Yup, that's a big cons I've also pointed out in the above review.

A quick fix is using Subler (or any other tool with subtitle track extraction capabilities) to quickly extract the subtitle track in a file. Let me know if you need more info on how this is done.

Mosco
Nov 9, 2012, 02:24 PM
Did this app get removed from the store?

Menneisyys2
Nov 9, 2012, 02:43 PM
Did this app get removed from the store?

It is. So is HD Player Pro. Probably because these two players still support AC-3? (HD Player Pro's latest version released yesterday only removed the less-used E-AC-3 and MTP, not the base AC-3 (see my dedicated article posted yesterday in this forum somewhere).)

Passenger88
Nov 11, 2012, 07:49 AM
What does this mean for people who have this App?

Menneisyys2
Nov 13, 2012, 04:33 AM
What does this mean for people who have this App?

You'll still be able to re-download it on your device if you've downloaded the app directly at least once. Nevertheless, make sure you don't delete the IPA as, as with HD Player Pro, it's still not known if and when they're back.

"Thanks", Dolby...

rsxmachine
Nov 17, 2012, 04:14 PM
Noooo why did you make an update that removes Dolby, you should have deleted this one and just made a new player now I'm stuck with always having one update available. Crap

Menneisyys2
Nov 17, 2012, 04:32 PM
Noooo why did you make an update that removes Dolby, you should have deleted this one and just made a new player now I'm stuck with always having one update available. Crap

Dolby would have made Apple remove the "abandoned" yaPlayer from AppStore. (At least) the following players have been recently removed (and still missing!) from AppStore on Dolby's request:

flex: player
Replayer(HD)
LuberPlayer and LuberPlayerHD
QQPlayer and QQPlayerHD

And, of course, AVPlayer (removed in September by, back then, the dev.)

rsxmachine
Nov 17, 2012, 04:37 PM
It would have been better if apple just removed it then you could come out with yaplayer2 without Dolby. Now everyone is stuck always having an update available. I doubt anyone wants to update since none of their movies will work.

Menneisyys2
Nov 17, 2012, 04:51 PM
It would have been better if apple just removed it then you could come out with yaplayer2 without Dolby. Now everyone is stuck always having an update available. I doubt anyone wants to update since none of their movies will work.

OIC - I thought you meant remaining as a purchasable, not (only) as a, for previous purchasers, re-downloadable item. It's the former that wouldn't work as Dolby & Apple are mercilessly removing all "infringing" apps (see the above list I've compiled).

rsxmachine
Nov 17, 2012, 05:22 PM
Ya so just coming out with yaplayer 2 would have saved all owners from being forced to upgrade. Please remove yaplayer from App Store and make yaplayer 2

Passenger88
Nov 18, 2012, 02:23 AM
So since the update from yesterday we cannot watch videos with sound anymore like other apps like goodplayer etc?

Menneisyys2
Nov 18, 2012, 04:02 AM
Dolby would have made Apple remove the "abandoned" yaPlayer from AppStore. (At least) the following players have been recently removed (and still missing!) from AppStore on Dolby's request:

flex: player


flex has just been put back. Not a single word about removed AC-3 support in the app description. Will test and report back soon.

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So since the update from yesterday we cannot watch videos with sound anymore like other apps like goodplayer etc?

Yup. "Thanks", Dolby...

Menneisyys2
Nov 18, 2012, 04:59 PM
Just posted a review of the new version of yaPlayer to http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=16321816