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Menneisyys2
Apr 15, 2013, 05:37 PM
A new multimedia player, EVGPlayer, has recently been released in AppStore. (AppStore link (https://itunes.apple.com/app/evgplayer/id619192564?mt=8); Universal; $0.99)

Being a video / multimedia pro and the player being pretty cheap and offering both AC3 and DTS (two very widely used formats) audio support, I was immediately asked by my readers to review it as soon as possible so that they can see whether it's worth purchasing. Before the developers are forced to remove AC3 and / or DTS support, which inevitably will happen in the near future, as has happened to all other, recently released players.

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/81986513/042013/evg/EVGPlayerAppStoret.jpeg (https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/81986513/042013/evg/EVGPlayerAppStore.jpeg)
(The AppStore main page on my iPhone 5, also showing the Preferences screen. As you can see, there's almost no settings in the app. Click for larger image.)

My answer is: no, you don't want to purchase this player if you plan to play back high-resolution (720p+) titles or ones with soft subtitles – just to list the two most important areas where this app is severely lacking. Should you want to play these formats or want to have a generic, decent player, go for something better; for example, the existing (1.10) version of nPlayer is WAAAAY better in most respects (hardware-accelerated decoding, subtitle / streaming / TV output / container support etc). The same stands for AVPlayerHD. Both of these players support AC3 and, up until the latest versions, also DTS. Just don't update to the just-released version of AVPlayer or the next (1.11) version of nPlayer if you want to keep DTS.

However, if you don't need soft (non-burnt in) subtitles AND would only play back lower-resolution content AND you do need DTS audio support for cheap, you can give this player a try. Just remember: DTS, along with AC3, is most likely to be removed in subsequent versions, as has happened to all other, new media players in the last 2-3 months. An example of them is Fresh Video Player, which immediately had to drop AC3 after the initial version (initial review (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1543612)).

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/81986513/042013/evg/EVGPlayerListt.jpeg (https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/81986513/042013/evg/EVGPlayerList.jpeg)
(Filelist view in edit mode on an iPad. Click for larger image.)

Pros



DTS and AC3 are both properly supported (but will surely be removed in subsequent versions). So are OGG, MP3 etc.
Better performance than some players; e.g., Fresh Video Player. (However, it still doesn't match that of nPlayer or AVPlayerHD)

Cons



The audio stutters when the player drops frames. This is by far the biggest problem with high(er)-resolution content (or even lower-resolution ones on slower devices). Decent players don't do this: there, the audio doesn't stutter, “only” the video.
H.264 decoder: not the fastest (unlike, say, AVPlayerHD, nPlayer etc.)
MKV / MTS / AVI decoding: software-only; this, along with the not state-of-the-art H.264 decoder, also means playback of even standard-bitrate (about 10 Mbps) videos (e.g., that of the Monsters test video (http://www.auby.no/files/video_tests/h264_1080p_hp_4.1_10mbps_dts_unstyled_subs_monsters.mkv)) aren't played back flawlessly on not even the latest-gen, fastest devices (iPad 4, iPhone 5), let alone slower ones. On the latter, 1080 MKV playback is plain useless, mostly because of the stuttering audio.
There is absolutely no subtitle support
There is absolutely no native TV out support – only the much lower-quality / resolution mirroring is supported. Hardware-playable videos aren't played back in hardware by the Lightning-based HDMI / VGA adapters either.
No goodies like audio boosting (see nPlayer's or It's Playing's excellent support for them), settable rewind / fast forward gesture timing (it rewinds / fast forwards 8 seconds)
Very poor MPEG2 Transport Stream support:



ATSC (North-American television): 1080i60: tolerable: as opposed to DVB, at least it uses the native 16:9 aspect ratio. However, it doesn't support scrubbing.
DVB (European television): very poor support: 4:3 only, no scrubbing. There's no way of overriding the aspect ratio, unlike with advanced players. For that matter, the app doesn't support any kind of even basic zooming.

NOTE: retina support on both iPhones and iPads must be manually enabled (see the second icon in Preferences)!

More info

We're discussing the merits of this player in THIS (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1448031&page=9) thead, starting with post Nr. 207.