iPad mini Best video player on iPad

Discussion in 'iPad' started by UKPoliticsGuy, Dec 14, 2012.

  1. macrumors regular

    May 3, 2009
    Where's VLC and AV Player gone? I had always thought they were available on the App Store.

    Seems they are not, what are your best suggestions for apps to play videos on the iPad?
  2. macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2010
    In for a solution as well... I use to use buzz player
  3. macrumors 6502

    Oct 15, 2011
    Cineplayer is pretty good. At least you can play mkv files and have it connect to your dropbox account. Outside of that it's pretty slim. I wish they had some of the android players on iOS, I love the ability to swipe to control volume and seek the video, the scrubbing on the built-in video player is horrible at best.
  4. macrumors newbie

    Jan 11, 2013
  5. yegon, Jan 11, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2013

    macrumors 68000

    Oct 20, 2007
    AVPlayerHD by some margin. Tried a few, this is by far the best in my opinion at playing back locally stored content. Supports hardware decoding of mkv's. For streaming, look elsewhere.

    Be aware that most players don't support AC3 audio due to licensing issues. AVPlayerHd does. It disappeared off the store for ages for this reason, but returned a month or so ago.
  6. macrumors 601


    Oct 3, 2006
  7. macrumors 6502

    Jul 30, 2011
    This is an iPad app?
  8. macrumors 601


    Oct 3, 2006
    Did you find it in the App Store?
  9. macrumors 6502

    Jul 30, 2011
    No...but I expected to, given the name of this thread.
  10. macrumors 603

    May 21, 2009
  11. macrumors 601


    Sep 21, 2010

    It really depends on what your needs are. I have tried a few video players and all have their pros and cons.

    I personally use eXPlayer because:

    (1) I can skip forward and backward in a video using the scrubber bar and it always works. For some reason this seems to be a problematic feature in virtually all video players, even the venerable VLC desktop application.
    (2) It supports the iPad's hardware video acceleration which provides smooth video and saves a ton of battery use. The vast majority of video apps do not use the iPad's acceleration so they drop frames on HQ video and blow away your battery.
    (3) It supports SMB, so simply turn on file sharing for your Mac, PC, or SMB-capable NAS and you can view any video on your networked computer. This was crucial for me. I don't want to have to run separate server/multiplexing/DLNA/uPNP/proprietary apps on the computer; many of these tend to be buggy or have poor performance.
    (4) There was a free, fully-featured trial version (limited to 10 mins) so you can test it with your specific files, networks, needs, etc., and know whether or not it will work for you before you pay for the full version. I am very grateful for this because so many video players promise the world but are disappointing.
    (5) There is a combo app available so you can buy once for both iPad and iPhone/iPod, or you can save a little money and buy a separate app for just the device size you need. I like options.

    The only drawback I can think of is no access away from home. That feature is not important to me, but if it is important to you, you'll want something else.
  12. macrumors 6502

    Jun 16, 2009
    Cox's Creek, KY
    AVPlayerHD, it was gone for awhile but now is back. I use it on my phone all the time at work when I want to download a show and listen to it in the background, it plays most files.

    Sometimes you'll see some stuttering but it's almost as if the phone is loading some of the video into memory for smoother playback, then it'll play fine.
  13. macrumors newbie

    Jan 11, 2013
    You can download it from its offcial website.
  14. navra233, Jan 17, 2013
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2013

    macrumors newbie

    Oct 17, 2012
    Topplayer is a good video player for ipad. I do play movies, video songs over this player. :cool:
  15. macrumors newbie

    Jan 29, 2013
    Perian has been discontinued, so the best way to play AVI files is by using VLC. You can download it here (copy and paste this url into your browser): http://www.videonlan.org
  16. macrumors regular

    Mar 4, 2010
    While it's an excellent video player for Mac, it's not available for iOS. ;)
  17. macrumors 604

    Mar 29, 2008
    Second this. AVPlayerHD plays absolutely everything I've ever thrown at it.
  18. macrumors newbie

    Mar 4, 2013
  19. macrumors 6502a

    smoking monkey

    Mar 5, 2008
    I have used
    1. CinexPlayer
    2. AVplayerHD
    3. built in Apple Player
    4. VLC

    I use mp4, mv4 and AVI files. I do not use MKV files. I do not use streaming. All content stored on my ipad 2.

    I like Cinex the best. It's got a clean interface and easy to use swipe forward and back.

    AVplayerHD often lost sync for me with my AVI files. Apart from that, I liked it.

    Built in Player is solid, but with no swipe controls it's really limited and every time I use it for older files, I get frustrated.

    VLC... well, it's old and I feel buggy. It also seemed to lack the clarity of AVpHD and Cinex.
  20. macrumors regular

    Dec 16, 2010
    I use Oplayer hd on my iPad. Works for all files I tested, including vob files from DVDs.
  21. crashnburn, Jul 3, 2013
    Last edited: Jul 3, 2013

    macrumors regular

    Nov 18, 2009
    Can any of them do variety of PLAYLISTS?

    I'd like to use varying playlists for different workouts, music videos etc.
  22. macrumors 6502

    Mar 5, 2012
    Thanks for the info. Sounds like a decent app. I use Airvideo for the most part for streaming my video content from my computer to my iPad. But I may give this a try too.

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