Best app to playback xvid avi from dropbox?

glitch44

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I need to send a dropbox link of an xvid avi to my father and have him be able to open and play it on his iPad. I don't have an iPad so I can't test apps.

CineXplayer? AV Player HD? It's Playing app?

I need it to be as easy as humanly possible because it's my parents.

edit: I probably should've put this in the iPad Apps forum instead. My apologies.
 
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Night Spring

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How large is the AVI file? There's a limit to the size of a file you can transfer from one app to another using "open in"

The easiest thing would be if you ould convert the video to mp4, then your dad could play it directly in the Dropbox app.
 

Medic311

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i was in the same boat you were roughly 3 years ago.

i decided that i would convert my avi's on an as-needed basis and all future encoding would be done to mp4.

i've found mp4 to be the better format - lower file size and seems to be better quality too
 

Menneisyys2

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I need to send a dropbox link of an xvid avi to my father and have him be able to open and play it on his iPad. I don't have an iPad so I can't test apps.

CineXplayer? AV Player HD? It's Playing app?

I need it to be as easy as humanly possible because it's my parents.

edit: I probably should've put this in the iPad Apps forum instead. My apologies.
1. You REALLY want to convert it to MP4 via HandBreak. It's far better to distribute videos in that format today as it's THE native video format of iOS.

2. Unfortunately, very few video player apps allow for direct (non-Web browser-based) Dropbox access.

3. many players have built-in Web browser and/or direct URL entering capabilities, as opposed to native Dropbox access. In general, GoodPlayer has the best HTTP streaming support - it was the winner of my recent Windows Media streaming roundup as well. It should play a DivX AVI as well. Could you provide a link to one of your existing online AVI files so that I can quickly test GoodPlayer and the other, HTTP streaming-capable players?

4, if you still need built-in native Dropbox support (it's in many respects better than HTTP access), let me know and I compile a list for you. (I've been working on an article series discussing everything multimedia on iOS so it'll be a comparatively easy task for me.)

5. Most apps rely on inter-app file sending, which, "thanks" to Apple's 200 Mbyte restriction, renders most long(er) videos unplayable if you download the videos from the official Dropbox client and try to transfer the file via "Open In".
 
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jomirrivera

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I need to send a dropbox link of an xvid avi to my father and have him be able to open and play it on his iPad. I don't have an iPad so I can't test apps.

CineXplayer? AV Player HD? It's Playing app?

I need it to be as easy as humanly possible because it's my parents.

edit: I probably should've put this in the iPad Apps forum instead. My apologies.
I have done this and your answer is AV Player HD!
that app is a must have, I have played a lot of formats and even full hd mkv without a problem so far!
 

Menneisyys2

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I have done this and your answer is AV Player HD!
that app is a must have, I have played a lot of formats and even full hd mkv without a problem so far!
Are you sure AVPlayerHD can stream over the Internet? It doesn't have any streaming / remote file access support, I'm afraid. That is, it's completely unsuited to the OP.
 

Medic311

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buy a pogoplug and attach a 1.5TB drive to it with all of your mp4 movies. the pogoplug app allows you to stream the movie wherever you have an internet connection.

works great as long as the movie isn't 1080p
 

jomirrivera

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Are you sure AVPlayerHD can stream over the Internet? It doesn't have any streaming / remote file access support, I'm afraid. That is, it's completely unsuited to the OP.
you are right!

but he can still download the video to the ipad using downloads lite or any other free download manager app and then use the "open in" feature to see the video on AV player HD app
 

Menneisyys2

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you are right!

but he can still download the video to the ipad using downloads lite or any other free download manager app and then use the "open in" feature to see the video on AV player HD app
It won't necessarily work - see my original post on the (absolutely stupid IMHO) 200 Mbyte restriction in iOS. Only files smaller can be transferred to AVPlayer (or any other media player) via Open In.
 

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