iPad Mini Movie Watching Direct From LAN...?

Discussion in 'iPad Apps' started by mainstay, Nov 1, 2013.

  1. mainstay macrumors 6502

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    I am looking to play movies of all types directly from a NAS or mac mini and I do NOT want to have to transfer them to the iPad mini nor do I want to re-encode them.

    On Android I use ES File Explorer and MX Player or VPlayer for instant and trouble free playback with absolutely no thought involved.... which is nice.

    Before I left for the land of Android, I was using VLCStreamer, which worked well for a very select and limited set of files (but was getting unmanageable with large mkv files + the weird on-the-fly transcoding didn't always work).

    My Question: how can I get a nice lan browser w/ full video playback on the iPad?

    (Also, I'd like to avoid Plex-type arrangments).

    Thanks All!

    --m
     
  2. Menneisyys2 macrumors 603

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    Does your NAS support SMB? If yes, then, give nPlayer a try. See http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1503989 for more info on SMB; note that the article itself is a bit aged and, consequently, doesn't discuss the quite new nPlayer, as has also been explained in post #7 under the original article.
     
  3. mainstay thread starter macrumors 6502

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    this is a nice list - thank you!

    nPlayer looks like a good option to pull from a few mac mini's (using SMBUP to replace apple's version).

    Thank you for the info!
     
  4. gotluck macrumors 603

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    Just ordered and iPad air and I'm used to using same combo of es file explorer and MX player. I was planning on buying nplayer, sounds like that's the right move. Only video player with ac3 support I believe?
     
  5. chriscl macrumors 6502

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    PlayerXtreme has network support and works quite well.
     
  6. JTravers macrumors 6502a

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  7. gotluck macrumors 603

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    VLC should def work, just as a FYI though it is software acceleration, which has battery implications, other players can do it in hardware mode
     
  8. Menneisyys2 macrumors 603

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    A lot other players also support AC3; for example, the otehrwise excellent AVPlayerHD. However, its networking support is pretty bad and isn't as for example subtitle standards compliant as nPlayer - see http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1652736

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    Indeed. VLC, as of now, is NOT recommended, unless you want to play back some non-H.264 video. (But even then it has worse codecs than e.g. nPlayer. See for example my MPEG2 1080i60 decoding test at http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=18129656&postcount=8

    All in all, VLC is NOT recommended.
     

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