General Is there any stable release of XBMC that can play show 1080p for IPAD 4?

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by yberker, Feb 18, 2013.

  1. yberker macrumors newbie

    Feb 15, 2013

    Is there a version of XBMC that could use full hardware acceleration in 6.1 and show full resolution of 1080p videos on Retina Ipad?

    Release version seems to use HW acceleration but shows quite low resolution, probably 960x640.
  2. Menneisyys2 macrumors 603

    Jun 7, 2011
    As always with anything iOS multimedia, my articles contain the answer (in this case, ).

    Basically, the Retina-friendly versions are linked from the thread . Right now, the latest version seems to be . I haven't tested this version; the older version I linked to from my November article, , works just great under iOS 6.1 too and supports the Retina screen of the iPad 3/4.

    That is, just install the stock XBMC from*, transfer the DEB file to your iPad, tap on it from inside iFile and select “Installer”.

    IMPORTANT: the nightly builds at do NOT support the iPad Retina screen - not even the latest (17/Feb) one (just tested on my iPad).
  3. dazz87 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 24, 2007
    I have no issue streaming full rip blu ray on my iPad 4. Only movies that ate giving me issue are VC-1 codec
  4. harishp macrumors newbie

    Jul 9, 2010
    The current version available on the XBMC repo is fully stable and I have tested it with 1080p mp4 and mkv files on my ipad 4
  5. Menneisyys2 macrumors 603

    Jun 7, 2011
    It does NOT make use of the Retina resolution. I've just double-tested both the stable, official 12 and the 13 nighlties.

    Consult my article above for more info if you need test videos to see it indeed doesn't support the Retina screen.


    See above - no hi-res playback.

    Unfortunately, 1080p VC-1 (like the one at ) is pretty much impossible to play back even on an A6(X)-based device.
  6. Menneisyys2 macrumors 603

    Jun 7, 2011
    I've tested the new version (see first link). It doesn't make use of the Retina screen of the iPad 3, while, on exactly the same iPad, (the second link) works just fine (in hi-res).

    That is, for the time being, stick with the old version and make sure you don't let Cydia update it to the official 12.0 Eden release. (It'll list the package as outdated.)

    BTW, I've also notified the dev of the release of this (no Retina support) bug, see


    Please see my update above.
  7. yberker thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 15, 2013
    One locks-up, one dont have H/W acceleration

    Hi Menneisyys2,

    Thanks for your all contribution about video in IOS platform. All of your posts are very informative about the subject.

    Unfortunately i have tried latest release for retina, it works flawlessly without any lockups, but H/W accelerations seems to be not working.

    I compared a 1080p mkv with avplayer, and xbmc is clearly stuttering and avplayerHD is much more smooth.

    The version you have given link is the first i have tried and in 6.1 , when a video paused it locks up and couldnt continue.

    Also an interesing observation, latest xbmc for retina plays 1080p wmv with a very good performance. It is not perfect but better than avplayer i tried.
  8. Menneisyys2, Feb 21, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2013

    Menneisyys2 macrumors 603

    Jun 7, 2011
    Thanks :)

    Yes, MKV playback-wise, XBMC has always been a little more stuttery than top AppStore apps using background remuxing for MKV's (or, for that matter, RushPlayer+). Currently, I don't see much point in preferring XBMC to AVPlayerHD unless you need streaming (which AVPlayerHD is pretty incapable of) or SSA / VobSub subs (absolutely no support from AVPlayerHD).

    Thanks, will check this out myself and report back. Back in last September, when working on my WMV bible, the (then-current version of) XBMC was somewhat worse than AVPlayerHD, WMV-wise.
  9. Menneisyys2, Feb 21, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2013

    Menneisyys2 macrumors 603

    Jun 7, 2011
    This can easily be done by just removing the source from Cydia. Then, it won't list this XBMC version as one to be updated.

    You can always add back the source to install the official XBMC release, should you want it.


    Well, finished testing and found both AVPlayer and AVPlayerHD to be considerably better at playing back my suite of WMV test files (see section "3. Test videos" HERE for download links) than both the official (12 Eden), both the current (21/Feb) 13 Alpha and the Retina-friendly pre-12 of XBMC on both the iPhone 5 and the iPad 3/4.

    Pay particular attention to the most advanced, 1080p + WMA Pro test video at . On the iPhone 5/ iPad 4, AVPlayer(HD) play it back almost without any stuttering. XBMC is far worse. (On the iPad 3, AVPlayerHD is much more stuttering but still much better than XBMC.)

    Are you absolutely sure you have the latest AVPlayer / AVPlayerHD you've compared XBMC to? With the late December re-release of AVPlayer and AVPlayerHD, they've made a different product than before. That is, if you've purchased the player before Sept/2012 (that is, its removal from AppStore), it wasn't updated to the latest version in late December.
  10. rak007 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 31, 2011
    Don't want to open another tread so asking here.

    I installed XBMC on my iPhone but all i get is black screen after opening it. What might be the issue?
    iPhone 4S, iOS 5.1.1 if it matters.
  11. Menneisyys2 macrumors 603

    Jun 7, 2011
    Did you install the official 12 Eden with all its dependencies (that is, the one installed by default if you add their repo and select "XBMC" to install?)
  12. rak007 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 31, 2011
    All i did was include the repo
    and download XBMC from this repo. I suppose this is official one right ?
    Its download was around 48.X MB if i remember correctly.

    Do you think, i should remove the current and reinstall again ?
    Any tips ?
    Anything i am missing ?
  13. Menneisyys2 macrumors 603

    Jun 7, 2011
    Try a reinstall. It should work.

    Alternatively, now that the icon pack and cURL is also installed, you can just download the latest nightly from , transfer it to your iPhone and select "Installer" from iFile after tapping the DEB file.
  14. yberker thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 15, 2013

    I have tried same video for a long time now, and avplayer seems better in total
    but both of them lost sound-video sync.

    Xbmc seem to be snappier for 5-10 sec first but then it stutters. I ve mistaken for this.(Latest version)

    Is there any solution for sync sound video for Avplayer wmv 1080p?

    For practically usable 1080p wmv play in IOS i suppose we have to wait A7X.
  15. Menneisyys2 macrumors 603

    Jun 7, 2011
    It'd stutter badly. No way of flawless 1080p WMV playback - the CPU (even the A6X) is just too slow.

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