No MKV support ios :(

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by techsavvy01, Jan 7, 2017.

  1. techsavvy01 macrumors member

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    This is one reason why I prefer android phone over ios. Android stock video players supports mkv, I have galaxy s7. While ios does not support mkv. What gives?
     
  2. Jxnas macrumors newbie

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    You could just download VLC app. It plays everything
     
  3. pacorob macrumors 68000

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    There are lot's of third party video players in the iOS App Store that can play MKV files though.
    Like nPlayer and Infuse (3 or 4).
     
  4. techsavvy01 thread starter macrumors member

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    Ok which MKV Player is all around the best? I want to chose wisely what mkv player app I buy.
     
  5. max2 macrumors 68000

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    I own both nPlayer Plus and Infuse Pro.

    I prefer nPlayer Plus now.
     
  6. pacorob macrumors 68000

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    Both of them are great options. nPlayer does have the advantages that it also supports a lot of music filetypes like .mp3
    The last time i did use one it was Infuse 3 Pro though which offered a great way of automatically getting the opensubtitles added to a movie. I'm not sure if nPlayer offers that nowadays as well. I couldn't find it in their App Store description so I guess not.
     
  7. techsavvy01 thread starter macrumors member

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    Nplayer is pricey. $8 for a media player app worth it? What other great mkv players are there?
     
  8. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    $8 is pricey for an app that is so essential to you and that you'll probably repeatedly use on a daily basis?

    Interesting.
     
  9. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    If you have a problem with it, you can use https://reportaproblem.apple.com to get a refund. If for whatever reason it's telling you it's ineligible or you don't get a button, you can use https://getsupport.apple.com and send them an email.

    They both have free versions BTW. I'm not sure of NPlayer, but the main difference between Infuse/Infuse Pro is the Dolby Audio codec.
     
  10. hwojtek macrumors 6502a

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    VLC, I don't know why would you try anything else. Free.
     
  11. pacorob, Mar 9, 2017
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    As willmtaylor is already saying. If it's something you use daily it isn't pricey at all. With all the great features it has it's worth every euro/dollar I think for both nPlayer and Infuse Pro. Because of the opensubtitles thing I prefer currently Infuse Pro and I use it more for video then music that is my preference. For audio I still use other devices at this moment.

    As Jessica Lares is also saying both offer free versions (without the AC3 codec support and all) to try.

    It lacks crucial features I think:
    * opensubtitles.org support (like Infuse Pro has)
    * Chromecast support
    * Dolby® Digital Plus (AC3/E-AC3), DTS® and DTS-HD® audio.

    Does it even automatically download the metadata (movie/series image and description)?
    Does it support all video format types like MKV?

    VidOn was also a great free alternative to nPlayer and Infuse Pro but lacks a lot of the features as well as VLC does but I think it supports more video formats on iOS though. Not sure if it's still working on the latest iOS versions though because it hasn't been updated in ages.
     
  12. hwojtek macrumors 6502a

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    WUT?
    VLC is a .mkv capable video player for an iOS device, not a bloody Kodi thing. I really do not care about the DTS-HD"®" audio while sitting on a plane.
     
  13. pacorob macrumors 68000

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    Different users, different wishes.
    Great that VLC works for you. For others nPlayer or Infuse Pro is the way to go if you have a bit more demands.

    I use my iDevices as a remote to access my NAS and stream video to my Chromecast and then the opensubtitles and automatic metadata download and Chromecast support is essential.
     
  14. Sajal macrumors regular

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    I was in the same boat when I switched from Android to iOS. Once I got nPlayer I never regretted buying it.

    Also currently Android does not support DTS/AC3 codecs in mkv files natively, infuse or nplayer does not have this problem because they to pay a licensing price to Dolby and that's one of the reason why the price is high

    But believe me you will love it in the long run.
     
  15. errin macrumors member

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    Infuse and AVPlayer are two best apps for .mkv.

    I personally recommend Infuse since it supports DTS/AC3.
     
  16. Sajal macrumors regular

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    Infuse has now a subscription model and their old app's price been hiked, whereas nPlayer do still have a one time pay and watch model.

    Best is @techsavvy01 please try out the freeware versions of nPlayer / Infuse and then decide itself. Interface of Infuse is much more polished and nPlayer is a bit more oldschool, decide yourself if you like them.
     
  17. MrGimper macrumors 601

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    +1 for AVPlayer ... I just FTP movies to it and they play. Simple as.
     
  18. pacorob macrumors 68000

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    FTP movies to it? Why would you do that? Why not connect to a local NAS and then stream it on your iDevice or if you want to take it with you use a download option in your favorite video app (if it has that feature).
     
  19. MrGimper macrumors 601

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    Because I choose to do it that way, thanks :)
     
  20. Sajal macrumors regular

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    Do AVplayer have the option of streaming from NAS?

    just curious
     
  21. MrGimper macrumors 601

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    No, but I use it in conjunction with File Browser to stream. However I normally stream via Plex
     
  22. Perene, Mar 28, 2017
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    nPlayer Plus and Infuse are the best apps for playing videos.

    I tend to use nPlayer more than Infuse because it supports audio files. Something I hope firecore one day fixes it. Also, nPlayer is better when it comes to having CUSTOMIZED GESTURES *, another feature that Infuse lacks, and makes all the difference.

    * http://help.nplayer.tv/en/36-2/setting/setting-gesture/

    They are totally worth every penny. And you need to purchase Infuse anyway, if you plan to use in the Apple-TV. So my advice is to get both.

    This is the best nPlayer version:
    https://itunes.apple.com/br/app/nplayer-plus-the-best-media-player/id539397400?mt=8

    Be careful to not end up buying others with less features.

    Infuse:
    https://firecore.com/infuse

    nPlayer:
    http://www.nplayer.tv/
     
  23. mrex macrumors 68020

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    i prefer VLC - it is free and work for all: ios, android, appletv, mac, win, linux...

    i have nplayer plus but unfortunately, it still hasnt appletv app althought the dev has been promised it for a year and i dont even remember how many times that has been asked from their webpages.

    i dont own infuse, and not going to buy it either. their standalone version seems to be a version that need to be bought on everytime it is upgrdaded or you need to pay it monthly (subscription) - no thanks.

    vlc is free and plays formats nicely.
     
  24. Perene, Apr 2, 2017
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    VLC for Apple TV sucks big deal, to begin with you can't resume playback.

    The only positive thing about VLC is that you can store files locally, which Infuse can't, but that's about it... fast-forwarding is, I believe, also better in Infuse.

    And VLC doesn't organize the details of my server (from my Hard Drives) properly.

    Really, if you think VLC is a better option than Infuse just because it's free... you are totally mistaken. I never wanted to buy anything from the Apple-Store, yet I changed my mind once I purchased apps such as Infuse, nPlayer Plus and ProTube.

    If you read the Infuse thread you'll see there's room for improvement:
    https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/infuse-5-for-ios-released.1806370/page-14

    In things that nPlayer Plus currently surpasses it. Yet Infuse had (and still has) many improvements. Even the bug I reported (from Google Drive) in that thread they said it's going to be fixed:
    http://forum.nplayer.tv/topic/901/srt-subtitles-not-appearing-on-google-drive-videos-crashes

    I don't think you have that sort of care for VLC... As for nPlayer, I hope they develop the app for ATV, and if that happens, once you purchase for iOS, it will be available in your ATV at the same time.

    Infuse doesn't require a subscription (it's optional), last time I checked you could purchase the app for 12.99 and continue to receive updates.

    https://itunes.apple.com/br/app/infuse-pro/id1136220915?mt=8

    firecore was kind enough to provide me a promo code that enabled the 5.X version for 1 year. I only had the 4.X version, and currently have the 5.X in one iPAD Pro, still receiving this version updates.

    Even if next year they release a 6.X version and you have to pay for it again, what is already available for 5.X is more than enough reason for you to buy.
     
  25. mrex macrumors 68020

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    Vlc is enough for me, it plays content from my nas and it is all i need. And it works with every os's i have.
     

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