Playing MKV files on Ipad 3rd Gen?

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  1. amitabhbansal macrumors 6502

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    i have Airport Extreme Dual Band Base Station and connected a hard drive with it, in that hard drive there are many video files with various formats. In my iPad 2 and iPad 3rd Gen i am able to play the MP4 file from airport extreme base station hard drive, but not able to play MKV files, is there any option to do so?
     
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    This^
     
  4. Wrathwitch macrumors 65816

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    Even better: Air Video.

    I have been preaching this on a few forums now. Air Video lets you stream OR convert onto your iPad, iPod or iPhone AND also stream to ATV if you are using it.

    I am currently watching several different anime with MKV and AVI format and it streams them from whatever hard drive I choose. I either watch it on my TV or my iPad.

    The app costs 2.99 and the software that you install on your computer is free.
     
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    I've been playing with Subler converter for the past week. http://code.google.com/p/subler/

    Using Subler, it seems that most or all of any mkv folder can be changed into an m4v without actually having to convert the video - so most "conversions" only take less than five minutes. It also easily adds movie information and artwork. I'm a big fan.

    **edit: Also, I like it because I'm able to rip DVDs to mkv using Handbrake and give those files selectable / soft subtitles, and then convert those mkvs to m4v to retain the soft subtitles. Before, if I was converting a DVD to m4v using Handbrake, I had to make the subs hardcoded (foreign films) if I wanted them.
     
  7. amitabhbansal thread starter macrumors 6502

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    thanks for the reply, but in AVPLAYERHD and BUZZPLAYER description it is specified that i have to copy the MKV files to the ipad, whereas i wanted to play the video wirelessly from AEBS Hard Drive directly
     
  8. dukeblue91 macrumors 65816

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    Then you need Air Video if you want to stream.
     
  9. amitabhbansal thread starter macrumors 6502

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    what is Air Video? is it any app?
     
  10. drenline macrumors 6502a

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    Yes
     
  11. G77 macrumors regular

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    You can play shared files directly with BuzzPlayer (Samba or FTP). Also you can copy such shared files.

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    For AirVideo you need running AirVideo server on computer. With Buzzplayer you can access files directly on shared harddrive via airport extreme.
     
  12. dukeblue91 macrumors 65816

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    Yes you can find it at the App store.
    They do also make a free one but it limits you to the first 4 in each play list.
    You will also have to install a server app onto your local PC or Mac.

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    Thanks I will have to take a closer look at it.
     
  13. MythicFrost macrumors 68040

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    Keep in mind you probably won't be able to play 1080p content on the iPad 3 via any third party app, as all of them afaik use the CPU to decode the video, not the GPU like with the supported formats. EDIT: In fact, I don't even know if supported formats are GPU accelerated in third party apps, or just in the videos app.
     
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