Apple likes to keep things simple, right? “It just works…” – That was Steve Jobs’ mantra at the last MacExpo. Unfortunately, simple is not always equal to “convenient”.
For instance, take video. It’s really annoying that the iOS only supports a limited type of video file formats. Everything that you want to play on your iPad or iPhone has to be just so…correct codec… otherwise “it just doesn’t work”… In my humble experience.
I really don’t want to spend the last few hours of the evening before a flight transcoding all the videos that I want to watch on my trip to the special iOS format. It’s a waste of my time.
I had to play a video recently for a presentation and ended up downloading three iOS Apps: CineXPlayer, Movie Player and AVPlayerHD. Well, the first two didn’t cut the mustard, so to speak. They either bombed, stuttered, or crashed.
AVPlayerHD on the other hand worked.
Intrigued, I threw lots of different file formats at it: WMV, AVI, Quicktime formats… no problem.
In fact, I think it’s safe to say that AVPlayerHD is the VLC of iOS. Well, not entirely… it’s not free. But, otherwise, it handled everything that I’ve thrown at it so far. It’s never jittered, jived, bombed or dived.
You have to transfer video files directly to the App via iTunes, which is a bit of a pain – at least until iTunes is WiFi syncable and iCloud compatible… but it’s a small price to pay in the scheme of things for the convenience.
All in all, I have to give it a happy thumbs-up. This is a truly dependable video player for the iPad.