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Thanks to Apple's restrictions you can't get a perfect video player that handles all formats and performs with the same processor and battery efficiency as Apple's built-in Videos app. But we still have some great apps to let us break Apple's restrictions, and today we made a list of alternative video players.

It’s Playing displays most file formats well (including mkv and wmv) and even allows opening files from dropbox and playing mp3s. Unfortunately, the app crashes when you try to play a flv file and is somewhat confusing to use. Multiple options during playback are appreciated, but only if they are explained and it’s very clear what will happen when you press a button.

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“Watching movies on the new iPad is pretty great. [...] It’s Playing not only plays pretty much any movie format without having to re-encode it first, it also puts in some amazing new features not seen anywhere else.”, cultofmac.com


CineXPlayer HD – The best way to enjoy your movies by NXP Software B.V. CineXPlayer is in this category solely because it doesn’t display as many formats as the other apps. There’s nothing intrinsically worse with focusing on one format only (in this case avi), but the app must display that format better than any other available app to be worthwhile. Unfortunately, CineXplayer’s real distinguishing feature appears to be a 3D mode I wasn’t able to test.

CineXPlayer HD = The best way to enjoy your Movies CineXPlayer HD = The best way to enjoy your Movies
Watch your favorite Xvid movies on your iPhone/iPod Touch! Download CineXPlayer and start transferring and watching your favorite movies without conversion, in HD Surround Audio , and even 3D right away! Now with Dolby Digital Enhanced AC-3 support and Dolby Mobile (Surround Sound Processing)


For anyone with both an iPad and an iPhone, Good Player is the ideal solution. The app is universal, plays nearly all file formats available, including HD mkvs and rmvbs, and uses dual-processor decoding. It supports multiple streaming protocols, connections to a variety of servers/ file transfer protocols, and it even has a built-in web browser and downloader. GoodPlayer’s only flaw is a lack of polish-- the interface is very minimalistic and the app occasionally .

GoodPlayer

GoodPlayer GoodPlayer
No need to convert the media files before playing it, GoodPlayer can play AVI, Xvid, Divx, DAT,VOB,FLV,WMV ,MKV,MP4,RM,RMVB,HTTP,HTTPS,FTP,RTSP,MMS,SFTP,SMB,MMSH,MMST,RTP,UPnP and UDP etc...


AVPlayerHD is simple, reliable, and just works. The app plays nearly all video formats without any hiccups, crashes, or need for user tweaking, including HD-quality mkvs. Although AVPlayerHD has support for gestures and has some configuration options, it doesn’t have some of the more “advanced” features as the apps below, such as a web browser or downloader, but for playing video files it’s a top choice..

AVPlayerHD

AVPlayerHD AVPlayerHD
Do you enjoy watching videos on your iPad? Do you hate not being able to because your iPad cannot support the video format? Or do you hate the inconvenient and time-consuming hassle of trying to convert video formats to fit into one that your iPad can support?


Although it may seem odd to highlight the lite version of an app instead of the full version, OPlayerHD Lite is the best free option in the category and is therefore a good app to have in your arsenal. More, the main difference between the lite and full versions is a single ad that rests in the top of the iPad, often in the black letterbox bars. OPlayerHD Lite plays nearly all file formats, though not quite as sharply as AV Player or GoodPlayer, and has an integrated browser, ftp, and streaming options.

OPlayer - the best video and music media player for iPhone/iPod

OPlayer - the best video and music media player for iPhone/iPod OPlayer - the best video and music media player for iPhone/iPod
OPlayer is used to boost your iPhone/iPod's media abilities, you can also use it to streaming audio and video over the internet.


Azul Media Player for iPad does so many things that the developers created youtube videos to show users how to use all of the app’s features. Once you get the hang of it, Azul is a great full-featured video player that plays most file formats (except flv), and offers a well-designed integrated web browser that supports downloading and streaming.

Azul Media Player - Video and Music player and downloader for your iPhone

Azul Media Player - Video and Music player and downloader for your iPhone Azul Media Player - Video and Music player and downloader for your iPhone
Never be bored on a plane or subway ride again. Enjoy your favorite videos right on your device without converting or needing a data connection. Azul is the only movie player that allows you to play almost any video and audio format and with the built in downloader you can freely download Movies, TV shows and Music directly from the web on the go. Compatible with iPhone 3Gs/4/4S/5, iPod touch (3/4/5th generation).


Your player constantly crashes, has problems playing common media formats, fails to synchronize video and audio tracks, draining the battery too fast? You will forget about these problems with EVGPlayer! Enjoy watching your favorite movies and leave the rest to EVGPlayer! .

EVGPlayer

EVGPlayer EVGPlayer
Enjoy watching your favorite movies and leave the rest to EVGPlayer! Each version of EVGPlayer is thoroughly tested on various devices to provide ultimate stability and great user experience. Now you can send your feedback/suggestions without leaving the app.


8 Player could be great, except that it doesn’t seem to allow for file transfers via USB. Most files apart from HD videos played well, and the app has a built-in downloader and DLNA support.

8player

8player 8player
8player is the latest application for Video, Music & Photo streaming from any compatible UPnP/DLNA server. You can view your media on your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch or use 8player as remote control for your DLNA compatible player.


ProPlayer’s main flaw is that it has nothing to specifically recommend itself. It does an okay job with HD videos and displays flvs, but there’s nothing particularly special or exciting about it that justifies its price or a purchase.

ProPlayer - the video player

ProPlayer - the video player ProPlayer - the video player
ProPlayer is a beautifully designed, yet powerful video player for your iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, that nearly supports every format and brings a lot of new and innovative features to your device.


YX Player 2 had difficulty displaying most file types except basic avi, wmv, and m4vs. Even mp4s seemed fuzzy.

Yxplayer2

Yxplayer2 Yxplayer2
Yxplayer is Powerful Video Player for iPhone/iPad, You can Watch Almost Any format of Video, You don't need to Convert Videos Anymore. Enjoy It!


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