As the built-in video player on iPhone, iPod and iPad default only supports a few video formats, like M4V, MP4 and MOV, excluding 1080 HD videos. That is not enough. There are various video formats today. And most of the videos on internet are not compatible with iOS devices, Such as WMV, AVI, MKV, FLV, etc. People have to install third party video player apps so as to play videos in those formats.
Third party media players can play almost any videos formats like MP4/M4V, MOV, AVI, WMV, RMVB, MKV, M2TS and more. This post will cover some best video player apps for iPhone and iPad which may bring you the conveniences on playing video and audio files with your iOS devices.
Best Video Player Apps for iPhone and iPad
Price: Free ($3 for pro)
Support formats: 3gp, asf, avi, divx, dv, dat, flv, gxf, m2p, m2ts, m2v, m4v, mkv, moov, mov, mp4, mpeg, mpeg1, mpeg2, mpeg4, mpg, mpv, mt2s, mts, mxf, ogm, ogv, ps, qt, rm, rmvb, ts, vob, webm, wm, wmv, etc.
PlayerXtreme HD is a powerful video player which is able to play almost any video format and it can play HD 1080p videos without any quality loss. It supports streaming video & audio files over SMB, UPNP, and WIFI as well as downloading files to the APP over the local network. The app support .srt subtitles and you can control its font size, track, languages (almost all languages).
PlayerXtreme HD can detect media shares. For example, if you run Plex Media Server on any computer then PlayerXtreme HD will see its UPNP share and have access to your entire library. This makes it really easy to watch on the fly without the need to wait for a transfer to complete. Navigating the app also works wonderfully.
2. Good Player
Support formats: 3ga, 3gp, aac, amr, ape, asf, asx, avi, cue, dat, divx, dv, f4v, flac, flv, gsm, gxf, hlv, iso, m1v, m2p, m2t, m2ts, m2v, m3u, m4v, m4r, m4a, mka, mkv, mod, moov, mov, mp1, mp2, mp3, mp4, mpa, mpe, mpeg, mpeg1, mpeg2, mpeg4, mpg, mpv, mt2s, mts, mxf, oga, ogg, ogm, ogv, ps, qt, ram, rm, rmvb, tp, ts, vob, webm, wm, wma, wav, wmv, wtv, etc.
GoodPlayer is an iOS media player that can handle a wide variety of video formats, as good as PlayerXtreme. It allows users load videos onto an iPhone without having to convert them to MP4. It supports srt, smi, “idx+sub”, mkv embedded subtitle in multi languages. Better than PlayerXtreme HD, it supports HTTP, FTP, RTSP, MMS, SMB, MMSH, MMST, RTP, HTTPS, SFTP and UDP streaming playback.
Notice: no AC-3/DTS/E-AC-3/TrueHD audio support!
Price: $2.99 (Free for lite version)
Supported formats: AVI (XVID/DIVX), WMV, RMVB, ASF, H264, MKV, TS, M2TS, MP3, WMA, WAV, OGG, FLAC, etc.
OPlayer is a fairly good iOS video player app playing SD videos and HD movies smoothly with no converting. As one of the best free video players is used to stream video and audio files from your computer to your iOS devices (iPhone, iPod touch, iPad running iOS 4.3 or later) by using iTunes with USB Sync, or over HTTP, RTSP, MMS, FTP and SAMBA shares. It has four versions – a free lite-version, the paid version for the iPhone and a separate and more expensive OPlayer HD for iPad. By the way, the free version is indeed less functional.
Notice: no AC-3 audio support.
4. VLC for iOS
Support formats: All common video formats
Along with the popular VLC media player for desktop, VLC for iOS also completely free and open source. It can play all your movies and shows in most formats directly without conversion and allow users to sync video files from Dropbox, iTunes, and embedded upload web servers (including UPnP media server). However, VLC for iOS may sometimes crashes unexpected and shows inferior performances compared to its peers.
Support formats: MP4, MOV, M4V, XVID, AVI, WMV, RMVB, ASF, H264, MKV, etc.
AVPlayer is one of the most popular video player for iOS that can play almost any computer video file format such as AVI, Xvid, WMV and much more clearly and effortlessly. No converting hassles. It can play regular videos and High quality video clips (in 720P, 1080P) well and support Dolby Digital (AC3), Dolby Digital Plus (EAC3). You will get a great performance on watching movies. What you need to do is just copy the movie files via USB and just drag and drop into the AVPlayer’s Media Explorer, then enjoy them on your iOS devices. The AVPlayer can also support external subtitle files such as SMI and SRT.
The apps mentioned above are all able to play various videos without conversion. But sometimes you may get image lag and frame dropped when watching some HD videos (they are usually have a large file size). The fluency of playback depends on video decodes’ capability. So if you encounter such a situation, you should turn to video converter tool for help. Convert the HD video to MP4 format and reduce the file size without quality loss. Then transfer converted videos to your device and enjoy them.