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VLC Ported to iPad, iPhone App In Development

Andy Vandervell


VLC Ported to iPad, iPhone App Coming

A common complaint made of the iPad, iPhone - Apple products in general really - is their selective file format support. Nowhere is this more frustrating than with video, since converting video into compatible formats is a long and tedious task. Relief looks close at hand, however, as French app developer Applidium has ported the well-known, highly versatile video player VLC to the iPad.

Applidium's version, which has been submitted to Apple for approval, will be available for free pending that approval. It promises the kind of format support VLC is famed for, though there's no word on exactly how complete a port it is.

Were this not enough, Applidium confirmed on its Twitter feed that an iPhone version is also in development. The firm is confident that the iPad app should gain approval by next week, but if you can't wait that long then it will be giving away advanced copies to five randomly drawn Twitter followers on Sunday.

Via: The Next Web and Applidium


September 9, 2010, 5:56 pm

But video without hardware acceleration is a poor experience on the desktop, and next to worthless on phones.


September 9, 2010, 8:34 pm

If this works, and this works well, it's exactly the type of thing that will make me go for an iOS4 device


September 9, 2010, 8:52 pm

True, but then the codec that most needs hardware support - h.264 - is supported by the hardware. Playing SD DivX / Xvid rips should be doable with a 1GHz / 800Mhz CPU. As they are basically Mpeg4, some of the processing might be possible to farm off to the hardware anyway. It might be handy if MKV containers could be demuxed on the fly, to provide h.264 streams, but in practice any rips with a profile >3.0 would be beyond the hardware decoder.


September 10, 2010, 12:30 am

Why wait just get the free app CineXPlayer now it rocks !


September 10, 2010, 12:35 am

Batch coding with Handbrake isn't too big a deal. If they updated it to run off the GPU instead of the CPU, it would be even better.


September 10, 2010, 5:11 am

This is where the "waiting to be approved for the Apple Store" crap sticks in my craw. What if Apple decides it competes with some thing of their own or it uses some wrong bit of the API or just that the phase of the moon is wrong.


September 10, 2010, 11:23 am

Have tried CineXPlayer but it seems temperamental. For example with some TV shows that I have that are all encoded in exactly the same way, it decides that it will play some episodes but not others. Will be interesting to see if VLC can do better. It's certainly a godsend on my desktop.


September 10, 2010, 1:48 pm

@dcdigitalphoto: "waiting to be approved for the Apple Store" crap sticks in my craw

It's getting better though, -> http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/t...

The BBC points out Android as pushing Apple to be more open with the App store. I think Android is certainly helping here, but I also thing Jailbrake is the main reason, Apple have got to give the users reasons NOT to jailbrake. eg. Like HDR they have just put onto the camera, had a play with it last night and can confirm the HDR mode is pretty good, I'd go as far as saying it works better than my Fuji's EXR sensor.


September 10, 2010, 2:36 pm

How is it proposed that users will get video onto the iPad / iPhone to use with VLC? iTunes won't do it as it will refuse to transfer files that are not in an iPad / iPhone compatible format, and Apple is unlikely to approve an app that allows files to be placed on the device in any other way.


September 11, 2010, 2:45 am

@John - Apps like CineXPlayer, Pages, DocsToGo, GoodReader, etc. can transfer files from the computer where iTunes is installed to your iPad, so VLC will presumably use this method. You just go to your iPad in iTunes, choose the Apps tab and look under 'File Sharing'. There will be a list of 'enabled' apps and you just select the app then choose the files you want off your PC/Mac.


September 13, 2010, 1:50 am

@John and @Rdsh

Alternatively you might be able to use the iPad / iphone SD card reader. e.g. http://www.zoomitonline.com/

Or maybe stream over wifi. I don't have an iPhone so am just guessing here.

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