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Best iOS video player apps for the iPhone and iPad

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Best iOS video player apps for the iPhone and iPad
Apple's iOS is pretty discriminating in terms of what file formats are supported, and mostly gravitates around Apple's own and vetted pieces. The stock video player doesn't make an exception, and for WMV, DivX/Xvid, FLV or MKV files you'd have to look elsewhere, or convert.

Converting is a hassle, and if you are consuming video more often than you should on your iPhone and iPad, you've probably felt the need for a versatile, play-it-all video app. Well, due to the limitations Cupertino places, there is no ideal solution, but some are pretty close. 

With the recent AC3 and DTS sound playback kerfuffle, most player darlings updated their apps to ditch the decoder support and avoid playing license fees, depriving you of audio for many clips in your video library in the process, but some still support it. We are rounding up a few of the best in the slideshow below, to help with your quest to circumvent the limited video format playback of the default player Apple supplies with iOS.

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posted on 09 Nov 2012, 08:01

1. legend1 (Posts: 104; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)

Which one plays flv?????

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 08:15

2. Daniel.P (Posts: 108; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)

All of them

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 08:45

4. jiraya (Posts: 4; Member since: 27 Sep 2012)

I have the new ipad and while i love watching videos on it, it is unable to playback 1080p movies. (it does play it, but at about a frame per second. completely useless) I have Sherlock Homes-2 7.5gb file as a test file. It just won't run on the ipad. I have tried more than 5 different paid players too. (AVPlayerHD, GPlayer, OPlayerHD etc etc).

So, what about on the iphone 5? Can it play such files?
And what about on android high ends like the s3 or note hox+? Can they play 8gb 1080p files? Has anyone actually run a 8gb 1080p mkv file? I know theoretically it should run it, but in reality are the high ends able to run it?

Those who have tried, kindly let me know. Thanks in advance

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 08:54

5. raunak (Posts: 507; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)

avplayer is the best and you didnt even mention it. also, oplayer crashes a lot and it couldnt play mkv properly the last time i checked

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 09:33

6. Daniel.P (Posts: 108; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)

AVPlayer has been pulled from the App Store for a few weeks now :(

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 10:42

9. jiraya (Posts: 4; Member since: 27 Sep 2012)

I mentioned avplayer.. read it. "avplayerHD" . represents the ipad version.. wtf dude. read the comment before posting a reply.

posted on 10 Nov 2012, 07:13

15. raunak (Posts: 507; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)

you mad bro? i didnt reply to you so why would you assume that i am saying that to you...?

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 09:35

7. StreetNerd (Posts: 836; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)

ok cool

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 09:35

8. StreetNerd (Posts: 836; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


posted on 09 Nov 2012, 11:57

10. jibraihimi (Posts: 770; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)

You forgot to mention Buzz player....... This is also very good media player for iPhone and ipad, can play most of the audio and video files..........

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 12:05

11. aldevar (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Nov 2012)

apple's IOS has too many restrictions even in video codecs supported and that is why i chose android. it made watching video on my smartphone a lot easier.

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 15:32

12. zibbyzib2000 (Posts: 221; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)

Good for you bro. I guess this article doesn't really apply to you then.

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 16:51

13. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)

yeah even i think your comment wasnt needed, besides no one cares you chose android on this article.

if playing vids of many formats was that important you would have symbian lol

anyways quit pushing your choice down peoples throats

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 17:28 2

14. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

Am I missing something or the IOS video player selection BLOWS compared to android?
There's like ten FREE players on Google play that all seem better than this!

Very odd, I thought IOS is like a superior eco system..Oh wait

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 05:38

16. jcluis (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)

Is there any that can be used with dual audio to change the language?

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 23:54

17. clipclock (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Jan 2013)

No one has time to watch entire videos on mobile devices, that is why the ClipClock mobile app is so great! Check it out: clipclock.com/download/4004

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 00:30

18. Gamer123 (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Nov 2014)

nPlayer should be on this, best media player IMHO.

posted on 01 Mar 2015, 10:54

19. appscatch (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Mar 2015)

There are several other iOS apps which supports playing all formats of videos/audios in iPhone and iPad like Movie Player app - itunes.apple.com/us/app/movie-player-best-player-f​or/id955232529

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