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  • VLC Media Player Coming to iPhone

    VLC Media Player is headed to the iPhone and is currently waiting for App Store approval. Applidium released the iPad version about a month ago and is now readying a universal update to the popular video player. Only the most current generations of iPhone and iPod Touch have the enough horsepower to decode movies with a fast enough frame rate to be enjoyable, for now. New features Applidium have included with this update are:
    • Playback should be smoother than the previous version. Indeed, we’ve enabled low-level assembly optimizations to use the ARMv7 core of the Apple A4 processor as efficiently as possible.
    • It’s still not possible to use the hardware video decoder, so unfortunately in most cases 720p video still won’t play smoothly.
    • Unfortunately, we couldn’t support older iPhones and iPods. You’ll need either an iPhone 3GS or an iPhone 4 (or a same-generation iPod). The reason is actually pretty simple: based on our tests, the older iPhones (3G and Edge) don’t have enough power to properly decode most movies.
    • We’re supporting a lot more video extensions. Also, as many of you requested, it’s also now possible to open attachments from Mail or Safari (or any other applications actually) in VLC!
    Now that VLC Media Player will be available for most iOS devices, users will have the freedom to encode video in almost any format available. Also, users with large video libraries not currently compatible with iOS devises, will now be able to play those files on their iPhones without the need for conversion.

    VLC is well known for being able to handle just about any video format available. If Apple would allow developers access to more advanced iOS features, users might actually be able to watch 720p movies on their iPhones. When Apple releases iOS 4.2 with Airplay support next month, the ability to watch HD video will become more apparent. Watching HD movies on a 3.5” screen currently isn’t a big deal, but when users can finally stream video to large screen TV’s, HD quality video will make a big difference.

    As more and more media formats become compatible with portable devices, users will finally have the freedom to save their video files any way they want to. I’ve always thought portable devices should be able to play anything you throw at them. Now that’s one step closer to reality.

    Source: Cult of Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: VLC Media Player Coming to iPhone started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 30 Comments
    1. agent808's Avatar
      agent808 -
      what about .FLAC support? I can play flacs on openstreamer, but its not brilliant
    1. alcapown's Avatar
      alcapown -
      Great! I watch a lot of AVI's so this would be pretty cool.
    1. santiagodraco's Avatar
      santiagodraco -
      Not sure why this is really news considering how much of a pos the ipad version is. It's not even worth the download.
    1. soulthoughts's Avatar
      soulthoughts -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheReliq View Post
      Lol, try "Buzz Player" and "O Player" in the App store. They actually "work".
      +1. I'm a huge Oplayer fan.
    1. enectrixx's Avatar
      enectrixx -
      Quote Originally Posted by ravelsnip View Post
      We already have one VLC player renamed now as "open streamer" in cydia....

      Now what will this new VLC player do???
      OpenStreamer has HUGE performance problems on every iDevice i've tested it on (incl. iPhone & iPod 4) and doesn't give you any option to pay for it, instead you can't remove the ads.

      I haven't tried VLC but Oplayer works GREAT, a lot better than OpenStreamer.
    1. devanshu.kashyap's Avatar
      devanshu.kashyap -
      Well this will be grate as far as watching video in an iPhone is concerned. Hopefully we won't have to change the video formate to mp4 to get the video synced..
    1. ggab's Avatar
      ggab -
      It's out now.
    1. liamwalsh21's Avatar
      liamwalsh21 -
      Anybody tried it? Video is fine but audio seems funny. is it just me?
    1. megatesla's Avatar
      megatesla -
      So far I am disappointed with VLC. It is running on my iPhone 4 with iOS 4.1

      See for yourself. Take a look at the blue sky:

      VLC xvid video:

      VLC mp4 video:

      Compare it to some other players:
      CineXPlayer xvid video:

      OPlayer mp4 video:
    1. adityaag's Avatar
      adityaag -
      Hmm. Nvm