Have you ever wanted to be able to watch a video, but continue to do other things on the side on the same device? iOS hacker and developer Ryan Petrich has a usable solution for us all.
Shown above, a new jailbreak tweak dubbed VideoPane allows you to watch a video continuously while doing other things on your iOS device at the same time. It doesn’t simply make the video audio play in the background, but rather it allows the video to play in a window on top of the application that you’re in so that you can use the application and watch the video at the same time.
When you tap on the video pane window, you will get access to several controls, such as a close button to close the video window, an expand button to make the video fill the whole screen, and a pause/play button to pause or play the video:
Detaching a video into a separate window is simple. Very simple. As soon as your device begins to play video media, you will automatically get a pop-up asking you if you want the video to play in a separate pane or not. You can detach it into a separate window, or leave it alone in its current application. You can only have one of these videos playing at once:
VideoPane adds a preferences pane to the Settings application where you can configure the tweak's options. You will be able to choose an Activator action for invoking a VideoPane, and choose to require landscape or not. Notably, if you choose to use an Activator action to invoke a video pane, you will need to invoke the Activator action for the pop-up to appear in a video. A pop-up will not appear automatically asking you if you want the video to play in separate window if you choose an Activator action:
VideoPane works with several video-playing applications including, but not limited to:
- Mobile Safari
We think VideoPane is definitely worth taking a look at. It's a little slower on older devices because of the use of system resources, but with a dual-core iPhone 4S or iPhone 5, the software will run much smoother and feel more native. You will find VideoPane in Cydia's BigBoss repository for $1.99.
Requirements: OpenSSL, Activator
Developer: Ryan Petrich
Editor's Rating: 5/5