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    ZodTTD, creator of GBA, SNES, PSX, and OpenTTD emulators, has successfully ported VLC to the iPhone. VLC is a cross-platform media player which supports many formats - far more than the iPhone's built in media player does.

    He's still working on some of the formats, but the beta is up and available to his donating beta testers. Expect a public release sometime in the next week.

    What is vlc4iphone capable of? At the moment it may be limited by only a small handfull of decoders, but soon that list will grow! It currently allows you to drag and drop the following popular media formats onto your iPhone/iPod Touch for playback: MPEG / MPG,AVI,MP3.
    It also supports some lesser known media formats.

    Soon it will play: FLAC,OGG
    I am also researching playback of: VCD,DivX,WMA,WMV
    VLC is a great step forward in media playback on the iPhone, be sure and toss a few bucks ZodTTD's way for all the work he's done.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: VLC for iPhone started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 82 Comments
    1. The Afroman's Avatar
      The Afroman -
      .avi is a container not a codec.

      many codecs can be .avi
    1. soulthoughts's Avatar
      soulthoughts -
      Quote Originally Posted by The Afroman View Post
      .avi is a container not a codec.

      many codecs can be .avi
      Thanks for clarifying that for everyone. I just have a feeling that a lot of people think avi is one size fits all, ignoring codecs.
    1. desepticon's Avatar
      desepticon -
      if all .avi codecs are supported this will be the best app for the iphone ever. It means I can download video straight off the internet and watch them right from my phone. No having to transfer files to the comp and convert them to mp4 and copy them back! We are one step closer to the ultimate laptop replacement that fits in your pocket! I can see devices like this being used like laptops were in the mid 90's in the near future.
    1. esmandau's Avatar
      esmandau -
      dont forget to donate if you like this, FREE
    1. 1_iPhone_Lovin_Canadian's Avatar
      1_iPhone_Lovin_Canadian -
      I have the newest version 0.80 and everytime i put a meg, or avi or mpg into the vlc folder, it plays the sound of the video but does not display any picture. Is anyone else having this problem? However when i put a MP3 into that folder, it plays the music perfectly.

      Can anyone help???
    1. desepticon's Avatar
      desepticon -
      I'm having the same problem. Apparently he's adding more codecs.
    1. 1_iPhone_Lovin_Canadian's Avatar
      1_iPhone_Lovin_Canadian -
      Ya but im only placing AVI and Windows media files into the vlc folder so it should be working shouldnt it? That is what it supports thus far, but i cannot get any video file to work
    1. tntmorgan's Avatar
      tntmorgan -
      This rocks ZodTTD! THanks for all the hard work.
    1. soulthoughts's Avatar
      soulthoughts -
      Quote Originally Posted by 1_iPhone_Lovin_Canadian View Post
      Ya but im only placing AVI and Windows media files into the vlc folder so it should be working shouldnt it? That is what it supports thus far, but i cannot get any video file to work
      Just because a file has an avi extension doesn't mean it will play. The avi extension has a bunch of different codecs. I'm guessing that once he gets DivX support it will play a lot more files and even more as codecs are added.

      Read back a page for alex1015's post. It explains it in simple terms.
    1. desepticon's Avatar
      desepticon -
      Just downloaded the new version. 0.9.0. I just tried to play an xvid .avi movie. The video played extremely stuttery, like a frame or two every 10 seconds. The sound played alright. A little choppy in places but also very low. Much lower than in the native video player. This app is improving quick! Keep up the good work.

      Hopefully once he has all the popular codecs implemented he can integrate proper controls, landscape view with accelerometer transition, etc. An option to listen to movies while the apps sleeps, do other things, and then reopen the player would be nice as well. (my wish)

      This is easily the best app ever created for the iphone! I plan on making a generous donation once it's finished.
    1. Jay316's Avatar
      Jay316 -
      I suppose thats what you call progress. Any news for using VLC in Safari?
    1. subart's Avatar
      subart -
      hey, i'm a beta tester, but no one ever tells me what's the source code for the installer, help please
    1. swifty7's Avatar
      swifty7 -
      I hope it has .flv support.
    1. loocfa's Avatar
      loocfa -
      any idea on public release for the sh** munchers?
    1. gregor's Avatar
      gregor -

      is there any public release of vlc?

      greetings from austria
    1. coachballfirm's Avatar
      coachballfirm -
      i have the new version9.0 something anyway i uninstalled it way to buggy now and it does not play in landscape. i love zods work but no landscape for movie then i dont want it. i have vlc for my mac and its the best. mplayer is soon to be better. it plays in landscape, controls are smoother just needs to play movies better and not choppy and it a go. updates will come soon to mplayer cause the demand for this app is pretty high. as i know of you can play alot of formats. just not quiet ready yet. but very soon it will be.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Sweet! This is my default player on my PC. When it is released I am definitely going to check this out.
    1. DJ_Fletch's Avatar
      DJ_Fletch -
      If this can support divx, xvid and wmv files and incorporates the use of the accelerometer, you will be looking at the best app ever released for the iPhone.

      Once the support for the above codecs and files happens. I will be donating for sure to test this app out.
    1. nicoini's Avatar
      nicoini -
      And now, that is a really good reason to jailbreak my iphone! I'm really looking forward to the public release! Keep up the good work!
    1. blazingangel1986's Avatar
      blazingangel1986 -
      nice job cant wait for this app, dose it or will it support tv out using the composite av cable