VLC for Mobile
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VLC for Mobile is a port of the free VLC media player to iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.
It can play all your movies, shows and music in most formats directly without conversion.
It allows file synchronization with Dropbox, GDrive, OneDrive, Box, iCloud Drive, iTunes, direct downloads and through WiFi sharing as well as streaming from SMB, FTP, UPnP/DLNA media servers and the web.
VLC offers support for advanced subtitles including full SSA compatibility, multi-track audio, and playback speed control.
VLC for Mobile is completely free and open source.
What's New in Version 2.7.8
∙ Fixed listing of playlist files on remote shares
∙ Fixed downloading some media from http servers
∙ Fixed start index of multiple media playback in OneDrive
∙ Fixed playback of XDCAM media files (requires a 64bit iOS device)
Extremely buggy, needs updates badly
The current iPad version has been stockpiling bugs for months and it's only getting worse.
The folder option is horribly clunky and completely broken. You can create folders, but you cannot move files into them. You also cannot see or select these folders when adding files to the app through iTunes or otherwise. So the folder feature is completely useless.
Any time the app loses "focus" (split screen, brining up the iOS control panel, etc), the passcode entry screen comes up, making it so that you cannot use the competing interface that comes up.
Sometimes scrolling through the videos gets broken and you have to just quit the app.
There's no option to view all you completely unsorted files (remember: no folders for you) sorted by anything other than name (you can't even see them in reverse order). Not type, length, size, date, date added, any metadata at all. In fact you can't see any metadata about any of your files.
There isn't even a search by name option.
In short, al, this app is good for is playing a wide variety of media types. But as a media library, it's a joke and completely useless. If you want to watch that one video nothing else will play, great. Otherwise, steer clear until the developers see fit to actually make it a functional, useful app.
Download from SMB please!
Currently the way I get video files downloaded to the VLC app is thru the built-in file server: dropping video files in the browser window on my laptop. However since the files are located on my NAS device via SMB, effectively my laptop is relaying the video files to the iPad. My laptop and iPad both connect via Wi-Fi, the NAS->Laptop->iPad roundabout basically cuts the Wi-Fi throughput in half. Not to mention the instability of the built-in file server causes transfers to halt midway and the iPad must be kept awake all the time.
If I could just tell iOS VLC to download the file, I'd be happy. If I could tell it to download it and then let me start playing after it was 15% downloaded (as a buffer), I'd be ecstatic.
Fantastic foundation, critical usability bugs.
VLC is halfway there to being a truly amazing app. Clearly, a lot of thought was put into bringing some of its more powerful features to mobile. But the user experience needs a ton of work! Wayward swipes can accidentally change your display settings. Buttons disappear and then mysteriously reappear on rotation. Skip gestures are horribly glitchy and might as well be taking you to a random spot in the vicinity of the playhead. Last night, I tried for 15 minutes to change the audio delay for my BT headphones and just could! not! get! the stupid slider to cooperate. Keep fighting the good fight, VLC! Someday you'll be the video player to beat on iOS — but not quite yet.
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- Category: Photo & Video
- Updated: Jun 21, 2016
- Version: 2.7.8
- Size: 72.9 MB
- Apple Watch: Yes
- Languages: English, Afrikaans, Arabic, Belarusian, Bosnian, Cambodian, Catalan, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Faeroese, Finnish, French, Galician, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Malay, Marathi, Norwegian Bokmål, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Simplified Chinese, Singhalese, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian
- Seller: VideoLAN
- © VideoLAN and authors
Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.Apple TV: Yes