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VLC for Mobile

By VideoLAN

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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)


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Customer Reviews

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.

It works, but extremely badly made

• GUI design is illogical, unintuitive, inconsistent, unhelpful, and breaks so many standard GUI conventions (but I guess we're now firmly in the era where good GUI design is considered irrelevant).

• Crashes when iPad wakes up, if media is loaded and paused. Seriously, did the developers even test what happens when the media is paused and the device sleeps?? This is the most common scenario on a iOS device!

• Crashes when multitasking away from app and back while media is paused.

• Audio drops for a couple seconds after changing playback position, unpausing, etc.

• Audio drops out spontaneously for no known reason.

• Video decoding gets corrupted during playback (video turns into a mess of grey/white junk and slowly bleeds back to normal). No solution but to close and restart.

• Network browsing doesn't work (at least not to Windows 10 Pro machines on the local network). Must use IP address to get a usable connection.

• Folders not correctly alphabetized (numbered folder titles are in "lazy programmer's order", not natural English order).

The good things? Well, it does let me stream media from my computer, across my network, and play them on my iPad Pro. So, it technically works... But it's overall a lousy piece of software (as is so much software, especially freeware and open source junk).

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.

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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
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  • Free
  • Category: Photo & Video
  • Updated:
  • 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
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Apple TV: Yes

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