CineXPlayer for iPad Rating:
With VLC now a distant memory on the App Store, for legal reasons, and the very limited set of movie file formats available to us natively in iOS from Apple, CineXPlayer for iPad may well be the answer to your AVI / XVID blues.
CineXPlayer allows you to natively play back XVID files on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. Today I am taking a look at the iPad version.
CineXPlayer does what it says on the tin. You can sync your AVI files (which use the Xvid codec) via iTunes using the standard method of dragging and dropping media, and then transferring them to your iPad.
Once on the iPad you are presented with a nice simple scrolling interface full of your videos, or sparsely populated with one or two in my case – I have far too much stuff on my iPad these days!
Tapping a video title will either start it from scratch, or resume it from where you left off. Another nice feature is if you quit the app whilst playing a video, when you return it will auto-resume where you left off.
CineXPlayer also allows you to load subtitle (.srt) files, and subtitles float up from the bottom of the screen smoothly as they change. Which is a fun little effect. Movies with subtitles also indicate this in the main menu.
The controls for pausing, advancing etc. float just below the video while it is playing and fade out nicely when you haven’t touched the screen for a while. Other than that they are pretty standard fare.
NXP Software (the guys behind CineXPlayer) have recently updated the app to version 1.6, and have “improved HD 720p playback”, as well as addressed some of the various flavours of AVIs that had problems before. But even so not all AVI files will play back on CineXPlayer yet, nor will MKVs or AC3s. However, they do actively ask for feedback on issues and promise to keep working on this. Those of you that are familiar with AVIs will be used to that fact that some simply do not play properly even on desktop apps. So this is not the end of the world, nor unexpected.
Also in this update the battery usage is apparently improved. I didn’t notice a huge difference from earlier versions, but I’ll take their word for it.
As well as AirPlay support (Apple’s iOS based wireless streaming of video to AirPlay enabled devices like the Apple TV) you can also output video via Apple’s TV/VGA cables, which is a nice feature if you are travelling with your iPad, but want to get the big screen experience in your hotel or at a friends house.
Overall CineXPlayer is well worth the few dollars it costs, and without VLC in the market place it is now the de-facto standard for non-Apple format video playback on iOS devices.
Touch Reviews recommends CineXPlayer for iPad.
- AirPlay integration.
- Nice easy to use interface.
- Easy syncing and deleting (on device).
- Subtitle support.
- Not many other formats supported.
- Not all AVI/XVID file play using CineXPlayer.
$2.99 (View in iTunes)
Updated: Dec 22, 2010
Current Version: 1.6
1.6 (iOS 4.0 Tested)
Size: 13.9 MB
Seller: NXP Software B.V.
© NXP Software BV.
Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later