AV Player HD is an app developed by ePLAYWORKs and picks up for your iPad where VLC left off. It's a video player application through which you're able to watch videos in most formats, including mkv, avi, flv, mp4 and mov. It also plays videos of multiple resolutions, be it 4:3, 16:9 or even 5:4. You can even view subtitles in the app (if the video includes the srt, smt or txt files for subtitles). Transfering videos into the app can either be done via USB through iTunes, or over Wifi. Both methods of transfering are very easy and convenient. The videos can also be played on a tv by connecting the iPad to a TV. The aspect ratio of playback on the TV can be set from the application itself.
Allows you to play most formats seamlessly
The welcome screen
In your library, you can create folders to better organize your video. You can also change the settings of each video in your library by clicking the wrench icon on the top right. Settings you can customize are the name of the video, audio streams, and consistent horizontal or vertical orientation. Finally, you can delete your videos from the library itself.
The settings menu
The subtitles too work perfectly. In the settings, the size, shadow, outline and colour of the subtitles (between black and white) can be customized. Other features you can customize are the tv out resolution, resume points of videos (the app picks up where you left off in a video), auto playing the next video in your video library, gestures like tapping to show and hide the menu while playing a video, double tapping for changing display sizes etc., and locking to landscape. You can even set a passcode to the app (useful for parents for keeping children out of not-for-their-eyes videos).
What the info button shows during video playback
While playing your videos, the player itself offers a few features on the left hand side. The first icon gives you the option to change the colour that you view your video in. For instance, a normally coloured video can be viewed in black and white, sepia tone, desaturated and oversaturated tones. This feature works in selective file formats and resolutions. It seems a little weird that the app does some essentially post production work and aside from being useful for colourblind users, I've yet to find a logical use for this function. It worked (during testing) for mkv, flv and avi files, however not in mp4 or mov files when played in 1080p. The other function in the player itself is the ability to turn the subtitles on and off (the little chat bubble icon on the left hand side). The next function in that line is a screen lock, to play in either landscape or portrait exclusively and finally an information icon which tells you which video you're watching, in which format, whether it has subtitles or not and whether it's using H/W decoding. On the right hand side, you can quicken up or slow down your video upto two times its original speed. While playing, to move forward or backwards on the playing timeline, you can only drag the pointer up or down the timeline. You can't tap on the spot of the timeline you want to play from.
Gestures offer freedom and can be customized
Updated 19 Jun, 2013, 5:30 pm IST
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