What do you look forward to in a perfect video player? Well, I look out for maximum media files type support, subtitle support, ease of interacting with the controls while watching the video and above all, it should be user-friendly.
Now tell me frankly, do you find any of the aforementioned quality in the native iOS video player? I think of it as bloatware and nothing more. All you can do is watch iOS optimized videos and that too which you have transferred via iTunes.
Well, if you too are frustrated and looking for an ultimate video player for iOS, your search ends here. PlayerXtreme is an amazing video player with loads of features we will be looking at right now. But for starters, here’s the list of video file format it supports.
PlayerXtreme is able to run files in almost any video format. It has currently the following formats covered: 3gp, asf, avi, divx, dv, dat, flv, gxf, m2p, m2ts, m2v, m4v, mkv, moov, mov, mp4, mpeg, mpeg1, mpeg2, mpeg4, mpg, mpv, mt2s, mts, mxf, ogm, ogv, ps, qt, rm, rmvb, ts, vob, webm, wm, wmv
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1. Ease of Video Transfer from any PC
Due to the closed ecosystem of iOS you just cannot copy media files to like you could do on Android and view the video. It requires you to connect the phone to iTunes and then transfer the files as a data file for the app. So that means, each time you have to copy a video file, you will have to rely on iTunes on which you regularly sync your phone and that really is a mood spoiler.
One of the best features on PlayerXtreme is that it allows you to transfer the files using Wi-Fi directly from the browser. Open the player sidebar and tap on the Wi-Fi option. If you are connected to a Wi-Fi network, it will give you the web address you must be entering into the browser to transfer the video files.
The files transferred from Wi-Fi can then be played from the player. The trick is great for small video files. However, movies that take 2 to 3 GBs of storage will take a lot of time to transfer.
2. Subtitles Support with Option to Download Them
Not sure about you, but subtitles is a must-have feature for me in a video player. While playing a video on the PlayerXtreme, you can tap on the subtitle option to bring up the menu.
Making things even better, the player allows you to download subtitles from the web. The feature was enough for me to recommend the app to the readers. Additionally, you can sync the subtitles, manage delay and even change text size and font.
3. Stream Media from PC
Once you have shared a folder from your computer, you can add your PC as a server to PlayerXtreme and stream media over Wi-Fi. The app automatically scans the PCs connected to the same Wi-Fi network and asks you to enter the password once you try to connect to any of them.
You would be able to view all the folders you have shared from the computer and then play them over Wi-Fi. If you are not sure how to share a folder over the network, read our detailed guide on the same.
4. Gesture Support
The PlayerXtreme supports gestures and can be enabled from player settings. You can swipe left and right on the screen to jump 10 seconds and swipe up of down to increase or decrease the volume.
Once you enable the PIN Lock Security, you can enable Guest Login. Using this feature, guest can cancel the passcode authentication and view videos on the player, however, hidden folders will not be visible to them.
That’s Not All
Those were just the top 5 features of the app, but that’s not all. There are still a lot of under the hood features like volume boost, screenshot, and play video in the background for just the audio. I must say, you should install and experience the app for yourself.
Once thing to keep in mind is that most of the features we discussed the player is available as a Pro user for $2.99. However, if you choose to deny in-app purchase for a few times after installing the app, it will ask you to merely leave a rating and a review on the App Store to unlock all the features. So basically, you get everything for free. But if you think these features helped you a lot, I insist you go ahead and buy the pro version.
I feel that PlayerXtreme is the best video player available for iPhones and iPads. But if you think otherwise, please let me know in our discussion forum along with the name and some of the features of the app you wish to recommend.