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RealPlayer Cloud allows iOS users to upload videos and watch or share them from anywhere. The universal app is free with 2GB of available storage, with up to 1.5GB of bonus space available in 250MB increments after the first upload, share, or each device installation (up to four). Featuring a clean, easy to navigate UI perfectly matched with iOS 7, tabs sort content by Recent, My Videos, Collections, Sharing, and Web Videos, where Real’s Daily Top 5 and videos from Facebook friends appear.
Settings control the video quality of files uploaded from the Camera Roll (Standard, Enhanced, or full 1080p HD) as well as streaming quality from Cloud or PC. RealPlayer Cloud is also available on Android, Roku, and Windows, with a Mac version coming soon. In the meantime, OS X users can upload via web browser, but videos over 15 minutes in length are restricted from being shared; oddly, this limitation doesn’t exist for videos uploaded from a smartphone or tablet.
Once uploaded, videos can be downloaded to any device for offline playback at full resolution, or even beamed app-to-app between users. Real’s “SurePlay” technology optimizes files for streaming, although 1080p HD videos looked a little soft even at the High (up to 3.6mbps) quality setting. Still, they started quickly and played without a single hiccup. The app makes it super easy to share with others via email, Twitter, or Facebook; videos are private by default and viewable only by those you share with. The recipient doesn’t need to create an account or install plugins – movies just play in the browser, the way it should be. We also really liked the ability to organize our videos into Collections.
RealPlayer Cloud gets almost everything right with the exception of pricing: 25GB costs $49.99 per year in-app, with 100GB and 300GB packages available online. That’s downright expensive compared to rivals, especially considering that iOS 7 allows free, unlimited 720p HD video streams up to five minutes in length.
The bottom line. RealPlayer Cloud offers one of the best ways yet to share mobile videos, but it costs more than rivals and is currently hobbled by web upload restrictions.
iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad running iOS 5.0 or later
Streamlined, iOS 7-friendly UI. Private video sharing via email, Twitter, or Facebook. Companion apps for Android, Roku, or Windows (Mac coming soon). In-app video camera for immediate sharing.
Limited free storage with expensive paid options. Web uploads over 15 minutes can’t be shared via app. Occasional freeze at launch on iPhone 5s, requiring reinstall. Large uploads from Camera Roll require plenty of free space on device.