I need to play my videos using codecs not recognized by default on the iPad. Are there any more alternative video players for the iPad that will oblige? My friend uses an app called VLC Player on his iPad, but it’s no longer in the App Store.
You’ll need both HandBrake (handbrake.fr) and VLC (videolan.org) to rip your videos for viewing on your iPhone and iPad. Luckily, they’re both free for the taking, so you’re just a download from portable video heaven. HandBrake does the actual encoding, but it relies on code from VLC to take care of DVD copy protection, so install them both.
In the April issue’s Ask column, you recommended “CineXPlayer for iPad ($1.99) or the universal GoodPlayer ($2.99)” for watching AVI videos without needing to convert them first. But you left out the free VLC Player application! Its capabilities appear to be equivalent, but it doesn’t require any financial commitment.
Late Friday, Apple finally pulled the VLC app after receiving a complaint two months earlier from a single developer involved in the creation of the original open-source VLC code over breach of the GNU Public License -- but the app is available again, at least to jailbreakers, via Cydia.
The Mac|Life editors are in the midst of midweek madness, as Flo is a bit too jazzed up on caffeine and Robbie manages a few tongue twists. The gang still manages to share their thoughts on VLC's new iPad app, and discuss whether or not AT&T will be hurt by a Verizon iPhone.
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