Tired of the tedious conversion process it takes to get your iOS device to play back videos? Want to watch your videos in more than just the handfull of proprietary file formats? Fortunately, there’s an app for that. You can play almost any video format under the sun on your iPad with the PlayerXtreme app. Read on to learn how.
What You Need:
>> iPad with iOS 4.0 or later
>> PlayerXtreme (free, for limited time)
1. Round up your files
PlayerXtreme supports many different file formats right out of the box. Here’s a full list of all of the video files you’ll be able to play: 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, and wmv.
Think that’s a lot? Yeah, we think so too!
2. Transferring your videos into iTunes
Getting videos into the PlayerXtreme application is an easy thing to do with iTunes. With the application installed on your iPad, and your iPad connected to your Mac, launch iTunes.
Click on your device in under the “Devices” section, and then click on the Apps tab. Under the “File Sharing” heading, locate the PlayerXtreme application, and then drag and drop a video file with one of file formats listed in the section above. After adding the files, sync your device to transfer the video files.
3. Transferring your videos over Wi-Fi
If both your Mac and iPad are connected to the same network, then you can easily transfer videos over Wi-Fi. To do this, open the PlayerXtreme application, and navigate to the Settings tab. Once there, locate the “Wifi” settings, and slide the switch to “ON” for the Wi-Fi Server.
Next, type the “Browser Address” that gets generated into your Mac’s web browser. In the page that is displayed, you can upload files to your device by clicking on “Add files,” then locating the file in the file browser. To begin the file transfer, you’ll then need to click on “Start upload.”
In addition, you can download any of the videos stored on your iPad to your computer by clicking on the filename in the “Shared Files” section.
4. Playing Your Videos
After launching the PlayerXtreme application on your iPad, ensure that the Library tab is selected. Here, you can see all of the videos have been loaded onto your device, and can organize the videos with folders, or search through your library by tapping on the small magnifying glass at the top, right-hand side of the screen.
Tap on Play to open the video in the player view. In this view, you can use the scrubber at the top of the screen to advance to a particular part of the video. You can also tap on the small “i” (Info) button in the top, right-hand corner of the screen to view things like title, duration, start time, end time, and your device’s battery life. If your video supports multiple audio tracks, then you can switch between them by tapping on the Menu button in the lower, right-hand corner of the player view. To exit the view and return to your video library, tap on the Done button.
Cory Bohon is a freelance technology writer, indie Mac and iOS developer, and amateur photographer. Follow this article's author, Cory Bohon on Twitter.