The 3 Best Mobile Video Players For The iPhone

shutterstock 61048210   The 3 Best Mobile Video Players For The iPhoneA few months ago, we covered the 8 Best Mobile Video Players For The Android Phone. It’s now time to cover 3 brilliant video players for the iPhone. Not as many as for the Android but these three iPhone players don’t just play video. Each one has at least one unique feature that makes them stand out so you may choose to install either one or all of them.

Here are the top three that you should consider, next time you want to watch a video file on your iOS device.

BUZZ Player

This is the basic player out of the three but don’t take that to mean that it’s not feature-rich. It just means that it doesn’t have a specialty, like the other two do. It has a lot of features, including :

  • Subtitles and subtitle offset.
  • A nice interface (yes, I consider that a feature).
  • Playlists.
  • Playing from network URL, SAMBA & FTP & uPnP sharing.
  • Choosing which side the sound comes out from and boosting the volume above 100%.
  • Changing the aspect ratio.
  • Built-in web browser.
  • Downloader & unzipper.
  • Support for a lot of formats, including FLV, full HD quality (1920 x 1080), QuickTime formats (mp4, mov, m4v, mpv), DV quality (720 x 576), other media files, and more.

This application costs a measly £1.79 ($2.88) for iPhone 3Gs+ and the iPod touch 3G+. For phones and touches below that, you can buy the classic version for £1.19 ($1.90). Sadly the app is not universal, so if you have an iPad, you will have to buy the HD version for £2.39 ($3.82).

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Supported Container Formats

3GP, AVI, ASF, FLV, MKV, MOV, MP4, NUT, Ogg, OGM, RealMedia, Bink, WMV, Xvid and DivX.

Supported Video Formats

Cinepak, DV, H.263, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, HuffYUV, Indeo, MJPEG, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG 4 Part 2, RealVideo, Sorenson and Theora.

Supported Audio Formats

AAC, AC3, ALAC, AMR, DTS, FLAC, Intel Music Coder, Monkey’s Audio, MP3, Musepack, RealAudio, Shorten, Speex, Vorbis, WMA and Bink.

Video Stream

This app’s specialty is streaming from your computer. However, I find it to be much better than most other streaming programs as the developer has made a really powerful package. We’ve covered streaming videos to your iPhone and iPod touch before but this app’s REAL specialty, which distinguishes it from all the other streaming apps in the App Store, is conversion and downloading.

The server on the computer can not only stream the videos to the iPhone, it can also be put to work converting the videos on the computer and then pushing them for download directly onto the app. So even if you have forgotten to convert the files for streaming, the built-in converter means you never have to go to your computer directly.

The company used to offer a lite version which was ad-supported, but unfortunately, I could not find that anymore. It may have been temporarily pulled. The full version is ¬£1.79 ($2.88), but unlike BUZZ Player, it’s universal, which means you only have to spend once to use the app on both the iPhone and the iPad.

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Video Safe

This is another app by the developers of Video Stream. This app’s specialty is secret videos and images. What makes it stand out from the rest of the App Store however, is the Snoop Stopper.¬†This is a handy feature which makes you look completely innocent if someone happens to open this app. Sure, if you have a jailbroken phone, some apps can masquerade as innocent things, or you can hide them. But for those who prefer a smoother experience, while appearing innocent, Video Safe has you covered.

The Snoop Stopper is basically a feature which loads some fake videos and pictures. So if you have some torrented videos (or anything else you want kept secret), just enter Snoop Stopper mode by entering the incorrect passcode, add some home videos and the like, then exit the app. Close it by clicking the minus button. Launch it again and if anyone enters the incorrect passcode, they will enter the fake vault. You can also use a special Snoop Stopper passcode, which if used, leads users to the fake vault.

The luxury of this app will cost you ¬£2.39 ($3.82) but it’s not universal. You can also purchase Video Stream as an In-App Purchase from within Video Safe too if you want, since they’re made by the same company.

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We’ve also covered VLC and OPlayer on this site before, which are two other possibilities you can look at.

Are these apps unique enough from each other that you would consider installing any or all of them? Do you know of any alternatives that can do the same for a cheaper price or even free? What are your favourite mobile video players for iOS devices? Let us know in the comments below!

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Chase Vandiver

I thought MakeUseOf was supposed to inform us of free and very good trial software, not paid stuff. :(

Anonymous

These apps are really cheap, it’ll probably cost you less than if you were to buy lunch. Plus, Video Stream had a lite version. It may be worth it to wait a little to see if it comes back, or ask the developer.

James Bruce

I think if you limit yourself to only free apps, you’re missing out on a lot of good stuff. In general, we try to try to keep to free and lite versions, but will be highlighting paid apps if there is no equivalent free app. This is one of those cases I believe.¬†

Do you have a free video player you can recommend?

Mark O’Neill

We do, but we are experimenting with the idea of also introducing some very low cost alternatives as well.

James Bruce

I’m pretty sure it’s a universally accepted fact that Air Video is *the best* video player on ipad and iphone, but perhaps that’s just me.¬†

Albert Llado

Absolutely.¬† I use Air Video in both iPad and iPhone and I am extremely satisfied with it.¬† Fast, reliable, flawless… great.

Dave LeClair

I have been using Air Video since it came out and I love it, I just wish they supported non i-devices. I have to have airvideo running on my computer as well as PS3 Media server to watch stuff on my Xbox. If Airvideo supported all devices it would be the best program ever.

Anonymous

Does it have the convert feature? Cause if it doesn’t, what’s so great about it?

Dave LeClair

Air Video does have a convert feature. It will either convert it then play it, or it will convert it on the fly.

Anonymous

Really? I thought this was a unique feature to Video Stream. I just checked it and it does have it. Plus, it seems you can play the video while converting, which I don’t think Video Stream does. Could the post be updated, just a short disclaimer underneath Video Stream?

Andy Rhine

Airvideo is great and I have used it for a year now.