GPlayer by Ginkgo Tech is a multi-format video player that allows you to play all kinds of video files on your iOS device. Whether it’s a movie, music or just plain audio, GPlayer can play it! GPlayer supports nearly 20 different formats:
- XVID/DIVX AVI, WMV, RMVB, ASF, H264, MKV, TS, M2TS… most of all movie file formats.
- MP3, WMA, WAV, OGG, FLAC… most of all audio file formats.
- SMI, ASS, SUB, SRT, TXT… most of all subtitle file formats. [Build in subtitle is also supported]
I was on a road trip last month with a girl friend. It was roughly a 22-hour drive, and that was just the way there! I’ll admit the first six hours or so were filled with juicy gossip, but after those hours had passed – there wasn’t much more to talk about. I tried to play a movie on my iPad, but it kept saying the format wasn’t compatible. I was lost. I had no idea how to get my movie to play. To be honest, I’m lucky I even know there are different formats, lol. I called up my techy guy friend, and he told me to download GPlayer. That’s when I discovered this life saving tool! Since my initial download of GPlayer, we have been like salt and pepper – always together! I use it all the time. It never leaves me hanging!
GPlayer lets you get maximum usage out of your device! It’s a little pricey at $2.99 a download, but if you need a multi-format video player, you’re not going to think twice about the measly three bucks!
iTunes lists GPlayer’s features as such:
- USB Sync: Use itunes to fast sync movies to GPlayer.
- WIFI Upload: Upload movie even you don’t have the cable.
- File Management: Support New/Rename/Cut/Paste/Delete.
- Movie Thumbnail: Easy to find the movie you want to view.
- Different Play Mode: Support Loop off/Loop One/Loop all.
- Screen Lock: View your movie even on the bed.
- Dynamically Menu: Dynamically choose audio/subtitle channel and encoding method.
- Gesture support: Easier way to do seek while playing the movie.
- Resume Function: Don’t worry about closing your application suddenly.
- TV Out: Both cable TV out and AirPlay are supported.
- iTunes Backup: By default, we will not backup media data when you do iTunes sync or iCloud backup, and you can’t see the files in iTunes, you can enable it in the settings page to backup your media data.
iTunes lists GPlayer’s FAQs as such:
- How do I put files into GPlayer?
To add files to your GPlayer app, you have to go to iTunes, and select the “Apps” tab. At the bottom of this page, there’s a “File sharing” section – just select GPlayer in the list, and add files from there. Note that you don’t have to sync your iPhone or iPad to iTunes to add movies. Just drop files in the “File sharing” tab, and they’ll be uploaded immediately. You can even use a friend’s iTunes to add videos to your own iPhone. Also, adding files over WiFi is supported. Indeed, WiFi is significantly slower than USB, and ruins the battery life.
- What kind of streams does GPlayer play?
GPlayer is able to play RTSP and MMS streams. For now those can’t be added to the media library, but you can click an RTSP or MMS url in Safari or Mail for example.
If you want to use GPlayer to open HTTP/FTP streaming, add “gplayer:” prefix in the URL.
- I want to explicitely open an attachment with GPlayer?
If you want to watch an attachment in GPlayer(from Mail for example), just do a long press on the attachment. A menu will pop-up that will let you pick GPlayer as a player.
- iTunes won’t let me install GPlayer on my iPhone or iPod Touch?
Unfortunately, we had to drop support for older iOS devices such as the iPhone 3G or the first two versions of iPods. Indeed, after some testing, we realized those weren’t fast enough to provide a pleasant experience.
- Why HD MKV movies don’t play smoothly?
Currently, only iPad 2 supports 720p MKV file, that’s to be expected. The other iDevices have limited computing power, and cannot handle the complex task of decoding HD movies in real time.
- The audio and the video is not in sync?
That is because the CPU is not power enough to do video decoding, you can try to enable “Skip Frame” in the settings page.
- Is there a TV-out support?
Yep, supports iPod gen4, iPhone4, iPhone4S and iPad 1/2.