One of the biggest drags about the iPad—especially in comparison to some of the newest Android tablets—is its lack of universal video-format support. Videos must be loaded in an Apple-supported format, meaning you’ll have to bend over backwards just to watch all those saved Golden Girls reruns. However, CineXPLayer by developer NXP Software goes a long way towards smoothing over media playback on the iPad.
Features and Functionality
Durin my iPad app review, I found that CineXPlayer offers the ability to play just abut any video format you can load onto the iPad. This includes the ubiquitous and unofficially supported .AVI video formatting, alleviating many a headache for power iPad users. The app supports full HD playback as well as VGA/HDMI output for your fancy new tele. A slightly more interesting addition is the ability to convert 2D video into 3D, though you will have to pay for this goodie. However, considering most users simply want to watch their videos on the go, that likely won’t be a major selling point for the app.
CineXPlayer is not without its faults: Though it could play every format I threw at it, save some more obscure Linux offerings, the app did occasionally hiccup on the audio, leading to some interesting robotic censoring. You also have to attach CineXPlayer to iTunes before you can load any videos, and movies contained in CineXPlayer are stuck to the app. Likewise, you cannot load movies that are in iTunes via CineXPlayer. However, the app does have plenty of fine touches that make it even more comfortable on the iPad, including closed-captioning and social-networking integration.
CineXPlayer makes excellent use of the iPad’s large screen-size, and anyone who has used the stock media player will feel right at home here. The app offers basic pause, fast-forward, rewind and skip controls, as well as several more options for closed-captioning and HDMI output. Navigating through your videos can be accomplished via either a grid-layout or a list. If that doesn’t cut it, there’s also a search bar that works as advertised. CineXPlayer has been streamlined for functionality: Videos loaded and responded quickly no matter how I poked and prodded them. And as much of a pain as it is, loading videos via file sharing in iTunes could not have been easier.
Everyone I know with an iPad has purchased a third-party video player at some point in the life of their device. The ability to play more video formats is simply a must, and CineXPlayer makes a good case for itself, especially at its $2.99 pricing. For your money, the iPad app offers solid video playback and a well-designed interface. CineXPlayer is not without its bugs, and it may not be the best media player in the market, but its still far above much of the competition.
CineXPlayer iPad app requires iOS 3.2 or later and is compatible with iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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