Available for iOS and Android, Vplayer is a free to download multimedia player which allows users to view all of the commonest video formats on their smart phone or tablet. It offers strong hardware acceleration for a high definition playback which is often faster and smoother than rival applications. Designed for unparalleled ease of viewing and use, you can download the 3.x version for an Android device or 0.x for an Apple one.
The Complete Vplayer Overview
Often regarded as the premier video player for Android devices, Vplayer allows you to watch just about any video that you might come across without having to worry about tiresome compatibility issues with the various codecs that video – and some audio formats – use. Simply put, the Android version allows you to watch all of the leading video formats including AVI, MOV, MKV, FLV, AVI, 3GP, 3G2 and ASF. Other formats that will also play instantly are WMV, MP4, M4V, TP, TS, MTP and M2T. The HW video codecs that can be handled are MPEG-4, H.264 and H.263. On top of this SW video codecs which work are RMVB, XVID, MS MPEG-4, VP6, H.263, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 and H.264. If all those compatibilities are not enough for you, then consider that the software also caters for AAC, Vorbis, FLAC, MP3, MP2, WMA audio codecs and even multiple audio tracks are supported, too.
Interfacing With the Software
Using the multimedia player is as easy as you would expect it to be. With players, all of the controls are standard and this software is no exception. However, it is worth pointing out it is the first player of its kind to be able to handle gesture for iOS. Simply use sliders to change the brightness or the volume to meet your preferred viewing conditions. You can pinch and zoom in order to alter the size of the video being played back, too. Furthermore, sliding left and right allows you to control the progress of the video with complete ease. Both versions have multiple subtitle options. For example, the Android one supports Advanced SubStation Alpha (.ssa or.ass), SAMI, SubViewer (.sub), Subrip (.srt), MicroDVD (.sub) and MPL2 (.txt). Please note that the player affords improved subtitle readability thanks to a thick border and shadowing surrounding the text.
When watching videos over the internet, rather than anything that has been stored locally on the device, it is also worth mentioning that Vplayer supports HTTP live streaming with multiple bitrates. This means that it really operates seamlessly for all video options currently in use. It is capable of running on a huge number of devices on Android including – but not limited to – the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S, Samsung Galaxy S2, HTC Desire HD, HTC Evo 3D, Dell Streak, Moto Atrix and the Xiao mi.
Summing Up the Multimedia Player
Ideal for a huge number of devices running two popular operating systems, this player can do a lot that similar ones cannot and, what's more, does it seamlessly. It requires Android 2.2 and onward and require 4MB of free space to download which is well within the capability of most devices, so there's no reason not to try it out, especially if you view videos in lots of different file formats.