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Something you absolutely shouldn't miss: Directplayer, a free video player with iPhone 5 and AC-3(!) support

A brand new, free, iPhone 5-friendly player, Directplayer (AppStore link), has recently been approved in AppStore that has both AC3 and 16:9 (iPhone 5 / iPod touch 5) screen support – something painfully missing from currently accessible AppStore apps. For that matter, I think there is simply no player in the AppStore any more doing the same at the same time. The only app that officially has AC-3 support (meaning it'll never drop it), CineXPlayer, still hasn't got a 16:9-friendly update. (The current version, 2.8.2, was released in early August. No wonder it doesn't make use of the 16:9 screen.) On top of that, it's free.

You definitely should download it (again, it's free – what can you lose?) as soon as possible as I'm dead sure it won't stay there for long. After all, it has AC-3 support. (See my dedicated, just-posted article HERE.)

A screenshot of the player, on the iPhone 5, presenting its on-screen user guide. (It's presented at every start unless you enable the “Block popup next time” checkbox, immediately above the “Close” icon):


(Click for larger image!)

 

A quick list of Pros and Cons:

Pros

- AC3(!!!), DTS

- 16:9 (iPhone 5 / iPt 5) screen support

- while it doesn't support fancy on-the-fly remuxing for containers like MKV, the software H.264 decoder is fast

- gesture-based rewind / fast forward; the duration can even be set

- OGG support is better than usual

- 0.5x... 2.0x speed change, works in both SW and HW decoding mode

- AirPlay support for iOS-native formats

Cons (also a buglist)

- not very good DVB and ATSC TS support: for example, impossible to scrub

- not the right aspect ratio with many movies (considers a lot of 16:9 titles to be 2:35:1 one and, therefore, letterboxes them on a 16:9 screen); fortunately, you can easily change the aspect ratio (icon in the top right corner) – e.g., on a 16:9 device with similarly 16:9 movies, select “Fill”

- no AVI + M-JPEG support (e.g., Canon cameras)

- no MKV HW decoding

- no native iPad support (but it does work in 2x mode, of course)

- not any kind of embedded subtitle support (seems to support external subs, though)

- no AAC audio support during SW decoding, only during HW (MOV / MP4 / M4V playback) decoding. This is why for example THIS (my AAC-only .MKV) or THIS (an .MKV with an AAC track in English; the Hindi one is an MP3 one and is properly played back) files (both standardized test ones) are played back without audio.

- no streaming (UPnP, SMB, FTP, HTTP etc.) support

- no TV output (via the HDMI / VGA cable) support

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Werner Ruotsalainen is an iOS and Java programming lecturer who is well-versed in programming, hacking, operating systems, and programming languages. Werner tries to generate unique articles on subjects not widely discussed. Some of his articles are highly technical and are intended for other programmers and coders.

Werner also is interested in photography and videography. He is a frequent contributor to not only mobile and computing publications, but also photo and video forums. He loves swimming, skiing, going to the gym, and using his iPads. English is one of several languages he speaks.