As my forthcoming iOS Multimedia bible will also cover playing back audio files not natively supported by iOS, I've made some serious tests to find out:
- whether special, high-quality (24 vs. 16 bits, lossless vs. lossy, 5.1 vs. stereo) WMA and FLAC audio files (these two audio formats are immensely popular among audiophiles) are played back by the universal (meaning also video-capable) multimedia apps I compare
- what the CPU usage (measurement methology HERE) is during playback in both foreground and background mode (if the latter is applicable – many basically video-centric multimedia apps aren't capable of this)
While, in the last week, several multimedia players have been updated (including my favourite, GoodPlayer, which, among other things, has clearly improved its DVD playback support in the current, 5.0 version), one of them I've already (quickly) reviewed (see THIS and also the comparison videos HERE), RushPlayer has received the most updates and new functionality. This is why I'm dedicating a separate (quick) article to it (but, currently, no other players).
You might have heard of 2K video. It delivers (horizontally – but not vertically, at least not in the widescreen mode!) a little bit more resolution (2048) than Full HD (1920).
(A quick note: I know I've published quite a lot of articles in the last 1-2 days – for example, some three yesterday. The sole reason for this is that I, at last, have had some free time – as opposed to the past two years, when I had very little time for writing – and could resume writing. Hope I'll be able as much as back in the good old days of Windows Mobile ;-) ).
In one of my yesterday's articles (see THIS), answering a request from a forum member, I've promised I'd write an application that shows a text editing field next to a video player (with a Pause / Start icon) so that you can easily write a transcription of a video.
I've recently received an e-mail with a question from one of my readers, Eric Vinicius, asking for my opinion on the effects of upscaling Full HD video (1920*1080) to the slightly wider (2048 pixels) screen of the iPad 3 to fill it entirely and not to leave a 64-pixel black bar on the two sides of it.
Today, now that I've created a highly reliable, high-quality test video (it's available HERE), I've finally run some tests to find out what the situation really is.
iMore.com has frontpaged a thread (it's HERE) asking about the lack of playing non-YouTube / non-podcast videos in the background; that is, only to listen to the sound but not watch the video itself.
UPDATE (12/Sept/2012): in the meantime, Subler, one of the best remuxer and MP4 editor tools has also received OCR capabilities. It has some advantages over the character recognition of SubRip, introduced in the article below. Please read THIS for a full tutorial.
Over at DPReview, answering a question (thread HERE), I've elaborated on playing back both 1080i60 and 60p videos created by the new, highly recommended and popular Panasonic FZ150 camera so that this info can also be included in my forthcoming iOS Multimedia bible. As the info can be of interest to people before the Multimedia bible is finally published (which takes at least one additional week or two), I dedicate a separate article to the question. (Note that this article applies to all other cameras producing MTS, M2TS or TS – and not MOV / MP4! - files.)
I've dedicated several articles (latest one HERE) to converting videos into MP4 (M4V / MOV) files so that they can be played back by the H.264 decoder of even older-generation iDevices. In the current one, I elaborate on how how you can play the output files with the built-in, stock Videos application. This article also belong to my Multimedia article series, in which I plan to publish a “Streaming multimedia over your local Wi-Fi” in the next few days and, then, finally, the real Multimedia bible.
I dedicate a complete article to warn possible victims of the following case as the eBay seller, while completely aware of the case not fitting (this is why he's raised the price from some 5 UK Pounds to 99 to avoid anyone purchasing it), didn't really send out e-mails to his customers telling them NOT to try to put the given case on iPad 3's.