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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.

iMPlayer Review — New Media Player with Bookmarks Feature


A fairly new entry onto the iOS media-player scene is iMPlayer 1.3.0 ($2.99). While the player has some useful features — which I will elaborate on — in a word: I do not recommend this player, unless you need its bookmarks feature. Otherwise, its performance is just too weak for its price point.

iMedia Player Re-released as MPlayer, Now with AC3 Support!


As I pointed out in my previous articleiMedia Player is an excellent free multimedia player. And now its developers have announced the debut of a separate, commercial app, MPlayer ($2.99) officially licensing the (E-)AC3 audio codec.

New Version of Excellent Video Player AVPlayerHD Out!


iDevices make great video playback machines thanks to their (in most cases) excellent screen and built-in hardware support for video decoding and playback. Tons of third-party multimedia player apps have sprung up to meet demand, and their developers update them frequently.

These recent updates are great news for multimedia enthusiasts. I will review major updates of two of the best players, AVPlayerHD and It's Playing, and will report on new versions of some other players as well. Let's start with AVPlayerHD. 

Choosing the Right MKV Player: Battery Drain and Hi10P Support


Matroska media containers are extremely popular among video freaks. They offer by far the most flexible video storage capabilities in many cases, such as for storing animated subtitles widely used in karaoke and anime. When you rip your own Blu-ray discs with the excellent MakeMKV, MKV is the container the app exports your disc to. 

nPlayer Updated - Excellent Multimedia Player Just Got Better


I've dedicated several articles (last one HERE) to nPlayer, an excellent multimedia player with unique multi-subtitle capabilities (AppStore link; $2.99 for Universal version).

Review: The Brand New Fresh Video Player


A brand new video player, Fresh Video Player, has recently been released (AppStore link; $1.99). As its developers flooded quite a few iOS forums (for example, that of iPadForums) with their ads, I've found it necessary to thoroughly test the app to find out whether it's any good so that my readers are properly informed.

Enhancing the iPhone 5 video camera: now, this IS possible! – Part I


As the developer of several video enhancer tools for the iPhone 3GS, 4, and 4S (see THIS for more info on them), as soon as I've jailbroken the iPhone 5 with the just-released “evasi0n” tool, I started looking into enhancing its camera. (As you may have guessed, you won't have access to anything I'm going to describe if you don't jailbreak.

TUTORIAL: automatically adding video metadata to your videos using the excellent, free(!) Subler


In my Video Metadata bible & Roundup, I've already mentioned Subler is capable of manually editing / adding video metadata. After having been asked (thread with numerous, advice-packed posts from me) about doing the same with Subler, I've decided to publish a writeup on doing the same automatically. After all, online video metadata libraries like themoviedb.org have excellent metadata for a lot of flicks.

AVPlayer(HD) & 1080p MKV users on older-than-two-year iDevices, attention!


Answering a question (link with more info & comparisons to OPlayer) regarding AVPlayer running on the iPhone 4 (released in Summer 2010), I've quickly tested the MKV playback in the player on my 4th-generation iPad touch (released in Autumn 2010) to find out whether the question is right. (After all, AVPlayer(HD) is probably THE most recommended generic video player, particularly for MKV playback.)

(Programmers only): WP7/8 programming for iOS developers – my quick multi-device fix for VS2012 (and an HTC 8S warning)


I've been porting my iOS-based Ubipix location & direction logger app (see THIS) for both Windows Phone 7(.5) and Windows Phone 8. During this, I've discovered a quick and, up to now, undocumented way of speeding up multiplatform development and to avoid having to remove / reinsert cables all the time when selecting which device to deploy the given app to.

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