Will any app play 1080p .mkv files?
Just got the new iPad (3rd gen) and am hoping to really put this new Retina display to the test. I have a bunch of 1080p .mkv files and want to find a good app to play these. I'm sure the new iPad and its quad-core GPU are more than capable of doing this at some point, but does anyone know of any good apps now to try to play HD .mkv files?
I know it's probably too early for most apps to take full advantage of the quad-core GPU, but I'm just looking for recommendations on good media player apps to try. Thanks!
Last edited by areinus; 03-16-2012 at 11:00 PM.
- 03-18-2012, 09:07 PM #2
- 03-19-2012, 11:30 PM #3iMore Actual
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I stream them from my Mac to my iPad using Air Video. They're all stored on a Drobo so I don't have to worry about space and Air Video transcodes them on he fly.
(It can also send them to your HDTV via AirPlay and the Apple TV)
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- 03-20-2012, 12:11 AM #4iPhone Beginner
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Yeah, the new iPad featured a stunning new Retina display, but it still only supports to playback videos in MP4, MOV, M4V format.
So to play HD .mkv on it, you'll need to do some encoding, Air Video is a good App to play video for the iPad, you could try it first.
If not, maybe you could turn to Handbrake~Thanked by:
- 03-20-2012, 12:25 PM #6
Thanks everyone for the tips and suggestions. I've looked through the options you've presented and did some hunting elsewhere and ultimately I've landed on XenonMKV. There's a few reasons I chose this program (aside from it being easy and running really well):
1. I travel a lot and need to take the movies with me (thus cannot stream them)
2. I don't want to transcode the video, decreasing the video quality
3. I'm on a PC, not a Mac
XenonMKV, from what I understand, basically extracts the h264 video from the MKV container and adds it to a new MP4 shell. It does transcode the audio on conversion (to an AAC codec that the iPad will recognize), and this does decrease the audio quality some (if coming from something like DTS), but I can live with that, especially since I'll just be listening using headphones.
Other programs that I've also heard are good are GOTSent and MkvToMp4. I think they work similarly to XenonMKV.
Anyway, thanks again for the help!
*Edit*: Just to be clear, XenonMKV is a Windows Application which converts the MKV file MP4. Then I add it to iTunes, then to my iPad and finally can play it through the native video player. Hopefully someday there will be an app from the AppStore that can handle this files without any conversion! I've tried GoodPlayer, GPlayer, and AcePlayer and get a lot of stuttering and the files are un-watchable.
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Yea I use handbrake it just takes a long time to covert about 4 1/2 hours per movie for me. I tried Freemake but it increased the size of the file to much went from 700 mb to 2.4 gb. Handbrake is the only software that I have found that converts so can play on Apple tv and iPad.
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Main limitation is that for non-standard formats it has to use the CPU to decode, which can be an issue for high res 1080p MKVs, but it works well on many formats though.
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