The default video player on the iPad can only do so much. It’s good but it’s not as powerful as you want it to be. Thankfully, Apple didn’t think of keeping developers away from playing with video player apps designed for the iPad.
And that means there’s a ton of them on the App Store. Look around and you see countless iPad video players. Some of them, users say, are the best. Some are good. Some are so-so.
While the definition of “best” differs from person to person based on their requirements and the features, we nevertheless thought to collect the most popular and trustworthy iPad video players for you.Each iPad video player app has its own set of pros and cons and while it’s easy to judge them based on user reviews, I feel that nothing beats using them personally.
Note: Apple’s change in policies has stripped a lot of players the power to support AC3 codecs. If you are particularly looking for that, choose CineXPlayer HD.
Best Free Video Players for iPad and iPad Mini
#1. OPlayer Lite
OPlayer Lite is currently one of the best video players for iPad. It has excellent support for almost all formats (the latest update includes MKV support too). There’s an AC3 issue with the current version though. Still, a far better player than many others out there. The decoding can be particularly tricky with other apps but Oplayer appears to handle it quite good.
#2. HD Player
HD Player is one of the simplest video players on the App Store. Users do occasionally tell us that there are codec issues but we’ve been having a smooth run here. HD Player allows Wi-fi transfers too and the decoding is pretty good. However, you’ll need to shell out a $1.99 IAP to get the audio codec support. It’s not pricey, if you ask me.
#3. PlayerXtreme Media Player
When it comes to watching movies or playing music on your iPad, you need some extraordinary media players to deliver the best! And PlayerXtreme seems to be the one. Whether the file is in MKV format or MP4, it plays all the videos and music files on your iPad or iPhone. Most interestingly, the latest version of the app supports the streaming for files larger than 4GB too. It plays the files from your emails too. I haven’t observed this feature in any of the apps till date.
#4. Air Playit HD
As the name itself indicates that all the files of your iPad or iPhone are stored in the cloud (server) by which you can stream videos or listen to your favorite music anywhere. It supports more than 320 formats for both audios files and videos. It is compatible with iOS 4.0 and later. The app also gives you a chance to play the videos on your Apple TV. Air Playit HD can stream HD videos which are more than 1080P. With the updated version, you will not see any kind of ads anymore.
MoliPlayer is yet another free app which doesn’t display any kind of ads. The music and video streaming app supports almost all the files and also displays the subtitles which are embedded or files such as srt, ssa, .ass etc which are downloaded separately. In the new updated version, settings option is added to resume playback in last position. Now, it supports RTSP, RTMP, .LRC lyric etc kind of files.
#6. Joobik Player
Joobik player is available for both iPhone and iPad users. You can now easily sync your playlists, videos, music files from iTunes and play them instantly. Different play modes are available in the app to shuffle or repeat your favorite tracks. Most interestingly, it can play any non-DRM video on your iOS device. It requires iOS 7.0 or later to work oniPhone or iPad. With the latest version, you can now see the artist or album name, especially for the TV shows.
#7. 8Player Lite
8Player Lite and the paid version ($5.99) offer a clean and simple way to access video not just on your iPad but any other DLNA-compatible device. The cool thing about 8Player is its interface and it kind of makes up for the lack of a full-fledged video format support. Still, it supports all popular formats although there’s no AC3 support due to the Apple issues.
#8. VMPlayer Lite
If your video file isn’t using AC3, EAC3 or Dolby codecs, you’re going to love VMPlayer because it’s a feature-rich and beautifully-crafted video player for the iPad. And it does support a ton of other codecs and HD formats, including those of MKV and FLV. Scores of internal video options makes it a full-fledged app.
#9. GPlayer Lite
GPlayer Lite is one true and trust-worthy video player from the App Store. It supports most formats leading up to 720p MKV on capable devices like the iPad 3 or more. The player has a minimal and neat interface – by far, one of the coolest we’ve seen – and gets the job done without getting in your way. Watch out: you’ll need to buy Gplayer (the full version) to enjoy the app completely.
flex used to be an awesome player (it continues to be so) and if about 4000 votes give an average of 4-stars, it does indicate how good the app is. Flex can handle almost all types of file formats but don’t let the software fool you. It’s free but you have an in-app purchase of $7.99 which unlocks all the essential support. Technically, if you want to play all your files, that’s the cost you should be willing to pay.
ALSO READ: Best MKV Video Players for iPad
Best Paid Video Players for iPad and iPad Mini
#1. AVPlayer/AVPlayer HD
AVPlayer HD is specifically designed for the iPad. Amongst most iPad video players, AVPlayer HD ranks high. Supports most popular formats including MKV, AVI, XVID and also features subtitle file support. Adding files to the app is as easy as drag-and-drop. Supports AC3 too.
#2. CineXPlayer HD
CineXPlayer HD is currently the only leading app on App Store which has error-free AC3 support. It brings a ton of other features to the table and is practically kick-ass. There are some magic features that convert your videos (almost) to HD even if they’re SD. Tons of other options including ability to do direct downloads from the web. And oh, gesture control.
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#3 Creation 5+ Media Player
If you are looking for a stylish menu with immense graphics, Creation 5+ media player is the perfect pick. It not only plays videos and music files from your iPad but it also has an inbuilt radio by using which you can listen to your favorite radio station anywhere in the world. Besides that, Photos feature allows you to add the photos from your iPad to the songs you play in the media player. Isn’t really cool? Then what are you waiting for?
Download Creation 5+
#4. MCPlayer HD
MCPlayer HD is also known as Media Center Video Player which is specially developed to play videos and audio files on iOS devices, especially iPad. The video player has Dolby digital plus surround feature which gives clear sound with customized outputs. You can create your own Watch later list to listen or play the videos when you want to. The app is supported for iOS 6.0 or later versions. It is available in 13 languages which include English, Dutch, Portuguese, Swedish etc.
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#5. It’s Playing
It’s Playing is a cool iPad video player. It’s been hit with the codec issues too but it still has a powerful support and easy way to play video files from your library. Interesting aspects include direct subtitle download, gestures, easy way to access videos from a wide variety of sources, and a ton of video features to enrich your experience.
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ArkMC actually comes as a complete suite of a powerful video streamer and a player. The key focus is on wireless and seamless UpnP/DNLA sharing but the player, it turns out, is enormously powerful and capable too. The Ark Media Player supports a wide range of file formats so you shouldn’t find it hard to use the streamer as a favorite player too.