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.
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. Free Video Player
It's the ultimate video player for your iPad, as it can play almost any video format. Above all, it is completely free. There are advertisements along with this app, but they aren't intrusive. Even then, if you do not like to watch advertisements you can pay $0.99 to remove them. Out of all the features, rotation lock is the best feature. Give it a try and you might not need any other video player.
#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.
VLC is one of the widely used media player on Mac, desktops, mobile, and tablets. It is available for free for iPad as well. The best part about it is its user-friendly interface. You’ll not need more than 5 minutes to get used to this media player. VLC player supports almost all video formats. There are tons of other features, so give it a try and download it.
#5. Infuse 3
Infuse 3 bridges the gap between iTunes and your other content. The user-interface of the app is more eye-catching compared to other video players. Like all others, Infuse 3 supports almost all kind of video formats. You'll not need to convert your favorite movie to a different format in order to watch it on your iPad. The app is free, but you can upgrade to pro version to get additional features.
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. PowerHD Media Player
Unlike other video players, PowerHD Media Player supports Picture-in-Picture mode for iOS 9 iPad. You can work while you watch movies by enabling PIP mode. You can also resize the PIP window to fit your screen and aspect ratio. Apart from that, it supports many subtitle file formats that need to be downloaded separately.
#9. WMV HD Player
WMV HD Player will let you play any video file from your Email, Cloud storage, Camera Roll, or PC. You can easily import any video files using this video player. The app can run FullHD (1080) videos flawlessly. The WMV HD Player is free to download with limited features, but you can purchase full version by making an in-app purchase.
KMPlayer has been downloaded by more than 300 million people worldwide. It's a free encoding player that plays almost all kind of video files. The app also supports touch gestures to skip, fast forward, or rewind your video file. It is also useful to increase or decrease the volume. There is no need for in-app purchase and this is what tempts us to download.
#11. MCPlayer HD
MCPlayer HD supports wireless streaming of your videos from the internet or from your personal home network. It also boasts Dolby Digital Plus Surround Sound functionality. It's one of the best video players for iPad. The basic version of the app is free while you’ll have to make an in-app purchase to get all features.
HPlayer is a 2-in-1 app for playing videos as well as music. You can use it as an individual music player or as a video player. The app supports a wide range of video and music file formats. Unlike other video players that use software, HPlayer uses hardware decoding. This helps to get better picture quality on your iPad. Lastly, the app is free to download and use.
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 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?
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#3. 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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#4. 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.