The all in one media player VLC has returned to iOS with version 2.0 after a two and a half year hiatus and can be downloaded from the App Store on your iOS device. The app is available for iOS 5.1 or later and is available free of charge for most iOS devices, including the first iPad.
VLC said on their website:
VLC for iOS can play all your movies and shows in most formats directly without conversion. You can synchronize media to your device using WiFi Upload, iTunes, Dropbox, or direct downloads from the web.
Here is a complete list of features in version 2.0 of VLC Player for iOS:
- Play all files, in all formats, including exotic ones, like classic VLC media player.
- Play MKV, multiple audio tracks (including 5.1), and subtitle tracks (including SSA!).
- Support for network streams, including HLS, MMS or RTSP.
- Include video filters, playback speed manipulation, and fine seeking.
- A video media library, with Wi-Fi Upload, Dropbox integration and optional passcode lock.
- Integration for Bluetooth headsets and AirPlay.
- Supports iOS 5.1 or later including the first iPad.
- Completely free, libre and open source.
In addition to the above features, it also allows you to sync via iTunes for playing videos of different formats. The video filters allow you to adjust gamma, contrast, hue, saturation, brightness, playback speed and fine seeking. Third party apps can also access VLC player and it can play video straight from the web. It will eliminate the need to convert between formats for playing on your iOS devices and will provide easier and faster viewing of content.
VLC for iOS is bi-licensed under the Mozilla Public License Version 2 as well as the GNU General Public License Version 2 or later. The app was removed from App Store in 2011 due to the conflict in the licensing terms. Rémi Denis-Courmont, one of the contributors to the VLC code had an issue with Apple’s policies not in accordance with GPLv2 under which VLC was licensed and thus filed a complaint. As a consequence, the app was removed from the App Store. The current version is safe as it has Mozilla Public License Version 2, which is needed for distribution via the App Store.
You can download the VLC Player version 2 from the App Store. Let us know in the comments your reviews if you have tried the app and follow us on Google+, Twitter and Facebook for more related news on phones, tablets and gadgets.