PlayerXtreme Media PlayerPlatform: iPhone and iPad
Price: Free ($4.99 for Pro features)
- Supports plenty of video and audio formats: 3gp, asf, avi, divx, dv, dat, flv, gxf, m2p, m2ts, m2v, m4v, mkv, moov, mov, mp4, mpeg, mpeg1, mpeg2, mpeg4, mpg, mpv, mt2s, mts, mxf, ogm, ogv, ps, qt, rm, rmvb, ts, vob, webm, wm, wmv
- Simple, familiar folder-based interface that feels a lot like Finder, which also includes multiple ways to view and sort your library
- Various ways to search through your files
- Supports streaming over SMB, UPNP, and Wi-Fi
- Download files to the app over your local network
- Open files from directly from email attachments
- Great control over the look of subtitles
- Supports HD playback
- Change playback speed
- Hide folders that guest users of the app can’t see but you can
- Support Chromecast and AirPlay (Pro version only)
- Boost the volume of soft audio (Pro version only)
- Passcode protection to lock away files (Pro version only)
Where It ExcelsPlayerXtreme can handle just about any file format you throw at it, which means that it can easily become your main video player without much effort. It does just about everything you need a video player to do: you can create playlists, add your own subtitle files, play audio in the background, play files from a variety of sources, and customize playback in tons of ways. If you buy the Pro version of the app for $5, you can stream videos to your Apple TV or Chromecast.
Beyond being just a solid media player, PlayerXtreme also makes it easy to transfer files from your computer to your iOS device using a ton of different methods. PlayerXtreme will automatically search your local network for shared folders, where it can then download or stream any video files it finds. You can also add files from the browser, over USB, from a local NAS, and from WebDAV. It all works pretty seamlessly too, so even if you don’t consider yourself very technically inclined you’ll still be able to transfer your videos.
Where It Falls ShortPlayerXtreme’s in-app purchase model can be a bit confusing, and honestly most of its best features are locked behind the paywall, so you should expect to shell out the $5 for it. The app will occasionally offer you a free upgrade to the Pro version if you leave a review. That said, it’s well worth the price, as the in app purchase unlocks Airplay and Chromecast support, as well as the volume boost feature, passcode lock, and subtitle support.