It is no news that the iPad (like all other iOS devices) does not play Xvid/Divx, MKV and other video codecs out-of-the-box. It is the Apple way, and there are only two choices available to you:
- Conform – convert all your video files that are not compatible with the iPad’s video player to a compatible format
- Work around it – you will need to find an alternative to the built-in video player to play almost all video codecs, so that the need to convert is completely eliminated
The question then will be, Which do you prefer? Me? I prefer the workaround for a very simple reason – Freedom. I am able to freely use my videos on any platform that I choose. For those of you that are like me, who prefer the alternative, I present to you OplayerHD Lite for iPad.
OplayerHD Lite for iPad is a free (yes, you heard right, I said free) multi-format video player built specifically for the iPad. It does its job well for an application that is free. I threw all manner of 720p HD videos at it, and it played them smoothly without issues. The majority of my video files are Xvid/Divx and MKV and the application plays them well.
A plus for this video player is that it allows you to choose the aspect ratio you prefer to watch your videos in, whether it’s the 16:9 or 4:3. I particularly like the 4:3 aspect ratio as it allows the video to fill the whole screen. I must say that this is not the default aspect ratio, and you will have to go to the settings to change it.
Be warned that because this application is free, it is ad supported. The adverts are displayed while your video is playing, but they do not get in the way. In my case, the adverts are a minor annoyance that I can live with, since as I said before, they do not get in the way.
Once the application is installed, the only other hurdle to jump is actually getting your video files onto it so you can enjoy watching them. In order to do that, you will have to read Yomi’s tutorial on how to transfer your Documents to the iPad. The process is the same.
Now that your videos are on your iPad, it is time to bring out the pop corn, sit back and enjoy your movies. OplayerHD Lite for iPad is available for download from the Apple app store.