I know everyone hates the idea of having to convert videos into the iPhone. Its time consuming and the end product isnt always flawless. From time to time your converted videos end up pixelated or even more bothersome: out of sync audio. So instead you look for an alternative means of viewing videos on the iPhone. I own the 64gb iPhone 4s so of course I had intensions in throwing tons of videos into it.В Which in the end became a downside for me because the iPhone would only accept MP4, H.264 and motion JPEG. Needless to say, only about one tenth of my library was actually supported by the iPhone. I decided to look for a few alternatives and I remember having the VLC player app for my iPod touch a while back. I suppose I have been living under the rock for quite some time now because that app was, sadly, removed from the App Store.В So I did some browsing and I found this app calling Goodplayer coming at 2.99. I was hesitant because it had an overall rating of 3 out of 5 stars on the Apple App store. But still, I was desperate so I invested 3 bucks into this app. And Im sure glad I did.
The interface itself is very simplistic. You arent greeted with any amazing artwork. From the main menu you have the option of viewing shared and local files. (You are also given the option to transfer media files through wifi if needed) And finally you have your settings menu where, I am actually surprised, you will find a ton of options.
The app is simple and easy. Just plug in your iPhone or iPod Touch into your computer and open up iTunes. From there click on Apps at the top. And once there you will see a box with a list of your apps. Click Goodplay. There you can simply drag and drop almost any video format into your iPhone/iPod touch without any problems.
Impressions and Quality
For the most part, the videos that I have uploaded consisted of files that were 720p mkv files.В I did not have any glitches and such with those files. However, I have noticed, with larger HD files, ones that range from 4-5gbs, the video at times, did get a little choppy. It typically happens when I am switching the movie from landscape to portrait. (or vise versa) All while I am playing the actual movie. It correct itself in a matter of seconds but it is something to consider.
As far as audio lag, again, there were no problems with 95 percent of my files. But those super large HD files did give the audio a split second lag every now and then. But no worries, in about 5 seconds it seems to correct itself. It does not happen often, but when it does happen, it gets annoying.
Here are two screen shots. The top being what I normally view. The bottom being one of those larger files that from time to time become pixelated.
The app is three dollars. Is it worth it? I would say if you were lucky enough to snag VLC while it was still out in the app store, this app would not be anything new. However, if your in my position, where you just want an app that is simple and works. Then 3 dollars isnt much to ask for. Is the app perfect? Of course not. Every now and then you will run into one of those mentioned bugs. But for the most part, the app gets the job done. Forget the process of converting videos and check out Goodplayer.
Goodplayer For iPhone and iPod Touch
An easier way to watch your favorite movies on your iPhone or iPod touch without the hassle of converting. Whether its an AVI or MKV file, this player gets the job done. But does this paid app work flawlessly?