The VLC 2 Player from VideoLAN finally makes a triumphant return to iOS after being removed by Apple in 2011. If you’ve been living under a rock and have never heard of VLC, it’s the go to video player when everything else fails. If you’ve stumbled across some obscure video format or ancient clip stored on your old PC, there is a very good chance that VLC will happily play it. It’s so good in fact, that many people use it as their main video player for all media. One of the best features is its huge array of codecs and support of all video formats so you never have to go hunting for odd plugins to watch something.
VLC for iOS brings the exact same experience to iOS devices. While there are many video players out there that do a great job, few have the stellar reputation of VLC. In the years since the player was pulled from iOS, the VideoLAN team has not been resting on their laurels and have introduced several noteworthy features. There is now support for AirPlay if you’ve got an Apple TV as well as Dropbox support so you can stream via Wi-Fi and a browser to your iOS device running VLC. Another great feature is VLC’s strong support for subtitles in video. It’s a fantastic feature for those who can’t stand to go without subtitles and is always welcome when you need to keep the volume low or just want it as a supplement to the video experience.
As with the desktop version, the interface is very light and utilitarian. You have an editable list of viewable videos, tap to watch, and that’s pretty much it. There is also a menu to help with some basic settings and aid in streaming options for more advanced users. VLC for iOS is available now for free and is a must for anyone who wants one of the strongest video players in their mobile arsenal.
(Download: VLC Player for iPhone and iPad on the App Store)