updated 11:00 pm EDT, Wed August 7, 2013
Streaming app saves having to transcode video formats
Media appmakers FireCore have issued a major update to their multi-format media player Infuse for iOS ($5), which allows users to play normally unsupported video and audio file types by transcoding them on-the-fly. The new version 1.3 offers AirPlay streaming, Wi-Fi transfers of media from network-connected computers or drives, social sharing and one-button subtitle downloads. The program supports 14 different video formats, and features automatic artwork and metadata fetching, Dolby Digital Plus surround sound and full 1080p.
The program is intended as a more elegant alternative to multi-format media players such as the recently re-released VLC for iOS, and doesn't require streaming from an always-on home computer as some other solutions mandate. The program is one of the few third-party players that licenses and supports the AC3 audio codec, allowing for the Dolby Digital multi-channel support.
Infuse supports everything from 3GP through to WTV, with support for AVI, ASF, DVR-MS, FLV, MKV, OGM, OGV, WebM and WMV as well as the standard formats normally supported on iOS devices. In addition to AC3, audio codecs like FLAC and OGG are also supported alongside the usual MP3 and AAC. Some eight formats of subtitles are also supported, and films needing them can have subtitles added through downloads from OpenSubtitles. Movie and TV show metadata can be added from other open online databases.
Users can opt to share what they are viewing to the usual social networks, and have their choices scrobbled to trakt.tv as well if desired. Videos can also be added from Dropbox, Google Drive, Skydrive, Box, iTunes and even email attachments. The program requires at least an iPad 2 for 1080p playback.