Just installed it here too, and it seems VERY buggy. so far of the half dozen or so videos I've tried to play only one plays without stuttering, 2 crash it completely when loading, and 3 sort of kind of play but with a very very significant stutter, and seem to make the app unstable... overall a BIG letdown as well. For those that might not be aware there is already another app out there with similar functionality... CinXPlayer it's not completely bug free either, but I find it plays about 90-95% of the Divx/Xvid videos that I through at it... but is FAR better than this first version of VLC is managing.
Also one thing that to me seems like it is really slowing VLC down when you load it is that it generates a thumbnail for each video when videos are newly added, this seems to be a fairly lengthy process, as it's taking about 30 sec per video... seems to me they'd be better off using a plain old list of the files... (which CinX does)
The built in video app is much better, i prefer the scrubbing method on the built inn app and the fact that you can see the time change as you scrub unlike vlc. Also I like how the built in app will stretch the video to fit the screen
Has anyone tried it on an iPad that is running a pre-release version of iOS4 ver. 4.2?
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Expect an update soon, reports everywhere are that it basically doesn't work.
My fear? It can't be made to work well because of how locked down the functionality on the iPad is compared to a Mac.
How "locked" down the iPad is has nothing to do with the current performance issues. I'm pretty sure the problems I had were codec support related combined with the fact that 1ghz just isn't quite enough to do high res and/or high bitrates smoothly without hardware acceleration. This is the reason the native video player (along with html5 web videos and pretty much all other apps that use apples Apis use mp4 video, as all iOS devices support hardware acceleration with it allowing a much smoother experience.
It's also providing a library of functions for other programs to use.
That's not possible. Well, at least not from within the app. One app can not call functions from another app. VLC could provide functions on their web site for other developers to download and use in their code, but that's always been allowed - there's not much Apple could do to stop that.
What VLC can do is be an opener for documents. But any app can do that - Apple publishes an API on how to do it.
VLC is actually working fairly well for me now. Most movies I load with it play well, as long as they aren't too high resolution.
It's that last bit that's a bit bothersome. I loaded a 720p, h.264 .mp4 movie on the iPad and when I tried to play it, I got the warning dialogue box that said "Your iPad is probably too slow to play this movie correctly". And it was. Crazy choppy, with lots of stops and starts, completely unwatchable. So I took the same file and put it on my netbook. Using VLC for consistency, I had no problem. Full speed, full screen, no dropped frames, no stuttering.