We all know the stock video player on iOS is not particularly convenient, primarily because it asks us to hook a device up to iTunes to sync video in a world that has things like Netflix.
Unfortunately, Netflix and other streaming services also have their own set of setbacks, namely their recurring cost and need for a data connection. That's where third-party video players come in.
Check out our picks for the most flexible and best video players on iOS.
Infuse 3 works so well it seems like magic. Once installed, you can sync video to your device through any number of ways, including apps like Plex, FTP, or even AirDrop.
You can also stream or download video file URLs from the Internet, use gesture controls, track your viewing history through integrated Trakt support, and more. To top it all off, it is a gorgeous app with a really great UI.
As a free app, Infuse 3only does most of these things, but upgrading to the pro version of the software adds extra bonuses like mobile surround sound support and even more video playback compatibility, making it the ultimate video player on the platform.
OPlayer HD is a solid alternative to Infuse 3. Although it doesn't look quite as nice, this video player can handle most video formats thrown at it just as well.
OPlayer HD also supports a variety of ways for you to import your videos onto your mobile device, but it's not always clear how to do so, so it's a little harder to manage.
If you want to save a few bucks while compromising in the aesthetics department, OPlayer HD is a great pick as a video player.
VLC is probably the best free option for video playback on iOS. It might not have as many convenience features for importing, but this player is still elegantly designed and can handle anything from MKVs to AVIs without much problem.
If you want some powerful playback options for the nice price of free, VLC is probably your best bet.
Do you have other suggestions for video playback on iOS? Let us know in the comments!