VLC for iOS was released a few years ago, but was eventually pulled due to licensing disputes. The video player is now back, though, and looks to be even better than before. The team behind VLC has completely rewritten the app from the ground up, including a ton of features while still making the player available for free.
The new VLC supports Wi-Fi uploads directly to the app, so you can easily add files to your iDevice and then access them through VLC. There’s also Dropbox integration, with users able to stream video and audio from the cloud storage service, or even download it directly to their device. Network streaming is also supported, and third-party apps can choose to use VLC as the video player if they have a “Share” option.
AirPlay support is included now too, so any videos can be pushed out to an Apple TV for viewing on the big screen. Video filters have also been added to the player, allowing viewers to adjust settings such as brightness, saturation, gamma, and many others on the fly. And of course, the player supports all the popular formats that it does on the desktop, including MKVs and complex SSA subtitles.
We’ve had a little trouble downloading VLC for iOS on our own devices, but the app is ready and waiting on the App Store. If you’ve been waiting for a capable video player that’s also free, then it’s worth checking out.