iOS Media Player 'Infuse' Upgraded With New Design, Network Streaming and More

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FireCore -- the company behind the Apple TV jailbreak apps aTV Flash and Seas0nPass -- has released a new version of Infuse, its iOS video playing app. The update adds a new iOS 7-inspired interface, as well as network streaming support, and more. The app is a competitor for VLC, which returned to iOS earlier this year.

Infuse users can load a wide variety of video files onto the app via Wi-Fi through a browser or FTP server, iTunes Sync, or network share.

Users can upgrade to Infuse Pro -- a $5 in-app purchase -- to play a wider variety of video formats, display subtitles, add support for multi-format AirPlay streaming as well as the new network streaming feature. Current Infuse owners get Infuse Pro free by launching their old version of Infuse and "purchasing" the free In-App Purchase before upgrading to Infuse 2.

Infuse

MORE THAN JUST A PRETTY FACE

- Optimized playback engine (plays full 1080p)
- Beautiful layout with quick access to video info
- Artwork and metadata added automatically
- Subtitle downloads from OpenSubtitles.org
- Multiple audio tracks
- Chapters
- Gesture controls
- 3 zoom options (normal, crop, stretch)
- Scrobble plays to trakt.tv
- Drag and drop video uploads via web browser
- Import videos from iTunes, Dropbox or email
- TV out via HDMI or VGA adapter
- Optimized for iOS 7 and retina display

UPGRADE TO INFUSE PRO TO GET EVEN MORE!

- Play more video formats (MKV, MP4, AVI, WMV, M4V, MOV, FLV, OGM, OGV, ASF, 3GP, DVR-MS, WebM, WTV)
- Integrated Dolby® Digital Plus (AC3) mobile surround sound
- Add subtitles (SRT, SSA, SUB, DVDSub, PGS, XSUB, Timed Text, VobSub, DVB)
- Multi-format AirPlay streaming
- Stream videos from a Mac, PC or network storage drive

Infuse 2 is a free download for the iPhone and iPad. [Direct Link]

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90 months ago

Not sure what how this is any more newsworthy then the other hundreds of thousands of apps that get updated.

Easy solution. Start your own site and report the things you feel worthy.

Then watch as others sit in their armchairs and complain about what your report.
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90 months ago

I'll soon publish it...


Though you may get "blasted" from time to time, I sincerely appreciate your clear review of reality in the AV world. I am in the middle of reworking my media playing operation and look forward to your review of Infuse Pro.
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90 months ago

No, it won't play any videos from my network share without paying $5. VLC plays most of the same files, but is free.

I can't recommend this app, I am giving it one star...

Oh come on...

1. nPlayer, which is the player I've recommended the most so far, also costs $5. Asking for $5 is pretty normal for high-end players. (Note that I haven't tested / reviewed the new Infuse player yet, only the old, 1.x ones. I don't know how it compares to nPlayer yet. Will post a full review some time when I have the time.) Voting down an app because VLC (which isn't very good in some respects) is free isn't very nice.

2. VLC really lacks in some areas - see my previous comments on its complete lack of hardware decoding support. It is in no way recommended for many media types.

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Not sure what how this is any more newsworthy then the other hundreds of thousands of apps that get updated.

This was a major version bump from with an, on the ATV, well-known vendor. IMHO, this alone is worth the frontpage (which is, for the record, iOS blog-only and not that of the main article channel of MR).
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90 months ago
Not sure what how this is any more newsworthy then the other hundreds of thousands of apps that get updated.
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90 months ago

Thanks!

Just uploading some comparative benchmark videos to YouTube:

- nPlayer on iOS6 iPad3 and iOS7 iPhone5, Infuse 2 on iOS7 iPad3

- Infuse 2 on iOS7 iPad3 and iPhone5, Infuse 1.5 on iOS6 iPad3

Will VERY soon post more info!

For these tests, I used two of my iPad 3's: one running at 6.1.2, another one 7.0.4. The former is JB'n, the latter isn't. In addition, I've also added a 7.0.4-based, and, consequenly, not JB'n iPhone 5 to the bunch. In the two videos, the iPad 3 with the 6.1.2 is at the top, the 7.0.4 is at the bottom and the iPhone 5 is on the right.

Using my brand new LOTR standard 7 Mbps H.264 + 200 kbps 6-channel AAC benchmark video, there's no discernable MKV playback fluidity difference between the latest pre-2 series player and the new, iOS7+ one, as can be seen in the following video:

http://youtu.be/eqki-df-ZZY (video becomes available in about 30 minutes)

This is great news for everyone not willing to upgrade to iOS7 – local, auto-remuxed MKV playback is equally good in the old version. Of course, it doesn't have as sophisticated networking as the new one.

Directly compared to the current version of nPlayer, the playback fluidity is approximately equally good, as can be seen in this video:

http://youtu.be/m0qZYBUU_Kw

Here, the 6.1.2 iPad 3 and the 7.0.4 iPhone 5 run nPlayer and the 7.0.4 iPad 3 the new Infuse.

NOTE: as I've emphasized at https://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=18451705&postcount=3 , you absolutely must change Settings > Video > Renderer For Hardware Decoding setting from the default OpenGL ES to Quicktime to maximize performance in nPlayer! For the demo, I did change on both the 6.1.2 iPad 3 and the 7.0.4 iPhone 5; this is why I started shooting the video from the Settings screen.

I'll start battery my standard130-minute-long usage tests very soon (see the latest figures at https://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1679716 ); I'll publish them as soon as I get them.

NOTE: all the above only discusses hardware-acceleratable MKV playback. No TS / MTS etc. tests have been done. Those will be later published.
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90 months ago

Bought it. HD files played fine from my Synology NAS. Only issue is, it doesn't seem to decode DTS audio.


Infuse 2 currently supports AAC, AC3, FLAC, MP3, and OGG. However, DTS is one of the top things we're working to add.

Stay tuned. :)
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