23 responses

  1. Chris Cheng
    August 3, 2014

    Cool VLC is great

  2. Denus
    August 4, 2014

    VLC was not working correctly anymore for us on the different systems, even with the right codecs installed.
    I have a lot of delays and stuttering: we’re not able to watch a movie from our Time Capsule anymore.
    I replaced VLC with MPlayer X (version from the developers site) and manually assigned the wanted extensions to it.

    All the troubles are now fixed: MPlayer X is always working great without any troubles.

  3. Frank Berman
    August 4, 2014

    Brilliant! Thank you!!!

  4. Howie Isaacks
    August 4, 2014

    VLC is great. Thanks for posting. I haven’t tried it with MKV videos, but you can use Handbrake to convert AVI to MP4 so that the videos are supported by iOS.

  5. RM
    August 4, 2014

    Love VLC, does it all!

  6. Raven
    August 7, 2014

    For file transfer between OS X and iOS, I often use DeskConnect. It’s free, and very useful. Check it out!

  7. Grey
    August 9, 2014

    An elegant alternative: StreamToMe http://zqueue.com/streamtome/

    The server application is free — the iOS app is $2.99. It is extremely easy to set up.

    StreamToMe will decode ANY container / filetype — and with a static IP or DynDNS hostname on your router (or home computer), you can access your video / music files from your iPhone / iPad / iPod from anywhere, and it works over 3G / 4G as well…if you’ve got the bandwidth & data-allowance to support it.

    Not only can you access your iTunes Library (or multiple iTunes Libraries — you can stream video / music from ANY connected volume on your home computer (the machine that runs the server application). Video & music stream-quality can be tweaked in the client app to conserve bandwidth. You specify (from within the server GUI) what volumes / directories are available for streaming. I can’t say enough good about this company, its products, and its excellent support. And no, I have no affiliation with them. Try it — you will be amazed.

  8. jenrobinfer
    November 23, 2014

    VLC is is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.

    But sometimes we will encounter some issue when play MKV, MP4, etc on VLC. In this case, we should convert MKV, MP4, etc to VLC more compatible formats with Faasoft MKV to VLC Converter.

  9. Rajiv
    June 12, 2015

    i want to open iphone videos in vlc player but there is no option when i clicj open in on the video file of iphone

  10. Rhea
    July 6, 2015

    I tried the instruction and it worked for the music but when i tried to download the movie with an mkv file. It didn’t work. How is that? Thanks

  11. Steve
    July 21, 2015

    I downloaded VLC app onto my iPad Air. However, when I open it, instead of a WiFi Upload switch, I have a Sharing via WiFi switch. This switch does provide an IP address, but when I enter it into the URL bar of the web browser, no VLC upload client runs. There is no WiFi Upload page on which to drag and drop files for uploading to my iPad. What am I missing? Is the problem with iOS 8 on my iPad? Please help!

  12. Ridhuan mohd nizam
    September 4, 2015

    I like

  13. Mark
    November 30, 2015


    Getting error “codac not supported, VLC could not decode the format “”a52″”(A52 audio ((aka AC#)).

    Video works amazing, but not sound. Any thoughts?

  14. D Satrana
    December 11, 2015

    Thank you for the advice! I use VLC on my laptop, I had no idea it was on iOS.

  15. L Murphy
    December 30, 2015

    The formats (or more correctly “containers”) AVI, MPEG, m4v, MP4 are not for “the more space-conscious”.

    Its just as possible to have highres content in these formats as it is in a MKV.

    MKV containers often contain h264 streams which can result in way smaller file sizes for the same image quality as would typically be found in AVI and MPEG containers.

    Typically, standard definition tv shows encoded in h264 streams in MKV containers are smaller that the old AVI xvid encodes.

  16. bestautumn
    March 8, 2016

    I try and test all the answers for this question and find iDealshare VideoGo is best one for converting 1080p MKV movies to iPad without quality loss.
    I like its supporting converting almost all kinds of video and audio files like MKV, AVI, AVCHD, WMV, FLV, FLAC, APE, H.265, WebM, SWF, CAF, etc.
    Its batch conversion and convert without quality loss is also my preference.
    I also like its editing function like compress, merge, split, trim, crom, watermark, subtitle, effect.
    Hope it also helps for you.
    Written just now

  17. ipad
    August 23, 2016

    Both the iOS device and laptop needs to be connected via same wi-fi for this to work. But I am not sure if this transfer would consume data. Anyone who knows plz tell.

  18. Eric
    March 11, 2017

    Or change your phone ti android… Simple as that.

  19. mohammad
    March 13, 2017

    hi. my friend send me by shareit app a mkv video !
    how play it now?

  20. Deep
    April 27, 2017

    Copied MKV files are not getting displayed under VLA ALL Files

  21. liz
    August 15, 2017

    Files that I dropped don’t appear in the all files list in the app on my iphone. frustrating!

  22. D
    April 28, 2018

    It is 2018 and it still doesn’t work. Dropping mkv files into vlc did not list them. Plus when transferring files, the speed is so slow. 100kbps is just too slow when local networks are over 400mbps. Dial up speed doesn’t cut it when transferring 4k content.

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