Been wondering how you’re going to be able to play all your AVI and MKV movies on your shiny new iPad next month? Here’s the answer, a little £1.79 app from the iTunes store. We’ve confirmed with the developers of Air Video that the native iPad version is in the works, and we’ve tested it on the iPhone and are really impressed. Here’s how it works..
The result is that your entire video collection (minus any DRM’d content of course) is now playable over your wifi network – and even over 3G with an experimental feature. Knowing the iPad can be used to stream your video files completes another piece of the jigsaw for the device.
“Is your iPhone/iPod touch full and yet it contains only a fraction of your video library? Are your videos in format unsupported by iPhone/iPod touch? Think of all those AVI, DivX, MKV and other files in your collection that would take weeks to convert just to be playable on iPhone. Air Video is the ultimate solution for these problems. Instead of having to synchronize your videos to device you can now watch them over air. Suddenly the capacity of your iPhone/iPod touch is infinite and the nuisance of iTunes is gone.
iPhone and iPod touch are very picky about the video formats they can play. Normally this means you need to convert the entire video before you can watch it. This can easily take an hour!
With Air Video this is no longer an issue. Air Video supports almost all video formats and performs the conversion *on fly*. That means you don’t have to wait until the file gets converted any more. You can start watching it almost immediately.
Air Video comes packed with features. It can share folders on your harddrive as well as iTunes playlists. It supports live conversion as well as offline conversion where the entire file is converted upfront. It lets you customize the conversion settings, adjust resolution, zoom and crop the video.
The free server software (available for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard and Microsoft Windows) is needed to stream and convert the videos and can be downloaded at http://www.inmethod.com/air-video.”