VLC Player launches on iPad, plays obscure video Codecs

Free app brings wider video support to Apple's tablet

Codec problem? Not any more...

VLC, an open-source software for reading and playing back video in a huge variety of different codecs, has been approved by Apple and has now landed on the iPad. Managed through iTunes, the VLC app will let you watch movie files that would otherwise leave the iPad out in the cold.

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The Official app description reads:

"VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework, that plays most multimedias files and various streaming protocols. It is simple to use, yet very powerful and extendable. VLC has all codecs built-in. It comes with support for nearly all codec there is.”

Think that’s impressive? What’s more, VLC “Can even play back the file or media if it is damaged.” Makers Applidium claim that VLC Player can play broken files by using “The video and audio information that's still intact," widening your potential iPad video library by some magnitude.

VLC Player is available now on the iPad App Store for free.