As expected based on reports earlier this month, VLC Media Player for the iPad has hit the App Store. Developer Applidium created the app with the support of VideoLan, the non-profit organization that creates free and open source media software. The VLC media player software plays most video formats and media codecs and is available for free for multiple platforms, and the source code is also freely available on the organization’s site.
Video files must be loaded onto the iPad using the File Sharing feature in iTunes. According to the app’s description, it can play nearly any video codec:
VLC has all codecs built-in. It comes with support for nearly all codec there is. And what is more it can even play back the file or media if it is damaged! Missing or broken pieces are no stop to VLC, it plays all the video and audio information that’s still intact.