I’ve been on the lookout for a decent free app that will allow access to my music and video collection at home, with minimum fuss. Air Playit HD is just that app. It’s stable, fully featured and supports streaming not just over Wi-Fi, but crucially over 3G and 4G networks also.
The setup is simple, requiring a small server program to be installed on a PC at home, and once you tweak a few settings in the app you’re away! In this article, I’ll review the features, but also give you a brief how-to to get you up and running quick as a flash. (more…)
I’m normally not one to use the word “finally” in a headline. Unlike some, I tend to forego snarky comments when a feature has been added to an OS or hardware device that others think should have been added long before (a typical occurrence with the annual iOS and iPhone updates). However, as a Netflix user since 2009, I’ve always been displeased with the method provided to manage my Instant Queue.
It’s true that Movies by Flixster does offer the ability to sort your queue; personally, though, I’d much rather use a single tool to manage my entire Netflix account, queue and all. Luckily, I’ve finally found that tool in the form of CineTap. (more…)
IOS 6 removed YouTube from the operating system’s default apps. At first, people thought this would be a major problem. After all, Google isn’t the most reliable iOS developer out there. Fortunately for iPhone users, the developers created a nice alternative to the original YouTube app and released it just over a week before iOS 6 was released. But it’s limited and has ads, so what about something a bit less restricting? But that’s for iPhone users, so what about the iPad?
Several individual developers have brought YouTube clients to Apple’s tablet with most of them being poorly developed or only halfway there. However, there is a nice-looking alternative from developer Jason Morrissey, creator of Alien Blue, a Reddit client for the iPhone and iPad. He’s named it Jasmine, and it’s free, but exactly how good is it? (more…)
Hulu Plus and Netflix are two of the best ways to stream video on an iPad. They both have a good selection, each service has its own exclusive shows and films. Amazon Instant Video has been around for a while too, but there was never any indication of the online superstore bringing access to the iPad. In fact, ever since Amazon introduced the Kindle Fire, it was apparent that Apple’s tablet would likely never get such a streaming service since it was a competitor.
But Amazon decided to surprise us on July 31st, releasing an official Amazon Instant Video app that allows viewing of all your favorite programs right from your iPad. It even features free Prime streaming for those who pay the $79 per year for the service — and it’s actually $39 per year for students, too. This is exactly what you can get on a Kindle Fire, but is the actual experience as good? I’ll take a look after the break. (more…)
There is much debate over when the first music video was made, with some claiming they date as far back as the 1920s. However, it was in the 1980s and ’90s that music videos really became a regular part of pop culture. Now, the makers of the popular app djay have brought us vjay. It gives you the opportunity to wow your friends by creating and mixing your own music video mashups similar to how a DJ (at least good ones) combine two songs.
If you’re looking for a new way to spice up your parties, will vjay provide the best party entertainment since the days that MTV actually played music videos? Read on to find out my thoughts. (more…)
Videos add spice to our Internetverse. They bring the otherwise tech averse crowd into the amazing world that is Internet. From cute puppies to comprehensive tutorials, there is something that suits every person’s taste. Every single minute, tens of thousands of videos are uploaded to popular video sharing sites.
Videos aren’t as monetizable as written content, but that fact isn’t stopping anyone from uploading them either. This sheer volume of videos added everyday makes it impossible for us to discover stuff to watch from a single video sharing site, let alone checking out a few in one go. What we need is an app to filter the noise and find the content worth watching. Could Plizy be the one?
Have you ever wished you knew how to edit videos, but didn’t have the time and money to learn? Maybe in the past you’ve found yourself thinking about how you could combine all those home movies to embarrass your kid at their graduation party. After all, who wouldn’t want to see little Jonny pick his nose in super slow motion?
A little while back I reviewed the newest app for video editing on the iPad, Avid Studio. In the past 10 years it’s become much easier for those without advanced training to edit on their own using software like iMovie and Windows Movie Maker. Now Avid, a company that has been in the professional video editing business for over 20 years, has released this app to bring their product to the iPad.
So, even if you have no experience with video editing hopefully by the end of this article you’ll be able to edit like a pro. If you haven’t bought the app yet I would suggest getting it so you can follow along. Let’s get started!
Even before the iPad was introduced people were speculating over the endless possibilities a powerful, functional tablet could provide. Since then people have found ways to take their businesses on the go with iPads, using them for everything from mobile cash registers to portable photo studios.
However, is video editing a field that can be successfully converted to a mobile model? I must admit, as someone who went to school for broadcasting and worked for a couple television stations, I came into this review skeptical that Avid Studio would be very useful. After all, taking a video editing suite on the road is much more difficult than most professions. Often it requires a computer with advanced hardware, external hard drives to store large video files, and at least two large display monitors.
Video editing has been done that way for years and there’s a reason why it is the preferred method. So, can a well-known name in the business like Avid provide an app that begins to change the game?
The iPad has taken on many more uses than its critics initially thought possible, but one of the main uses that has stayed consistent from day one is that of media consumption. The iPad is great for many things, but consuming media has to rank near the top.
Specifically, it’s a wonderful device for watching videos, and many applications are now available for watching all of that free video content on the Web in a multitude of interesting ways. We’ve recently reviewed Squrl and Denso and today we’re going to take a look at Frequency and Vodio, two other players in this market. These two applications are similar to each other in some regards, but take some different approaches to watching video on the iPad. Let’s see how they stack up against each other…
The iPad is quite a revolutionary device, in that it tries to change the way we do many things. There are tons of apps for doing just about anything with a few simple swipes of your fingers, but navigating through videos can still be awkward unless you’re using YouTube.
The app that we are reviewing today is called Squrl, and it tries to make browsing videos from different sources fun, intuitive, and simple. Let’s see how it fares!