Yes and no. It works for me with Divx/Xvid AVI files (at around 480p) with either AC3 (both stereo and 5.1) and mp3 (stereo only) audio. I haven't tried it with anything else though. I imagine I would have a hard time playing a 720p h.264 MKV file with DTS 5.1 audio. I don't think these apps are going to be the end all solution for video playback on the iPad. They are a nice upgrade but people still, rather dumbly, insist on using the terrible MKV container for their content. That is going to immediately limit playback to a handful of devices (most of them being crappy) and PC applications.Does the VLC app work well? I have heard very mixed reviews?
There seem to be a few ways to do this, but I'm not savy enough to know the 'best' way to convert existing .avi and .wmv files to a format that the Ipad likes. What do you recommend? I don't mind paying if I have to, but I don't want to put my money to the wrong program.
iFunia MKV Converter...convert them into muxed or demuxed files, or export them to QuickTime, AVI, DV and MPEG-4 files with more than professional quality, so you can easily import them in Final Cut Pro, DVD Studio Pro, Toast 6, 7, 8, and use them with many other applications or devices.
Supported input formats: MPEG, VOB, PS, M2P, MOD, VRO, DAT, MOV, DV, AVI, MP4, TS, M2T, MMV, REC, VID, AUD, AVR, VDR, PVR, TP0, TOD, M2V, M1V, MPV, AIFF, M1A, MP2, MPA, AC3, ...
Air Video is an awesome program. I really suggest people to buy this product because of the convenience factor. This allows a user to stream all your video content remotely to your ipad/iphone through Internet or 3G.
It converts on the fly, This makes me really want to get a 3G version of the IPad, what do you guys think of the resale value of a Wifi 32GIG ipad that has been used but in good condition?