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DicePlayer is a popular video player for the Android platform. The application differentiates itself from most rival free and commercial video players by offering hardware acceleration for certain video and audio containers. This enables dual core Android devices to be able to play high definition (720p but not 1080p) MKV and AVI files which would otherwise not be playable.

DicePlayer in action


  • Supports the following formats: AVI, MOV, MKV, FLV, AVI, 3GP, 3G2, ASF, WMV, MP4, M4V, TP, TS, MTP, M2T
  • Video Codecs:
    • Hardware - MPEG-4, H.264, H.263
    • Software - MPEG-4, H.264, RMVB, XVID, MS MPEG-4, VP6, H.263, MPEG-1, MPEG-2
  • Audio Codecs - DTS, AC3, AAC, Vorbis, FLAC, MP3, MP2, WMA
  • Subtitle formats:
    • SSA, SMI, SRT, AAS, UTF-16
    • MKV subtitle extraction
    • Wide support for subtitle encoding
    • Unicode/Multibyte charset
  • Transport:
    • HTTP
    • RTP/RTSP
    • HTTP Live Streaming(Beta)
  • Gestures - adjust brightness and volume
  • Plugin for Tegra2 devices (such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1)
  • Thumbnail images
  • Play from the last paused position
  • Screen lock

Of the six video players reviewed in this article, DicePlayer is one of only two apps that reduce the Honeycomb task bar to five unobstrusive dots.

One of the main features billed by the developers of DicePlayer is that the hardware acceleration makes more efficient use of the battery. However, the biggest drain on the battery is the display on devices with large screens. Using DicePlayer on a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, we did not see a significant increase in play time from hardware acceleration. Nevertheless, the hardware acceleration is an incredibly useful feature, allowing the tablet to be able to smoothly play a much wider range of video files than would otherwise be possible. The vast majority of 720p files we tried on the Tab played perfectly with DicePlayer. Further, DicePlayer has much wider hardware acceleration than the other two video app under review (MX Video Player Pro and RockPlayer) to offer this feature.

Generally speaking, we encountered very few difficulties with playing a wide variety of video files although there were problems with playing VOB files and videos encoded with the x-msvideo codec. Overall, its compatibility was not quite as good as MX Video Player Pro. Further, video files recorded from broadcast tv were also problematic. As DicePlayer is missing a deinterlace feature, watching recorded broadcast with DicePlayer showed visual defects known as interlace artifacts.

The software uses libraries from the FFmpeg project.

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Bereft of features, DicePlayer is still stonkingly good. What really stands out is the implementation of hardware acceleration which allows almost all 720p encoded files to be played flawlessly. If you have lots of 720p media this software is excellent.


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