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VPlayer is a video player for the Android platform which allows users to watch a wide variety of video formats with a choice of audio and video engines. The software uses code from FFmpeg, a collection of free software projects that produces libraries and programs for handling multimedia data.

VPlayer in action


  • Video engine:
    • Native (fast)
    • JNI (stable)
  • Audio engine:
    • Native (fast)
    • JNI (stable)
  • Adjustable video quality:
    • High speed
    • Medium
    • High Quality
  • Aspect ratios: Audo detect, 4:3, 3:2, 14:9, 16:10, 15:9, 16:9 and 64:27
  • Video formats: divx/xvid, wmv, m4v, flv, rmvb, avi, mkv, mov, mp4, 3gp, ts
  • Gestures - use gestures to handle playback, volume, brightness, aspect ratio etc
  • Streaming: http, rtsp, mms and m3u(apple http stream, m3u8)
  • Configurable buffer size: 0KB, 512KB, 1MB, 4MB, 8MB
  • External subtitles: (Advanced) SubStation Alpha(.ssa/.ass), SAMI(.smi), SubViewer(.sub), Subrip(.srt), MicroDVD(.sub), MPL2(.txt)
  • Embedded subtitles: (Advanced) SubStation Alpha(.ssa/.ass), Subrip(.srt), MicroDVD(.sub) and Plain text in video files(.mkv, .avi ...)
  • Meta encoding: Audo detect, Big5, BOCU-1, CESU-8, cp864, EUC-JP, EUC-KR, GBK, HZ-GB-2312

VPlayer is an easy to use, minimalistic video player. We particulary like the support for gestures which makes it simple to change the aspect ratio of videos.

This app has a choice of video engines which helps to increase the range of video files it can play. However, this has limits. In the absence of hardware acceleration, high resolution files were unplayable. It was not only 720p files that were out of reach, VPlayer failed even to play 560p files.

VPlayer would be markedly improved if deinterlacing were added as an option. Without this feature, broadcast tv and films had distracting interlace artifacts. We would also welcome the taskbar being dimmed during playback.

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$5.00 / £3.11

VPlayer has generally good compatibility with low resolution video files supporting the vast majority of video formats. However, the app struggled with some .mkv files showing lag and audio/videc sync problems. The crux of the matter is that without hardware acceleration, it is hard to recommend VPlayer on Honeycomb devices.


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