iPad Review: Air Video – How to Stream Your Video LIbrary to iPhone or iPad

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This is the app for anyone with a backlog of video on their computer and a minimum of time or interest in converting it to Apple proprietary video format.

This app allows you to stream video from your computer over your wifi. It converts it on the fly to a format the iPad will play.

Some of the features include:

Support for all major formats and codecs are supported; mp4, m4v, mov, avi, wmv, asf, mpg, mpeg, mkv, 3gp, dmf, divx, flv.

DRM protected videos as well as proprietary codecs are NOT supported. It won’t play video from iTunes, but you’re on an Apple device, so this shouldn’t be a worry.

Live conversion lets you play videos without having to convert them before.

Requires iPhone or iPod touch with firmware 3.0 or newer and sufficiently powerful computer.

Option to convert entire video before playing it, offline conversion. Files converted offline can be put to conversion queue.

Adjust quality, zoom and resolution for each video individually

Select audio stream (language)

Works over local network and over internet; including 3G, though labeled ‘experimental’. We’ll find out for sure how that works when the iPad 3G comes out.

We’ve been waiting for an app like this and would love to have something similar for the Apple TV. The app is slick and professional, and like the best of Apple products, it just works.

Also available for the iPhone app.

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Four out of five stars.

Air Video for the iPad $2.99

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