Currently Being ModeratedMay 22, 2012 12:24 AM (in response to mosritefan)
Unfortunately, it's not possible to play back 1080p TS files natively on the iPad - the CPU power is just too low for the software decoding.
BTW, can you provide a link to these 1080p files (one small, say, 1-minute-long recording would suffice)? If they're broadcast in H.264 (as opposed to MPEG-2), it's highly possible you ca just remux them into .mp4 files in some minutes only for even hour-long programs. There're several TS remuxer tools for both the Mac and Windows; see for example ProjectX (see http://www.iphonelife.com/blog/87/tips-editing-and-playing-back-dvb-aka-mpeg-tra nsport-stream-ts-files-and-other-tips ).
Currently Being ModeratedMay 22, 2012 12:37 AM (in response to Menneisyys)
All ota stuff in US is mpeg-2, 1080i.
That's why he can't find a card-it would have to transcode it on the fly.
Over seas the broadcasters support DTS-this allows tv tuner dongle into iPad.
Not supported by broadcasters in the States, do no dongle.
He will have to just convert the stuff.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 22, 2012 12:48 AM (in response to Johnathan Burger)
mpeg-2, 1080i? Some players might be able to play it (decoding MPEG-2 is far easier than H.264).
Could anyone provide a URL to a test TS sample so that I can test it in all the iOS multimedia players and give a definite answer? Preferably one with a lot of movement (not a static or slowly-moving stuff)
Currently Being ModeratedMay 23, 2012 11:54 AM (in response to mosritefan)
Aver media might have a tv card/software that might record 1080i into mp4 on the fly...
The web site hints at this but it is not totally clear....have a tech support request to clarify
For those looking for a .ts snippet go to
for a few second recording. Thanks for you time....
Currently Being ModeratedMay 23, 2012 1:20 PM (in response to Johnathan Burger)
Could you confirm that was:
on an iPad classic
a 1080i broadcast in .ts format?
If that is the case, will give it a go..... otherwise, will drop some bucks on a new card if AVerMEdia comes through with a good reply.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 23, 2012 1:28 PM (in response to mosritefan)
Unfortunately, none of the existing players have managed to play the file properly (without visible / annoying stuttering or other problems), incl. AVPlayerHD. Will later post a more detailed answer and some comparative demo videos of two iPads playing back the same video.
The CPU in the iPad is just too weak for decoding such stuff.
I'll play a bit with the best transcoding parameters in Handbreak and also report on it.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 23, 2012 1:34 PM (in response to Menneisyys)
The best (most fluent / least stuttering) results were produced by VM Player HD http://itunes.apple.com/app/vm-player-hd/id445667199?mt=8 (the trial version may be worth a quick test: it's not very restricted – just an ad continuously displayed and it's unable to stream files over 500M, but for quick testing purposes like this it'll work just fine: http://itunes.apple.com/app/vm-player-hd-lite/id499291265?mt=8 )
HOWEVER, it plays back the content at a much lower resolution than the other (much more stuttering, but hi-res) players. That is, ONLY use it if you don't watch the content from close but from at least 30" (1m).
Currently Being ModeratedMay 23, 2012 3:05 PM (in response to Menneisyys)
So, my detailed player-specific breakdown is as follows (I only list players that play back the file with so-so performance; the other players are even worse):
1, NONE of the players play back the CC track
2, the following player doesn't support scrubbing (repositioning): AcePlayer http://itunes.apple.com/app/aceplayer/id463242636?mt=8 ,
The other players with adequate speed:
AVPlayerHD by EPLAYWORKS.Co.Ltd. http://itunes.apple.com/app/avplayerhd/id407976815?mt=8
GPlayer by Ginkgo Tech http://itunes.apple.com/app/gplayer/id438402174?mt=8
Oplayer HD by olimsoft http://itunes.apple.com/app/oplayer-hd/id373236724?mt=8
It's worth pointing out that, while ProPlayer ( http://itunes.apple.com/app/proplayer-the-video-player/id454180376?mt=8 ), generally, has the same video decoder as AVPlayerHD, this doesn't seem to be the case with these 1080i MPEG2 TS videos – its playback performance is way inferior to that of AVPlayerHD.
Again, if you don't mind the low-res playback, give a try to VM Player HD http://itunes.apple.com/app/vm-player-hd/id445667199?mt=8 first, it's the fastest.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 23, 2012 3:45 PM (in response to Menneisyys)
I gave VM player a go and its ok. Tends to pixelate on motion but, the first player that actually played.
mp4 gives the best playback thus far.....
Again, thank you for all your assistance....