So, you’re looking to watch videos on your iPad or even stream them directly from your desktop computer? AirVideo and FlexPlayer will do the job for you. With autumn right around the corner, the beautiful colors will soon come out to play. I’ve said before that autumn is my favorite season, if only just for the amazing color palettes, but with these new photography apps we should all be able to capture feelings that much better. If you’re looking for a great photo app that does panorama for you, then 360 Panorama is your obvious choice.
So let’s get cracking!
If you have a big collection of videos on your computer, syncing your iPad to have the entire collection with you might prove a fool’s task. So why not watch them over the air and suddenly space on your iPad is no longer an issue.
With AirVideo, you can stream your videos right to your iPad. It will automatically convert the video for optimal viewing on the portable device, and it does this without making the video be sluggish, even when scrolling through it. Air Video supports all the major file formats, so there’s a good chance no conversion will be needed for your video.
So how does it work? Well, you’ll need the iOS app and the AirVideo server software, that’s freely available for both Mac and Windows. Simply instal the server, choose the folders you want to share and start the iPad app. You can detect the server if you’re on the same wireless network and connecting to it will display the shared folders. From there, it’s all as easy as hitting play!
AirVideo comes with both a free version and a paid version, with the difference being that the free version will only display a few of the items that you’ve shared. You can get the full version by clicking here.
If, on the other hand, you’re traveling and don’t have a 3G iPad, then you might want to copy your videos to the device before leaving the house. A while ago, we did a review of CineXPlayer, a $2.99 app that lets you do just that. But why spend $2.99 when you can have the same results for free? Enter FlexPlayer.
FlexPlayer will let you copy videos from your computer to your iPad via iTunes. All you need to do is download and instal the app, and next time you sync your iPad, just use the file browser from the FlexPlayer screen in iTunes to add your videos. There’s no conversion required of you and the syncing process works surprisingly fast (I synced about 3GB worth of videos in under 3 minutes to my iPad).
Once synced, you’ll see all your videos neatly arranged in the app. Just tap the one you want to watch and you’re good to go.
FlexPlayer is a free download from the AppStore, and it works on iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad as a universal application. You can download it by clicking here.
The app lets you take beautiful landscape panoramas by turning your device camera into a full-featured 360 degree panoramic camera. You can share your photos right from inside the app as well, making 360 Panorama a complete photo app and a photographer’s companion.
So how does it work? Once you start the app, you’re immediately in the camera mode. There’s a grid overlaid over the camera view. When you’re ready to start taking pictures, just tap the shutter button and slowly pan the device around you. 360 Panorama will snap a picture every couple of moves and stitch them together in real time. Once you complete a full circle or when you stop moving, you end up with a ready to share panoramic photo.
Every panorama is GPS tagged and can be easily shared with your friends. “Wish you were here” really takes a whole new meaning now.
360 Panorama is available for $1.99 on the AppStore and is compatible with the iPhone 3GS and up, iPod Touch and the iPad2. You can buy it by clicking here.