If you’re one of the many people who are frustrated with the video format limitations of your iPad, you may be happy to hear that there’s an alternative.

Xvid, one of the most popular video formats on the Internet, is now playable on the iPad thanks to a new app called CineXPlayer. Xvid’s popularity is partially due to its high compression rate which makes sharing large videos across the Internet easier. Another attractive feature is the lack of connection to a specific vendor like .wmv (Microsoft) and .mov (Apple) files.

Unlike many video apps for the iPhone and iPad, this app has no cheats or complex workarounds. It works exactly as you would expect a video playing app to work. You can import video files into the application’s document storage via iTunes, then play them in the app. There is no streaming or re-encoding which could adversely affect video quality. There is no suspect coding that could cause this program to get pulled from iTunes. Want to see how simple it is? Check out the demo in this video:

Now, what do you have to pay for the ability to watch your Xvid collection on your iPad? Nothing. Cinexplayer is completely free and available now in the App Store.