Video Stream ($2.99) by collect3 is a handy app that allows you to stream any type of video file directly to your iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch on local Wi-Fi and over 3G/4G. As you may know, your iDevices do not support many file formats. So if you happen to have, say, an .AVI file, you’re forced to convert it and add it to your device using iTunes.
With Video Stream, you don’t need to go through the time consuming hassle of converting files, uploading them to iTunes, and transferring them to your computer, because with just the app and a quick downloadable PC or Mac program, you can stream movies, television shows, and more directly to your iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.
To start, you’ll need to download the computer software that goes along with the app, which you can get from the Collect3 website.
From there, you will need to sync the app to your computer, which should happen automatically as long as you’re not running a firewall. You’ll have to put in a 4-digit confirmation code, and after that’s done, you’re ready to go. This is a painless process, so even those of you who aren’t technologically inclined should be able to set it up with no problem.
As soon as you sync up, you can play files from your computer on your Apple devices. I tried several file types and all worked well (the app supports MP4, MOV, AVI, MKV, DivX, XVID, FLV, RM, and WMV). I assume you need a decent processor and a solid connection in order to maintain the streaming, but I had no issues with either using both a Macbook Air and a netbook running Windows XP.
This app supports 1080p, so your videos look absolutely gorgeous on the third generation iPad. The interface is clean, well-designed, and simple to navigate, even when you’ve got quite a few files on your computer.
I’ve never been a fan of streaming video when I can download it, mainly because when I’m watching video on my iPad, it’s because my iPad is somewhere without an Internet connection. The great thing about Video Stream is that you can convert files on the fly, adding them to your device so you can take them anywhere for offline viewing, but it also works with 3G so you can stream wherever you are.
This is a slow process, of course, but honestly, it wasn’t that much slower than using similar conversion software like Handbrake. You can also use AirPlay to play your videos directly on your TV, using your iPad as a go-between for your computer and Apple TV (You’ll need the newest version of the OS). Thanks to a recent update, it also has native AVI support, so you can drag and drop files using USB to play them directly on your iDevice.
All in all, Video Stream is a great app for those of you who are looking for a simple way to watch any kind of video on your iPad without any hassles.
Video Stream is currently on sale for one week, so snap it up at the reduced price of $1.99.
And guess what? Collect3, the developers of Video Stream, are giving away an iPad and we wanted to tell you all about it.
To enter to win, you must visit the Video Stream Facebook page and “Like” it, then comment here to let us know that you liked the page. After you hit that “Like” button, you will be entered to win a black 4G+Wi-Fi third generation 16GB iPad. Good luck!