Infuse 1.3 for iOS (iPad main)

FireCore, the guys who brought you the aTV Flash Black for jailbroken Apple TV boxes, back in April launched their iOS media player app, Infuse, on the App Store.

My initial review praised the attractive user interface and support for more than a dozen non-iOS media formats, but criticized lack of wireless media transfer capability and non-existent AirPlay support, including lack of subtitle streaming over AirPlay which has seriously hampered Infuse’s potential to become my go-to iOS media player.

Staying true to its promise, the team in the meantime has been hard at work expanding on the app’s initial feature set. I’ve been testing today’s 1.3 update for the past week or so and I’m happy to report that – much to my delight – the new version addresses most of the initial complaints I had with it.

Read on for the full reveal…

Infuse originally relied on iTunes File Sharing to sync your media.

Versions 1.3 now adds the useful Wi-Fi file transfers. Simply access the Add Files option and hit the ‘via Browser’ button for instructions. Next, fire up your desktop browser – your iOS device and computer must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network – and visit the link Infuse provides.

Infuse 1.3 for iOS (iPad upload)

You’ll be treated to the gorgeous web interface which looks just like the native app. You can either drag and drop files directly or use the Add button in the web app. If you’re in a hurry, you’d be wise to side-load huge media files by connecting your device to iTunes via a USB cable instead. In addition to browser-based Wi-Fi transfers, Infuse 1.3 supports FTP file transfer as well.

Infuse 1.3 for iOS (browser upload)

Apart from iTunes File Sharing and wireless media transfers, Infuse from before can download videos from your Dropbox and email attachments, using the standard iOS ‘Open In’ feature. Infuse 1.3 also expands on the initial support by permitting you to rate videos and send those shouts to the service.

Infuse 1.3 for iOS (iPad Traktr)

The  most useful enhancement in Infuse 1.3 (at least for me) is AirPlay support. Now at last I’m able to beam those movies to my big screen TV through my Apple TV hockey puck. AirPlay in Infuse 1.3 supports many popular file formats, including MKV, MP4, M4V and a few others.

And should you come across one of the more obscure media formats, these can be streamed in fullscreen by enabling the iOS AirPlay Mirroring feature. Don’t worry, Infuse will guide you to this option, if needed.

Here’s the AirPlay icon during media playback.

Infuse 1.3 for iOS (iPad playback)

Unfortunately, Infuse 1.3 won’t render subtitles over AirPlay, a feature many App Store media players lack or implement poorly. On a more positive note, FireCore tells me they’re working on enabling subtitle streaming over AirPlay in the forthcoming 1.3.1 update.

Infuse 1.3 for iOS (iPad subtitles)

Finally, Infuse 1.3 enables fullscreen TV out when using a HDMI or VGA adapter. You can also post what you’re watching to Facebook or Twitter.

If you’ve initially passed on Infuse over its lack of Wi-Fi transfers and AirPlay support, today’s update has removed those concerns so you may just as well give it a try.

Power users looking for a versatile iOS media player that streams subtitles over AirPlay should wait for the next update to enable this much-needed home theater capability.

Infuse is five bucks on the App Store.

The universal binary weighs in at 43.7MB and supports the iPhone 3GS/4/4/ 5, third-gen iPod touch or later and iPads running iOS 5.0 or later.

  • Luis Padilla

    Will be perfect when compatible with UPnP or DLNA to steam movies from mi WiFi hard-disk.

    • Streaming options are in the works and should be ready this fall. 🙂

  • Gorgonphone

    i dont get this… so this is for folks who have movies on their computer that they save to their ipad and want to play on their TV?? i just use movie box and am done..

    • Not sure what’s not to get. Infuse is a video player, just like VLC.

      • iTechMunch

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  • Alex Marwaha

    wait does this app give you free movies?? what is this app really for??

    • First sentence: “iOS media player app”

  • DrPeril

    How is this better than Plex? (Aside from AirPlay I guess?)

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      With Plex unless you have PlexPass all of the videos have to be streamed from a server (usually another computer in your house as probably know). With Infuse all of the videos can be played on the device itself. In fact you can even download a video in Safari and then use “Open In” to open and play it in Infuse without any assistance needed from a computer.

      • DrPeril

        Hi Aidan,

        Thanks for the info. Couple of points, PlexPass isn’t required to stream media out or transfer media to iOS devices via wifi. PlexPass is a fee (really a donation) paid to the devs that gets you support and betas.

        Indeed a computer in the house (usually a Mac Mini) acts as a media server.

        To the points about Safari and downloading. Plex does have a web server built into it, PlexWeb, that allows streaming and downloading of media via a browser. Indeed you can open a media stream in the Plex app. So the tools appear to be on level footing with regard to web and mobile access.

        Were I see the argument for Infuse going is the bit about not needing a server. While appealing I have to ask, where does the media Infuse access come from? iTunes, iCloud, Netflix… if it’s just being synced from your day to day computer I’m not sure how that’s better than Plex Server…

        To Adan below, the new version of Plex does support sub titles.

        Air Video is a great backup / file browser. Plex is easily the best (and free) tool available. Haven’t seen Popcorn Hour, gonna check that out!

        ~ Dr.Peril

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Infuse gets its media from your computer. You have to transfer it either through iTunes file sharing, FTP, or through a web browser. I use Plex so know all about it but what infuse is good for is for playing video offline. I have port forwarding setup on my router to allow external access to my Plex server however since network connectivity is often on and off depending on where you are it is better to have video on the device itself. That is what I use Infuse for. When I’m in my home I’ll use Plex but when I go away from my home I’ll transfer a few videos to my device before leaving and watch them while out and about…

      • DrPeril

        Ah, ok. That makes sense.
        Thanks for the info!

  • Martynet

    Air video, Buzz player, Plex with Popcorn Hour is still best combo for me 🙂

  • Adan Santos

    Do any other apps render subtitles through airplay?

    • No, but the upcoming 1.3.1 version of Infuse will support subtitles over AirPlay.

  • Raul Henriquez

    Infuse 1.3 released: AirPlay, Wi-Fi file transfers, fullscreen TV out and more

    Please rephrase headline as you make it seem as if those features where removed.
    And of course they never had them, but this headline swayed me from not wanting to buy it until I read further down the article.