Infuse 5 is out: Up Next, Split View, PiP, iCloud sync, cloud streaming & more

By , Nov 21, 2016

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aTV Flash Black developer Firecore today released Infuse 5, a major new version of his versatile media player for the Apple TV, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It’s the single biggest Infuse update Firecore ever released and they’ve been working on it for the better part of the year.

Infuse 5 packs in a bunch of goodies, including iCloud sync, a new “Up Next” discovery list for the Apple TV, Split View and Picture in Picture support on compatible iPads, cloud streaming and much more.

The new Up Next list in Infuse for Apple TV shows you both the items you’re currently watching (see them right underneath the Watching heading) and any movies, TV shows or other media that have been recently added.

On the iOS side, the app has been fully optimized for iOS 10 and supports even more file types than before. Infuse is one of the rare apps in the App Store that packs in fully certified support for Dolby Digital Plus (AC3/E-AC3), DTS and DTS-HD audio.

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With Split View support on any iPad that works with iOS’s new multitasking modes, you can watch your favorite movies and TV shows in Infuse while checking your email, browsing the web, chatting or using any other Split View-enabled app in the useful side-by-side landscape multitasking mode.

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Next, it’s now possible to set up Infuse the way you like on one device and have those same settings automatically carried over to of your other Infuse devices. That’s because Infuse 5 now uses iCloud to keep all your shares, favorites, metadata, playback settings and Up Next items in sync on all your devices.

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And with Picture in Picture mode, you can detach any video playing in Infuse and continue watching it in an overlay that appears on top of your apps and Home screens. To enter this mode, tap the Picture in Picture icon on the iOS player.

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While DRM-protected movies and television shows purchased from the iTunes Store are not supported, a host of other media file types that don’t work on Apple platforms out of the box are, including:

  • Video: 3GP, AVI, ASF, DIVX, DVR-MS, FLV, M4V, MKV, MOV, MP4, M2TS, MTS, OGM, OGV, TS, WEBM, WMV, WTV
  • Audio: AAC, AC3/E-AC3, DOLBY TRUEHD, DTS/DTS-HD, FLAC, MP3, OGG, WMA
  • Subtitles: DVB, DVDSUB, PGS, SMI, SSA/ASS, SRT, SUB, TIMED TEXT, VOB, SUB, XSUB

Infuse uses TMDb and TheTVDB for media metadata and artwork.

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In addition to supporting the aforementioned media types, Infuse 5 now permits you to browse, stream and download your videos and other files from anywhere by storing them in the cloud. The app supports a variety of popular cloud services, including Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive.

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Other notable enhancements in Infuse 5 include overhauled video playback, automatic subtitle downloads and support for iOS Document Picker extensions.

Here’s the full list of changes in Infuse 5.

New:

  • Native Split View and Picture in Picture on iPad
  • iCloud based libraries let you keep shares, favorites, metadata corrections and playback settings in sync between all your devices.
  • Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive cloud streaming
  • Automatic subtitle downloads for synced files
  • Import directly from other apps (iCloud, DS File, Dropbox, etc…) via iOS Document Picker
  • Automatic loading of the first unwatched episode
  • General settings are now included in iCloud backups
  • New button layout on ticket
  • Optional user/password authentication for browser uploads
  • Added Ukrainian translation (thanks Alexandr!)

Improved

  • Many, many improvements and optimizations for iOS 10
  • Much improved VC-1 video playback
  • Many general playback improvements
  • Minor performance improvements for subtitle rendering
  • Many other minor improvements

Fixed

  • Correct handling of system level zoom
  • TV Show folders remain after last video is deleted
  • Fixed issues with certain Blu-ray videos not opening
  • Fixed issues with certain WMV files
  • Fixed timing for embedded SRT subtitles
  • Fix for missing watched indicator after metadata reload
  • Fix for incorrect aspect ratio on certain movies
  • Fix for playback issues related to files with edited out commercials
  • Fix for chapter tracks listed as subtitles
  • Fix for a long buffering on certain movies
  • Fix for missing Hebrew subtitles
  • Fix for browser uploads in Safari
  • Fix for crashes when uploading files via FTP
  • Many other minor fixes

Infuse has long been my go-to app when it comes to playing “foreign” video file types (MKV, AVI, WMV, etc.) on my iOS and Apple TV devices because it transcodes media to iOS-friendly formats on the fly, directly on the device, without needing to use a server app running on a computer.

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It’s also one of the very few media players on the App Store that properly renders subtitles via AirPlay. To learn more about Infuse, check out the official website or see everything that’s been enhanced, improved, new and fixed in official release notes.

Note that Infuse 5 is being released as a brand new app.

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Infuse 5 for iOS is a free download from the App Store with optional Pro features available as a subscription at $6.99 per year or as a standalone paid app with a one-time $12.99 In-App Purchase. Infuse for tvOS is available free in the tvOS App Store.

To celebrate Infuse 5 launch, they’re letting everyone download the app and try all the Pro features for an entire month at no charge whatsoever. “If you love it (and we know you will) you can continue for just $6.99 per year,” developers note.

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  • Iliyan

    £9.99 for upgrading from Infuse Pro 4 seems a little steep… Is it worth it?

    • You can upgrade for free for the first month. But if you ask me about value for money, it’s worth every single penny, especially if you need a comprehensive media center app on iOS and tvOS that can render anything your throw at it. It works with NAS devices, Time Capsule and other external storage devices. In my opinion, it’s the best, simplest and most feature complete media player app on the App Store.

      • 5723alex .

        The app failed me more then once on video files where VLC succeeded.

      • Alex Noyle

        How do you upgrade from Infuse Pro 4 to Infuse Pro 5? I don’t see anything on their website about an upgrade path.

      • 5723alex .

        No upgrade. New app, new subscription.

      • Iliyan

        Thanks, but how can I upgrade for free?

      • Frank de Leeuw

        Just bought 4 last friday for € 10,– now i apparently need to pay € 12,– for 5. Feels a bit like theft.

      • Captain Vyom

        I’m probably a bit late with this, but maybe you could try asking Apple for a refund. I’ve done that successfully in the past for accidental purchases, by asking within 24 hours.

    • 5723alex .

      It seems Infuse 5 pro is a yearly subscription.

  • 5723alex .

    Infuse 5 ? Just got Infuse 4.3.5 update for iPhone 7 plus iOS 10.2.3 beta.

  • ZeRoLiMiT

    Whats new on AppleTV app? thats what i normaly use it for. Improve DTS or anything special? Why wouldn’t amazon cloud drive be available its one of the best

  • askep3

    I’d say the subscription is better considering they release a new version every year or so

  • Jose Antonio Gomez

    Infuse is the only reason I have ATVs4 on my house, I use it since ATV2 with jailbreak. In my opinion if anyone cares, the price is very cheap for all the functions you get, but if you have already paid for the Infuse Pro I dont see the point to update for Infuse 5. But I repeat, the app worths every penny. Buy a TimeCapsule, downlod Vuze and enter ThePiratebay and thats It.

    • TechnoBuff

      Absolutely… for 9.99 it is quite cheap.

      • chuckisbusy

        12.99

      • TechnoBuff

        i was referring to Infuse 4

  • askep3

    is there a Mac app equivalent? just got a Mac, should I just use the default player?

    • Alex Noyle

      I use VLC on the Mac, since Infuse isn’t available.

      • askep3

        Does it sync playback (so you can pick up watching from one device to the next)?

  • Dodgy Debjit

    The only thing I don’t like about this app is connecting to and browsing the local network only works half the time and when it does it’s really slow (the connecting/browsing – not playback).

    VLC connects to and browses my LAN instantly.

    Just tried again to connect my NAS via SMB – just get the spinning wheel. It also doesn’t find any other shares. Not good.

    • TechnoBuff

      You must be doing something wrong or maybe you have a slow connection.

      Infuse is the best media player out there and frankly the reason i got Apple TV 4 and sold my Dune media player.

      I have an old Qnap NAS and infuse connects to it effortlessly over a 25mb xfinity connection. Works wonderfully well once you set it up initially

      • Dodgy Debjit

        Nope, same setup works fine with VLC

      • TechnoBuff

        Well i bought the 9.99 infuse on ATV and connected it to my QNAP NAS through an Ethernet connection.
        On initial setup i connected the shares/folders from my NAS, Infuse scrubbed it and that was it.
        Every video load takes 3-4 seconds to play which is ideal for me.

      • Dodgy Debjit

        Maybe the ATV version is less buggy than iPad / iPhone.

      • TechnoBuff

        Maybe, i play mostly on my ATV. but haven’t had any issues when playing on my iPhone though

    • andy_o

      With Infuse 4 I also have always had a lot of issues with speed on SMB, but DLNA is worse, trying to stream with BubbleUPNP on Android. Somehow I have to re-add the server every once in a while, cause it would just not connect. The other SMB and DLNA apps like VLC, PlayerXtreme and RManager do seem to work. I always end up using Infuse though, cause playback is smoother.

  • Joaquim N.

    It’s not about if it’s worth or not, it’s all about what I already paid to have and now I gonna have to pay again if I want to continue to have it. That’s a terrible business model for sure!

    • No one is forcing you to upgrade to Infuse 5 to continue using the app. Infuse 4 is still available in the App Store for those who don’t wish to upgrade and it’s being maintained, updated and supported.

  • Igor Blauw

    Bought Infuse 5 Pro and can’t get the PIP function to work on my iPad Pro. The buttons for pip and AirPlay don’t appear 🙁

  • dave

    What a rip-off. I just purchased the latest (4) version two days ago — and while it works great, it’s a bit of a sham that a newer one gets released, and I have to pay all over again — well I don’t *have* to, nobody is forcing me, but still, to get the latest, I’d have to. Perhaps I’ll just request a refund from Apple and not bother with this app at all, since it seems I’m not the only one who’s upset about having to pay all over again, it’s even more of a sting for me, having only purchased it a few days ago, as I barely got an Apple TV… so yeah.. this sucks — and their “FWIW” comment is also irrelevant — yeah I get it, for software to evolve some costs need to come with it, but this seems truly ridiculous, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who has purchased recently — also, them saying there’s no way to offer an upgrade due to “Apple’s policies” or whatever is also BS, they could always give people redemption codes or whatever (though I’m sure those are limited, so likely not a practical option). Either way, truly unfair and dirty.

    • Chris Wagers

      You should get refund from Apple then buy infuse 5. It’s easy to get refund.

  • Alex

    Wish Infuse let you visually scrub through videos like Air Video Server and Plex do. Also, I place all my files in a public shared folder on my mac and created a separate sharing only account, and it takes FOREVER to load (sometimes it never does and I just get tired of waiting for it to load no more than 10 video files from my shared public network folder) when Air Video Server and Plex both load and refresh automatically. They also let me visually scrub and skip ahead 10-15 seconds of audio as well as select and turn off subtitle tracks as well as boost audio. Just wish Infuse worked more smoothly.

  • Marijn Bleumink

    Why is there no iCloud drive support in Infuse 5 for ATV4? I would like to save my movies in iCloud drive and not in Google Drive.