Infuse 2 for iOS is undoubtedly a nice media player for the iOS platform, however the new features that were promising have proven to be underwhelming at this stage.
Admittedly, I held out using the app until version 2, so I can’t speak for previous version, but I had been hoping that version 2 would allow me to use my ipad as my main media player, and remove the jailbreak on my ATV2 and just airplay. It seems that this is not destined to be at this stage.
After struggling for some time to connect to my NAS (WD Mybook World Edition)*, I see that my movies just show up in a list, no library view, no metadata, no sorting, no watched indicators. I understand some of these are coming, but I really was expecting something more akin to the ATV version. Watched indicators are a must, as are being able to sort not just by name - how about by date added as in infuse for ATV.
- connect to NAS was difficult, again I was expecting an ATV experience of autodiscovery. More guidance in the help section is needed here.
Airplay is not great at all. For a media player that boasts HD playback, I am somewhat dissapointed that airplay is implemented using the mirroring protocol (as many other iOS media players do), which even on SD proves to be jerky. I realise that there’s a lot going on in the background, but other apps can stream video from the internet a lot faster and use ‘true’ airplay to send HD video to the ATV - I wonder if this is a file format issue?
If so, is there a recommended file format to get the best out of airplay streaming? It would be a shame and pain to transcode all my movies to take advantage of this feature, especially as infuse boasts being able to play a multitude of formats. If I were to do that, I might as well convert to itunes and be done with it. Or are there recommended minimum hardware requirements for smooth streaming? Is my ipad 2 and ATV2 connected via airport express too slow?
As I say, I understand some features are still to come, but the airplay is awful IMO. It looks like I’m going to have to keep my jailbreak on my ATV2 for the time being. It’s a good job I don’t have an ATV3!