are many iPhone video converters that simply
converts videos from any
format to another for both Mac and PC. If you search the internet for
you will find so many of them that are free.
I will discuss a more efficient way of playing none
supported video formats on the iPhone. This method does the conversion
on the fly and saves you lots of time and
on both your iPhone and your
computer. Also, I will mention a
couple of the free video converters that convert video to iPhone the traditional way.
Moreover, with the power of the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4, it is now possible to decode any type of video in real time and play on the iPhone with many iPhone movie players from the App store.
Some of the video formats that are not supported by the
are avi, divX, and wmv. This could be a little annoying, as most of videos available on the internet are wmv and avi formats. Imagine having
a big library of avi or wmv videos that you already have on your
computer hard drive, that you like to play on your
A traditional iPhone video converter will convert all
file formats to
so that the iPhone can read them. This is not only time
consuming but also inefficient as you will end up having two copies of the same
video, the original plus the iPhone version.
Moreover, after the
conversion, you have to transfer the converted
file to your
iPhone using iTunes which eats more of your space on the
use the same inefficiency to convert video no matter what you do. One iPhone video converter might be a little
faster than the other, but at the end converting video take a long time and space on your
and your iPhone.
On the fly video converter:
The solution is to use an iPhone video converter that converts and streams video from your computer directly to your
This is simply the best way to play any video from your
your iPhone. It does the conversion on the fly, while the video is
playing in real time.
Those kinds of converters have a server side
which is installed on the
desktop computer, and a client side
application, which runs on the iPhone.
When installing and running the server application on
or PC, your computer becomes a
video streaming station. When you run
the client app on your iPhone, it will find the server (your computer)
if it is on the same network and it will start receiving the
and displaying it on your iPhone screen.
You can browse your computer video files right from your
and play any video no matter what video format it is. If the video can be
played on your PC or Mac then it can be played on your iPhone.
When you click on a video to play it, your
does all the heavy work. It does the conversion in real time, and it
sends the resulted converted video to your iPhone.
It converts any video format playable on the PC or Mac, and feeds it the iPhone. You can play DVD to iPhone or vob to iPhone by
simply selecting the vob files from the iPhone file browser. Visit the ORBLive page to learn more.
converts avi to iPhone, flash to iPhone or flv to iPhone. And it also
converts wmv to iPhone. It is a great video to iPhone converter, and
all this happens on the fly without the need for a storage on your
The ORB website has many
free server applications for several platforms. After you select your
server application and install it, you can set up your video
directories on your PC. Those are the directories that contain all your
video files, DVD’s, avi, wmv, or divx.
The free OrbLive app from the App Store gives you access
random files in your computer and play them on your iPhone while the $10
OrbLive gives you access to all the files on your computer.
If you are on an outside network, you have to set up your
router port forwarding in order to connect to your computer from
Click here to learn more about Orb for iPhone.
It does a similar job as OrbLive but for video only.
There is no TV,
music, photo, webcam, or documents support. But some people like me
care only about
video streaming, and Air Video does the best job in that
Then run Air Video on your iPhone. All the videos from
directory in your computer will be available to your iPhone if you are
on the same network. You can select the conversion quality, the size of
the screen and many other settings to optimize the video playback.
Air Video makes it very simple to play your video from an
outside network also. All you have to do is to check “enable access from
the internet” from server preferences on your
PC. Then you will
get a PIN number from the server which you can enter on your iPhone to access that computer. Visit the Air Video page to learn more.
Both OrbLive and Air Video are great real time iPhone video converters allowing you to view unsupported video files on the iPhone. I
use OrbLive to stream internet TV, and use Air Video to stream all other
video files like wmv, avi, and flv.
With both OrbLive and Air Video, the conversion depends
speed of your computer. Therefore, for best performance you need a fast computer
Since the conversion takes place on your
desktop computer, you don’t have to worry about file formats,
storage on your computer, or storage on your iPhone. All the conversions are done on the fly in real time.
With the fast iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4, is is now possible to decode those non supported video files on the iDevice without the need for an iPhone video converter.