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How To: Watch Xvid Videos Natively On Your iPad

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The iPad's potential as a personal video device is handicapped pretty severely by the limited file formats it supports. CineXPlayer, the latest app to sneak past the App Store approval squad, helpfully plays Xvid videos with zero conversion required.

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Just like last week's ill-fated MiTube, CineXPlayer's stay in the App Store will likely be a brief one, so you should grab it now before it gets yanked.

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But when you do have it, CineXPlayer lets you drop AVI videos encoded with the Xvid codec right onto your iPad via iTunes File Sharing, where they can be played back instantly, without conversion. Of the handful of videos I tried, CineXPlayer faltered on a few, but the majority looked great and played without issue.

Illustration for article titled How To: Watch Xvid Videos Natively On Your iPad

The developers say they "endeavor to support most popular formats," though I doubt they'll get the chance. But for however long it says available, CineXPlayer's a refreshing reminder of how easy media playback on the iPad can and should be. [iTunes - Thanks, Mohammed-Ashiq]

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DISCUSSION

5...4...3...2...1...time before Apple yanks it off AppStore.

Seriously though, on what grounds can they "censor" an app like this?

I've installed it anyway.. even if we won't get updates, we can still use it after they pull it off.

Oh and please Gizmodo, keep a tap on this app and its developer. If they do pull it, make sure you bitch and moan about it. It sure did seem to have an effect with the iPhone 4's antennagate and ultimately with the legalization of JB.