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RockPlayerBase media player lets HTC EVO play DivX, XviD, and other videos

Evo-divx If you're like most people, then you've probably got a bunch of DivX and XviD videos wrapped in AVI containers either sitting on your computer or stored on DVDs or a massive external hard drive. You may also have MKVs and some 1080p content too hanging out somewhere too.

Too bad you can't play any of it on your HTC EVO 4G without transcoding each one to a format that Android can play out of the box. Sure, you may have found some media player apps in Android Market and elsewhere with DivX support, but none of them are very good.

Media playback has always been one of Android's weaknesses, so I'm thrilled by the news of an upcoming app called RockPlayerBase. The app is currently in beta and of course has already been leaked and uploaded onto various file-sharing sites (Google is your friend).

RockPlayerBase supports all of the video codecs and containers mentioned above (as well as RMVB), which means that just about any video you have on hand can be transferred to your EVO's microSD card and played as is. Everything I've thrown at it so far has been played with no problem and quite beautifully, I might add.

The playback interface is very clean, you can view file information and select aspect ratios, and most importantly, videos are smooth, audio is in sync, and everything looks great (depending on the original quality of the file, of course).


Some video types play better than others, but for the most part I don't think anyone could not be impressed with RockPlayerBase. And it's still only in beta!

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Jenn K. Lee

Jenn K. Lee is the founder of Pocketables. She loves gadgets the way most women love shoes and purses. The pieces in her tech wardrobe that go with everything are currently the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Sony Tablet P, and Nexus 7, but there are still a couple of vintage UMPCs/MIDs in the back of her closet.

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