I am always on the lookout for good apps for my Surface RT and I came across a new video app that looks handy. PressPlay for the Windows Store works with Windows 8 and Windows RT and will play back video files in various formats from local storage, remove able storage and from the Windows HomeGroup.
PressPlay has some nice features and some that other video plays don’t have. It have a split pane for video playback so you can preview video files while browsing for videos, it has touch screen gestures for the volume, supports captions, it has video thumbnails and when you try and play a video file that is in a format that the device doesn’t support (like MKV) it automatically transcodes it to a compatible format before playing.
The app is free and available from the Windows Store and if you come across any other video or music apps please let me know.
Media Player providing the best experience for playing your local video files (including MKV and FLV). It supports advanced touch, mouse and keyboard controls. It also comes with an integrated explorer which displays the folders inside your libraries, removable devices, HomeGroup and media servers.
Explore the folders inside your libraries, removable devices, HomeGroup and media servers
Explore and play videos side-by-side
Play Matroska (MKV) and Flash (FLV) video files (experimental)
Load captions (subtitles) into a video
Advanced touch, mouse and keyboard controls
Ian Dixon is a Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional), founder of TheDigitalLifestyle.com tech site and producer of the weekly The Digital Lifestyle Show podcast. Ian has been writing and talking about Windows for over 10 years and has over 20 years in IT as an IT Manager. Ian has thousands of followers on Twitter and Facebook and over 4 million views on his YouTube channel.