Infuse has received a major update on tvOS and iOS that adds support for High Dynamic Range video as well as an “all-new design” on iOS. Infuse now supports 4K, HDR, and HEVC decoding on Apple TV 4K.
Infuse on Apple TV 4K
FireCore, the company behind Infuse, had already added support for 4K video and HEVC decoding on Apple TV 4K, and with the latest update (version 5.6) for tvOS it has baked in support for HDR video.
- “In August, Infuse was the first to add support for HEVC video, and today we're proud to announce we're also the first to offer full support for HDR colors. Not only can HDR videos be played in their full glory on an HDR screen, we've also baked in dynamic range conversion so you'll get great color even when using older, non-HDR devices. No fiddling with transcoding or other quirky settings - just play the videos you want, and Infuse will handle the rest,” the company said.
In addition, Infuse has re-engineered its video rendering engine to be based on Apple’s Metal.
- “Many other changes are packed into this release, such as a more efficient video playback pipeline, improved subtitles, and many other under-the-hood improvements to keep things working smoothly,” the company added.
We have included the change log for the Infuse 5.6 on tvOS below.
Infuse on Apple TV 4K
Version 5.6 NEW - Support for HDR video - Dynamic range color conversion for non-HDR devices - All-new Metal based video rendering IMPROVED - Improved playback of Annex B HEVC videos - Improved handling of PGS subtitles - Many other minor improvements FIXED - Minor fixes for tvOS 11
Full redesign on iOS
Infuse version 5.6 has also been made available for iOS where it includes an “all-new design”. It has also been optimized for iPhone X.
The update adds support for HDR video on iOS, meaning that you can enjoy HDR video on iPhone X and iPad Pro. It also adds support for the down-conversion of HDR to SDR as well as the new Metal-based video rendering engine.
We have included the change log for Infuse 5.6 on iOS below.
Infuse on iOS
Version 5.6 NEW - All-new design - Optimized for iPhone X - Support for HDR video - Dynamic range color conversion for non-HDR devices - All-new Metal based video rendering IMPROVED - Improved playback of Annex B HEVC videos - Improved handling of PGS subtitles - Many other minor improvements FIXED - Minor fixes for iOS 11
Mode-switching coming later
With the release, the developers took time to answer some user questions relating to the two new features coming with tvOS 11.2 later this year.
To the question of whether Infuse will support automatic HDR/SDR switching, they said: “Yep, this is currently in progress and should be ready in time for the public launch of 11.2.”
To the question of whether Infuse will support automatic refresh rate switching, they said: ”Auto refresh rate switching is in progress and will be available in time for the 11.2 release.”
Infuse is already one of our favorite media playback apps and it appears that it is about to get even better. Infuse is free with optional ‘Pro’ features available as an in-app purchase.