Downloading videos is becoming more and more common these days, and of course the best device to watch these on is the iPad. Because the iPad is not the best device for downloading, most people download these videos on a computer. They then convert these files to mp4 and sync with iTunes. This can get a bit tedious for a single 20 minute episode of a TV Show.
I store my videos on a Time Capsule and wanted to stream the avi files I download to my iPad easily and quickly. Enter Video Stream.
Video Stream is an app that allows you to stream and live convert any video on your computer or Time Capsule to your iPad with no waiting times. Just download the Video Stream app and Server for your computer and add the folders you wish to access (add a Time Capsule or other external drive as you would any other folder). You can then open the app and navigate to the video you want to watch. Tap on it and it will begin to play instantly, no matter the format! You can also store these videos for offline viewing.
I have tried a lot of these apps (Air Video is the most popular), but I find that Video Stream has a very engaging interface and is updated regularly (retina display update was important for me).
Check it out and end your converting woes!