New screenshots and update revealed for VLC Windows 8 app

VideoLAN successfully raised enough money via Kickstarter a few months ago to work on a port of the popular free media player VLC for Windows 8. Today, the team used that same Kickstarter page to give a development update for the Windows 8 port, along with the posting of some new screenshots.

The update itself says that while the team has made "tremendous progress" on the Windows 8 version, they still have "a bit of work to do before sharing it on the store".  The update says that in addition to adapting VLC to the Windows 8 Modern UI, they have also "cut down 90% of our symbols that are forbidden" when creating a Modern app.

The team is currently working on two tasks for the Windows 8 version, "make VLC work with MSVCRT 11.0 without crashing" and "write headers and C/C++ code to access the new fashion of COM APIs in which WinRT is written in." The team will then work on making the app work on Windows RT (ARM) and on Windows Phone 8.

As far as the screenshots, you can check out the new images below, including a new start screen for the app. Kickstarter backers should also receive their rewards "soon", according to the page.

Source: VideoLAN on Kickstarter | Image via VideoLAN

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I hope this will read metadata embedded into the video file. Would be amazing to actually see a movies info and cover art without having to go to places like TVDB which nearly always get something wrong, or have missing info. That's if this even displays such things. I have a feeling it will just be like the already included video app but supporting a lot more formats.

Windows RT and phone 8 need VLC far more than windows 8, considering how limited MS' built-in players are when it comes to container and codec support.

eddman said,
Windows RT and phone 8 need VLC far more than windows 8, considering how limited MS' built-in players are when it comes to container and codec support.

Personally, I just use Plex server with the Plex app on my Windows Phone, Windows PC, Android tablet, iPod and Roku. All my media is meta tagged automatically and transcoded on the file in a central location accessible from anywhere I have a data connection.

eddman said,
Windows RT and phone 8 need VLC far more than windows 8, considering how limited MS' built-in players are when it comes to container and codec support.

Limited? The only thing I hear people cry about is MKV, and I use both allot of legitimate sources but also piracy (American shows that don't air here ) and the only place where one finds MKV is piracy.

MKV is a container, not a single codec. It often uses the same frigging codecs Windows already supports natively (MPEG4, h264 etc). But because people forcefully package them as MKV, Windows cant use it and people blame Windows. The source video file is already supported by Windows....

MS has a very valid reason for not supporting containers. They dropped their own container (AVI), which doesn't do that much more then MKV. So why drop one and continue the same useless path with the other, which is on top of it all, outside control of MS.

@Shadowzz

Calm down. I know the difference between a video or audio codec and a container. That's the reason I wrote "container and codec".

I don't care why MS doesn't support some formats. All I want is the ability to play them on my device, and MKV isn't the only thing that isn't supported.

OGG, OGM containers, Vorbis, FLAC, some AAC and AC3 audio codecs and a few others come to mind.

P.S. Don't tell me about legal or illegal. With my 300$ a month salary, which is considered a normal average in this country, how am I supposed to buy legal movies and series, if I can even find them in the first place.

MKV is supported by PowerDVD metro app by the way.

Had a few laughs when you compared it to AVI. Using MKV you can package few subtitle tracks, few audio tracks and few video tracks in your file. AVI doesn't have any of these features (natively at least). In fact, what you would want to compare MKV with is MP4. Now that would be at least an appropriate comparison.

mychaelo
MKV is supported by PowerDVD metro app by the way.

Had a few laughs when you compared it to AVI. Using MKV you can package few subtitle tracks, few audio tracks and few video tracks in your file. AVI doesn't have any of these features (natively at least). In fact, what you would want to compare MKV with is MP4. Now that would be at least an appropriate comparison.

avi supports up to 254 streams (video audio subtitles) , This is a myth that ogm supporters dreamt up to pimp their useless container

eddman said,
Windows RT and phone 8 need VLC far more than windows 8, considering how limited MS' built-in players are when it comes to container and codec support.

It is not limited because they are slacking off.

They chose not to support flac/mkv because of similar patent fear about vp8. They have provided the way for metro apps to have their own codec support so apps like VLC can solve these problems without MS having to fear anything.

Crimson Rain said,

It is not limited because they are slacking off.

I never said that. Companies have their reasons and I understand that.

I was just pointing out that IMO, RT and WP8 should be the priority for VLC because in windows 8, we have the option to install the desktop VLC or MPC-HC and play along until the arrival of metro VLC. The same can't be done for the other two OSes.

Crimson Rain said,

It is not limited because they are slacking off.

They chose not to support flac/mkv because of similar patent fear about vp8. They have provided the way for metro apps to have their own codec support so apps like VLC can solve these problems without MS having to fear anything.

Yet MS have to act police and remove the app from their app store when the app bundles 'illegal' codecs.

Or did the VLC team get confirmation that they can bundle all their codecs? I doubt that. They need to license at least the DTS and AC3 codecs if they put this on the app store. Just like all other media apps now do on the App Store for iOS/Mac.

Mackster said,

Yet MS have to act police and remove the app from their app store when the app bundles 'illegal' codecs.

Or did the VLC team get confirmation that they can bundle all their codecs? I doubt that. They need to license at least the DTS and AC3 codecs if they put this on the app store. Just like all other media apps now do on the App Store for iOS/Mac.

VLC doesn't bundle any codec from 3rd parties. They do however, use code in their own plugins from 3rd parties and that code was freely offered up for them to use.. Indeed, VLC itself is licensed under GPLv2. You can check out the Thanks.txt in the VLC installation directory.

As for the Metro version, VLC are writing a lot of code to convert the existing way the plugins and video is rendered into the way Microsoft likes it to be done via Metro's sandboxing. That's taking most of their time at the moment. The plugins and code used in them are still under the GPL license so I don't see a reason why they wouldn't be included in the Metro version once all the plugin work has been completed.

can't wait for release. such a pain to use right now when watching movies while tablet is plugged into tv.

Hopefully the work they're doing to port this to Metro should allow them to modernize and streamline the desktop code base as well.

theyarecomingforyou said,
Looks like most Metro apps, which is to say not something I'd ever choose to use.

We can't like it all. I never liked the standard desktop interface. The menus on the top were incredibly confusing. Always differently named tabs for different options. And then you had a couple of smartasses who wanted their app to be different and put some options in a different location while also using the menu tabs for the other half of the options. juk.

The modern UI is easy to use and fast. Commands are Always in the same place and IMO it looks great as well. But we can't like it all. For example I hate the looks of Ubuntu. I like the idea of it but the UI is terrible. Luckily for the both of us we can choose other alternatives.

theyarecomingforyou said,
Looks like most Metro apps, which is to say not something I'd ever choose to use.

By far the biggest reason you'd use VLC for Metro is not for the looks of the app. Having access to play the MKV type files that are unsupported natively in Metro apps is the biggest reason you'll be using it. Once that's complete, I'm sure they'll work on making it fancy and you might even be lucky enough to get themes

Personally, I'll be sticking with desktop VLC until Microsoft fix the annoying issues with metro apps changing monitor space and being removed when the start screen is used. For example, right now. If I had VLC app running on the 2nd monitor, and hit my start key, the start screen would show up on my 1st monitor. The VLC app would go away and show the desktop on the 2nd monitor. And when I go back to the desktop on my 1st monitor it VLC app won't be automatically shown.

Side pinned apps are just as bad, but at least they come back, if not jumping from the original 2nd monitor to the 1st. It makes working with metro apps on dual monitor set ups very frustrating and i'll be impossible to make use of VLC... but I guess 'metro' and what VLC guys are doing aren't aimed at me, as much as I'd like it to be..

Ronnet said,
We can't like it all. I never liked the standard desktop interface. The menus on the top were incredibly confusing. Always differently named tabs for different options. And then you had a couple of smartasses who wanted their app to be different and put some options in a different location while also using the menu tabs for the other half of the options. juk.

Right, as if Metro apps can't become inconsistent.

.Neo said,

Right, as if Metro apps can't become inconsistent.

To be fair, it's fairly hard to mess up block-colours, 4 sided shapes and allcaps text.

Athernar said,

To be fair, it's fairly hard to mess up block-colours, 4 sided shapes and allcaps text.

I think he was referring to swipe down (right click/win popup key) and side (bottom right) the hidden charm menus. You should get contextual menus on the charms and active menus for items on the bottom.