New VLC Windows 8 screenshots released; shows app working in Snap mode

A few days ago, Neowin got some exclusive screenshots showing off the new user interface for the upcoming, and long awaited, VLC app for Windows 8. Today, the team at VideoLAN released even more new screenshots of the app, including how it looks while in Snap mode.

The new images were posted on the VLC Windows 8 Kickstarter page, along with some extra screenshots on the Imgur site. The Snap mode images also show some of the coding that the development team is working on to finally complete the app, which was announced over a year ago and funded by a Kickstarter campaign.

Speaking of coding, the latest update states, "We've worked a lot on the audio crashes, and finally decided to rewrote (sic) the audio stack for Windows Metro platforms. Hopefully, this will allow us to finally pass the Store validation." The plan is to submit the app to Microsoft's Windows Store in the next couple of days.

The new shots include some that show off the main start screen for VLC, along with how it looks with the Recent View menu.

The VLC app also includes a new UI for its mini-player that can be seen in some of the new screenshots, including the one above, in the upper right hand corner.

Source: Kickstarter and Imgur | Images via VideoLAN

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Great. I hope it passes this time. I need it because Video app doesn't play mkv files. I stream movies from my homegroup. Desktop version of VLC the buttons are too small.

wingliston said,
Great. I hope it passes this time. I need it because Video app doesn't play mkv files. I stream movies from my homegroup. Desktop version of VLC the buttons are too small.
Since you mention the desktop version clearly you're using x86 Windows. There are much better players but if you must use VLC, why don't you just install a skin with bigger buttons? It's crazy waiting so long for the Metro version which is no doubt going to be buggy even when it finally arrives, whereas the desktop version has seen years of development and is naturally stable.

wingliston said,
Great. I hope it passes this time. I need it because Video app doesn't play mkv files. I stream movies from my homegroup. Desktop version of VLC the buttons are too small.
If you stream movies why do you not use Plex? It kills VLC dead.

VLC has missed the boat on Windows Phone completely now with moliplayer being the great 'play anything' app king there. Too late they are now..

MoliPlayer is great! On Windows RT I am using PowerDVD Mobile now after I gave up waiting for VLC. Really regret donating 9 times what PowerDVD Mobile cost to VLC.

Honestly, why is it taking them this long??
Didn't they promise to have this thing shipped a lot earlier in their kickstarter statement?

aviator189 said,
Honestly, why is it taking them this long??
Didn't they promise to have this thing shipped a lot earlier in their kickstarter statement?

They had a problem with audio... so they took it down.. and they are working on to make it better... so they will release it to public soon.

shozilla said,

They had a problem with audio... so they took it down.. and they are working on to make it better... so they will release it to public soon.

I guess the next few days is the rumor?

aviator189 said,
Honestly, why is it taking them this long??
They are hypnotized watching boobies bounce (see 3rd screenshot on imgur).

aviator189 said,
Didn't they promise to have this thing shipped a lot earlier in their kickstarter statement?
They promised lots of things, so nothing new now when it comes to more delays.

So glad I pumped money into that, it's really worth it's weight in gold, oh wait, we've got NOTHING yet.

Instead of getting out a version for Windows 8, they concentrated on iPhone, Windows Phone and any other platform except the one we donated the damn money for.

PsYcHoKiLLa said,
So glad I pumped money into that, it's really worth it's weight in gold, oh wait, we've got NOTHING yet.

Instead of getting out a version for Windows 8, they concentrated on iPhone, Windows Phone and any other platform except the one we donated the damn money for.


I just want to say that it's funny to read someone talk about a donation as if they made a purchase.

Those volunteers got paid near 80 grand usd..
+vlc player is supposed to be an open project.. what has been open about the Win8 development?

I do see one thing they are developing in XAMl no WINJS as Microsoft so loves... I just hope this doesn´t limit too much the performance... Either way what is expected is that is as good playing videos as the desktop version.

Also this could open much more possibilities in the future such as WP8 player.

Nuno Relvao said,
I do see one thing they are developing in XAMl no WINJS as Microsoft so loves... I just hope this doesn´t limit too much the performance... Either way what is expected is that is as good playing videos as the desktop version.

Also this could open much more possibilities in the future such as WP8 player.

Why would XAML give worse performance than WinJS?

Nuno Relvao said,
I do see one thing they are developing in XAMl no WINJS as Microsoft so loves... I just hope this doesn´t limit too much the performance... Either way what is expected is that is as good playing videos as the desktop version.

Also this could open much more possibilities in the future such as WP8 player.

Have worked on a number of Win8 apps. The Xaml\C# stack is much faster for this type of app.

The UI could be so much better!

I hope it is still an early version of the interface. The tiles are misaligned and the mini-player's position is odd: if you receive a Skype call for instance you can't pause the video because the notification will overlap the player.

In my view, it took them so long, because they tried to port the whole codebase to WinRT, and every time that a problem popped up, they still didn't want to accept that parts of the code itself are problematic.

They dragged this audio issue for too long and in the end decided to rewrite the audio stack; something that they should've done sooner.

jrtorrents said,

I believe it when I see it. They promised to deliver the app
by April last year.. all they do is show screenshots .


OK then ... can you design and code a completely new multimedia app from the ground up?

I'm no programmer myself, but I do understand that building an application from scratch,
especially one so complex as this, and written by a comparatively small team of coders,
many working on it in as volunteers, takes a lot of time, and can be subject to delays.

DJGM said,

OK then ... can you design and code a completely new multimedia app from the ground up?

I'm no programmer myself, but I do understand that building an application from scratch,
especially one so complex as this, and written by a comparatively small team of coders,
many working on it in as volunteers, takes a lot of time, and can be subject to delays.

No I can't but i didn't do a fundraiser asking for money to deliver an app by April 2013.

The guys at Moliplayer made a similar app which plays almost every file VLC plays and more . I'm assuming they didn't had the same issues as Videolan but manage to pull it off under a relatively short time.

http://www.wpcentral.com/molip...sources-file-support-update

Yes yes fine fine, its been in the works since Nov 2012.. Its almost Feburary 2014, I think they should submit the app already...

dingl_ said,
Yes yes fine fine, its been in the works since Nov 2012.. Its almost Feburary 2014, I think they should submit the app already...

They already did at least once, but it got rejected due to audio problems

One would think audio would of been the very first thing they'd have worked on and figured out.. if it took then this long on core feature I don't have high hopes for consistent future updates alongside other platforms

might give it a try someday... but MPC is more than enough in conjunction with a fairly good codec pack. VLC is the crapware for video as Winamp for MP3

well i can agree with winamp but i dont think vlc is crapware (i dont LIKE or LOVE it however i use it 'cos sometimes i require it); and of course i cant install MPC on my Surface 2 even if i would touch that software (on x86 im pretty good with a decent codec pack and WMP)

As a single install, no codec pack needed application that can handle all files I throw at it, VLC is a dam fine application.

VLC on the desktop is way to complicated with way too many option you pretty much never need and just gets in the way but this looks really awesome especially if it supports subtitle files and a wide range of file types.

UnclePritchard said,
might give it a try someday... but MPC is more than enough in conjunction with a fairly good codec pack. VLC is the crapware for video as Winamp for MP3
Is MPC making a modern version?

UnclePritchard said,
might give it a try someday... but MPC is more than enough in conjunction with a fairly good codec pack. VLC is the crapware for video as Winamp for MP3

Try installing that on WinRT.... hence this app.

UnclePritchard said,
might give it a try someday... but MPC is more than enough in conjunction with a fairly good codec pack. VLC is the crapware for video as Winamp for MP3

Not my experience at all. VLC runs everything, immediatly. That's my experience. WHenever I install Windows, VLC is part of the express set of apps that I install with it. I then immediatly set it to default. That way you can be sure any file will run right away for the end-user. No need to teach them how to drag/drop or anything.

VLC is really sub-par quality-wise. Depending on your graphics drivers it displays a lot of videos in 16-235 range instead of the full 0-255 and you lose a LOT of contrast. And the CPU usage is gigantic compared to MPC-HC at good or even default settings.

VLC is cool for streaming, for everything else there are much, much better options.

Ambroos said,
VLC is really sub-par quality-wise. Depending on your graphics drivers it displays a lot of videos in 16-235 range instead of the full 0-255 and you lose a LOT of contrast. And the CPU usage is gigantic compared to MPC-HC at good or even default settings.

VLC is cool for streaming, for everything else there are much, much better options.


There will always be niche demands that drive niche users to niche products. For everyone else, VLC works out of the box without mysterious codec packs that I'd really rather not encourage people at various levels of computer proficiency to manage.

The convenience is so dramatically overwhelming that it's all but impossible to make a meaningful case to VLC's user base to switch to something else.

I suspect a lot of their users dont even know what VLC is. I at least installed VLC on a lot of PCs of my less tech-savy friends and family. To them its just the 'programs that plays movies'. Some dont even notice that I switched default from WIndows Media Player to VLC. At least not the lay-out, they do notice they can finally play 'all kinds of movies'.