Possible extra features for Windows 8 VLC app revealed

On Sunday, the Kickstarter fundraising campaign for making a VLC app for Windows 8 exceeded its £40,000 goal. The app will also be developed for Windows RT and Windows Phone 8. With four days to go before the campaign officially ends, the team at VideoLAN have offered some extra features that might find its way into the Windows 8 version of VLC.

In a new update on its Kickstarter page, VideoLAN says that as long as some development money is left, they will work to put in new features after the first release of the Windows 8 VLC app, such as camera support. VideoLAN says, "This allows you to record anything your connected cameras can see and to stream it live where ever you like."

Another possible extra feature is DLNA client and server integration, which should allow Windows RT tablets and Windows Phone 8 smartphones to stream media from DLNA servers. The team also hopes to put in "integration with locally attached devices for media playback and synchronization" along with some kind of Xbox SmartGlass support, which would likely allow VLC content to be streamed to the Xbox 360 console.

Finally, the team thanked its backers for allowing the VLC Windows 8 project to reach its goal, saying, "We are looking forward to go all-in on this project!"

Source: Kickstarter | Image via VideoLAN

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What's all the fuss about the Metro VLC? VLC does many different things but it certainly isn't anywhere near the top of the class regarding video playback quality or video decoding speed. I'd really love having something based on the LAV codecs instead, they really rock.

Because there isn't a decent Metro media player and not sure who is behind your beloved LAV codecs but they must not be very intrigued in developing a Win 8 media player while the VLC guys do. But you don't have to use it if you don't want to. I personally can care less about some LAV codec. VLC plays everything just fine for mine (and many other people's) taste...

VLC does play everything (not literally of course, there are still some little problems with formats like WMV) but there's really a noticeable difference in the postprocessing/CPU-usage of VLC versus a player that uses proper directshow codecs so, that said, is it really worth saving the couple of clicks required to open a proper desktop video player application? I would understand on Windows RT where you can't install anything else that a metro video player is the only solution but it's the Win8 metro app we're talking about so it's not like it's really that essential.

Because this isn't just Win8 VLC app that we're talking about. This is an actual layer so that VLC can be put on other Windows devices easily, including RT and Phone eventually. The real purpose behind this is to... "pave the way to WinRT for Open Source libraries and applications, with the nice side effect on running VLC on Windows 8."

Pluto is a Planet said,
Because this isn't just Win8 VLC app that we're talking about. This is an actual layer so that VLC can be put on other Windows devices easily, including RT and Phone eventually. The real purpose behind this is to... "pave the way to WinRT for Open Source libraries and applications, with the nice side effect on running VLC on Windows 8."

Yes it certainly is a necessity on Windows RT since you can't install anything else that isn't on the store and this includes additional codecs or a desktop player. On Windows 8 though, that they're targeting right now I still don't see the huge need though: VLC is a player but it does also an insane multitude of other things, it's a sort of video multi-tool rather than something being made for a specific task, it's certainly a very nice application but it wasn't made to excel at any specific task and that includes playing the media. If we had some working media foundation codecs (Metro apps can only use those, WMP supports them but relies on directshow when they're missing) now THAT would be exciting on Windows 8 because metro applications would be able to play anything the codecs supported like you can right now with codec packs and MPC-HD or other players for example, you could even use the stock video app and have the maximum video quality/decoding speed available.

DLNA client is my top wish from those I think.... I've got a DLNA server here will all my downloaded TV and movies on that I use to stream to the Xbox in one room, and direct to a TV in the other. Would be great to stream to my Surface too.