VideoLAN team getting closer to finishing VLC Windows 8 app

Even though it's been a while since VideoLAN successfully raised enough money via Kickstarter to work on a Windows 8 app for its VLC video player, the development of has taken much longer than predicted. Today, VideoLAN President Jean-Baptiste Kempf made a post on his personal blog that gives a status update on the VLC Windows 8 app.

In short, the blog post has Kempf stating that back in June, the team still had 16 forbidden calls to deal with that required WinRT direct calls from C. Today he stated:

We fixed most of the issues, including the WinRT static calls, meaning that we rewrote a lot of idl, idl tools and header files. We are at 5 forbidden calls (3 tonight, I hope), to 1 Windows dll, from only the VLC core. We still have the socket code to fix though.

When the number of forbidden calls gets down to zero, the VideoLAN team can then upload their build of the VLC app to the Windows Store so that its Kickstarter backers can start their own testing before it is released to the general public.

The team recently launched a version of VLC for iOS devices, after two years of lacking such a port. Apparently, some people thought that the development of the iOS version was slowed down because of the work on the Windows 8 app. Kempf denies this idea in the blog today, saying that there was a separate dev team for each app. He added:

On the contrary, porting VLC to more platforms improves the portability of VLC, and helps finding weird bugs or misdesigns that benefit all the other ports, when they are fixed! For example, the work on OpenGL ES for Android helped the port to iOS. Or the work on WinRT helped the normal VLC for Windows.

While Kempf did say they "are closer to having something on the store," he did not give any timetable for when the Windows 8 app will be made available.

Source: Jean-Baptiste Kempf's blog via WinBeta.org | Image via VideoLAN

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All the current video/audio/image/file applications in the Windows Store are just wrapping system APIs. Most of these apps are even just using the Microsoft supplied templates. It is pretty gross that they are charging for apps that have no real programming.

Any video app currently in the Store has all of the same features and limitations as the Video app, because they all are just DirectShow wrappers.

Oddly enough, one of the things I'm hoping this player will do is enabling me to watch DVDs on my Surface RT via a USB DVD drive. Yeah I know I can (and do) rip DVDs to video files and play them that way, but that takes time to convert and space to store.

I'd love to know what percentage of the contributors are running WinRT cos I know I'm not and I'm pi$$ed that the Windows 8 version has been ready for ages and we're forced to wait for the stupid WinRT version.

You do realize that there's a difference between WinRT and Windows RT? Windows RT is an operating system that only runs on ARM, and WinRT is the application architecture that all Modern Apps run on, including for Windows 8, Windows RT, and Windows Phone 8. The Windows 8 version isn't ready, and cannot be put on the Windows App Store until the work on WinRT has been completed.

You can find the classic Windows version (which runs perfectly on Windows 8) here: http://www.videolan.org/

If this app is released, and it gives a nice 'Metro' layout of my local content, this will make a Windows tablet purchase that much more compelling. I wouldn't care if the app costs $5-10, I would gladly pay for it.

MS, unfortunately, has made an app like this necessary, b/c their apps only care about Cloud content now. Any local content they support is just dumped all in one 'location' and looks a mess.

greensabath said,

MS, unfortunately, has made an app like this necessary, b/c their apps only care about Cloud content now. Any local content they support is just dumped all in one 'location' and looks a mess.

No, none of that is true.

Just checked the Video App, it seems for the 'personal video's section, they now have added folder support. When I checked it at Win8 Launch, it used to dump all video files together, so I never opened it again.

But their codec support is limited, and VLC will fix this with it's wide array of codec suport.

greensabath said,
If this app is released, and it gives a nice 'Metro' layout of my local content, this will make a Windows tablet purchase that much more compelling. I wouldn't care if the app costs $5-10, I would gladly pay for it.
VLC is open-source, you won't have to pay anything for it

"VLC is open-source, you won't have to pay anything for it"

I know you don't have to pay anything for it...I'm just saying I would GLADLY pay for it if it were to cost money