VLC launches Kickstarter campaign for Windows 8 app

VideoLAN, makers of the very popular, free and open-source media player VLC, are looking for backing on Kickstarter to bring a native version of the app to Windows 8.

The app will allow users to play all kinds of files, just like the original VLC application, and it also supports the playback of DVDs, VCDs and unencrypted Blu-Rays. The company says all features from current releases will be retained in the Windows 8 version, including support for subtitles, video filters, and equalizer.

The money invested into the project will allow members of the VideoLAN team to work on VLC for Windows 8 full time, and it will also allow the company to hire professional designers to build it. The team hopes to release the app within three months after raising the money. The first release will run on x86-based devices, and support for ARM architecture will come in a subsequent release.

Source: VLC (Kickstarter)

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Its great that they are taking it seriously and not throwing together some POS and throwing it out there and saying there, VLC for windows 8,our work is done here.

This is great to hear. I'll definitely throw them a little money to help the cause. Its apps like these that will lead me to use the metro side of 8 much more. I have been hoping for more media apps, perhaps something to replace my windows 7 media center pc, so this is a good first step.

Of course it would be nice, but I doubt Microsoft will allow such app into the store. Unless it gets licensed by Sony and all other companies that hold patents for numerous formats that VLC supports. Which means the app will be as expensive as the current Cyberlink offering.

Weissmeister said,
Of course it would be nice, but I doubt Microsoft will allow such app into the store. Unless it gets licensed by Sony and all other companies that hold patents for numerous formats that VLC supports. Which means the app will be as expensive as the current Cyberlink offering.

This. Unfortunately I can't see Microsoft willingly allowing anyone to run VLC as it exists today in the Metro environment unless VLC licenses a massive ton of patents to cover all the functionality and formats it offers now.
And that would substantially increase the price.

No app store would ever accept something like the present VLC.

Weissmeister said,
Of course it would be nice, but I doubt Microsoft will allow such app into the store. Unless it gets licensed by Sony and all other companies that hold patents for numerous formats that VLC supports. Which means the app will be as expensive as the current Cyberlink offering.

first of all,you don't know if VLC licenses these patents or not,and second of all, Microsoft doesn't check for patent infringement for 3rd party apps. That's VLCs problem and has nothing to do with windows store certification.

vcfan said,

first of all,you don't know if VLC licenses these patents or not,and second of all, Microsoft doesn't check for patent infringement for 3rd party apps. That's VLCs problem and has nothing to do with windows store certification.

VLC definitely doesn't license these patents because they can't license the patents - they don't exist ... VLC is based in France a land where software patents aren't real things.

If you are in the US then you are using software that is deemed illegal, however as VLC are outside of US jurisdiction and what they do is seen to be perfectly fine in France.

First thing that came to my mind as well. VLC has notoriously hid under the "open source" moniker in order to avoid paying licensing for its DVD and Bluray playback capabilities.

I doubt MS will include it in their app store for those reasons...which means that this is a waste of time and money tbh. (Unless they are counting on a 'jailbreak').

Hmm, for ARM VLC might be promising but for x86 it's dead to people who understands VLC well. Too many issues with VLC, I discussed them on the neowin forum in a few threads about it, chroma range is screwed up for example and blacks are not blacks is another example.

WaveZero said,
Hmm, for ARM VLC might be promising but for x86 it's dead to people who understands VLC well. Too many issues with VLC, I discussed them on the neowin forum in a few threads about it, chroma range is screwed up for example and blacks are not blacks is another example.

I agree that by default it displays blacks as dark greys, and there are other minor issues, however these can be corrected from the effects and filters dialog.

xn--bya said,

I agree that by default it displays blacks as dark greys, and there are other minor issues, however these can be corrected from the effects and filters dialog.

Fixes? I guess there might be some, I should investigate. I'm happy with my current players, using MPC-HC with MadVR, FFDshow audio filters and xy-VSFilter for subtitles.

Despite the problems with VLC, its ability to play whatever is thrown at it (while being all self-contained) makes it a worthwhile install on anything. Beats the hell out of the days where folks installed those sketchy/buggy "codec packs".

Shadrack said,
Despite the problems with VLC, its ability to play whatever is thrown at it (while being all self-contained) makes it a worthwhile install on anything. Beats the hell out of the days where folks installed those sketchy/buggy "codec packs".

That's why mplayer2 is a better option, or potplayer. Self contained as well.

I don't understand why you need an App when you can use it on the Desktop version. Can't you just set your preferences to open videos using the Desktop VLC? Or do mobile and tablet versions of Win 8 not have desktop versions? Eh?!

no-sweat said,
I don't understand why you need an App when you can use it on the Desktop version. Can't you just set your preferences to open videos using the Desktop VLC? Or do mobile and tablet versions of Win 8 not have desktop versions? Eh?!
The point is to move toward the NEW architecture while still supporting the old.

no-sweat said,
I don't understand why you need an App when you can use it on the Desktop version. Can't you just set your preferences to open videos using the Desktop VLC? Or do mobile and tablet versions of Win 8 not have desktop versions? Eh?!

You cant run x86 apps on Windows RT. So having this app would be great for RT users.

no-sweat said,
I don't understand why you need an App when you can use it on the Desktop version. Can't you just set your preferences to open videos using the Desktop VLC? Or do mobile and tablet versions of Win 8 not have desktop versions? Eh?!

Of course you can, but it's just nicer to not have to come out of the new interface.

xstex said,

Of course you can, but it's just nicer to not have to come out of the new interface.

I for one hope that they at least keep the desktop version going because I detest running most programs full screen, especially video players.

no-sweat said,
I don't understand why you need an App when you can use it on the Desktop version. Can't you just set your preferences to open videos using the Desktop VLC? Or do mobile and tablet versions of Win 8 not have desktop versions? Eh?!

The answer is a question: Why on earth would any touchscreen user want to use an app with a ton of small controls at the bottom and a small menu of words + more nested menus at the top of the app?

Tyler R. said,
The first screen (1st pic at top)....could look better. As for the the player itself and the icon, it looks really nice!
Which is why they're hiring designers to help design the app, hence why they need a Kickstarter.