VLC Windows 8 Kickstarter push will also fund Windows Phone 8 version

In late November, the volunteer team at VideoLAN that develops and supports the free video player VLC announced a Kickstarter fund raising campaign to help speed up development of VLC made to run on Windows 8 in its Modern UI. Today, the Kickstarter page got a development update and announced that the fund raising efforts will also go towards making a Windows Phone 8 port of VLC.

The update post says:

While the roadmap is about Windows 8 for Intel followed by a version for Windows RT, it appears to be feasible to publish another version with a specific interface for Windows Phone shortly after, since the WP8 APIs are way more similar to Windows 8 than WP7 ones.

The post adds that the Windows Phone 8 port might be easier to make than the Windows 8 version because it contains less restrictions. VideoLAN says they won't have to make any changes in VLC's networking code for it to work with Windows Phone 8.

VideoLAN also says that Microsoft has been in contact with the team, saying:

They are looking into ways of supporting us directly through non-financial matters, notably hardware, technical and design help. This is great news. Moreover, we've been in touch with several designers and some hardware chip vendors about this project.

The team has also been working on making sure the Windows 8 VLC port passes through Microsoft's Windows Store requirements, adding, "So far, the Windows Store terms and conditions seem to be compatible with the GNU GPL." With 18 days to go, the Kickstarter campaign has now raised 13,599 pounds, with the goal of raising 40,000 pounds.

Source: VLC on Kickstarter | Image via VideoLAN

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Obry said,
Umm the current version of VLC plays mkv files just fine (on Windows 8) or am I missing something?

Yes it doesn't run on Windows RT/Phone

Obry said,
Umm the current version of VLC plays mkv files just fine (on Windows 8) or am I missing something?

Yes you're missing everything this article is talking about

FoxieFoxie said,
WILL IT SUPPORT MKV FILES?

Or is it WP8 restirction

no it isn't a restriction because MKV is a container,and all that needs to be done is for them to create an MKV parser,which is a trivial thing to do. In fact,I've created an MKV and AVI player for WP7. It isn't in the store though because it is a private app that I made specifically for my company and it has support for mp4,avi,mkv.

FoxieFoxie said,
WILL IT SUPPORT MKV FILES?

Or is it WP8 restirction

There are already mkv file players in the store now so there is no OS restriction.

I I would have donated but they are starting with an x86 app which is not really critical here. There are acountless x86 videoplayers. I dont know but just creating a metro UI shouldn't be that hard should it? What they should be rather doing is the Windows RT app but it seems that is on the back burner and no guarantee they are ever going to do it so I will keep my money.

The UI? probably not as they are very minimal, but learning how to code Modern apps is a fair amount different than desktop apps. It would probably take me twice as long to develop a good Windows 8 Modern app compared to a desktop "equivalent"

kinpin said,
I I would have donated but they are starting with an x86 app which is not really critical here. There are acountless x86 videoplayers. I dont know but just creating a metro UI shouldn't be that hard should it? What they should be rather doing is the Windows RT app but it seems that is on the back burner and no guarantee they are ever going to do it so I will keep my money.

The Windows RT app should be trivial to make... As long as they aren't using Win32 API's, it should just be a matter of recompiling for RT and correcting whatever few bugs they encounter. I'm pretty sure that just means they're using an x86 machine for testing because it's much more accessible, and then Windows RT will follow after.

kinpin said,
I I would have donated but they are starting with an x86 app which is not really critical here. There are acountless x86 videoplayers. I dont know but just creating a metro UI shouldn't be that hard should it? What they should be rather doing is the Windows RT app but it seems that is on the back burner and no guarantee they are ever going to do it so I will keep my money.

This, I'm planning to buy the next Surface RT next year so am concerned about how its app environment is doing.

SubZenit said,
Microsoft should've pay the entire amount just to support the developers. Oh, and the amount is not euros but GBP.

I think codec licensing issues prevent companies getting involed with VLC

Will the Metro app work with Windows RT too, I thought the idea was that all apps in the store would nearly always works with both 8 and RT but there have been quite a few big apps snubbing Windows RT

thealexweb said,
Will the Metro app work with Windows RT too, I thought the idea was that all apps in the store would nearly always works with both 8 and RT but there have been quite a few big apps snubbing Windows RT

They state that they will make a Windows RT version as well