VideoLAN President and VLC developer Jean-Baptiste Kempf, based in Paris, France, graciously agreed to talk to us about the recent release of the Windows 8 VLC application.  It has been a long journey for VideoLAN which originally started a KickStarter for the Win8 VLC project in late November of 2012.  Lately Mr. Kempf has been spearheading efforts to get VLC on mobile platforms such as iOS, Android, and even Windows Phone.  We had a very open and honest conservation about the WinRT development platform and the future of VLC. 1) Why did VideoLan feel it was important to make a WinRT VLC application for Windows 8/8.1?  Well, VLC needs to be everywhere on all platforms.  Windows RT and Windows Phone are new platforms, and we need to support them.  Moreover, we never know how the platform will extend, so it is a good idea to try to reach all of them. 2) ...

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VLC for Windows 8 was finally made available in the Windows Store, in beta form, just a few days ago.  The initial release contained a number of bugs including one that crash the app on startup.  An update to fix this issue along with improving the stability of the app has been submitted to the Windows Store.  President of VideoLan Jean-Baptise Kempf gave us an update on his blog: After the first beta release a couple of days ago, a second build fixing the most important crashes has been submitted to the store, for certification. It should notably fix the crash on start, on some machines, but other stability issues, on the music side too! We’d like to thank the new contributors that helped. It should appear automagically in a few hours on the store. Next release, next week! Hopefully these rapid updates continue. It appears VLC seems to have more than a 1000 users ...

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An update late last night by VLC’s twitter account revealed they are re-submitting their app to the Window 8/8.1 Store “soon.”  It seems they are close to squashing whatever bugs that caused their app to be rejected last week. Now I believe the original plan was to get VLC working on full Windows 8 first and then WinRT due to some minor api differences.  Hopefully if the team is able to submit the app tomorrow we may be able to download the app within a week’s time. Just a quick refresher on the timeline: VLC asks for funding via Kickstarter in late November of 2012 By late December 2012 VLC has raised nearly $75,000 Update on 90% completion in early April 2012 Update on unforeseen challenges in early June 2012 Further updates in Oct & Dec 2013 of Audio Bug Audio stack re-written in January 2014, UI revamped Failed submission ...

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The VLC team has faced another setback in their efforts to publish a comprehensive video player in the Windows 8 Store.  After an initial wave of enthusiasm in a successful kickstarter campaign the team has faced setback after setback.  The VLC decided to take an unorthodox approach in developing their Win8/WinRT app which would allow them to maintain much of their old code base.  The last update we heard from the VLC team was that they ended up rewriting their entire audio stack. A update from their Twitter account on February 1st revealed that their latest app submission had failed again.  The team is unsure why, but have said they are working on fixing any problems and will re-submit the app.  This may give the team some more time to work on the UI and make it look even closer to the Zune player. The VLC team has stated an ...

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You may recall some months back we reported on VLC’s kickstarter to raise $75,000 in an effort to create a free Metro Win8 App.  The project has been behind schedule and we reported on their progress in June.  In October the team finally got the video portion of the app working, but not the audio. VLC’s President Jean-Baptiste Kempf released a statement to Neowin today: We have video (correct one), audio, support for all files formats without our old trick (sending it on a local network), network streaming playback, and subtitles. All that with passing the WACK (technical certification). We have submitted it already (and got rejected, because of a crash). We will try to get around this nasty bug (race condition) and resubmit (this week? the next?) The WinRT app may take more time before it is released: “We’re working hard on it, since we don’t have (yet) a fully working ...

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The VLC gave an update for backers on their Kickstarter page: WinRT still advances As people who follow @videolan know, we keep working quite a bit on our port to the WinRT platforms. It is probably the port where the most effort is spent on those days, and is probably the most difficult. The good news is that we are improving quite a bit, and we are closer to having something on the store. Precision about VLC ports Some people said that we stopped working on WinRT to ship VLC on iOS… This is totally wrong, because those are not the same people working on it. VLC development is closer to a bazaar than to a cathedral building, and while the core advances altogether, people, who are volunteers, work on what they want, and on the features they want. This is very often true for VLC modules, and this is ...

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The VideoLan KickStarter campaign has ended a great success with the team raising £47,056 in 30 days. Felix Paul Kühne, Lead Developer on VLC media player has released the following statement: Today, the kickstarter campaign run by several core members of the VLC development team ended. £47,056 was pledged by 3080 generous backers. We would like to thank everyone who made this possible! This is a tremendous and somewhat unexpected success. We are very pleased about it. In the last week, we’ve prepared our project management tools, determined hardware and software needs for the developers who will work on VLC for Windows 8, RT and Phone, and set up our major development milestones. We will start right away as soon as the campaign is over. We will perform detailed scheduling early next month and reach out to major IT corporations who offered technical support and testing devices during our campaign. ...

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Demonstrating at least that there is a community of enthusiasts around Windows 8 Metro and Windows Phone, VideoLan’s VLC KickStarter fundraiser, which aimed to raise £40,000 in 30 days, has passed its goal with 5 days to spare. The VLC team writes: Dear backers, A few minutes ago, we passed our goal of £40,000 because of you! Thanks so much for the support from more than 2,500 backers like you! Right now, we are working on another update to lay out our additional ideas. We are enthusiastically looking forward to work on this project and providing the best VLC possible for you. Thanks! – The VLC for Windows 8 team Hopefully the enthusiasm of the community will also infect the VLC developers, who have targeted an April delivery of the software for Windows 8 Metro, to be followed by Windows RT and eventually Windows Phone. See the fundraiser here. ...

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The Videolan team have posted an update on their KickStarter page after their fundraiser hit 90% of their £40,000 target with 7 days still to go. Standing at £36,615 at the time of writing, the team explained their plan to port VLC from Windows 8 Desktop to Windows 8 Metro, needed because the Windows ecosystem was moving in that direction, required portions of their code to be rewritten to meet Windows Metro ideals of responsiveness and the ability to wake and sleep as needed. Because VLC is an open source project the code will be re-usable by other projects making the same jump. VLC developer Geoffroy Couprie writes: Why am I excited to work on this port? This KickStarter will give us the opportunity to work full time on WinRT for a few months, and solve all these challenges for us, but also for other open source projects. We already ...

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The Videolan team saw a massive responsive from their last update, raising nearly £4000 yesterday, but they are still £10,000 from their £40,000 target to create a VLC client for Windows Metro, which will eventually transfer to Windows Phone also. The team have therefore released two more high resolution renders resolution which can be seen here and here. To support the effort, which only has 9 days left, see the KickStarter page here. ...

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The VLC team have not been very forthcoming with updates, but they have now finally posted some new information, in the form of mock-ups of their Windows 8 Metro client. They noted that they are 70% to their target with 10 days to go, which is on track, but they of course still need your donations to actually make it. They also confirmed that after some work they now know their 3 month development time scale is realistic, meaning they should be able to deliver the app in April 2013. They are of course also still planning a Windows Phone 8 version of the app. Read the update and donate at KickStarter here. ...

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Donations are rolling in for VLC for Windows 8 Metro, with the collection gaining more than £6,000 in the last 5 days. That may still leave the open source team, which are planning to create apps for Windows 8 x86, Windows RT and eventually Windows Phone 8 still short of their £40,000 ($64,000) target. Microsoft has already pledged support in the form of hardware, technical and design help, but for the finances the team are relying on the eventually users, that being us. Show your support and be listed as a contributor in the app, by making a small donation at Kickstarter UK here (they take $ as easy as £). ...

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