The VLC Media Player has been on the market since 2001 and has probably already been installed on your Windows or Mac computers as well as on mobile devices over the years. To date, VLC has been downloaded more than 3.5 billion times on various platforms.
The open source software sees itself as an all-encompassing media player that gets along with almost all formats and also offers some exciting additional features.
The VideoLAN team behind the development of the VLC Media Player has now indicated to Protocol that a commercial solution for your own product could also be envisaged in the future. Jean-Baptiste Kempf, President of VideoLAN, described the Plex Media Player as an example of an ad-supported business model “that could also work with VLC”.
As part of these possible changes, the VLC team has also made new visual changes. A completely revised version 4.0 of the popular media player is to appear “in the coming months”, which will then also come in a new design. “We made the surface a little more modern,” says Jean-Baptiste Kempf.
Browser plug-in and IMDb competition planned
In addition, VideoLAN is currently working on a browser plug-in so that any type of film can be viewed in a web browser. Another project is called Moviepedia, which Kempf describes as a kind of IMDb competitor – including community editing in Wikipedia style.
The development of future-oriented video codecs such as AV1 and AV2 is also being pushed forward.
In addition, the revised VLC software will support additional third-party content via a new expansion system. “But we will implement it in the style of VLC,” reports Jean-Baptiste Kempf. A year ago, VLC for Android devices was equipped with support for Apple’s AirPlay.
Last but not least, VideoLAN also has plans to celebrate its twentieth birthday this year, starting with a literal moon flight:
The team plans to put a video time capsule on board the first commercial moon voyage later this year and is currently asking VLC users to make their own Submit videos. “
The re are a lot of people in the VideoLAN community who really love space,” said Kempf. “We have SpaceX fans, die-hard fanboys.”
VLC Media Player is still available for free on the developer’s website for macOS, Windows, Linux, iOS and Android.