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VLC Kickstarter for Windows 8 Gets Funded

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VLC seeks to get native support for Windows 8.

VLC, the well-known and open source freeware video player, took its campaign to bring its app to Windows 8 to Kickstarter and managed to get funded with time to spare.

Though the current version of VLC is perfectly functional on the desktop version of Windows 8, VideoLAN Corporation's goal is to natively integrate the app to work with both the desktop and tablet versions of Windows 8.

Unfortunately, the non-profit lacked the proper funding to make such a goal a possibility. However, with Kickstarter, they've managed to raise £40,000 to get VLC built and shipped.

VideoLAN's posted a few other goals, now that the Kickstarter's been funded, that it'll attempt to get done, provided there's enough funding left, including camera input support and Smartglass support.

To help fund the VLC for Windows 8 campaign, VideoLAN's Kickstarter page is located here.


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    Anonymous , December 27, 2012 9:20 AM
    Best player is on iPad? All I see is choppy playback video playwers on iPad. When it comes to video compatibility, iPad is hopeless and Windows is king.
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    hannibal , December 27, 2012 7:35 AM
    Good, so there will be a good player for win8 tablets!
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    randomizer , December 27, 2012 9:27 AM
    syndNot at all a 'best' player. A lot of problems with codec packshttp://www.cccp-project.net/wiki/i [...] ia_Players pretty much explains the whole story.


    Codec packs are a problem themselves.
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    hannibal , December 27, 2012 7:35 AM
    Good, so there will be a good player for win8 tablets!
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    diddo , December 27, 2012 7:59 AM
    So instead that spending workpower on improving VLC they need starting another project to make it for WinRT.
    That is what Metro / Store fuss is for: making developers stop improving products and start writing and maintaining two versions, hampering competition to MS software.
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    Anonymous , December 27, 2012 9:20 AM
    Best player is on iPad? All I see is choppy playback video playwers on iPad. When it comes to video compatibility, iPad is hopeless and Windows is king.
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    randomizer , December 27, 2012 9:27 AM
    syndNot at all a 'best' player. A lot of problems with codec packshttp://www.cccp-project.net/wiki/i [...] ia_Players pretty much explains the whole story.


    Codec packs are a problem themselves.
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    SteelCity1981 , December 27, 2012 9:55 AM
    i tried VLC i was never able to play my blu-ray disc with it. I treid powerdvd after trying many players that failed to do the same and it worked like a charm.
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    tomfreak , December 27, 2012 10:50 AM
    I use Mediaplayer classic
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    alchemy69 , December 27, 2012 10:52 AM
    If you pledge $500 you get a personalised e-mail saying "Use Windows 7. Problem sorted"
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    The-Darkening , December 27, 2012 11:01 AM
    syndNot at all a 'best' player. A lot of problems with codec packshttp://www.cccp-project.net/wiki/i [...] ia_Players pretty much explains the whole story.


    I for one am grateful that VLC uses it's own codecs. They don't take a dump all over my system and work very well out of the box. Could care less about CCCP (Which C means Crap? All of them?), I don't even need a codec pack nowadays.
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    nukemaster , December 27, 2012 11:41 AM
    SteelCity1981i tried VLC i was never able to play my blu-ray disc with it. I treid powerdvd after trying many players that failed to do the same and it worked like a charm.

    PowerDVD is pay for software, while VLC is FREE. VLC bluray support was just released. It is hard to work an open source/free player with ALL the DRM bluray is filled with.

    On that note, I use PowerDVD for bluray as well:) 

    The-DarkeningI for one am grateful that VLC uses it's own codecs. They don't take a dump all over my system and work very well out of the box. Could care less about CCCP (Which C means Crap? All of them?), I don't even need a codec pack nowadays.

    It is all about the way that Win8/RT metro apps work. it is not as simple as it is on the normal desktop app. I love VLC's built in codec setup(plays 99% of things).
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    notsleep , December 27, 2012 1:53 PM
    i like their 64-bit windows version of their releases. vlc should get rid of their 32-bit version and focus on 64-bit only. :) 

    i don't see the reason to continue development for 32-bit windows version.
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    alidan , December 27, 2012 2:37 PM
    notsleepi like their 64-bit windows version of their releases. vlc should get rid of their 32-bit version and focus on 64-bit only. i don't see the reason to continue development for 32-bit windows version.


    because not everyone in the world is on windows 7 and even than not everyone is on 64bit?
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    somebodyspecial , December 27, 2012 3:34 PM
    This money/time should be spent on making a better player for android itself. Win8 anything is a waste of resources. This OS should be abandoned. :)  Just like Vista/ME/MsBob. You're wasting money & resources on an OS that isn't going to be adopted by many users. What a shame.

    Looks at OS market share and design for that. Android running ~74% or so should tell you something vs. anything microsoft related to win8/rt (or even WP7.x). They have no share, why waste your time? Does anyone see ANY product from microsoft dominating android/ios soon? If so you need to put the crack pipe down for a sec and take a deep breath of fresh air ;) 
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    SteelCity1981 , December 27, 2012 3:53 PM
    nukemasterPowerDVD is pay for software, while VLC is FREE. VLC bluray support was just released. It is hard to work an open source/free player with ALL the DRM bluray is filled with.On that note, I use PowerDVD for bluray as wellIt is all about the way that Win8/RT metro apps work. it is not as simple as it is on the normal desktop app. I love VLC's built in codec setup(plays 99% of things).



    i tried the blu ray support version and it still didn't with retail blu ray disc, because of DRM. The nly way around that is is to use anydvd HD to break the DRM on the disc and then use VLC.

    Even though powerdvd is not free it's a great program and worth every penny esp when you consider the latest one supports 3D Blu Ray play back. I got mine for 60 bucks and it blows away the competition.
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    daglesj , December 28, 2012 10:07 AM
    I use VLC and like it. However, I wish they would drop the traffic cone as its icon etc.

    Traffic cones are not a symbol of efficiency or goodness. Quite the opposite.
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    Th-z , December 28, 2012 4:53 PM
    daglesjI use VLC and like it. However, I wish they would drop the traffic cone as its icon etc.Traffic cones are not a symbol of efficiency or goodness. Quite the opposite.


    And it could use an icon overhaul for different file types.
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    nukemaster , December 28, 2012 6:06 PM
    You can set icons for each file type if you wish from any explorer window.

    I just let windows generate a thumbnail :) 
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    Th-z , December 29, 2012 7:19 AM
    You can do that back in the XP days, but since Vista Microsoft changes the way it works. You'd either edit the registry or most likely use a third party program. Still, it's nice to have standard and visually informing icons next to thumbnail, and in small view.
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