VLC prepares a web version of the mythical player, new user interface and even an alternative to IMDB
The now classic open source media player VLC has been two decades since its launch. In these two decades it has not even reached version 4.0 (the version 3.0 It arrived in 2018), but it will do so this year according to those responsible for the project. There are more plans apart from releasing the new version, such as creating a web player or a database for series and movies in the style of IMDB.
Over the years VLC has amassed more than 3.5 billion global downloads. It has practically become an essential player for its great encoding capabilities and support for multimedia files.
VLC’s medium-term plans
As explained by the VideoLAN foundation a ProtocolThey have big plans for the next few months and on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary. The first of them and the one that perhaps most affects users is VLC 4.0 coming soon. This new version brings a “slightly more modern” interface and is expected to reach platforms during 2021.
On the other hand we have a content aggregation issue. VLC plays local content but it can also play streaming content if we give it a URL from where to get the file to play, it allows for example like this watch tv online The download YouTube videos. Now they have plans directly integrate libraries and catalog into the player. A kind of PLEX or Kodi. They say that for this they are thinking of third-party extensions that allow importing catalog from other sources and that can be played directly in VLC.
Continuing with catalogs, one of those responsible for VLC a Protocol comments that they are preparing a kind of movie database. Called Project Moviepedia, it would be an IMDB or Letterboxd alternative with a more Wikipedia-like approach where users edit the content.
For now we will have to wait to see how they evolve the next months and what features and news are coming. VLC has become part of the internet and digital world in recent years, so any slight change has a much bigger impact than it seems.
Via | Protocol