Now that VLC has achieved full funding of their $65,000 project on the crowdfunding platform, Kickstarter, VLC for Windows 8 RT is now officially in the works as a Windows 8 app.
VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVD, Audio CD, VCD, and various streaming protocols.
With 2,825 backers, VLC achieved their goal relatively easily on what is one of the most popular crowdfunding platforms. A Windows 7 version of the open source cross-platform media player already exists and will run unchanged on Windows 8 in desktop mode. However, this application will not run on Microsoft’s ARM-based Windows RT devices, hence the fundraising effort to port it over.
From their Kickstarter page, VLC stated;
Similar to the desktop version of VLC media player, you will be able to play all files, all your discs and all your network streams. All of that in a native, beautiful and easy-to-use interface.
In contrast to the built-in media player, VLC for Windows 8 we intend to add support for DVDs and VCDs out-of-the box as well as unencrypted Blu-Rays. All the features known from our current releases will be retained like a full fledged equalizer, video filters and superior support for subtitles.
We will pursue a fully-compliant app for submission to the Windows Store in order to reach as many users as possible, and to provide a consistent installation and update experience.
This fundraiser is run to allow experienced core members of the VideoLAN team to work on this new port full-time. We expect an initial release within three months after finishing the fundraiser. This would not be possible to do with volunteers.
The VLC team wanted to create something from the ground up that reflected Microsoft’s new design direction and would run on both full-sized platforms as well as on Windows Phone 8.
The VLC team released some mockups last week of what the completed designs might look like and expects to finish the port within three months. Now that the team has exceeded its Kickstarter goal, the extra cash beyond $65,000 will fund extra features, including camera input support, DLNA client and server integration, support for attached devices, and Microsoft’s SmartGlass second screen app.