VLC turned 20 years customary this month – the popular video player has considered more than 3.5 billion downloads and despite its advanced age (software ages in dog years), it reveals no indicators of slowing down.
Work on version 4.0 is nearly entire, the stable release is expected in the coming months. The user interface will probably be redesigned from the ground up. A major feature would be the Moviepedia Undertaking, an IMDb competitor with Wikipedia-fashion user contribution mannequin.
The new version will also focus more on playing videos from the Cyber web, relying on extensions to search out third-party content. The team is also working on a version of VLC that will work within the browser (based on WebAssembly). Security will also be a major focal level for the 4.0 release.
Jean-Baptiste Kempf, the VideoLAN foundation Presiden, is mulling an ad-supported video service (similar to the one Plex started in 2019) as a way to present a boost to the undertaking.
The Protocol, which reported on the VLC 4.0 growth, also has a detailed history of the undertaking – the way it started, the legal challenges it faced and plans for the future (including sending a video time capsule to the Moon).