VLC 4.0 will bring new user interface and media library manager

Greg S

TS Evangelist

At the Free and Open Source Developers European Meeting, VLC has shared a look into what its next major revision will look like. Beginning with a new user interface, VLC is working towards adding a media library browser, VR support, 3D video support, and revising all video output functions.

Desktop users will eventually be able to use VR headsets such as the Vive and Oculus Rift to view content in VLC. Along with VR and proper support for 360 degree video comes a whole host of 3D audio technologies, including 3rd order ambisonics.

Android users of VLC will feel right at home with the addition of a media library to the desktop application. It is functionally very similar to what currently is available in the mobile app. VLC shared some screenshots from the upcoming interface redesign, showcasing what browsing through media may look like.

Holding some reputation as being a fast and reliable media player, VLC is still providing an option to disable the media library for quicker launch. Linux users will receive Gnome and KDE adaptations of the new UI. Wayland support will be a feature of VLC 4.0, as well as UPnP rendering, and AirPlay output.

As VLC looks towards the future, dated platforms are being cut off from support. Minimum versions of operating systems are now Windows 7, MacOS 10.10, Android 4.2, and iOS 9. Linux users must now have OpenGL support. If you want to give VLC 4.0 a try you can download the latest beta here.

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Bats Dude

TS Rookie
It just keeps getting better and better!
Not hardly. If you tune it to your own particular likes/dislikes it starts screwing up- BIG time (I-7; Nvidia; Intel 4000; 16 Gb ram), and has to be reset- constantly! I do not want everything I play added to a stupid playlist unless I say I want it. Great concept But going nowhere fast!
 

raydpratt007

TS Rookie
VLC used to be my default media player, and I originally installed it as part of a series of steps for downloading the best copies of videos from various sites, and so I appreciated VLC very much. However, after I upgraded to Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, a different media player became my default player, and VLC quit correctly playing videos. I recently had to download and save some videos, so I installed ClipGrab, which is very easy to use and works flawlessly, but I resent the loss of VLC. I hope that the new version of VLC will work out the kinks that may have been caused by the changes in Ubuntu.
 

pencea

TS Maniac
VLC is a nice media player for the common file formats, however I still prefer MPC Klite Codec Pack.
 

Bats Dude

TS Rookie
It just keeps getting better and better!
If you consider changing the UI to the so trendy flat design that has wasted space and uncomprehensible icons...
I'm pretty sure you can change VLC skins to whatever you like if that is your only major gripe.
Just exactly where did I even mention a "skin"? Exactly NOWHERE! My "gripe" as you moronically put it, is that if you adjust the settings to your system the stupid program crashes repeatedly! There is not a better media player, BUT VLC's community is in the bad habit of fixing what isn't broken, thus breaking it! "Skin"! LOLOL! I was repairing pc's and writing code in the 70's when all there was was DOS. Who cares about a "skin"? Now that, is modern petty!
 

fps4ever

TS Evangelist
Just exactly where did I even mention a "skin"? Exactly NOWHERE! My "gripe" as you moronically put it, is that if you adjust the settings to your system the stupid program crashes repeatedly! There is not a better media player, BUT VLC's community is in the bad habit of fixing what isn't broken, thus breaking it! "Skin"! LOLOL! I was repairing pc's and writing code in the 70's when all there was was DOS. Who cares about a "skin"? Now that, is modern petty!

Your problem is you didn't mention any of that in your first post and now you just went off on a childish tirade. Don't like it, don't use it or take a nap or something to calm down. Talk about petty...