The team behind the popular open-source media player VLC has announced plans to develop a native app for Windows 8’s Metro UI, and they’re looking to crowdsource funds for the project through Kickstarter. According to the team, although they currently receive donations through the VideoLAN association (a French non-profit) to purchase test devices and pay for servers, the Kickstarter money will allow them to work on the new port full-time while hiring professional designers to rework the user interface for Metro.
The goal for the project is set at £40,000, with £1,350 pledged so far and 29 days to go. According to the project description, an initial release should be ready within three months after finishing the fundraiser, with support for Windows RT devices powered by ARM processors planned for a subsequent release.
The Windows 8 app will support all the functionality of the existing desktop client, including the ability to playback a host of file formats and network streams, support for DVDs and VCDs out-of-the box as well as unencrypted Blu-Rays, a full fledged equalizer, video filters and support for subtitles.
There’s one major caveat, however. Apparently the client will require a significant number of forbidden API calls, so in theory VLC for Windows 8 might not even be allowed in the Windows Store. The developers think they might be able to find a way to work with Microsoft’s guidelines. If not, there’s the possibility of side loading.