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Readying VLC on WinRT

Posted by VideoLAN (Creator)

WinRT platforms 

So, here is an update about our port on WinRT platforms. 

I now say WinRT platforms, but that means: 

  • Windows 8/8.1 ModernUI "Metro"
  • Windows Phone 8 
  • XBox One? (who knows?) 

The WinRT platforms have mostly 2 flavors: x86 and ARM. And we'll try to be on both of them.

VLC port status 

We have now: 

  • support for all usual VLC formats, including MKV and FLAC, 
  • audio :D 
  • video, (with correct aspect ratios), 
  • basic subtitles support, 
  • file and network stream support,
  • a simple, but working UI, 
  • passing the WACK certification, 
  • working on Windows 8 and 8.1.


Those are the current screenshots, and you can even see some actual bugs. 

Readying the release

We are preparing the release, fixing the important bugs, notably an audio crash that got us rejected from the store. We have numerous small bugs that are annoying, notably some thumbnails, crashing and the audio browsing part.

We hope to work on it until this week-end and then submit once again. 

Open source

As soon as we have one release out, all the code will be open sourced, and we will welcome contributions, notably on the UI/XAML part. 


At the same time, we're spending quite a bit of time to get a working version for ARM, so we can deploy on Windows RT too. We don't know exactly how much time, but we hope it's a matter of weeks. The issues are mostly compiler related.

Windows Phone should not need a lot of extra work for the API, but will require some work for files management. Adaptation of the basic UI should be simple enough. 

Thanks a lot.

Jean-Baptiste for the VLC on WinRT Team

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    1. Shawn Black on

      Any update on this, guys?

    2. Greg Boyko on

      Is a release close?

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      Hogan on

      Can't wait to get ether an update or the app in the store.... the latter would be the better ;)

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      Chris Miller on

      Any status updates?

    5. FloGer on

      Any news in the last month?

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      Moaaz Khan on

      An Xbox One release would be great.

    7. Billy Reynolds on


    8. Vladislav Nagornyi on

      Looks stunning! When could we expect next update?

    9. Innov8ive Concepts on

      This looks great! But I am a bit concerned that there are no visible volume controls. This feature is still planned for final release, right? The trend with Windows 8 for some bewildering reason is to not provide the user with independent volume controls, and for anyone who does more than one thing at a time that produces audio this makes these types of apps very unusable. I think this is one of the most basic (and important) functions of a media player. I hope it will be included.

      I appreciate all your hard work and effort to create this app.

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      Ray Glendenning on

      Great job, can't wait!

    11. fredgiblet on

      My body is ready.

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      Joshua Carmody on

      Yay! Looking forward to trying the release. I'm not a very experienced Windows 8 developer, but once the project is open-sourced I may look to see if I can contribute to the UI in some way.

    13. Nick L on

      Great progress! Congratulations. Given the complexity of what you're doing here, and that you've had to basically re-engineer a whole new toolchain to target the WinRT API, it makes perfect sense to get x86 working first, then move onto ARM.
      I echo the comment below about VLC rip-offs in the store. I've reported them, but as I'm not the rights holder I can't do anything: I'll connect you with our LCA people if that will help? (As you know I work for Microsoft)

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      Daniel Garcia on

      Would be nice to have it as a Christmas present !
      That said, I must say I am disappointed for the additional wait for ARM.
      The very reason why I decided to fund the project was ARM, since on x86 we can run the standard VLC anyway. Sure some folks with Intel tablets will still appreciate the touch-UI, but those that desperately need VLC are the ones that have no alternative, i.e. on ARM.

      Either way, looking forward to put it on my home tablets, finally be able to enjoy mp4 files with subtitles and what not.

    15. Robert Virkus on

      Incredible work, everyone!

    16. Dan Atkinson on

      That's awesome news! I'm so glad I back this project. :)

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      Daniel S. H. on

      Good work. Looking forward to test your first release. Especially looking forward to RT version when it is available as well. +1 on Jeremy's comment though. The VLC clones in the Windows Store is not a pretty sight. Since they are so strict in their validation process I find it difficult to understand how they get through in the first place. Selection in the Windows Store has been sparse, however past 6 months I have noticed great improvement, and VLC will only contribute for the better.

    18. Jeremy P. on

      Are there any plans to do anything about the VLC clones in the Windows Store?

    19. J.R. Raith on

      Great news all around! Keep up the good work team!

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      Jonathan Nguyen on

      so now this is for Windows 8 pledge? and WinRT as secondary?

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      Rudy Zeinoun on

      Can't wait for the WP8 version!

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      Thomas on

      Thanks a lot for the update.

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      Ken Callan on

      Screenshots look good. Looking forward to its release, particularly the RT version and the Windows Phone 8 version.

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      Kasi Viswanath on

      Good luck. Have been very patiently waiting for this. Very eager to try this out.