Version 4.0 of VLC, the popular cross-platform media playing software, is planned for release in the coming months, Protocol reports. The big new feature is a redesigned interface, which VideoLAN foundation president Jean-Baptiste Kempf hopes will look “a bit more modern.” Protocol also reports that the team is working on integrating more online content into the software, as well as a new way of running VLC in a webpage. It also has an IMDb competitor in the works.
VLC’s developer VideoLAN gave the world a peek at what this new interface could look like way back in February 2019 at the FOSDEM conference. Screenshots released at the time show an interface that ditches the player’s dated light grey color scheme in favor of a design featuring transparent interface elements, and modern-looking icons. “Do not worry,” Kempf jokes when presenting the images, “You can still use a command line.”
It’s a much more modern design. Image: VideoLAN / FOSDEM The interface playing a music file. Image: VideoLAN / FOSDEM
Perhaps most intriguing is the Moviepedia Project, as it’s known internally. It’s an attempt to build an IMDb-style database for films, which can be edited and maintained by users.
There’s no firm release date for when VLC 4.0 might arrive, but you can read more about VideoLAN’s planned features for the release in its 2019 presentation (or check out a recording here).