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VLC for Mac development on verge of demise?

updated 03:15 pm EST, Wed December 16, 2009

Lack of volunteers hurts project

All work on the Mac version of VLC may soon have to come to a halt, says VideoLAN. VLC is an open-source media playback application, notable for supporting both audio and video, and formats missing from official playback tools made by Apple and Microsoft. The VideoLAN software is developed on volunteer basis, however, and the number of Mac developers is reported to have dwindled to zero.

Production on a 64-bit VLC for the Mac has been put on hold, and VideoLAN warns that unless it can secure more developers, Mac support may be ended with the release of VLC 1.1.0. People are needed to update various components of the software, such as the interface and the video output architecture. Volunteers must have knowledge of C, Cocoa and Xcode. The latest Mac version of VLC is v1.0.3.




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  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +22

    Ouch

    VLC is a great tool for playing a huge range of video formats with excellent performance, even on older hardware. I hope these guys can get a bit of help, because VLC would be sorely missed if the Mac version were to disappear.

  1. Grrr

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +13

    Shame..

    VLC is so useful! Would be a shame to lose it now. I really can't be doing with installing a multitude of buggy codecs again just to get some poxy video or whatever to play properly in QT.

    However, if there are already no developers, then how on earth can development stop at V1.1.0 ? Its at v1.0.3 now, so would presumably stay there for a while yet..
    I hope the VLC folk can keep it together :)

    Still, it's a little irritating that we need it at all. If Apple were really not so obsessed with iPhones and iTunes etc, they might put some resources into making QT more flexible and more suited to peoples real life needs.

  1. wooky

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +14

    Please help!

    VLC is a great app in a pinch. Admittedly I don't use it often, but when I need it I really need it! I don't have any programming skills to contribute, but I hope some people step up.

  1. facebook_Caleb

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    Joined: Dec 2009

    +13

    no!

    Ok, this cannot happen!

    For one thing, it would destroy Handbrake and FairMount...

  1. dogzilla

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    Well...

    I think we have to ask why VLC for Mac is lacking developers. A popular product with a reasonable dev team would have little trouble attracting decent developers - especially now with so many coders un- or under-employed. VLC is a high-visibility project, so they shouldn't really have trouble finding devs with talent and willingness to do work.

    I have no direct experience with the VLC devs, but I've seen this happen to several projects, both ones I was directly involved with and not, and it's usually a case of personalities being difficult to work with, and/or development procedures that are outmoded or overbearing. I like and use VLC (less so every day) but I'd like to know more than the article tells about the real situation.

    As an aside - does anyone in the Mac community do any actual reporting? Or do they just parrot back press releases or things they read elsewhere on the web? I'd think finding out the info I mentioned above (*why* has VLC lost mac devs) would be a pretty basic and easy-to-answer question.

  1. timmerk

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    comment title

    I suspect it's because of Perian (http://www.perian.org/) and QuickTime. I enjoy the experience much better than VLC.

  1. facebook_Sean

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    Joined: Dec 2009

    +1

    Need help!

    I have been using this product with success since it first showed as a public beta.
    In fact, it is the third oldest program on my computer now after MS Office and Adobe Suite. I would love to help out but I am no programmer. I do hope someone can assist! I had no idea that development had ceased on the 64-bit version! I've been waiting for it!

  1. facebook_Sean

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    Joined: Dec 2009

    -1

    Need help!

    I have been using this product with success since it first showed as a public beta.
    In fact, it is the third oldest program on my computer now after MS Office and Adobe Suite. I would love to help out but I am no programmer. I do hope someone can assist! I had no idea that development had ceased on the 64-bit version! I've been waiting for it!

  1. dvh

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    VLC 1.0.4 64-bit

    There is a beta (actually labeled as 1.0.4) in the developers nightly builds downloads section:
    http://nightlies.videolan.org/build/macosx-intel/latest
    which seems to work with Fairmount, etc.
    Like others I hope some developers join in and continue support for Mac VLC...

  1. eldarkus

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    VLC

    VLC is a program I would gladly pay for. I love it so much and use it on a daily basis. I hope we do not lose it

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