This year, VLC 4.0 will come with a new user interface

VLC is undergoing a major transformation: one of the most popular open source media players will get a completely redesigned user interface with the main version 4.0. As Jean-Baptiste Kempf, head of the VideoLAN Foundation responsible for software maintenance said to the Protocol, the team plans to soon lend a “slightly more modern” look to the player, which was originally (slowly twenty years ago) launched as a university project, and will also seek to incorporate new monetization capabilities into the app with the update.

The new interface was first flashed by the development team at the FOSDEM conference in February 2019, based on which the UI will build on a dark gray base color in version 4.0, and the panel hosting each control will be translucent with new, more modern icons. In addition to the player interface, the new look will include a menu system and a navigation interface between media content.

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But not only will desktop VLC benefit from the improvements, as the team is already working on a new web release of the player that will rely on Webassembly and JavaScript and can be easily integrated into various websites. As for the new monetization opportunities, Kempf would draw inspiration from Plex, potentially making ad-supported, streamed video content available directly from the player. Armed with new revenue streams, the development of VLC, which is still extremely popular today, could become even faster – the player’s daily downloads range from 800,000 to 1 million.

So VLC 4.0, with its new interface and potentially new monetizable features, is already on its way, though the team has still not announced an exact release date, all we know is that we can expect to start sometime in the coming months.

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