VLC, Android and DVDs

DVD on Android

If you're like me, you probably have a large number of DVDs at your place.

Of course, the DVD format is outdated, but it has a few advantages:

  • Everything is available on DVDs and it's cheap to buy,
  • It's cheap to decode MPEG-2 with any CPU (even mobile),
  • It's very simple and well supported,
  • It has menus and bonuses,
  • Most patents for decoding DVDs are over (or almost),
  • It does not need an Internet connection to work.

Adding to the fact that you have probably numerous legally bought DVDs in your home, and that VLC plays DVDs since a long time, we've decided to add DVD support on VLC for Android.

It's also great when you travel, in car, trains or planes.

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Blu-Ray playback libraries updates (BD-J)

Triumvirat update

6 months after the first libbdplus release, and my post about the open Blu-Ray playback stack state, we've updated a bit the libraries.

We have seen, in the last weeks, the release of:

So, the three libraries of the stack have been updated with a few important features.

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Website refresh

My website was totally old fashioned, empty and outdated.
If you've come here in the past, you know exactly what I mean. :D

So after almost 10 years, it was time to update it.

I've removed a lot of pages, but you can still have access to my blog, my resume, my contact information and my projects.

There are still things in transitions, so it's normal if you still see some issues.

Design

It's a new totally fresh and original design, responsive and written from scratch by me.

I think my CSS and frontend skills have improved a lot with this project.

Technical

The global style is partly based on bootstrap, for the menu and the grid system.

The blog is still powered by Dotclear, that I updated to the latest release (2.6.3).

However, I had to write a new theme, because the ones I found on DotAddict were either too clumsy or too hard to articulate with bootstrap.
I might share this theme, if some people are interested.

The rest of the website is custom code, without framework, but is simpler to manage for me, than the old system.

Bugs

Don't hesitate to give me CSS suggestions, to report 404 or other bugs you are experiencing.



VLC for Android: take 2

Intro

VLC for Android is on the store since quite some time, and it is quite popular, notably knowing it is only a Beta release.

After more than 6 months since the last release, we've developed a new version that is changing a lot of things.

This could be mostly considered as a Second main release of VLC for Android.

The most important parts are a new UI, closer to a modern Android theme and a rewritten hardware acceleration.

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Second build submitted to the store

After the first beta release a couple of days ago, a second build fixing the most important crashes has been submitted to the store, for certification.

It should notably fix the crash on start, on some machines, but other stability issues, on the music side too!

We'd like to thank the new contributors that helped.

It should appear automagically in a few hours on the store.

Next release, next week!

Have a nice week-end!



First achievement unlocked!

Oh boy, this has been a long and bumpy ride!

Today, the first Beta of VLC for WinRT is getting deployed on the store.

As many of you know, the road to come to this point has been long... Very long.

I've been driving or helping some ports of VLC on mobile, but this port has been the hardest, by an order of magnitude.

I'll speak a bit more about the lateness of this port, another time. Today, I'll introduce a bit to this application.

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