VLC 1.0

During the VideoLAN dev days 08 (great success), we discussed many points about VLC, VideoLAN and the future of the projects.

One decision was about the naming of the next release and the timeline of it.

Naming

The discussions was about how do we name the release:

  • 0.10.0
  • 1.0
  • 1.0.0
  • 0.9.9.0

The result was that the next release is going to be: VLC 1.0.0.

Geeks are going to say that this is bad, because in the tradition of open source software, you never reach 1.0... While this is true, users are confused by 0.10.x releases.

Anyway, we voted and acknowledge that vote, so, I doubt there is any going back.

Timeline

The freezing date of VLC 1.0.0 is set on January, 31st 2009.

This means that VLC 1.0.0 alpha, alias VLC 1.0.0-pre1 will be available around the beginning of February.

VLC 1.0.0 release will likely be out during the month of March, then.

Features of VLC 1.0

There are many new things that some of you will like:

Playback

  • Frame-By-Frame, Improved frame accuracy
  • Timeshifting and record on the fly for all medias
  • RTSP trickplay
  • Faster caching
  • Faster seeking
  • Vout and Aout recycling as in 0.8.x
  • Post-processing is back

New Codecs

  • Dolby Digital Plus - E-AC3
  • TrueHD/MLP
  • Real Video 3.0 and 4.0
  • Blu-Ray LPCM
  • Dirac encoding in Ogg
  • Faster decoding and demuxing
  • Rewrite of subtitles core

Other

  • Windows CE experimental port
  • Maemo port
  • HTML export of the playlist
  • Interface customization on Windows and linux
  • Better GTK integration
  • Faster :)

VideoLAN

VideoLAN is going to be a separate non-profit organization for 2009 and I'll be the president of it.

More news on that later...