Last year, VideoLAN brought us the version 3.0 of the VLC media player, which was nicknamed the “Vetinari”. This year the media player maker promises that the VLC 4.0 will come with a lot new features and to many platforms as well.
The development team announced this at the FOSDEM 2019 event. The team explained the bold total make-over that the open-source media player will be coming with in its next major update, which is obviously, VLC version 4.0
Nicknamed “Otto Chriek”, the new VLC will undergo a total revamp of the media player’s user interface design. This upcoming VLC or simply “Otto Chriek” will give up the old interface for a couple of platforms. Such platforms lucky enough to get the complete overhaul include Windows 10, KDE Plasma 5 and a few others.
Changes for Windows 10
Changing the UI design for Windows 10 will complementing the OS’ own fluent design? The VLC 4.0 version will introduce flatter icons and buttons for the OS.
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Also, it will bring transparent and blurry effects to a lot of UI elements.
Also new features coming to PC. You will now see the structured media library you see in VLC for Android on PC.
VLC 4.0 will now bring a separate media library which will show thumbnails of media files on your computer. This feature is different from the present interface of VLC with which lets you open files through the File menu.
No interruption – Gapless all the way
In addition, Otto Criek (VLC 4.0) will have support for gapless music. With this new feature you could play music without any interruption.
Better audio/video synchronisation
Head of the development team, Jean-Baptiste Kempf also explained that they have improved the more, especially VLC’s internal clock. The upgrade will bring better syncing between audio and video. It will also reduce frame dropping.
Not just the interface will have some changes, the input manager will have some changes.
Another new exciting feature is VLC 4.0 will have support for VR and 3D videos.
Not all is good news after all
The new VLC is end of support for a few platforms. For example, VLC 4.0 won’t be supported on Windows XP and Windows Vista.
For those on using MacBook, the minimum requirement to run the latest version will now be MacOS 10.11.
For those using Android users, VLC won’t have support for Android versions 2.2 up to version 4.1.