VLC 1.1 Introduces Support for Extensions
Article by George Norman
On 02 Feb 2010
There are plenty of things to like about the VLC media player. First of all there’s the fact that you can use it on Windows, Mac OS X, and various Linux distros absolutely free of charge. And then there’s the fact that VLC will play pretty much any media format right out of the box. You’ll be hard pressed to find something that VLC cannot play. Then there’s the fact that it is capable of streaming over networks, transcode multimedia files, and is portable.

I think you get the idea. VLC is a properly good media player that can do a lot of things. Including putting on a Christmas hat – but I digress. VLC 1.1 will be able to provide even more functionality than previous versions as it will support extensions.

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“Starting with version 1.1, users will be able to write their own plugins for VLC, codenamed Extensions. The difference with other VLC modules consists in the language used to write these Extensions: Lua, a simple a lightweight scripting language, embedded inside VLC media player,” announced Jean-Philippe André.

Extensions are to VLC what add-ons are to the Firefox browser. They are small programs created by developers that enhance the way the browser looks, enhance the way the browser works, and generally make the user experience a lot better. And if this works for Mozilla and its Firefox browser, then it will work for VLC as well. Actually, extensions also make Google’s Chrome browser better a well (see here and here).

“Extensions are scripts running inside VLC, that will popup windows and fetch information on the web for you. To use an extension, all you need is to activate it from the View menu (if you are a Windows or Linux user). Then, it should be all self-explanatory,” explained Jean-Philippe André.

The only downside is that VLC 1.1 has yet to be released. You can download a nightly build though and try out VLC Extensions.



Tags: VLC, VideoLAN, Media Player, Extensions
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