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VLC media player is one of the most popular applications for playing video files on personal computers. It will soon receive a new version (4.0), which will radically change the appearance of the program.

“We wanted to tweak the interface to make it look modern,” Jean-Baptiste Kempf, Head of VideoLAN, said in an interview with Protocol.

The latest released version of the app is VLC 3.0 which was released in February 2018 and added 360-degree content playback and HDRAs well as the service Google Chromecast. Due to the fact that VideoLAN is a non-profit organization, it took three years to create this edition, and the work was carried out by an international group of volunteers.

VLC 4.0, in addition to receiving a radical change to the application menu, is also to introduce new functions. Among other things, support for AV1 and AV2 codecs. VideoLAN also aims to develop a new way to use VLC on the web based on Webassembly and JavaScript.

Aside from this information, we don’t know much. Jean-Baptiste Kempf mentioned, however, that VideoLAN is considering offering a Plex-style business model with streaming free content (i.e. movies or series) within the app with ads. However, it is not known if the VLC developers will ultimately decide to take such a step.

When will we see VLC 4.0? There was no specific date, but it was promised that it would be within “the next few months.”

The current version of VLC For windows, macOS-a, Male in appearance I am iOS-prof It can be downloaded in Our software catalog.

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