VLC Dev Projects
This is a list of small independent improvements to VLC for which we are looking for interested developers, because we simply don't have enough time.
These do not require advanced knowledge of VLC internals but they can still vastly improve many parts of VLC
For each project, we list a contact person, who knows the subject best and who will be able to assist you if you are interested in working on these. We generally are very often present on irc.videolan.org, chan #videolan, so please don't hesitate to drop by or to send a mail if you are interested in a given problem (our mail adresses are generally <nick>@videolan.org).
We also have a number of "easy" bugs. You can check them out here
- 1 Network
- 2 Inputs
- 3 Video
- 4 Interfaces
- 5 Playlist
- 6 Misc
Our RTSP implementation (for broadcasting and video on demand) does not support the RTCP protocol. This is a must to have a real support for RTSP. Some work has already been started, but there is still much to do.
DVB support for Windows
DVB is the norm for :
- Digital Terrestrial TV (aka DVB-T)
- Digital Cable TV (aka DVB-C)
- Digital Satellite TV (aka DVB-S)
Several DVB input cards exist. We support these on Linux, but not on Windows. For Windows, we need to support so-called BDA drivers.
The problem is that we don't have both the time and the required hardware on Windows comps.
This project is probably not terribly complex, but you need the hardware.
VLC currently has a pvr module and a v4l (video for linux) module. However
- some cards are only supported in the new v4l2 API
- The linux kernel will soon drop v4l support
So if someone could update VLC's current modules to work with V4L2 and the new ivtv api, this would be a welcome addition. This is not a very difficult project, but you will need to have the hardware to test against.
DirectX 9 video output
DirectX 9 features some improvements that we could use in our video output
Improvements to the X11 video output
Fullscreen support to improve .
This is a big subject, that has barely started. Interested persons will need to work closely with existing developers to implement this. Not much information is available yet. The idea is to make streaming very easy, and yet powerful by using parametrable profiles. These could be used either by the graphical interfaces or through HTTP/command line interfaces
Improved Podcast support
Our current podcast support is very weak. We can read them, but that's all. We need a real infrastructure to handle them correctly. This will require some changes to the playlist code, so you will need to work closely with existing developers.
Improved ASX support
ASX is a playlist format used by Microsoft stuff. We can read it but we could do much better. More information is available at https://trac.videolan.org/vlc/ticket/20
We currently have some miscellaneous code to detect discs (DVDs, Audio CDs, ...) but it's a bit scattered and it could be used much better in the playlist.
Some programs support so-called live folders. You add a folder to the playlist, and if the files in the folder are changed, the changes are copied to the playlist.
Having this would of course be great :)
It might require some work to be able to do this in Linux, Windows and OS X, but the current developers will of course be able to help on these.
Our current subtitles autodetection feature is not very good, and far behind some other implementations.
The key problems should be identified and fixed. We already know we have many problems with encoding, but the detection features themselves seem to be weak.
We should also enable the subtitles when they are detected
DBUS is a communication mechanism for Linux (mainly).
We would like VLC to be able to use it so that other programs can interact with vlc (start/stop, know what is being played, ...)
-- I started to work on it, with some code from Kenneth Østby. Don't hesitate to contact me at < rafael _d_o_t_ carre _a_t_ wanadoo _d_o_t fr > in english or french.