Capturing from more video devices (updated)

Thanks to a contribution by Katsushi Kobayashi, VLC 1.2 will support capturing video input signals from all QuickTime-compatible devices. This is basically your internal iSight (which was supported since VLC 0.9) plus any compatible webcam, FireWire video device, etc. The GUI was slightly updated to reflect this change and will get a few more options and refining until the release later this year.

In case you’re interested, this update will be available for testing in tomorrow night’s nightly builds.

Updated: new screenshot with close-to-final layout here.

Track Synchronization

Prior to starting with the more complex Video Filters panel, I’ve added a Track Synchronization panel to VLC 1.2. As its name says, it allows you to synchronize your audio, video and subtitle tracks more easily. Of course, the previously available hotkeys still work.

You can have a look at the result on flickr.

This panel will be available tonight through the development branch’s nightly builds.

Audio Filters

As a first step in reworking the existing Mac OS X interface for VLC 1.2, I’ve created an Audio Filters panel providing options similar to the Extended Controls panel known from the Qt interface used on Win32 and Linux. VLC 1.2 for Mac will get an entirely new main window and playback concept as part of this year’s Google Summer of Code. More on that once GSoC officially starts.

This panel is already fully functional and available through VLC’s unstable nightly builds. Note that video output is not supported in the current binaries, so you really need to focus on the audio features.

Screenshots of the new panel available here.

Update on VLC for Mac

After a long time of minimal changes to the Mac OS X port of VLC, I was able to pick up development of it again. As a first result, VLC 1.1.9 included a bunch of bug fixes to the interface (Apple Remote handling, hotkey preferences, Growl integration, quitting through the Dock, etc.).

VLC 1.1.10 will include improved Media Key support on Mac OS X 10.6 and later thanks to SPMediaKeyTap by Spotify AB as well as additional crash and bug fixes. VLC 1.1.10 no longer interferes with other applications using the media keys, most notably iTunes and QuickTimePlayer. Nightly builds reflecting the latest changes are available since last night on nightlies.videolan.org. Feel free to check these out and to provide feedback if you need anything else for VLC’s next minor release.