VideoLAN Working on a Video Editor

As you may infer from my recent distress of the possibility of VLC for the Mac coming to an end, I am a big fan of the work done by the fine developers of the VideoLAN project. What is not to like? There media player works on just about every OS and works with every kind of audio and video you can imagine, right out of the box.

Imagine my delight to see that VideoLAN will be producing a video editor. It is seems to be targeted more at casual users, according to the project page: “offering features to realize semi-professional quality movies, but with the aim to stays simple and user-friendly”. Excellent news indeed for encouraging and supporting media literacy on any and every platform.

I wonder if they’ve considered making a multi-track audio editor?

VLC on the Mac Needs Developers or Will End

Terrible news from Slashdot that the swiss army knife of video encoding and decoding, VLC, currently has no developers whatsoever working on the Mac OS X version of the project. As the forum post to which Slashdot links mentions, the learning curve for VLC is considerable so even if developers were to step up now, there would be some time before they could have an effect in restarting releases for the Mac.

Help spread the word, if you know any developers savvy with the OS X tool chain with experience in audio and video, talk to them about the possibility of helping out. Otherwise, Mac users will lose a major escape hatch from the proprietary media ecosystem dominated by Quicktime.

Update: The VLC folks have provided an information page that should be kinder to their servers.