Digital News, bitorrents, filmmaking, Media, streaming, video, vlc — February 22, 2013 17:33 — 3 Comments
VLC to look at streaming torrent files
Popular media player open to initiative by supporters to fund development of code to stream quality BitTorrent files directly
In what could be a significant move for independent, mobile filmmakers in creating another outlet for their work, there is a strong rumour going around that open-source video player VLC will soon be streaming video files shared over BitTorrent.
A group of supporters have already pledged $10,000 to find the right developer to help them support the file-sharing protocol, reports TorrentFreak.
They are already in talks with VLC’s creators, VideoLAN, and have posted a new project on freelance coding marketplace Elance, offering $10,000 to developers that can commit to the project and outfit the application with the features that it would need.
Over the years other developers have submitted code for streaming torrents but the quality has not been up to scratch.
“So far, all BitTorrent related modules for VLC have been of low code quality and have not been merged. We really care about code quality and maintenance, since we are not many in the VLC project,” VideoLAN spokesperson Jean-Baptiste Kempf told TorrentFreak.
“A BitTorrent module for VLC could be a fun idea, but it would need to match and behave correctly in our VLC architecture.”
VLC is the media player of choice for many because it can literally play just about any video file known to man.
As TorrentFreak says: “BitTorrent streaming isn’t really new of course, as some of the most used clients already have similar functionality. However, streaming torrents directly from a media player certainly is a game changer. If the right minds get together BitTorrent may soon be even more mainstream than it already is.”
And BitTorrents are not purely about distributing pirate copy, they can, and are, being used by filmmakers and indie production companies as a distribution platform for their films, which is why we will be keeping a close eye on developments.