VLC the most popular Windows Media Player alternative is all set to get a new feature in VLC 1.1. Starting with VLC 1.1, users will be able to add extensions or add-ons to the media and audio player.
Starting with version 1.1, users will be able to write their own plugins for VLC, codenamed Extensions. The difference with other VLC modules consists in the language used to write these Extensions: Lua, a simple a lightweight scripting language, embbeded inside VLC media player.
According to Jean-Philippe AndrÃ©, VLC Extensions idea came through because of the success of add-ons in Firefox and will allow users to have quick access to several features in a single click. For example, with the help of extensions users can quickly access subtitles for a movie, lyrics for a song or information about the current artist.
Jean also post some examples and screenshots of possible extensions that could be useful for users to use with VLC, they include:
- Wikipedia: get information about the artist, the album or the movie from Wikipedia.
- IMDb: read the plot summary, learn about the cast of a movie and get a direct link to the Internet Movie Database.
- Last.fm: Read useful information fetched from the artist’s page on Last.fm.
- Lyrics: Automatically get the lyrics of the current song.
- Subtitles: Find and insert subtitles on top of the video in two clicks.
- Concerts: Learn about the next concerts of this artist.
Users who want to try our extensions or create their own can download the latest nightly build of VLC from http://nightlies.videolan.org. For more information about extensions in VLC, visit this blog post.