Did you also hear already that HAP codec is now supported in VLC?
Currently the nightly builds only https://nightlies.videolan.org/build/win64/vlc-3.0.0-rc1-20171204-0540/
I heard that via facebook and the only source is this image where i can not find the real thread:
So this might possible replace / be an alternative to the newly developed HAP Player?
Just wanted to shortly create this thread. No time for testing. But maybe someone else want to give it a try?