I’m thinking of helping out by trying to build VLC… but what requires the fdroid team to build it anyway? Are there proprietary bits that need to be omitted? There’s a message on the videolan wiki saying “Warning: Please, do not put pre-release test binaries or git-compiles on software sites or on user-forums. We’ve had bad experiences with this before and we do not appreciate it.” source
EDIT: Nevermind, I read the Building Applications link.