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Switch to Flash® Player for YouTube™

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Switch to Flash® Player for YouTube™ is a multi-browser (Firefox, Chrome and Opera) addon that forces YouTube website to play all videos in Adobe Flash® Player. In other words, by using this addon, the default player for YouTube will be permanently changed to Adobe Flash®.

This Addon supports both YouTube website and all other YouTube embedded videos hosting on other websites. Based on many studies (please read below) Adobe Flash® player is the best video player for YouTube as it is very lite, powerful and supports many resolutions. By enabling Flash player for YouTube, your browser will consume less CPU and memory.

A comprehensive comparison about Adobe Flash and HTML5 players is presented in this Wikipedia page. The page compares the features of the Flash platform, the HTML5 specification and the features implemented in modern web browsers. For example: Flash player has a better Device support comparing to HTML5; It has a better Bitmap effects support; It also supports C++ language. Moreover it has a better data compression support comparing to HTML5. Flash Player has the ability to specify measurements in sub-pixel increments. This can result in a crisper and generally more pleasant appearance of Flash web sites. Making webpages based on Adobe Flash tools is rather easier comparing to HTML5 development environments for CSS, HTML, and JavaScript. An HTML vs Flash comparison in 2010 stated that, non-Flash technologies (i.e. HTML5) are slower than Flash when used for non-video animations (source: http://themaninblue.com/writing/perspective/2010/03/22/). As for the copyright issues, Flash has Digital Rights Management (DRM) support, but HTML5 does not include any DRM functionality (however, it may be added to HTML5 in future).

According to many tech blogs, YouTube is slowly replacing Flash with HTML5 player for its default web player (especially Firefox's latest versions). Therefore, if you still want to use Flash Player for YouTube videos, installing this Addon is the best way to go.

Note 1: Before using this addon, please make sure your Firefox's Flash player is up-to-date.

Note 2: If you want to get more info about the Adobe Flash player please read this Wikipedia page, to say a few words: Adobe Flash player can display contents from a provided SWF file, although it has no in-built features to modify the SWF file at runtime. It can execute software written in the ActionScript programming language (as opposed to JavaScript in HTML5) which enables the runtime manipulation of text, data, vector graphics, raster graphics, sound and video.

If you see any Bugs, have a feature request or other suggestions, please fill the Bug report form in this page.

Switch to Flash® Player for YouTube™ changes the default YouTube videos to the popular Adobe Flash® player.

  • lite addon to change the default YouTube player with no significant memory and CPU usage.

  • Supports both for YouTube page and all embedded videos.

  • According to various tests, Flash player consumes less resources (i.e. CPU usage and RAM).

  • In some cases, Flash player offers more resolution choices comparing to the HTML5 Player.

  • Available for all browsers and platforms.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Switch to Flash® Player for YouTube™?

    Switch to Flash® Player for YouTube™ is a lite browser addon to change the default player for the popular YouTube website. It changes the video player to Flash, but please note that you need activate Flash in your browser before using this addon.

  • How to install this extension in your Firefox?

    To install this extension for Firefox, please head to Firefox addon store and search for (Switch to Flash® Player for YouTube™), once you find the addon, click on add to Firefox button.

  • How to install this extension in your Opera?

    To install this extension for Opera, head to Opera addon store and search for (Switch to Flash® Player for YouTube™), once you find the addon, click on add to Opera button.

  • How to enable Flash player for YouTube?

    Once you install this extension, the default player for YouTube will change automatically. You do not need to adjust any settings.

  • Is flash player better than HTML5?

    To some extent, Yes. The Flash player consumes less resources comparing to HTML5. It is also more responsive and may offers more resolution choices comparing to the new HTML5 player.

  • Does this extension compatible with all Firefox versions?

    Yes, according to various tests, it is fully compatible with all Firefox versions.

  • Does this extension compatible with all Opera versions?

    Yes, similar to Firefox, according to various tests, it is fully compatible with all Opera versions.

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