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Poor Flash video playback since version 13

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#1 Denis W.

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Posted 21 April 2014 - 06:06

I noticed this in Opera stable (version 20) but it could potentially be the same for Chrome and Firefox.

Simply put, Flash video playback is terrible. As much as I'd like to switch to the HTML5 player in YouTube, there's a current active issue between YouTube and Opera that is blocking the HTML5 player, so the browser insists on using the Flash player.


Similar thread here: http://forums.adobe....message/6305593


I can't reproduce this in IE11, since over there it automatically uses HTML5 which plays beautifully well.

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Posted 21 April 2014 - 06:15

Flash playing OK in Firefox, here.


I haven't noticed any Flash crash on my Android/Chrome.


I see now, Flash isn't installed on the Android.

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Posted 21 April 2014 - 10:56

There is a problem with HTTPS and HTML5 on YT, when You are looged in on YT there is no way to use HTML5 player on YT (Google fault).

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Posted 21 April 2014 - 11:44

I had the same problem when I installed it and found the answer was to disable flash players Hardware Acceleration. It seemed to help fix the problem for me.

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Posted 21 April 2014 - 11:49

I saw the update yesterday come across my computer, i have not had a chance to do any full testing on it however, at the same time i have yet to be able to find a full changelog to see what they did.

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Posted 21 April 2014 - 13:21

It's the other way around over here, flash works great and html5 on youtube is a nightmare(clicking in middle of video makes it start from beginning instead of that point D: )

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Posted 27 April 2014 - 18:01

There is no toggle between Flash and HTML5 as far as I know. :(

#8 Boo Berry

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Posted 27 April 2014 - 18:39

You can force HTML5 on YouTube, e.g. the YouTube Center script. Regarding HTML5 and Opera, it probably lacks H.264/H.264+MSE support like Chromium does. As far as I know, currently Chrome and Maxthon are the only browsers that support the HTML5 video codecs (e.g. WebM and H.264) and Media Source Extensions for those codecs. Meaning you can get 480p and above support with the HTML5 player with all supported videos.