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vasa1
May 25th, 2012, 06:04 AM
josephmills posted about using WebM instead of Flash here (http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=11960469&postcount=40). I tried that suggestion and the simpler one of disabling the Flash plug-in in Firefox and both Flash plug-ins in Chrome, then filtering my favourite channel for WebM.

What I noticed was that there were some channels related to "open source" but the videos, even very recent ones, required the Flashplayer and could not be played with the browser's internal WebM abilities. I saw this with both Chrome and Firefox.

Two examples are quidsup and nixiedoeslinux. I contacted both of them and asked why their videos aren't available in WebM. I got an answer from quidsup but I think my question to him was not clear enough because of the reply here (-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=traegZveTKo-): "I upload in MP4, its Youtube who change the format."

Lou Quillio
May 29th, 2012, 10:56 PM
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I got an answer from quidsup but I think my question to him was not clear enough because of the reply here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=traegZveTKo): "I upload in MP4, its Youtube who change the format."

quidsup is quite right: While any user may upload to YouTube, users don't control the format that YouTube serves to others. Nevertheless, most YouTube videos are available in WebM format -- but you generally won't be served them until you've first opted-into the YouTube HTML5 trial. Instructions are here (http://www.webmproject.org/users/#playing-on-youtube).

LQ

vasa1
May 30th, 2012, 03:27 AM
quidsup is quite right: While any user may upload to YouTube, users don't control the format that YouTube serves to others. Nevertheless, most YouTube videos are available in WebM format -- but you generally won't be served them until you've first opted-into the YouTube HTML5 trial. Instructions are here (http://www.webmproject.org/users/#playing-on-youtube).

LQ

Thanks for replying! I thought Dalmatians (http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=11971427&postcount=23) had run away with this thread :(

Another way of "opting" into HTML5 is just to disable the Flash plug-in. That way, only HTML5 videos will play if the browser has the ability to play them.

A way to check the current availability of HTML5 is to enter a search term on the YouTube page, then click Filter and apply WebM.

As for who controls the format ... I'm not going to disagree with you or quidsup since I don't know anything about video format. I was hoping that josephmills would drop by since he has uploaded to YouTube.