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youplayerWho doesn’t love watching videos online ? Whether it’s a video of a recent live concert, your favorite song or a tutorial on something, you name it and you’ll find the video on the popular video sites. This is the reason why YouTube is one of the top 3 websites on the internet. It just seems to have all your favorite videos and hence you love spending time on it.

YouPlayer is an innovative Firefox extension which further adds to the joy of watching those videos by letting you play them in your Firefox sidebar. Afterwards you don’t need to go to the site again and again – you can just play a video in the sidebar and also carry on some other work, like checking emails. It lets you create a playlist of videos and the playing order can be customized.

After installing YouPlayer you’ll notice a small ‘ YP ‘ symbol in the Firefox status bar. Clicking on it lets you open or close the YouPlayer sidebar. This an awesome extension which comes with a host of features.

1. Support For Many Sites

youplayer1Apart from supporting Youtube, it also supports Google Video, Daily Motion, Metacafe and MySpace. There is a small search option in the lower right hand corner of the sidebar and you can easily change to one of these sites and play videos on them.

So those of you who love watching videos on other sites apart from YouTube can utilize this extension too.

2. Drag And Drop Links

You can easily drag and drop links from the website onto the sidebar playlist. Once you hit the play button or double click the link, it starts playing. This drag and drop works vice versa as well, which means that you can drag a link from the playlist window to the browser address bar or right click to open it in a new tab.

3. Play Other FLV files on the Hard Drive too

YouPlayer goes one step further and allows you to drag and drop FLV files from your hard drive and play them in the sidebar playlist window. You’ll need to check the ‘Use new player (experimental)’ option from the player options when you want to play an offline flv video. However, it doesn’t support playing of other files like .mp3 or .avi .

4. Customize the Playing Order

Yes, you can easily customize the playing order in the YouPlayer playlist. Whether you want to play the videos in succession – one after the other – or you want them to be played in a random order, you can easily achieve this in one click.

5. One-click Download of the Videos

Here comes the icing on the cake. When you right click on an item in the playlist, you find these options – Add URL, Edit item, Open new item… and Download ! Yes this is another quick way in addition to the 4 quick ways to download Youtube videos 4 Quick Ways To Download YouTube Videos Off The Net 4 Quick Ways To Download YouTube Videos Off The Net Don't have a stable connection? You can still enjoy your favorite YouTube videos in high quality and at any times. All you have to do is choose one of the tools below, choose your format... Read More which I discussed before. In fact this also lets you easily download a MySpace or Metacafe video easily. Cool!

I’m already enjoying this add on. I haven’t had any errors or troubles and it works just perfect. Like Winamp, it also allows you to choose from a few skins. So overall, this is a great add-on to play multiple online videos and also multi-task at the same time. Give it a shot !

  1. paf
    April 22, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    To see videos from my Hard Disk I have to switch to the new experimental player, but then I can't play anymore the drag-and-dropped videos from YouTube! (blank frame). Of course loop, random,... and the others features of the experimental player don't work if in the playlist I have videos from both sources. Leopard 10.5.6.

  2. Hannibal
    October 19, 2008 at 8:26 am

    I have never been able to get this addon to work; every time I download it and attempt to set it up, the controls don't appear and the text inside them is far too large for the window, bursting over it.

  3. ArpitNext
    August 26, 2008 at 7:18 am

    Excellent Extension ! Best thing abt this is the Option to Download , which is much handy ! Thanks for this find-out !

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    August 26, 2008 at 7:21 am

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  5. Aibek
    August 26, 2008 at 1:40 am

    Excellent! Thanks ;-)

  6. ZeGringo
    August 25, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    What a good extension. I've been waiting for this kind of pluggin to happen... Thanks guy for letting me know

  7. Chris
    August 25, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    Wow, great extension, has so many options in one extension. Without this tutorial, it would have taken days to get all the features. Works great as you have said. Well done Abhijeet.

    • Abhijeet Mukherjee
      August 25, 2008 at 3:47 pm

      Thanks Chris !

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