Sunday, May 12, 2013

Youtube variable playback speed (Part III: the unmentioned reality on viewing)

The unmentioned: How can youtube videos be viewed with the variable playback speed feature enabled. (Yes, this post is not about the uploading issue.)

Based on hours of experimentation with all plausible combinations of the following factors...

  1. four different browsers (Most up-to-date versions of Chrome, Chrome incognito, Firefox, Internet Explore 10, Opera),
  2. my clip and someone else's clip
  3. closing down the browsers and relaunching them, 
  4. joining and leaving the HTML 5 trial
  5. logging in and out of my google accounts
  6. shutting the computer down and restarting it,
  7. logging in to different accounts on my computer
I had come to the conclusion that, in addition to the issues already mentioned in Part I and Part II (e.g., the clip playing using HTML 5 player, the kind of support your browser has for HTML5), the one single factor impacting whether people can view the "Speed Menu" afforded by the HTML 5 player is whether someone (doesn't have to be the person using it at the point) has enrolled in the trial (and did not leave the trial) using the given browser.  I suspect that a simple cookie might do the trick.  (And, yes, it was not until a bit earlier did I realize that you can enroll into the program without logging in to your google account.  Also, I had to enroll into the HTML trial again after logging in to a different account on the same computer.)

This is why, even though I had done all that jazz mentioned in Part I and Part II using the Chrome browser, when trying to see my clip using other browsers, I found the clip still being played using the good old flash player... until I enrolled in the trial using the other browsers.

Also, once the uploader partakes in the HTML 5 trial, all videos he or she has ever uploaded (without ads) will became "variable playback speed" capable.  For instance, those who have joined the HTML 5 trial can view this clip I uploaded on November 4th, 2012.

The reality is that whether the viewers can see video clips with the "variable playback speed" feature seems independent of whether the uploader partakes in the HTML 5 trials or not.  This is evident by the fact that, after I leave the trial while logging in with this account on the Chrome browser, when checking my clips without ads on firefox (from which browser I had also joined the HTML 5 trial), the variable playback speed option is still available with these clips still played using the HTML 5 player.

Feel free to correct me shall you consider my conclusion wrong...

C'est ca and time to go night night...

So concludes my "variable playback speed on youtube videos" trilogy.  8-O lol

Youtube variable playback speed (Part 2: my side of the world)

What does my side of the world means?  I have a lot of issues. 8-O lol

First issues: Where is the clip?

So I opted in to be a participant to join the HTML 5 player trial the day before yesterday. After the first clip got uploaded successfully, I clicked on the link youtube provided me with and found myself kept on running into this inescapable message "This video is currently unavailable."

The reality is that the message continued to show after I successfully viewed the clip many a time by finding this clip in my youtube channel... with the URL doing without the "&" part.  Then, like now, the error message has gone bye bye and the video is played at that particular URL (  Had I not taken this screenshoot, I would have thought that to the beginning of my visual hullucinations. 8-X

And, I also got to play around with the feature of variable playback speeds.

Second issue:  Where on earth is the "Speed menu" that I have seen before?

Now that I saw the first trial working successfully, I came back yesterday to upload the original video that I intended to upload--taking almost 2 hours on the much-slower-than-terabit-internet connection.  Unfortunately, though I did not see the above error message after clicking through the link provided by youtube after the upload was completed (which seems to cast doubt on whether it was simply haphazardly an error independent of the HTML 5 player issue), I simply could not get the "Speed menu" to come up after clicking on the option icon.

It went during my monkeying around did I find out that youtube provides customized menu for users when they right-click on the clip... and it tells you which player the browser is using to play the clip... and it told me that it was using flash player rather than the HTML 5 player.

I thought originally that it might have something to do with the flash plugin, the browser, or HTML 5.  I even disabled the flash plugin on Chrome to see whether it would force HTML 5 player out (we all can dream, right? 8-O lol)

Unfortunately, it doesn't work this way... you can't simply coerce HTML 5 player to come out... and I came face to face with this other message "The Adobe Flash Player is required for video playback." lol

So, I dropped it like that last night.  Waking up this morning, I decided to do something that's been in the back of my mind.  I disabled ads entirely by unchecking the option "Monetize my video" under editing "info and setting"  (though it also works if you uncheck the "Overlay in-video ads" and TrueView in-stream ads" optons).

Thereafter, I saved the changes and went back to view the clip... finally finding the "Speed Menu" and the phrase "HTML 5 Player" after right-clicking on the clip.

Apparently, youtube did mention it at the trial enrollment page... with lukewarm attitude... so they mentioned..."Some videos with ads are not yet supported (they will play in the Flash player)."

Why don't they simply tell people to disable ads entirely?  Wouldn't it save me much more time?  Also, the reality is that all my clips with ads are not supported.  (The same way you might feel after all the words and screenshots to get to the conclusion that it was all the ads fault... 8-O lol 8-X)

I was so happy because I thought... that'd be it... the end of the variable playback speed chapter... only to realize that... there is more than meets the eyes...

Part I | Part III (The reality about the variable playback speed feature)

Youtube variable playback speed (Part I: in a perfect world)

For the past few days, I have been trying to figure out how to get the variable playback speed option to work on the youtube clips I uploaded using Chrome--the HTML 5 supported browser.

How to enable the variable playback speed on your youtube videos

In order for you to have the variable playback speed option on your youtube videos enabled, you have to join the trial for HTML 5 video on youtube.

After you click on the "Join the HTML5 trial, you show see the following interface.

This means that the videos you  from now on could be played using the HTML 5 player, which would allow the users to control the playback speed (5 different options) when using a browser that supports HTML 5 (as of today).  Click here to check how well your browser supports HTML 5 or check the bottom of this page for a list of browsers supporting HTML 5.

What you should be able to see (in theory)

So, if you are using one of the browsers that support HTML 5, after you click on the option icon, you should be able to see under "Speed"--the five speeds you can choose from with the normal speed as the default setting.  

How do you know which player it is that is playing the clip for you know?  If you right-click on the movie, you will find the last item in the drop-down list as "About HTML 5."

as opposed to "About Adobe Flash Player..."

So, what I have mentioned so far is... how things should be in a perfect word...

Part II | Part III (The reality about the variable playback speed feature)