There are a lot of quirks in YouTube, however we’ve got lots of workarounds for most points. Most of these are potential because of add-ons.
Today, we take a take a look at Enhancer for YouTube. It is an add-on for Firefox and Chrome, that may change the way in which you expertise the streaming service.
The extension provides a ton of options together with higher playback controls, removing of commercial, and an choice to detach and pin the participant.
Tip: Check out our guide on fixing choppy video playback on YouTube.
Enhancer for YouTube
When you put in the add-on, a settings web page (and a assist web page?) ought to open. You can all the time entry the settings from the toolbar icon. It has a ton of choices and we’ll focus on a very powerful ones right here.
Enhancer for YouTube shows a toolbar on each YouTube web page, and it has some buttons which allow you to management the video participant. You can use the add-on’s settings web page to allow/disable the buttons which seem on the toolbar.
The Remove advertisements button disables commercials from the movies.
If you are utilizing Ublock Origin or one other content material blocker, simply ignore this setting as advertisements are taken care of already.
If you want to assist your favourite channel you’ll be able to whitelist them in order that advertisements are displayed if the channel makes use of YouTube’s monetization choices.
The movie reel icon is for enabling the cinema mode whereas the arrows icon is for resizing the video participant.
Detach Video Player
This is one of one of the best options in Enhancer. The “detach video participant” choice (icon with the two squares) opens the video participant in a separate window. You can scroll pages whereas watching the video within the pop-up participant, however, when you click on inside any window, the pop-up participant shifts to the background.
If you wish to pin it, i.e. keep on prime on different Windows (together with one other Firefox Window), you have to to make use of a third-party app, AutoHotKey, to execute a script. This is not the add-on’s fault, however as a result of of limitations for extensions. The pinned participant’s measurement and place could be custom-made as nicely.
(Firefox customers, seek advice from the closing phrases part for a higher choice.)
This choice is disabled by default as a result of utilizing this disables one other characteristic (controlling the playback pace). But the amount booster could be priceless once you’re watching a video that has low audio ranges or if you end up used to altering the amount utilizing the mouse wheel.
Enhancer has many built-in themes to select from which adjustments the looks of the YouTube web site. You can even use customized CSS themes: simply paste the script within the add-on.
The video participant may also be themed however it solely works in Cinema mode. To achieve this simply decide a shade from the palette and set the opacity.
Automatic video settings
You can set the default playback, quantity and decision that movies ought to play on YouTube. In reality, you’ll be able to even set your second, third and fourth selection of decision and the extension picks the primary that is obtainable primarily based in your precedence.
The add-on can optionally take away all annotations from a video. You can set the add-on to allow Theater mode, develop video descriptions, and type feedback from latest ones from the settings web page.
These settings are all automated as soon as set; there is nothing that you want to do after you allow them within the settings of the extension.
Loop mode could be enabled to replay the identical video endlessly. Useful, when you have an ear worm (the musical sort, clearly). You can use Enhancer for YouTube to set the next filters: Gaussian blur, Brightness, Blur, Contrast, Grayscale, Hue rotation, Color inversion, Saturation and Sepia.
Tip: To entry the filters, you want to right-click on the filters button.
Keyboard Shortcuts and Mouse wheel
You can hit Space to Play/Pause the video whereas the tab / video participant is lively. Use the Up/Down arrow keys to extend/lower the amount, and the left/proper arrow keys or “J” and “I” to rewind/fast-forward. The official assist portal lists all of the shortcuts (there are far too many to record right here) that work with Enhancer.
To change a video’s pace, maintain the management key whereas utilizing the mouse wheel. You can play it at zero.1x pace and over 100x. The audio controls aren’t enabled be default. So, you want to test the “Control the amount stage with the mouse wheel……” choice to vary the amount shortly utilizing the mouse wheel.
Enhancer is actually good, and feels prefer it has the options that YouTube ought to’ve had by default.
Mozilla is engaged on a built-in choice for Picture-in-Picture assist for movies. It was initially deliberate to be included in Firefox 68, however a Mozilla engineer has confirmed that it’s going to stay in Beta/Developer Editions and Nightly for the foreseeable future. You can manually allow it from about:config.
How to allow Picture in Picture mode in Firefox
If you are on Firefox 68 or above, you’ll be able to search for the next keys and set them to true:
Firefox’s PiP mode works on different websites too, like Twitch for instance.
Tip: you’ll be able to take a look at different YouTube add-ons that improve your expertise. Check out the overview of Iridium as a begin.
Now you: which YouTube add-ons do you employ, if any?