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YouTube releases a new HTML5 video player for all users

by AshwinAugust 5, 2015

YouTube now has a new HTML5 video player, again.

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I say “again” because this is the second time in four months, that the world’s biggest video sharing website has switched to a new video player design.

Back in April, YouTube began testing a new HTML5 player, with a slim seek bar, and cool looking icons. The following image shows what I am talking about:

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The new YouTube HTML5 video player is now available for all users.

The first image in this article shows the new YouTube video player. Well, that looks very much like the old player released in April.

Except the new one is indeed new. Though the icons are very much similar, a major change is hidden right under our noses. SlashGear reports that the playback panel in the new video player is now completely transparent. The controls are similar to the panel in the old video player, but the seek bar panel quickly disappears, if you hover the mouse cursor away, it almost vanishes instantly.

The transparency also works on YouTube videos embedded on webpages, like the one below.

And this effect doesn’t end here. The right-click context menu in YouTube is also transparent.

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Another change to the right-click menu, is that you can now copy the video’s url more easily, for sharing it with your friends. All you need to do is right-click and select get video url and it should be automatically copied to the clipboard. I find that this feature is a little buggy and doesn’t work all the time.

The watch later option, has been removed from the default sized player of  YouTube videos (the one you watch on the website directly). But fret not, the option is available in full-screen mode and in videos embedded on webpages. Just in case, you can’t find it, the clock icon in the top right corner, as show below, is the Watch Later button.

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YouTube’s HTML5 player should work in most modern browsers, but the officially supported ones are: Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Opera and Apple Safari. I have tested it in Microsoft Edge and it works just fine.

If you are still getting the old video player, just clear your browser’s cache and cookies, and then reload YouTube to get the new player. I think that the new video player’s UI is nice, and looks like a very modern player, and hence offers a more immersive viewing experience.

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