Force YouTube to use Flash instead of HTML5
5th April 2012 by Jason C. Filed under: Software
I’m currently using a pretty old machine to browse the web, so recently whenever I’ve clicked on a YouTube video that’s only available in 360 -wide or less, it’s been automatically served up to me as an HTML5 video. Now the problem with that is that because of the age of my machine, the video performance went down the toilet. I mean, really, sometimes the picture would stick for several seconds on one frame.
I looked around the web a bit for a solution, and found am html5 disabler extension for Firefox, but I didn’t want to add another extension, and didn’t want to disable html5 for other sites.
So, after a bit of thought I dug into Firefox’s about:config screen. I looked for ‘video’ and ‘html5′, but no joy. Then, I looked up ‘webm’ and there was the setting, under media.webm.enabled. I changed this from ‘true’ to ‘false’ and well if Bob isn’t my uncle, YouTube now reverts to the Flash player, and I’m much happier with its performance.
I thought I’d post in case anyone else out there is looking for the same solution.