Archive for December, 2009

Watch FLV Videos using VLC or External Players

I have a very old computer and whenever I watch movies in FLV format using the crappy Flash Player, I end up bored because it is slow, it downloads too long, it is choppy and it is simply an insult to my computer, if you will. It’s another way of saying, “hey get yourself a better computer.” Heheheh it sure is right but what if you don’t have the money to buy one or it just isn’t the time to buy one yet. Should I just watch choppy, crappy, slow movies? Or should I try to do something about it?

Well, I decided to do something about it. Good thing I am using Linux (running side by side with M$ crap). You see here is the thing. Whenever you start watching FLV files, it is actually buffering the video into your hard drive. Using VLC or Mplayer (not the M$ Media Player) you can actually watch it (without the choppiness) while it is buffering. If you have a decent connection you can actually watch the video without having to buffer it too long. In fact it is almost simultaneous.

So lets start with a movie say from “youtube” or “novamov.” So you pick out a movie you like, start streaming, and when it does, “pause” it. then look for that folder were your browser is buffering the flv file. Most often, it is found on the “temp” file. In the case of ubuntu it is in /File system/temp. It’s not hard to spot the FLV file because it starts with the word “Flash.” Right click on the file and run it using VLC, then wala you are now watching a decent video with out the choppiness. Smooth and it doesnt eat up your resources just like what Flash Players do all the time.

Have fun.


Watch youtube using VLC mozilla plugin

My computer is a 957 Mhz 750Meg RAM PC and its been around for almost 5 years. I have been having problems watching youtube. It is slow and very choppy and for quite sometime I stayed away from the site up until today were I found a way to watch youtube videos using the VLC-mozilla plugin.

We all know that when you download videos from youtube, you can watch it using your native vedio player without the lag and choppiness. Well right now I can watch it directly without downloading it. Thanks to VLC Mozilla Plugin and Greasemonkey. VLC plugin is available when you install VLC while greasemonkey is available as an add-on to you mozilla browser.

First, install greasemonkey from the mozilla site and then restart Firefox. Then (if you havent done it yet) download and install VLC Media player (you can also use a native plugin player like totem, windows media player or mplayer) and dont forget to put a check mark on vlc-mozilla plugin on the installation wizard.

Then go to this site and look for “Youtube w/o flash.” It is a userscript that allows you to watch youtube video using VLC – plugin. It is much faster and it gets rid of the choppiness.

Have fun.