I did not pay much attention to Youtube or any other Flash based video portal on the Internet ever since I have uninstalled the Flash Player on my PC. Still, I sometimes have to visit the site if something newsworthy is happening. A new YouTube userscript that has not been reviewed yet is probably not the most newsworthy item on the planet, but since it was recommended to me I decided to take a closer look.
Lets take a moment to think about the features that a userscript should offer. Most users will probably mention that it should support a resolution selector, options to disable autoplay, download links, any maybe hide some stuff on YouTube.
YouTube HD Utimate offers most of those features, in an easy to configure interface. The userscript is only compatible with the Firefox web browser, and requires the Greasemonkey extension to be installed as an add-on, before it can be installed.
The userscript does its magic on all YouTube video pages. The script selects the highest possible video quality automatically, with options to lower it if the computer has problems playing 1080p videos. The video is automatically expanded, and preloaded to avoid playback pauses.
Download links for various formats are displayed beneath the video for quick video downloads. Several options need to be enabled before they become active. The userscript supports hiding annoyances on the video pages, which includes advertisements and annotations in the video. One interesting option is the mini player mode, which shows playback controls but no video. This mode has been designed for users who want to listen to music on Youtube.
Other options include looping videos, making the videos fit to the browser screen size, darken the video page, keyboard shortcuts for basic player controls and the ability to share HQ links. Youtube HD Ultimate is a feature rich userscript, well suited for users who regularly use the video hosting platform. Remember that Greasemonkey is required to install the userscript.
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