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Tip - to disable auto-play videos

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18 Nov, 2014 11:43 AM

In order to accomplish this, I've found the video playback needs to be stopped first. Perhaps this is known, but I just thought I'd share.

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Neelfyn on 18 Nov, 2014 10:53 PM

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    Hi CJ,

    Are you trying to block some video ads on a specific website? What exactly is this referring to?

  2. 2 Posted by Michael on 04 Jan, 2015 03:11 AM

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    If I may add what I think CJ is describing, it may refer to social media sites that auto play videos while scrolling through the site. It's not specific to an ad, per se.

    For example, Tumblr decided it would be great to start playing every video a user uploaded to their site automatically as we scroll through their website. It cannot be stopped or configured.

    So, if I'm correct with the intent if the OP, then this would be a fantastic feature for your app, but it's not resulting from ads.

  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Neelfyn on 05 Jan, 2015 08:10 PM

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    Hi Michael,

    Thank you for the clarification! At the moment we have no plans for a feature like this, however you might be able to achieve something similar in the case these videos are using Flash.

    Most browsers have a way not to load Flash objects on pages automatically, but only after you click on them.

    On Chrome, this is a built-in option at Chrome menu > Settings > Show advanced settings > Content settings > Plug-ins: Click to play.

    On Safari, there is an extension called ClickToFlash.

    Hope this helps!

  4. 4 Posted by James Edward Le... on 12 Feb, 2015 06:07 AM

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    Unfortunately, this doesn't work for HTML5 video; I extended the classic "Disable video autoplay" UserScript from Dive into HTML5 so that it sets the autoplay attribute for both video and audio elements to false, although that doesn't seem to work on YouTube or Vine, which use other ways to auto-play their HTML5 videos:

    If you have any suggestions for keeping HTML5 videos from auto-playing, please let me know.

  5. Support Staff 5 Posted by Neelfyn on 12 Feb, 2015 08:55 PM

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    That's a very good point, this wouldn't apply to HTML5 videos. Such a feature wouldn't belong in AdBlock, so I'll go ahead and close this discussion, but feel free to reopen it if you come across a possible solution that could be posted here for future reference!

  6. Neelfyn closed this discussion on 12 Feb, 2015 08:55 PM.

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