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Help! I'm over my honeymoon phase with HTML5 video - maybe we need plugin-container back?

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After being puzzled by Firefox making it more difficult to use Adobe Flash Player and apparently being forcibly shown HTML5 I was geeking out and hoping it means Adobe Flash Crasher is on its way into obsolescence and extinction. Although it looks ike Youtube's video quality has decreased, at least for now.

I hate Adobe Flash Player. while I'm sure its coding must be impressive IMO it is the worst video playing software ever. Slow, inconsistent, buggy, crashy, tricky. In my experience it can't do the one thing it exists to do very well: play .FLV files. The .FLV filetype is ok though and there are other programs like RealPlayer and VLC that can technically deal with it, but I guess Adobe doesn't want them meddling.

But now I'm seeing HTML5 is causing similar problems. After each time I rerun Firefox after an APPCRASH (they happen so regularly and predictably) I know it's just a matter of time until the next one. And the cause is almost always YouTube, running FireFox's memory up even when I don't have many tabs open. Then I start getting blotches of the black screen of death and I know that session is now in its death throes. Memory Fox and clearing cache may buy me another 45 minutes, tops.

Is there some way I can have my streamed media confined like we use to have it when FireFox was good and only the video would crash but not the whole application? I'm actually missing that now.

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Please update to the latest version of Firefox and post back if these issues are still happening:Update Firefox to the latest release

We can investigate with this information:please follow the steps below to provide us crash IDs to help us learn more about your crash.

  1. Enter about:crashes in the Firefox address bar and press Enter. A Submitted Crash Reports list will appear, similar to the one shown below.
  2. Copy the 5 most recent Report IDs that start with bp- and then go back to your forum question and paste those IDs into the "Post a Reply" box.

Note: If a recent Report ID does not start with bp- click on it to submit the report.

(Please don't take a screenshot of your crashes, just copy and paste the IDs. The below image is just an example of what your Firefox screen should look like.)


Thank you for your help!

More information and further troubleshooting steps can be found in the Firefox crashes - Troubleshoot, prevent and get help fixing crashes article.