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How to prevent DOWNLOADING of video (not merely prevent autoplay) in Firefox

This may sound like word games, but I'm not trying to be funny, merely specific. So I'm on a network with limited bandwidth. Therefore it's critical for me to understand… (read more)

This may sound like word games, but I'm not trying to be funny, merely specific.

So I'm on a network with limited bandwidth. Therefore it's critical for me to understand what settings I can configure (if any) that will prevent the DOWNLOAD of video and/or large images from web sites.

For example, your basic site nowadays probably uses HTML5 and may use that vs. the old-style Flash plug-ins to embed video. And yep classic HTML links with references to image files for the images.

Back in the day you could configure a browser to ignore these references and then the browser would not even attempt to fetch the referenced image or video files. I've recently started using Firefox again, and I'm trying to learn how Firefox handles this in the HTML5 era (or rather what dumb users like me are supposed to do nowadays).

I'm noticing most of the help literature is regarding disabling settings of the auto-PLAY feature. However, due to my ignorance of modern Firefox, perhaps I'm reading it wrong, but most of it seems to involve disabling plug-ins that activate after the file is downloaded, not preventing the actual download. Similar to if I'm using Microsoft Word to view a DOCX file from a web site, uninstalling Word doesn't prevent the DOCX file from downloading. What I don't want to do is cheerfully disable the video playing while my browser still happily downloads the video in the background... because my main goal is not to avoid the annoyance of autoplay, but my goal is to conserve bandwidth on my connection.

FYI I'm using the latest version of Firefox Quantum on Manjaro Linux.

Thanks for advice anyone can provide in helping bring me into the "now" of modern Firefox, or who can point me to any further help articles or instructions to help educate me about this. If I'm over-reading and disabling auto-PLAY also inherently disables the downloading of the associated media, super, but that distinction is not obvious in any of the documentation I've seen so far.

Thanks!!

Asked by FireRabbit 2 years ago

Answered by Shadow110 2 years ago

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Poor video quality on some sites

Hello, I've recently upgraded from Firefox 52 to Firefox 64. It seems that the video quality on some sites is not as good as it was in FF 52. Any setting in about:config … (read more)

Hello,

I've recently upgraded from Firefox 52 to Firefox 64. It seems that the video quality on some sites is not as good as it was in FF 52. Any setting in about:config I should look at?

Thank you.

Asked by Yaron 1 year ago

Last reply by Yaron 1 year ago

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youtube is not autoplaying it works on my other browser

I've recently had to do a clean install of windows 10 and since then I cannot autoplay in youtube. I have unblocked adblocker, I've set autoplay to "on," I've downloaded … (read more)

I've recently had to do a clean install of windows 10 and since then I cannot autoplay in youtube. I have unblocked adblocker, I've set autoplay to "on," I've downloaded and reinstalled firefox, installed flash again, but none of that seems to work. I'm having the same problem with South-Park Studios as well; there it simply just doesn't play anything even before my reinstall of windows. Both work in other browsers fine. Only Firefox doesn't work.

Asked by Bone Cloner 1 year ago

Last reply by hellosct1 1 year ago

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WidevineCdm-plug-in crashed — no video playing

Since ± half october 2018 I can't play videos anymore on some sites and get this crash message. Youtube does work, probably because without Widevine? I'm on FF Dev Editio… (read more)

Since ± half october 2018 I can't play videos anymore on some sites and get this crash message. Youtube does work, probably because without Widevine? I'm on FF Dev Edition, Mac with El Capitan. Thanks, Pieter

Asked by Piroo 1 year ago

Answered by cor-el 1 year ago

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My Final cut export changes drasticly to a red colour in youtube? With other browsers there's no such problems. Please fix this

When you a video to youtube even when I don't do it directly with final cut. The colour often changes to a very red image. When i look at the same video with any other br… (read more)

When you a video to youtube even when I don't do it directly with final cut. The colour often changes to a very red image. When i look at the same video with any other browser there's no colorshift at all.


Please fix this! Many people are having this issue.

All the best

Asked by tobiasderyck 1 year ago

Last reply by jscher2000 1 year ago

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unable to stream xfinity on Firefox

I am unable to stream xfinity on Firefox. I do have the latest version of Flash installed. The icon does come up in the address bar and it asks me whether I want to allow… (read more)

I am unable to stream xfinity on Firefox.

I do have the latest version of Flash installed. The icon does come up in the address bar and it asks me whether I want to allow Flash to run. I click on allow and nothing happens.

I can run these streams using all the other popular browsers.

Asked by dancerdk 1 year ago

Last reply by jscher2000 1 year ago

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youtube video crach

sometimes when i try to play a live Video in youtube it shows alwayes that the video is loading but doesnt play on my macOS. this problem happens just when i try to play … (read more)

sometimes when i try to play a live Video in youtube it shows alwayes that the video is loading but doesnt play on my macOS. this problem happens just when i try to play a live vidoe . i have had all my add-ons disabled and there is the problem too!

Asked by thereisissue 1 year ago

Last reply by thereisissue 1 year ago

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why is widevineCdm crashing on Amazon?

Each time I try to watch Amazon prime the widevine plugin crashes. Reloading does nothing. A re-install of firefox did nothing. The plugin is up to date and is set to alw… (read more)

Each time I try to watch Amazon prime the widevine plugin crashes. Reloading does nothing. A re-install of firefox did nothing. The plugin is up to date and is set to always activate. This plugin, BTW, works just fine on chrome.

Asked by lloydgri 1 year ago

Last reply by lloydgri 1 year ago

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YouTube HD videos are not playing smooth on Nightly since October please fix

For about one month ago, YouTube HD videos (720p, 1080p) are not playing smooth on Nightly, regularly updated. Is there any solution? My machine is powered by Intel Core … (read more)

For about one month ago, YouTube HD videos (720p, 1080p) are not playing smooth on Nightly, regularly updated. Is there any solution? My machine is powered by Intel Core i5-4570, no graphic card. Thank you

Asked by bandzim 1 year ago

Last reply by jscher2000 1 year ago

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Since a few days ago I can only play one video at a time.

I've always been able to have several videos playing at once in separate tabs. Since a few days ago, as soon as I start the 2nd video, the first video's audio continues b… (read more)

I've always been able to have several videos playing at once in separate tabs.

Since a few days ago, as soon as I start the 2nd video, the first video's audio continues but the video freezes. To get the video moving again I have to turn it off and back on. Then it will start moving again, but the other's video instantly stops.

I've been able to have multiple videos playing always, until now.

FF 62.0.3 (64-bit)

Asked by zzyzzk 1 year ago

Last reply by jscher2000 1 year ago

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Adobe Flash plays only black frame

I downloaded and installed Adobe Flash when I couldn't get any play on a few videos. After install, the first frame of one video shows, but when I click Play the window g… (read more)

I downloaded and installed Adobe Flash when I couldn't get any play on a few videos. After install, the first frame of one video shows, but when I click Play the window goes black and remains black.

No progress shown.

Asked by FireFox Sync 1 year ago

Last reply by FireFox Sync 1 year ago

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NHL.com videos have problems with audio looping on latest Firefox.

When clicking on an NHL.com goal or highlights video, the browser sporadically plays back audio in a constant loop. This can be reproduced for example by clicking on vide… (read more)

When clicking on an NHL.com goal or highlights video, the browser sporadically plays back audio in a constant loop. This can be reproduced for example by clicking on video below and refreshing the page a couple of times:

https://www.nhl.com/video/granlunds-second-goal-of-game/t-299971394/c-62777603

Asked by stonec 1 year ago

Last reply by FredMcD 1 year ago

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Flickering video controls (youtube, hangouts, appear.in but not amazon, vimeo)

The controls layer for videos (play, pause, full screen, etc.) flickers on some sites, including YouTube, Hangouts, Appear.in. The video itself does not flicker. It's not… (read more)

The controls layer for videos (play, pause, full screen, etc.) flickers on some sites, including YouTube, Hangouts, Appear.in. The video itself does not flicker. It's not on problem on some times, like Amazon and Video.

I tried disabling hardware acceleration and using Firefox safe mode, but it's still a problem. Firefox is up-to-date.

Video of flickering: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1d1Rnu8TQLQ9lo_TdHMmn4PB-IY9L5upd/view?usp=sharing

Asked by nlex 1 year ago

Last reply by FredMcD 1 year ago

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Random crashes when i listen to youtube music in the background.

Hello guys! I'm having some periodic crashes when i listen to youtube music in background. It happenes randomly, maybe once a week or sometimes twice a day. I tried remov… (read more)

Hello guys! I'm having some periodic crashes when i listen to youtube music in background. It happenes randomly, maybe once a week or sometimes twice a day.

I tried removing some unnecessary plugins but it didn't help.

Here are my logs in pending folder (or is there any way i can upload them in some readable form?)

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1nSkZKb2SSgUYPoNvrrBBYXNmoCugthPI

Asked by Dzinsham 1 year ago

Last reply by FredMcD 1 year ago

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Disable video preview/preroll on websites

I have recently noticed that various websites (Washingon Post etc.) have an auto-roll preview of video articles, which I find annoying. The videos themselves don't autopl… (read more)

I have recently noticed that various websites (Washingon Post etc.) have an auto-roll preview of video articles, which I find annoying. The videos themselves don't autoplay, just the preview. Is there a way to disable this? (I'm running FF 63.0.1on Mac but also have it installed on a Windows machine.

The attached image is from the WaPo today (Nov.8). Thre are two previews for this article, about 5 secs. each.

Asked by oldbrownhat 1 year ago

Last reply by jscher2000 1 year ago

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All video besides youtube is not playing

The only video that will play is youtube. All others, Fox News, Townhall, Amazon [on product page, not Prime video], etc, do not play. I have done all that is available… (read more)

The only video that will play is youtube. All others, Fox News, Townhall, Amazon [on product page, not Prime video], etc, do not play. I have done all that is available in the help section, none of it worked. Error "invalid mime type" From CBS OS - Windows XP SP3 Firefox ESR 52.9.0 (32-bit)

Asked by yagar 1 year ago

Last reply by James 1 year ago

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I can't play Vimeo Real.Video without the stop and go buffering that is excessive

When I go on a certain program that uses or their player is Vimeo / Real.Video/ Brighteon seems to be their latest name, at any rate, that player they use stops me from w… (read more)

When I go on a certain program that uses or their player is Vimeo / Real.Video/ Brighteon seems to be their latest name, at any rate, that player they use stops me from watching as every time and this has been well into a month, i attempt to just play a video it doesn't play without stop and go every other sentence or sentence and maybe a half and then stops to twirl and then goes again and repeat repeat. It's maddening and from this point in time or on all this wonderful technology that is online, i don't think this should be happening at all. Not to mention the onslaught of 5 G that that's going to be the killer, but in the meantime, is there anything you can suggest on this subject of why I'm just not getting it as i would You tube videos.

Asked by joe2look 1 year ago

Last reply by FredMcD 1 year ago