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Firefox 4 cannot play vimeo videos

seems to be any vimeo video, is this just me?

I have disabled plugins and it has made no difference

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Re: Firefox 4 cannot play vimeo videos

Vimeo requires the Flash plugin for its videos. If your plugins are disabled, Flash will not be loaded, and so the videos will not play. Please try re-enabling your plugins and then making sure you have the most up-to-date version of Flash. The easiest way to do that is to use the Mozilla Plugin Check page and follow the instructions there to get the updated version.

Hope that helps. If you update Flash and still have problems viewing Vimeo videos, please provide some more information about the specific problem you're seeing.

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Re: Firefox 4 cannot play vimeo videos

Hello, I have the same problem. I have the Flash plugin enabled (10.2.153.1) and no ad blocker. The play button doesn't appear on every Vimeo's videos I've tried. I have a still instead and right-click doesn't do anything.

It worked fine with Firefox 3.6.16.

(see an example : http://imm.io/4woX )

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Re: Firefox 4 cannot play vimeo videos

mansolo: Unfortunately, I'm not able to reproduce the problem. All of the videos I have tried on Vimeo have played correctly on Firefox on both Mac OS 10.6 and Windows 7. I don't know what OS you're using (Windows or Mac), but here are a few things you can try:

On the Mac, Firefox 4 runs as a 64-bit program. Some users reported problems with Flash during the beta and were able to work around it by running Firefox as a 32-bit process. You can do this by:

  1. Browsing to the Firefox application in the Finder.
  2. Clicking on the Firefox application icon and choosing File > Get Info.
  3. Clicking the "Open in 32-bit mode" checkbox.

If that doesn't work for you, you can try some of the things suggested on the Flash Plugin - Keep it up to date and troubleshoot problems page.

I hope one of those things helps you.

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Re: Firefox 4 cannot play vimeo videos

I am using XP 32 bit and the flash plug-in is up to date according to the Plugin Check page. My issue is the same as Mansolo, I get the static image but no play button or ability to right click.

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Re: Firefox 4 cannot play vimeo videos

Ok, I have a bit more info, it's not all vimeo videos as I previously thought.

This one works: http://www.mymodernmet.com/video/bodyboarding-down-a-dam

But this one doesn't: http://www.singletrackworld.com/2011/03/halo-bds-round-1-at-nant-gwrtheryn/

Is it just me with these specific links or is it the way the video is embedded which causes issues for Firefox4?

New User

Re: Firefox 4 cannot play vimeo videos

Vimeo broke playback on all versions of Firefox several months ago.

They have implemented a work-around for Firefox v3.6, but all other versions of Firefox (older or newer) do not work.

The problem has been reported numerous times, but Vimeo still have not fixed it.

http://vimeo.com/forums/topic:35399

http://vimeo.com/forums/topic:35904

http://vimeo.com/forums/topic:34227

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Re: Firefox 4 cannot play vimeo videos

@tsmall : Thanks for your answer, i'm on XP and my flash plugin is up to date and working.

@V8_shin_print : Exactly the same thing for me !

@Renfro : Yes, I saw that. Is it a Firefox problem or a Vimeo problem ?

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Re: Firefox 4 cannot play vimeo videos

@ mansolo : It's a Vimeo problem (although they tried to blame it on Firefox).

Vimeo made a change to the web site about 3 months ago and it broke video playback for all versions of Firefox. Later (after many complaints from users) Vimeo finally got round to putting a fix in place, but the fix only works for Firefox v3.6. Vimeo video is still broken for all other versions of Firefox (including FF 4.x).

Firefox 4 works perfectly fine with video from ANY site other than Vimeo (e.g. YouTube, Daily Motion, SmugMug, etc.) it's only Vimeo where video doesn't work in FF4.

It's clearly a Vimeo problem, but they won't take the issue seriously and fix it. Maybe not enough people have complained to Vimeo.

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Re: Firefox 4 cannot play vimeo videos

Thanks Renfro, I think that is the problem I am seeing.

I'll put in a complaint to vimeo but it looks like i will be going back to FF3.6 in the meantime.