Youtube is ranked at No.3 on the web in terms of traffic. From the data, I believed the big portion of the internet user are really enjoying the thrill of watching videos on Youtube. However, as far I concerned, Youtube has still a room for improvement although Google has already done an excellent job. While waiting for the next update, why not meet some of the great Youtube extensions we strongly recommended to you. You might have a re-polished watching experience after that.
With this extension all Youtube video starts playing in HD. In addition you can specify if you want the player widened.
Auto HD is quite a useful extension which has 3 primary functions: Auto HD, Auto Size and Auto Replay. It will automatically play all the Youtube video in the pre-set resolution and widen the player. You can also select how many times you want to replay the video instead of doing it manually.
The entire page will be fading to dark, so you can watch the video as if you were in the cinema.
It might not enough to get your attention if I say this is the most beautiful and must-have Youtube extension, but the whopping 2 million users would be a very strong social proof you just can’t simply ignore.
The primary function of this plugin is as the name implies, to give you an awesome cinema-like experience by dimming the background. It’s also a very flexible extension which allows a wide range of customizability. You can easily change the background color and its opacity. Furthermore, you can have a dynamic background and light glowing at the edge of the video box. It’s really cool.
This extension notifies you whenever new videos are available in your YouTube Homepage Feed. These are videos that your friends or subscriptions have uploaded, new favorite, liked, commented on, etc.
The notification becomes particularly useful when you have a lot of fantastic channels in your subscribe list, and you don’t want to miss any new video.
Magic Actions for YouTube is a lightweight and useful add-in designed for a more comfortable watching experience.
The Magic Actions is a feature rich yet easy-to-use Chrome extension which give you a wealth of valuable features. It’s like an all-in-one extension! Out of so many, the features that caught my heart profoundly are the Mouse Wheel Volume Control and the Ad-block. With the magic, changing the volume of Youtube video is on the fly by scrolling the mouse wheel, and you no longer need to click on the ‘X’ to hide the Google advertisement (Adsense).
The Cinema Mode is also pretty cool and has a similar function as ‘Turn Off the Light’, but Magic is integrated with many more options of theme which make it much easier to customize. Personally, I’m more leaning toward the Magic Actions for the Cinema Mode.
Improved keyboard shortcuts support for controlling video playback on YouTube.
There is a series of default shortcut keys for Youtube, however it’s only work when the player is clicked, which is often not the case. This extension makes the shortcut keys work at all time even the player is not clicked, plus 3 extra convenient shortcut keys:
- Left and Right Arrow Key: To fast forward/rewind video (skips 5 seconds).
- Up and Down Arrow Key or ‘Plus/Minus on Numbpad’: To increase/decrease volume.
- ‘Asterisk on numpad’ : To mute/unmute sound.
The Editor’s Thought
When I first saw the Youtube extension, I took a pause of doubt and asked in my inner side, do I really need these? I’m kind of default-oriented person who always believes simple is the best, and honestly I seldom install plugin or extension. Apparently, this time is different; I took a step forward and tried. These are really awesome extension, and I found my Youtube page is better than ever without any exaggeration .
It’ll be a mess if you installed all the extension as it might crash with each other. Furthermore, there are repetitive features. So, which extension do I really use now? To keep thing simple and easy as I always do, I strongly recommend the Magic Action and Youtube Feed to you personally. Lastly, please do not forget to share you thought to us and remind me if I have missed some good one!