I've recently made the switch to Google's Chrome as my default web browser, almost out of necessity. Firefox had gotten to be a bit of a memory hog on my machine, and I began using Chrome to try and ease the pain. What I found was a browser experience I greatly enjoyed. Being a video junkie, I've recently discovered a few awesome Chrome extensions that most of you will find incredibly useful, whether you use YouTube for business or pleasure.
1) Chrome Extension to Force YouTube Videos in HD Automatically
I'm a huge fan of YouTube's HD capabilities, and choose to view their videos that way whenever possible. In fact, I prefer YouTube in HD to YouTube in standard definition so much… I could use a browser extension that makes it happen automatically.
Enter Auto HD. Auto HD is a Chrome extension that plays every video you watch in HD automatically, whenever the video has that capability. I've been using it for several weeks now, and I simply couldn't go back if I had to.
Here's a brief video demo:
2) Download YouTube Videos With Chrome Extensions
There is a tremendous demand out there for the ability to download videos from YouTube. Traditionally, Google has been quick to squash downloading sites–their terms of service still states that videos are for streaming only. A year ago, I rounded up some of the best YouTube downloaders I could find (along with some legitimate reasons why one might wish to download a YouTube video), and some of those have since become unreliable.
But a new contender has arrived, in the form of a Chrome extension–one you can download right on the Chrome website. It's called YouTube Downloader (it has already been removed from the library :( ), which definitely has a nice "obvious" ring to it. It places a "download" button down below the video player next to the standard "Share" button.
It's entirely possible that this extension will have a short life, and it wouldn't surprise me if Google shuts it down. But it's been out for several months without an issue, and there are several more like it currently available.
3) Smart Video Enlarger Chrome Extension for YouTube
Another new Chrome extension that should enhance your YouTube experience is the Smart Video Enlarger. The extension automatically enlarges YouTube videos to full-screen resolution. There's also an "Intelligent Scrolling" feature that allows for the maximum video size while the user explores the comments. Smart Video Enlarger is also compatible with the AutoHD extension.
It's pretty slick. Here's a video demo:
Chrome users: did I miss any? What are your favorite Chrome extensions (or Firefox extensions) for enhancing the way you create, view, and market online videos?
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