Firefox Video Clips
February 12, 2006 11:05 AM   Subscribe

I can't seem to play video clips (e.g., CNN, Youtube, IFilm, etc.) in Firefox, but they play in Explorer. Why?
posted by madstop1 to Computers & Internet (10 answers total)
A few things:

1. What platform are you running on.. Pretty much CNN will not work on Linux for instance.

2. Youtube and IFilm should work fine..

3. There are some Greasemonkey scripts that assist in playing videos from certain sites like CNN, Google Video, etc. Google: Greasemonkey Firefox
posted by cowmix at 11:25 AM on February 12, 2006

It probably has something to do with the plugins and file associations for firefox. Check them under Tools>Options>Downloads>View and Edit actions for video formats and swf flash files. They may need to be reassociated (or reinstalled) so firefox can see them/handle them. Plus Firefox is still as buggy as hell.
posted by arruns at 11:40 AM on February 12, 2006

Do you have shockwave/flash installed for Firefox? Many videos these days are in flash video format.
posted by meehawl at 11:40 AM on February 12, 2006

Have you downloaded the Flash player for Firefox? There are a few plug-ins that you need for Firefox to make it work for a lot of pages. Here's a link to the common ones:
posted by k8t at 11:41 AM on February 12, 2006

cowmix, this is off-topic, but CNN works on Linux with the mplayer plug-in. It crashes a bit, though, so watch out.
posted by zsazsa at 11:54 AM on February 12, 2006

Do you have Adblock installed? I had a similar problem with videos not displaying, but I disabled adblock and they were fine. I don't get this problem any more with the newer versions.
posted by Edame at 12:14 PM on February 12, 2006

I had a huge problem with videos breaking all over the Net when I did the 'upgrade' from 1.0 to 1.5.

What I ended up doing was saving my bookmarks file, completely deleting Firefox and my profile, and then reinstalling. Meant I had to relogin everywhere, but videos started working again.

If you have a heavily-customized environment, that may be too unpleasant, but it worked for me.
posted by Malor at 12:37 PM on February 12, 2006

I had same problem with Firefox and Adblock. Updating both solved the problem.
posted by Roger Dodger at 12:50 PM on February 12, 2006

I second Roger Dodger's suggestion if you use adblock - the exact same thing happened to me.
posted by helios at 1:35 PM on February 12, 2006

I have the same problem in Tiger, ff IE works, Safari works, Firefox gives me sound but no video.
posted by Wolof at 5:07 PM on February 12, 2006

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