YouTube is more or less the de-facto standard of on-demand online streaming. Almost every one who has a web presence uses YouTube in one or other way for entertainment, learning, information or other purpose. Though YouTube is a wonderful service, there are a few customizations that can be made through extensions. This will improve the overall experience in watching the videos and screencasts. This post is meant to help you to select the best extension as per your needs.
List of Google Chrome Extension for YouTube
1. Adblock Plus
Ads are definitely one of the major distractions while watching YouTube videos. With Adblock Plus you can remove the obtrusive ads. This helps for an undisturbed viewing experience on YouTube. Additionally Adblock Plus also helps removing Facebook Ads, Banners and other irritating pop-ups. Adblock Plus promises a seamless browsing experience.
2. Hide YouTube CommentsInstall
In many cases, YouTube comments on the videos are disturbing. Sometimes the comments made are personal attacks, banters and spams. You will also find few spammers posting racist remarks, attacks on religions and faith. Many people would find removing the comments a useful feature add-on.The extension exactly does that. It helps in removing the YouTube comments. Though there is no way you can turn-off the feature, you can always opt out by disabling or removing the extension!
3. Video Downloader professionalInstall
Many a times you would like to save a video to your drive. This helps you for viewing the video later even if you are not online. Video Downloader professional is capable of detecting videos in a website and allow you to download it. For YouTube videos you need to add the video to play list and then you can download the video. This is because YouTube/Google doesn’t allow for direct downloading of videos. Please note that this extension also works for other video streaming website as well.
4. YouTube Unblocker/ProxTubeInstall
Have you experienced error message in YouTube saying – This video is not available in your country. Many times when we want to watch our favorite videos, this error message comes on YouTube. A good way to bypass is to use proxies. But with these chrome extensions you can achieve the same. These extensions try to connect to YouTube from a proxy server located it other countries and error message ceases to appear.
5. Turn Off the LightsInstall
It actually turns off the light by fading the video page. This extension helps in a better viewing experience by removing distraction. The focus is given to the video for a concentrated watching. This also works for any other HTML5 supported video site. There are options to change color of the fade, control the opacity and also to switch off the effect.
6. HD for YouTubeInstall
The extension helps to start the YouTube videos in HD mode always. Since the extension itself is lightweight, it doesn’t impact the YouTube video performance.
7. Magic Actions for YouTube:Install
The extensions provides lot of options for YouTube – Auto HD feature, Instant volume control scheme based on mouse wheel, Cinema mode, Taking Snap Shot of running video, replay, Hide Comments, Day/Night mode and so on. Basically this is a combo of other extensions blended into one.
8. Smart Video for YouTubeInstall
If you are on a slow connection, it is difficult to watch on YouTube. Smart Video caters to the needs here. It provides a smart buffer, controls to choose quality and playing options for videos. You can also opt not to start video until it is buffered properly. It also has some nice prediction on time before the video starts playing.
9. Looper for YouTubeInstall
If you want to replay a video th at was wonderful, you would start it again by clicking the replay button. Looper for YouTube helps doing it automatically. You get option to add auto loop for every video and the number of times you would like to auto loop the video. You also get extra options to set video quality, size of the video player and so on.
10. Smart Pause for YouTubeInstall
This extension helps auto pausing the video if you leave the page. Once you come back to the video page, you can start the video from the point where you left it.
These extensions help for customization based upon your preference. There are more extensions available for Firefox and other browsers that help in a similar way. Please let us know what you think on the post.