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how to watch online videos

asked 2017-08-01 14:34:59 -0600

panu gravatar image

Hi, I'm using fedora 25. I can load and watch youtube videos but not videos from vimeo or other sites. It often says "you must install flash player" or "no compatible source was found for this video" or "no playable source found". I also use uBlock origin plugin for firefox, but disabling doesn't fix the issue.

Have all of you installed flash manually? What should I do? Many thanks!

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Here is the link to download flash player, select rpm from the drop down menu. https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/

SteveEbey73701 gravatar imageSteveEbey73701 ( 2017-08-01 23:37:21 -0600 )edit

Open https://www.youtube.com/html5 and you can see which video formats is supported by your browser.

Even if your browser supports all these formats, some web sites servers videos which are only playable using the flashplayer, or something compatible -- if there are anything compatible with flashplayer.

villykruse gravatar imagevillykruse ( 2017-08-02 02:20:31 -0600 )edit

You need install "ffmpeg and x264"

davidva gravatar imagedavidva ( 2017-08-02 02:36:55 -0600 )edit

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answered 2017-08-02 02:29:25 -0600

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Don't install flash unless you really have to (it's full of security issues). Most sites (youtube and vimeo included) work out of the box on updated browsers using built-in HTML5 capabilities instead of flash.

Firstly make sure your system and browser are updated. If videos are still not working, then install audio/video codecs https://ask.fedoraproject.org/en/ques...

Lastly, if videos are sill not working, you can try to refresh FF (make sure you read the article, as it describes what will be removed form your browser it the process) https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/...

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Flash is yet maintained by Adobe for Linux... the support will end 2020...

davidva gravatar imagedavidva ( 2017-08-02 20:25:46 -0600 )edit

Sure, but it doesn't change the fact that it's a constant security issue. Even while it's still supported by Adobe, it's No. 1 of software with the biggest amount of most critical vulnerabilities, so you can be sure that there are more undisclosed and unpatched ones.

ozeszty gravatar imageozeszty ( 2017-08-03 03:37:48 -0600 )edit

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