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bringing theora to youtube (the hard way)

Nov 02, 2009, 17:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Christopher Blizzard)

"I wrote a greasemonkey script called Theoratube that connects to the Firefogg extension. It’s based very heavily on the really great Youtube without Flash Auto user script that lets you embed videos as a plug-in. But in my case I decided to use native Theora and HTML5 video because it’s more reliable, has controls and doesn’t require any additional software to start working.

"How does it work? It pulls down the video, uses Firefogg to transcode it, and then stuffs it back into the browser via a private URL. It’s slow because it has to pull + encode the entire video, but it works surprisingly well for something that is as hacky as it is.

"The worst part is the delay in between loading it and the first time you can play the video. It needs a few changes to make it more usable:"

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