How do I make RealPlayer the default player in Chrome? I’m using Chrome
version 22.0 and when I play a YouTube video, it uses Adobe Flash player. I
want to use RealPlayer so I can download some of the videos. Thanks for your
In this excerpt from
Answercast #68, I look at the possibilities of using a local program to play
online YouTube flash videos.
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Playing YouTube videos in RealPlayer
You can’t. The bottom line is that YouTube videos are in fact flash videos.
They require Flash Player to play the videos. If you’re using an HTML 5-based
browser, they may use some other encoding that is native to the browser. But
in either case, regardless, you do not have the opportunity or the option of
switching out to a different player like Real Player.
Real Player plays a completely different file format.
Downloading YouTube videos
Now, the real problem that you’re trying to solve here is you want to
download some of the videos.
That may in fact be against YouTube’s terms of service. I will let you at
least be aware of that when I tell you then that you can search for tools
that are called “YouTube downloaders.”
What they will download when they download a video from YouTube is an .flv
file; FLV stands for Flash video. In other words, you’ll need a flash video
player or software capable of playing flash videos (like Video Lands, VLC) in
order to play these videos because fundamentally, they’re flash.
You need something that understands flash in order to play Flash