Youtube and flash

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    I've got a question about YouTube and Adobe flash. I was always under the impression that YouTube did not require flash. But apparently I was wrong, with some podcasts I don't need flash but with others I get a message that says the flash player's required. What's going on? Does anybody have any experience with this?

    Just to be clear, I've been watching YouTube on my iPad 2, on the web, after I upgraded to IOS iOS6.
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    Interesting, I have read that YouTube runs fine on iPad without flash. Maybe the videos you are attempting to watch just came out recently and still need to be converted...
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    The desktop version of YouTube sometimes uses Flash. The mobile version at m.youtube.com will only serve HTML 5.

    Youtube is supposed to have been transitioning away from Flash for some time. They even had a beta/volunteer desktop version of the site that was all HTML 5. I'd have expected them to be done by now. Don't know what happened.
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    YouTube has disappeared on my iPad. How do I reinstall it again?
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    It is no longer available on iOS 6. Search the app store for the new app.
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    Go to the ”YouTube app" thread. There Bluray has posted a link to the app - and it is free.
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    I've never had any problems playing videos on the original and current YouTube apps. You generally only run into flash incompatibility problems when trying to use the website version of YouTube.
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    Youtube videos come in a variety of formats. Some are encoded in Flash... The iPad YouTube app checks the video format and will not display ones that are done in flash. This is why all the videos you view using the YouTube app work without problems. This isn't the case when you come across a link or someone sends you a link to a Flash YouTube video.
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    There's a new YT client called Jasmine, designed for iPad in landscape mode. I'm liking it a lot, and you might, too.

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    Never really thought about using 3rd party YouTube apps. Will have to check it out.
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    you can also try Squrl .. :)
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    Just installed Jasmine. Looks good but when I try to play something it tells me "YouTube has restricted feeds for this video" and sits there forever saying "loading".
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    I want everybody to take a look at the link attached to this post from YouTube and tell me what you think.
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    OK. You have to understand I'm not used to seeing Flash video, so this comes as something of a shock.


    So I followed the instructions on the video, and went to the suggested pages and played a couple of videos. They played just fine. OK, thinks me, they might not be Flash videos, so I thought, lets check 'em on the iPhone. I hadn't monkeyed with the bookmarks, so it should be a good control.

    I've just learned something else. My iDevices sync bookmarks, and the video played on there too.

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    That's great that it worked for you! But when I tried it, I got this stupid message. Can you help me? Thanks for your time.

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    Yes. All you need is to have the bookmark in Safari. Once it's there you can ignore it, and browse the web. Flash video will just play in Safari automatically. I went to a site that is loaded with Flash games to check it out, and the first one I checked out played like it would on Internet Explorer.
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    The instruction page for the bookmarklett said something about needing OPlayer installed.

    http://iosflashvideo.fw.hu

    Which kind of gives the lie to not needing to download an app, but it does look like a neater solution that a Flash browser.
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    That's good. The wording does suggest that OPlayer is only needed for the one site.

    Thanks for cleaning up the link. That should make it easier for others. I'm still thinking about it; but I can't think of a single site I normally go to that I'd need it.

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