When I'm watching videos on YouTube I'm often switching to other tabs or programs for a short while. I may check my emails in the Thunderbird email client, check out the latest activities on Facebook or Google Plus, or simply open a new tab to research something that was mentioned in the video.
The video continues to play in that time unless I hit the pause button in the player interface first. Most of the time, it is not that of a big deal as I'm more interested in what is being said than the actual footage. But that is mostly because of my viewing preferences, that I watch mostly videos where the important information are presented by audio and not video.
It is also not an issue if you like to watch music videos on YouTube, as it does not really make a lot of difference in this case either.
It does however become an issue if you are watching the latest movie or TV show trailers, or game walkthroughs, or anything else where video is at least as important as audio.
YouTube Smart Pause is a new extension for the Firefox web browser that stops playback of the video that you are watching if the tab becomes inactive.
Playback is not stopped if you open new programs or use a second browser window to browse the Internet while the video is playing. It is only stopped if you activate another tab in the browser window the video is playing in.
You can disable the feature temporarily by right-clicking on the page the video is playing on and selecting "disable YouTube smart pause" from the context menu. This can be useful if you want the video to continue playing even if you activate another tab, for instance to listen to music while you are browsing the Internet.
You can modify several preferences in the add-on's setting.
YouTube Smart Pause may be useful for some Firefox users. It ensures that you do not miss a single second of YouTube videos that play in the browser. It is a convenient add-on as it eliminates the need to click on the pause button anytime you focus on another window on your system.
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