Vivaldi 3.2 launches with pop-out video improvements

Martin Brinkmann
Aug 5, 2020
Internet, Vivaldi

Vivaldi Technologies released the web browser Vivaldi 3.2 to the Stable channel on August 5, 2020. The new version of the browser for supported desktop systems improves the built-in pop-out video functionality and contains other improvements.

Existing Vivaldi installations should pick up the new browser version automatically after its official release on August 5, 2020 at 9:00 CET. The browser checks for updates regularly by default to download and install new versions automatically. The new version is also available for download at the official website as usual.

Vivaldi engineers improved the browser's native pop-out video feature significantly in the new release. Pop-out video enables users to move HTML video content, e.g. on YouTube, Netflix or Twitch, to a separate window that can be moved and resized independently of the actual web browser window.

All it takes is to click on the icon at the top center of the video that is playing in the browser to use pop-out video in the browser. The video is moved to its own window at that point and moved back when you close it.

vivaldi pop-out video

The icon is one of the improvements of the functionality. Some users, those who don't use pop-out video at all, may find it distracting as it is displayed whenever you hover over the video in the browser. Vivaldi, being a highly customizable browser, allows you to disable the feature easily in the settings.

Just select Menu > Tools > Settings, or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl-F12 to open the Settings window. There you need to open Webpages in the sidebar and remove the checkmark from "Picture-in-Picture Button on Videos". The icon won't be displayed anymore after you restart the browser.

vivaldi picture in picture

The new pop-out video interface features another improvement: a mute button. It is now easier to mute the playing video with a click, and to unmute it at any time with another. Muting is also available in the right-click menu of the tab that hosts the video, and via the browser's quick commands feature. Vivaldi users may also use the slider to jump to any position of the video using it.

Vivaldi 3.2 includes fixes for issues and a few other changes including an upgrade to Chromium 84.0.4147.108. The browser's URL cropping feature has been improved in the new version as well. Vivaldi users may hold down the Ctrl-key before clicking on the URL displayed in the address bar to go up  a level. In Vivaldi 3.2, you may hover over the URL while holding down the Ctrl-key to better see which part of the address is getting cropped when you left-click.

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Vivaldi 3.2 launches with pop-out video improvements
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Vivaldi Technologies released the web browser Vivaldi 3.2 to the Stable channel on August 5, 2020. The new version of the browser for supported desktop systems improves the built-in pop-out video functionality and contains other improvements.
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  1. Coriy said on August 6, 2020 at 11:48 pm

    From what I’ve seen, the built-in ad partners list is just a forced “whitelist” to allow those partner ads through.

    I agree that Vivaldi has a lot of extra features that bloat it, and it’d be nice if they made the browser more modular so that the extra features beyond basic browsing (like the Philips Hue, Razer Chroma, Notes, Sync, Clock, etc. were opt-in via a plug-in / extension format rather than baked in to the code.

  2. James said on August 6, 2020 at 9:41 pm

    Vivaldi is really great, works well with Netflix and Hulu. I do agree that they should work on their UI and make it easier to resize the window and keep it at one size rather than being forgotten by the OS’s window manager in Linux.

  3. Mike W. said on August 6, 2020 at 2:45 pm

    I walk away from Vivaldi each time I use it with the same feeling. It’s so close, but still so far from being great. The devs deserve credit for really improving the performance of the browser. While it still launches slower than other browsers (Chrome, Edge, Firefox, etc.) it loads pages just as quick as any other Chromium browser. The browser does have some cool features that make it stand out from the relatively stripped down feature set of Chrome & Edge.

    Still, many of those features still feel half-baked and need refining. The Ad/Tracker blocker still needs quite a bit of work to be anywhere close to parity of uBlock Origin before Chrome phases that extension out. Smooth Scrolling is still broken on MacOS, and while performance is good on MacOS, it makes my Mac Mini feel like it might melt when I put it under a heavy load.

    I want to like Vivaldi, but as someone who honestly doesn’t take advantage of many of their advanced features (tab stacking, altering menus, etc.) I can’t help but wish they would prioritize refining existing features before lobbing more on further creating work for a dev team that appears to be pretty small. For now I will stick with Firefox as my cross-OS browser of choice.

  4. ULBoom said on August 5, 2020 at 2:45 pm

    “Have you tried Vivaldi as of late?”

    My phone ringtone is The Four Seasons, does that count?

    This feature seems like the latest browser gimmick. Maybe I don’t understand how it works but one can always drag a video into a new smaller window and play it leaving the main window intact for browsing, albeit a bit smaller.

    Autoplay and vids that chase you down a page in smaller form until clicked away are annoying enough to possibly make pop outs’ interest fade out.

  5. computer said no said on August 5, 2020 at 1:07 pm

    This browser is cosmetically very pleasing to the eye but i prefer the theme variations which firefox gives me.

    Has an annoying highlighted link issue especially with the homepage.Nice speed dial in this browser.

    Not quite certain why the mute button was not included when the PiP function was initially incorporated into vivaldi.

    To be honest i get most of my browsing needs from firefox but this is a quite young browser and it is getting there/somewhere slowly.

    Not for me at this present time but i wish them luck.

  6. Anonymous said on August 5, 2020 at 11:27 am

    Please, add options to customize the context menu. Your browser is amazing, but the context menu is a total and utterly mess to deal with, to a point that it’s barely usable.

    1. Slim said on August 6, 2020 at 1:08 am

      Recently switched from Brave to Vivaldi, and so glad I did. Vivaldi is great and I like Vivaldi much more than Brave. Vivaldi rocks.

  7. ESSead said on August 5, 2020 at 11:06 am

    Maybe Vivaldi should do something about their old and sorta unusable user interface. Im talking about things that cant be customized or dont take few hours to fix.

  8. Allwynd said on August 5, 2020 at 9:56 am

    Patch Notes for Vivaldi 3.2 for Android:

    [Blocker] Allow ads from Vivaldi partners VB-69655
    [Bookmarks] Crash in moving two bookmarks to the same folder VAB-1880
    Non-merged navigation bar on horizontal view VAB-1970
    Upgraded Chromium to 84.0.4147.108

    Looks like Vivaldi on Android has ads built-in now… Another alternative browser like Brave (which also has ads now) for Android that I remove from my watch list.

    1. ShintoPlasm said on August 5, 2020 at 12:49 pm

      “Looks like Vivaldi on Android has ads built-in now”

      Where are you getting this from?

      1. akg said on August 5, 2020 at 2:30 pm
        currently vivaldi 3.2 is in beta.but it can be disabled in Vivaldi Settings > Tracker > Manage Ad Blocking Sources Untick the list entry “Allow Ads from our Partners”.

      2. Allwynd said on August 5, 2020 at 4:58 pm

        So it’s built-in by default, unless you know about it and turn it off, it’s running by default.

      3. ShintoPlasm said on August 5, 2020 at 5:43 pm

        “Built-in”… Come on, you’re making it sound like it’s ‘baked’ into the browser. As you can see from the comments on the Vivaldi blog post, this is a simple filter list which you can disable in the adblocker’s settings. I don’t begrudge Vivaldi their extra revenue, and it’s not like Vivaldi itself is tracking, collecting or selling your data.

      4. computer said no said on August 5, 2020 at 6:00 pm

        ” it’s not like Vivaldi itself is tracking, collecting or selling your data”

        i am not sure you can prove that 100% as you are simply taking the company on it’s word.

        They do talk big in regard to privacy but i do not see much effort from them to actually protect it.
        They seem to rely heavily on google services.

      5. Allwynd said on August 6, 2020 at 7:51 am

        @computer said no

        Vivaldi, like all the others like to “scratch their tongues” about privacy and do nothing as you say.

        All Vivaldi does is add useless bloatware features to their desktop browser. It has become so bloated it has performance issues on websites Chrome and other more “lean” Chromium browsers don’t have performance issues with.

        I was initially psyched about Vivaldi (back in 2015), but my enthusiasm has long deflated.

        Vivaldi on Android was interesting in how they block ads, but instead of allowing Chrome Extensions to be installed, the made their own trash-tier ad-blocking and now it has built-in ads by default and it doesn’t block all ads or pop-ups either so it’s a disappointment.

        It allows me to copy-paste filter lists, so technically it’s possible to block more, but who’s gonna bother search for lists and then copy-paste them one by one… not even on desktop this is a thing – you just check boxes on uBlock Origin/Nano Adblocker.

      6. ShintoPlasm said on August 5, 2020 at 11:10 pm

        @computer said no:

        You’re right that we can’t ever trust any company 100%. Nevertheless, a few things do speak in Vivaldi AS’ favour…

        Firstly, their privacy policy and many related blog posts are clear, informative and candid. They have been engaging with their users, and are quite transparent about their intentions and modus operandi.

        Secondly, many of the people involved are old hands in the IT industry who have a solid reputation among those in the know. Similar to Brendan Eich with Brave, these are people who clearly do what they do out of passion and idealism. As opposed to Brave, Vivaldi do not tout themselves as privacy champions – but it’s still pretty high on their list. I feel comfortable trusting them, with the requisite pinch of salt. Their browser is among the best we’ve got, considering the internet’s paltry state at present.

        Having said all that, feel free to disagree and choose another browser – they’re all free, after all…

    2. Iron Heart said on August 5, 2020 at 11:56 am


      Brave‘s ads a.k.a. Brave Rewards are turned off by default, though. Firefox also has snippets which Mozilla used to push certain messages on you.

      1. racorbin2010 said on August 5, 2020 at 4:33 pm

        Iron Heart, This is another topic. A new Interlink build was released today; I installed it. I think it was you who told me how to invoke the moving of Local Folders to the top, but somehow I lost your comment on that thread. Would you repeat it for me? [Editor: removed email address]

      2. Iron Heart said on August 5, 2020 at 10:32 pm


        „It seems to me that Mr. Tobin put the option to let local folders be at the very top behind the about:config setting mail.accountmanager.accounts.ordered … You need search for this and set it to „false“ if you want to have local folders at the top. This will be available in the next Interlink release, not in the one you currently use.

        To access about:config, go to Interlink > Preferences, select the Advanced panel, select the General tab, and click Config Editor….“

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