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The real problem you're trying to solve here is that you want to download some of the videos. That may be against YouTube's terms of service.

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 help.

In this excerpt from Answercast #68, I look at the possibilities of using a local program to play online YouTube flash videos.

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 videos.

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Deano Hopper
November 9, 2012 9:09 AM

I've been using RealPlayer for years, to download-and-play YouTube videos. Hence, I don't understand your problem. The latest free-RealPlayer plays FLV and many other formats.

That's news to me actually, but more to the point, can it be configured to play embedded flash videos without downloading them? I can play FLV files in VLC player, but it doesn't replace the flash player that actually plays videos on YouTube.

Ian Johnson
November 9, 2012 12:37 PM

I don't have have any problems with RealPlayer, just like Deano Hopper. Make sure the Real download and recording is checked in the preferences option. I'm using the standard Realplayer.

November 9, 2012 12:51 PM

You could download an . flv file and convert it to .whatever using any of the many free converters.

Kevin Manner
November 9, 2012 5:57 PM

Wow! there I paid for replay media catcher/splitter/converter which I thought was good. But I never new realplayer could do more than just play. So I may reinstall if I don't reload somthing else.

Ian Johnson
November 10, 2012 12:49 AM

Also there is a file converter with free RealPlayer. E g WMV and Apple 264.

November 10, 2012 7:31 AM

I used to have a Chrome extension that automatically provided links for download of FLV, MP4 and MOV format of any YouTube video. Unfortunately, a recent update of Chrome killed the extension and it is no longer available.

As for the best video player, I go with VLC. There is no better player out there. It's free and available for most platforms.

November 10, 2012 11:35 AM

If I remember correctly, Real software used to have issues with spyware or something like that. Have they changed things in the many years since I stopped using RealPlayer and RealJukebox?

Ian Johnson
November 10, 2012 2:07 PM

I've been using it for seven years without any problems.

Brent Bolinder
November 13, 2012 11:07 AM

You can use RealPlayer software to download videos from the internet, including YouTube videos. You need to enable (if it isn't enabled already) "Web Downloading And Recording". That can be accessed by clicking the upper left corner of Real Player's player window (where the Real Player logo is) and clicking preferences. Then on the left side at the bottom of the menu is "Downloading & Recording". Click that and make sure the downloading option is checked. Close all that out and try going to a video, hovering your mouse over the video window and a small window in the upper right corner of the video window should pop up momentarily saying "Download this video" with the Real Player logo. Click that and the video will download. I'm using Windows 7, so Real Player puts the video in the videos folder under Real Player Downloads (I'm not sure where it puts it if you are running XP). From there you can access the video. Hope this helps. One final note; Firefox is my browser of choice, but Real's downloader doesn't work with it very well, so I fire up Internet Explorer to grab the video. I haven't tried it using Chrome.

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