Anyone good with Safari?...

SaucyWeeTart

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Hey,

Was just wanting to ask a quick question regarding Safari.

The problem I'm having is when I arrange 2 apps in splitscreen view (let's say Sketch and Safari) I can't seem to be able to 'fullscreen' safari videos within it's own half without it taking over the entire screen. Chrome can do this, so I was wondering if there was any way I could replicate this behaviour in Safari?

Cheers!
 

MacGizmo

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Full screen Sketch. Then switch to Safari and have your video set up to full screen. Then hit the Mission Control key and drag the Sketch view into the full screen video view (not the safari view).
 

SaucyWeeTart

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Full screen Sketch. Then switch to Safari and have your video set up to full screen. Then hit the Mission Control key and drag the Sketch view into the full screen video view (not the safari view).
You know, right before I got the notification from your reply I tried just this. I wish there was a less hack-y way because everytime you change the video you have to repeat the steps. Pain in the tits.

Anyone know what makes Chrome able to do this and not Safari?
 

allan.nyholm

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Great tip @MacGizmo and thanks @SaucyWeeTart for bringing up the question - I tried doing what was described and found that, for me, using the Picture in Picture feature within Safari on recent macOS is also quite useful. There's this free floating window that one has to deal with. It can be moved with the CMD key held down and resized using the edged of the PiP. I never thought of this scenario of split screen. I also use Sketch but it's usually the only app that I have to deal with. I learn every day it would seem :D
 
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MacGizmo

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Unfortunately, Safari and Chrome handle "full screen" differently. Safari is a true full screen in that it gives the video it's own separate app window, while Chrome actually uses the same window only it hides all the interface elements.

Incidentally I use a little Safari extension called PiPtool which works much in the same way as Apple's built-in PiP, except that it's an icon in the Safari toolbar and it works on ALL videos, regardless of what site or how that site encodes their videos. You just click the toolbar PiP icon, then click the video you want to make PiP.
 

SaucyWeeTart

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Unfortunately, Safari and Chrome handle "full screen" differently. Safari is a true full screen in that it gives the video it's own separate app window, while Chrome actually uses the same window only it hides all the interface elements.

Incidentally I use a little Safari extension called PiPtool...
I also use PiPtool, really handy indeed.

In relation to the 'fullscreen in splitscreen' limitation, I wonder if a smart coder could come up with an extension to make this possible? I'm in no way a coder so I don't even know if this is even possible...
 

MacGizmo

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Yep, I know it's technically possible, but I prefer to find less hack-y ways to get things done if possible.
I'm not sure I'm understanding what you're asking for.

The PiPTool solves the problem of full screen not working on some sites. It looks like we're on the same page there.

As far as the split-screen feature, it works perfectly fine if you split-screen the full screen video and NOT the web page in Safari that houses the video. While I agree with you that this is somewhat of an a$$-backwards way for Apple to implement the feature, it is in fact working the way it is supposed to—which is having the full-screen video act as a separate window (or even a separate app).

I'm not sure (technically) if a developer can come up with an extension that reverses the way Safari handles full-screen. Hopefully Apple can step-back and look at the feature and realize that while it works fine the way it is, it's absolutely not the most elegant way for the end user.
 

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