Firefox - How to stop video Autoplay when opened in new tab

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by ashy7, Aug 9, 2010.

  1. ashy7 macrumors newbie

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    Hi All,

    I bought a 2.4Ghz MacBook pro last week. It is my first Mac, and I am slowly getting used to it. I have a couple of questions that I hope you can help me out with (I have searched but found no answers!):

    1) In Firefox on my old PC, and Safari on the current Mac, if I open a video in a new tab, the video would not auto-play, until I clicked on the tab. On Firefox on the Mac the video just auto plays. This is pretty annoying when I open 4 or 5 videos in different tabs and they all start playing. I want to click on the tab before it starts playing.

    As safari on the Mac does not play the videos automatically, I am hoping there is a way to stop it on Firefox?

    2) I know that holding cmd and clicking on a link opens it in a new window, but is it possible to assign for example a 3 finger click to open a link in a new tab?


    Cheers
    Ash
     
  2. ashy7 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I came across that while I was doing a search. The following comment from the developer didn't fill me with much confidence though:

    "I don't have time to maintain Stop Autoplay. The extension is still buggy and the code needs to be rewritten, but that is beyond my ability. I am looking for someone to take over the development. If you are interesting in this extension, feel free to take it, you don't need to tell me. I appreciate your help."


    I am hoping there is a more reliable fix.
     
  3. clevin macrumors G3

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    an example would be helpful, maybe a link to a video you would it not to autoplay.

    in the mean time, try goto about:config and change value of media.autoplay.enabled to false.
     

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  4. ashy7 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So an example is metacafe.com. If you open a video in a new tab, the video will start playing automatically, whether you click on the tab or not.

    If you open up the same site in safari, and open the video in a new tab, the video will only start playing once you have clicked on the tab.

    I tried changing the config file, but it didn't work.
     
  5. clevin macrumors G3

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    that addon might be your only shot. try it out, it wont eat your browser.
     
  6. ashy7 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'll give it a go, but I think I might just give Safari a try and see how I get along with that.
     

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