Why is VLC not playing youtube files for me?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Jalopy, Aug 25, 2013.

  1. Jalopy macrumors member

    Dec 2, 2011
    I installed VLC version 0.8.4a on my OSX 10.2.8 system but it doesn't play youtube files. I copied the video url from youtube (/watch?v=...) to VLC but it didn't play. Do I need to have flash player or something else installed also? I uninstalled flash player.
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    Have you copied the WHOLE URL and not just the part with /watch?v=... ?
    I do not have an older system to test an older version of VLC though.
  3. MysticCow macrumors 6502a

    May 27, 2013
    You *shouldn't* need Flash at all if you're watching them via VLC. Make sure you choose "Open Network Stream" and make sure the entire address is placed in there, including youtube.com. For example, this would need to be pasted in:

    youtube.com/watch?v=6eKXXA_Z6wo (it's safe for work)
  4. B-G, Aug 25, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2013

    B-G macrumors regular

    Dec 14, 2011
    If I remember correctly, direct Youtube playback doesn't work in VLC versions that ancient. I remember testing the last release working on Panther and finding that functionality missing, so I guess it won't work in Jaguar.
    If I am wrong than the issue is the lack of an updated lua script in /Applications/VLC.app/Contents/MacOS/share/lua/playlist/youtube.luac
    Download the latest version of VLC (at the moment 2.0.8) copy the corresponding youtube.luac file (you will have to right click on VLC icon, choose "Show package content", than navigate to /Contents/MacOS/share/lua/playlist) and paste it in your VLC installation at the path I gave a few lines above.

    I have no idea what other options you have in 10.2.8, but try this bookmarklet:
    If it works in your browser (big if, considering the lack of modern browsers in Jaguar) it will give you download links to the video files embedded in the Youtube page you are visiting. Copy one and open it in VLC. You should be able to get video playback.
    If this doesn't work you could try getting the links from one of the many websites for Youtube downloads (but beware of the ones requiring Java).
    Good luck, and let us know if this worked for you.

    PS: just for curiosity, what browser are you using in 10.2.8?
  5. Jalopy thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 2, 2011
  6. Wildy macrumors 6502

    Jan 25, 2011
    B-G's answer is the one you should be looking at. YouTube support was broken some time ago by one of the LUA extensions and is easily fixable by downloading the latest one he linked.
  7. Jalopy thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 2, 2011
    Thanks for the help with this. Not sure if I'm looking in the right place for the lua extension. I don't see the path /Applications/VLC.app/Contents/MacOS/share/lua/playlist/
    The only subfolder I see within ../share is /http and there's nothing in there with a .luac extension - mostly html and png files. Am I missing something here?
  8. B-G macrumors regular

    Dec 14, 2011
    Then, as I remembered, that version of VLC doesn't support direct Youtube playback. You can still watch YT videos on it, but you'll have to use download links to the actual video files.
  9. RamsonM macrumors newbie


    Nov 23, 2018
  10. Dronecatcher macrumors 68020


    Jun 17, 2014
    Lincolnshire, UK
    Unfortunately doesn't work with older versions of VLC suited to G4s.
  11. sawpits macrumors member

    Feb 28, 2014

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