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Unable to download youtube videos

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Apr 13, 2010 9:57 PM
Since one month ago my iMacG5 (with latest Safari update) suddenly cannot play youtube videos even after I double click the play button. I am very puzzled about this. I have tried using different download software but no success. Can anyone explain why this problem & how to fix it? Thanks.
iMacG5, Mac OS X (10.4.7)
  • Steve M. Level 5 Level 5 (4,740 points)
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    Apr 13, 2010 10:11 PM (in response to MikeKoh)
    Are you able to play other videos on the internet? Other videos encoded in Flash?

    Regards,
    Steve M.
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  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,415 points)
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    Apr 14, 2010 9:24 AM (in response to MikeKoh)
    I hv just discovered my G5 OSX 10.4.11 with updated Safari4.0.5 will not work with Flash Player.

    Of course it will or these forums would be full of users screaming that Flash no longer works with Tiger!

    The latest version of Adobe FlashPlayer can be obtained from here:

    http://www.adobe.com/shockwave/download/download.cgi?P1ProdVersion=ShockwaveFlash

    (You can check here: http://www.adobe.com/products/flash/about/ to see which version you should install for your Mac and OS.

    You should first uninstall any previous version of Flash Player, using the uninstaller from here (make sure you use the correct one!):

    http://kb.adobe.com/selfservice/viewContent.do?externalId=tn_14157

    and also that you follow the instructions closely, such as closing ALL applications first before installing. You must also carry out a permission repair after installing anything from Adobe.
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  • Steve M. Level 5 Level 5 (4,740 points)
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    Apr 14, 2010 10:38 AM (in response to MikeKoh)
    I think Klaus1 is correct that you need to uninstall and then reinstall the current version of Flash Player from the Adobe website and then repair permissions. This will enable you to watch embedded Flash content while using the Safari browser.

    You sometimes refer to downloading. Do you mean that you occasionally download discreet Flash files to your Desktop that you then wish to play? For this purpose, I suppose you could use one of the other player alternatives.

    But there is a problem with Flash that is ongoing and will likely get worse for Macs with the PPC processor. The content is simply no longer being optimized for PPC Macs. Just before I got this new 21.5 inch Intel iMac, my old G4 flat panel 1 GHz with 1 GB of RAM was virtually unusable on many Flash video sites. There are other factors working against the PPC for watching internet video too. Sites like the Winter Olympics and MLB seem to require MS Silverlight 2 which is not available for PPC Macs. Unfortunately, even well maintained, relatively recent G4s and G5s will never be able to watch the full extent of internet video anymore.

    Regards,
    Steve M.

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  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,415 points)
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    Apr 14, 2010 10:45 AM (in response to Steve M.)
    True, but so far only affects G3 Macs:

    On December 8, 2009 Adobe announced plans to drop Flash Player security support next year for Mac owners whose machines run PowerPC G3 processors.

    "Adobe will be discontinuing support of PowerPC-based G3 computers and will no longer provide security updates after the Flash Player 10.1 release," said Adobe in the same advisory that spelled out the seven patches. "This unavailability is due to performance enhancements that cannot be supported on the older PowerPC architecture."

    http://www.macworld.co.uk/news/index.cfm?email&NewsID=28011
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  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,415 points)
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    Apr 14, 2010 10:47 AM (in response to MikeKoh)
    Downloading is a different problem to not being able to play streaming Flash videos.

    How to download Flash videos and play them in Quicktime using Perian is explained here:

    http://perian.org/#watch

    It's the video at the bottom of the page.

    Also, there is the Free iTube Grabber which can capture almost any audio and/or video stream (it says here:)

    http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/10972178

    and the RealPlayer Downloader that comes with RealPlayer 11 for Mac from:

    http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/15540

    also downloads videos from YouTube.
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  • Steve M. Level 5 Level 5 (4,740 points)
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    Apr 14, 2010 11:05 AM (in response to Klaus1)
    Thanks for that clarification Klaus. But I can verify that Flash performance on my G4 had significantly deteriorated. While I could still watch and "enjoy" most Flash advertising content and really basic Flash stuff, watching most Flash video content (Youtube for example) was just impossible. Jerky, choppy, even bad audio--it was at best just like watching a series of still pictures.

    I've verified my experience in talking with fellow G4 users and with an Apple Store employee who has a personal G4, the same model as my old iMac.

    Regards,
    Steve M.
    iMac 21.5 inch, 3.06 GHz, 4GB RAM, 1TB HD, Mac OS X (10.6.3), OWC Mercury Elite 1 TB HD (FW/USB), APC UPS
  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,415 points)
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    Apr 14, 2010 11:13 AM (in response to Steve M.)
    Yes, Flash is now so CPU intensive that many G4s find it hard to keep up with streaming.
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  • Steve M. Level 5 Level 5 (4,740 points)
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    Apr 14, 2010 11:32 AM (in response to Klaus1)
    Klaus, I think it's more than CPU usage. My old G4 is a 1 GHz, not great but not totally stone age either. I know people with older Intel Windows machines who can still watch streaming Flash fairly well. A large part of the problem, for reasons unknown to me technically, is the PPC architecture.

    I can watch a Quicktime video on the old G4. But the powers that be who make Flashplayer and who make Flash content are writing PPC out of their picture.

    Cheers to Steve Jobs for campaigning against Flash.

    Regards,
    Steve M.

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  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,415 points)
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    Apr 14, 2010 3:14 PM (in response to Steve M.)
    I agree, a 1GHz G4 should still cope, but I would blame Adobe rather than PPC!
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  • Steve M. Level 5 Level 5 (4,740 points)
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    Apr 14, 2010 4:12 PM (in response to Klaus1)
    Absolutely, Klaus, I'm not blaming PPC I'm just pointing out that Adobe has indeed been leaving the PPC out in the cold with regard to optimizing for Flash and it's not going to change. I blame Adobe 100%. I still have my old iMac G4, I passed it on to my son who mainly uses it for iTunes and light web browsing. When he has Flash videos he "needs" to watch he does so on this new Intel iMac 21.5 inch!

    Regards,
    Steve M.
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  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,415 points)
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    Apr 14, 2010 4:24 PM (in response to Steve M.)
    The sooner Flash is dead and HTML5 replaces it, the better!
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  • Steve M. Level 5 Level 5 (4,740 points)
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    Apr 14, 2010 4:31 PM (in response to Klaus1)
    Agreed!

    Steve M.
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