[feature request] disable multimedia autoplay, by default



  • Hi, one thing I really can't stand is when I open a website and a movie I didn't click onto, automatically starts: most of the times the movie is some kind of ad and it adds a background sound I usually don't want to hear, when I'm browsing a webpage: it's only noise. I wish that Vivaldi blocked multimedia autoplay feature (or anything similar), on any multimedia content of the web pages, by default, so that I could click the PLAY icon, only on the multimedia content I wished to see. Who supports this, too? newscpq



  • This is a must-have if I am to use Vivaldi!



  • I also don't want videos to play automatically when Vivaldi restarts.


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    Abso-flippin'-lutely



  • +100. I didn't realize how annoying this could get, until running into it now for several days, with it blaring away at certain sites…! :S The worst example was one news site (I don't recall which) that auto-started two newscasts and audio tracks simultaneously... one of them had sirens and noises and chatter while the other had an announcer... total chaos when I first stumbled into it, and no way to shut it off short of leaving the site.



  • Not only should it disable multimedia autoplay it should disable it totally when you don't focus tab it. I regularly open multiple youtube tabs and they all play at the same time and its pretty annoying



  • First, I would like to praise you for this browser. So easy and fast to install and set up is nothing. I have never seen a browser like such.

    Boy, did we sure need something like this. It seems to be very fast also. I just want to say thank you!

    I do agree with archive1 and this thread. This browser has the potential to take it all….so show them what a real browser should be like.

    Thanks again :kiss:



  • +1
    I agree. Some method for doing this is a must !!!

    I personally liked the "Enable plugins only on demand" option in Opera 12.x and earlier, but any method that works would be welcome!



  • +1



  • It would be nice to at least have the Firefox-style hidden preference to disable HTML5 media autoplay; that, combined with click-to-play for plugin content, should cover most of our bases.

    A workaround for now is to install TamperMonkey and then install my "Disable Audio/Video Autoplay" UserScript from GreasyFork; I expanded on Mark Pilgrim's "Disable Video Autoplay" UserScript from Dive Into HTML5, from many years ago.
    It's not perfect but it does at least keep YouTube from autoplaying (YouTube has ways to start the video even if its autoplay attribute is set to false); I've only tested it in Chrome so far but it should still work because Vivaldi is based on Chromium and now it even supports Chrome extensions, and if it manages to allow Windows users to install UserScripts directly (as Chrome did until about version 21), you won't even need TamperMonkey, although it does mean no auto-update.



  • @lewisje:

    A workaround for now is to install TamperMonkey and then install my "Disable Audio/Video Autoplay" UserScript from GreasyFork

    Thanks! Appreciate the tip and the UserScript. :)



  • Just stop visiting those sites — there are plenty of others. Remove them from your bookmarks and find another.

    If you want a free Internet, someone has to pay for it. Ads are a necessary evil.

    You also have the option of disabling images, and that will enable plug-ins on demand.



  • +1. Definitely a must want have. Pretty please.



  • +1 for the idea.



  • @Pesala:

    Just stop visiting those sites — there are plenty of others. Remove them from your bookmarks and find another.

    If you want a free Internet, someone has to pay for it. Ads are a necessary evil.

    I would understand your point if not for the fact that the Internet is full of video content that plays unbidden, e.g. news sites as discussed in this very thread. Try browsing CNN.com for a few minutes; you might be hoping to read some news reports but you'll simultaneously be bombarded with their video coverage of the same. The "stop visiting" is a valid solution to the issue, but CNN itself isn't the real problem.

    I think HTML5 adoption in browsers has proceeded rapidly enough that there hasn't really been time for its side-effects … like unwanted, potentially noisy, bandwidth-chewing video content ... to be dealt with. Flash sucked, but there was a bare-minimum nicety to the fact that it was optional, either through not installing it at all or using modern browser functionality like click-to-play plugins. HTML5 functionality being built into the browser means the user no longer gets a say in whether or not a site can display multimedia.

    I think (desperately hope?) that browsers will catch up in this manner, because I think it's an important choice that the user, not web site administrators, should be able to make. I'd love to see this as a Vivaldi feature (and an every other browser feature), particularly since Vivaldi is intended for power users and it's the kind of thing some of us clearly get really whiny about. ;)



  • Try the BBC — it has recently been revamped to be mobile friendly.

    Technology cannot solve human problems — I want it all, right now, and it must be free of charge. It's just greed, hatred, and delusion.

    I rarely run into video content that plays without my wishing it too — if I do, I just click the back button. If someone posts an image on one of those ad-heavy sites, or a link to a video and expect me to look at it, they're out of luck. I ask them to attach the image to the forum, or to describe the problem without a video.

    Life's too short. Eat dessert first.



  • I followed these chrome instructions and they worked:
    http://www.ghacks.net/2012/07/21/configuring-chromes-click-to-play-feature/



  • Please… I haven't managed to stop autoplay HTM5 Videos playing.

    sigh

    Facebook, just played a video at me of a fat naked man wearing only a helmet with fireworks attached to it. To be fair I live in Darwin, where behavior like this is pretty normal but I'd rather it hadn't auto run....


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    @oceanhippie:

    Please… I haven't managed to stop autoplay HTM5 Videos playing.

    sigh

    Facebook, just played a video at me of a fat naked man wearing only a helmet with fireworks attached to it. To be fair I live in Darwin, where behavior like this is pretty normal but I'd rather it hadn't auto run....

    Vivaldi can't turn this off yet, but you can go to chrome://settings/content and find the option there to run plugins on request.



  • +1 (million)!

    This is so amazingly rude and intrusive, and a setting to disable it should be top priority now as Vivaldi is maturing rapidly (thanks team! :)


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