Man, this HTML5 player on YouTube is causing me so many problems.

Choppy audio, frequent video stuttering, it’s terrible.  I don’t have the newest computer in the world (Windows XP still going strong!), but it’s certainly fast enough to handle showing a video and doing something else at the same time.

I don’t have any problems whatsoever with the YouTube Flash-based player.  But unfortunately for me and everyone else in the world who prefers the flash player, YouTube doesn’t offer the option of turning the HTML5 player off.  No does Chrome offer the option of forcing the flash player.

I figured out how to disable the player in Chrome.  I don’t know how long this fix will work.  I suspect it will have to be re-done each time Chrome updates itself.  But if that’s what I’ve got to do to get my computer to walk and chew gum at the same time, so be it.

How to disable the HTML5 player in Google Chrome:

  • Locate the Google Chrome install folder.  This might be in c:\Program Files.  In my case, it wasn’t there.  For me, the executable was hidden away in my user directory.  I found it at:  C:\Documents and Settings\eddie\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\Application
  • Within that folder, you’ll see a couple other folders with numbers as names.  Pick the one with the highest number. For me, that was 33.0.1750.146.
  • Open that folder.
  • Within it, you’ll see a file called ffmpegsumo.dll.  This is the file that allows Chrome to play HTML5 videos.  What you want to do is delete or rename this file.  I renamed mine to ffmpegsumo.dll.bak.
  • Restart the Chrome Browser
  • That’s it.

I think Chrome is going to create a new folder with larger number for each update.  If it does, this will likely have to re-done again.  Not a perfect solution, but at least it works.