Auto HD for YouTube is a fairly simple Chrome add-on, which has a similar function to the many Greasemonkey scripts that do the same thing: it makes YouTube default to high-quality playback. I've tried it out, and here are some quick thoughts:
- No auto buffering: Sadly, this add-on doesn't change YouTube's default behavior, which is to just start playing the video rather than buffer and wait for you to hit Play. So if you have a slow connection and still wish to enjoy HD, you might be better off with the Greasemonkey script called YouTube Auto Buffer & Auto HD & Remove Ads.
- Doesn't work well with channels: I've tried it out with the Pomplamoose video channel, and it just wouldn't work. The video played at 480p. Only when I clicked through to an individual video page did the add-on kick in.
- Handy options: You can have the player auto-widen, and you can set four different quality settings: 'Preferred,' 'Secondary,' 'Fallback,' and even 'Secondary fallback.' I must say, 'Secondary fallback' sounds like a bit of an overkill to me, but it's available.
All in all, it does work. If you'd rather use native Chrome add-ons than Greasemonkey scripts, try it on for size.Read | Permalink | Email this | Comments