Chrome added a neat Picture-in-Picture mode in one of its recent updates. It’s supposed to work on any and all web based video players but for websites it doesn’t work on, Google has an extension you can install to fix the problem. The Chrome Picture-in-Picture mode is great because it allows you to drag a video player outside of Chrome and not many desktop video players let you do that. The good news is, you can use Chrome Picture-in-Picture mode for local videos as well.
Chrome Picture-in-Picture for local videos
Open File Explorer, or Finder if you’re on a Mac, and navigate to the local video you want to watch in Chrome.
What you need to do is copy the complete path to the video. On Windows 10, hold down the Shift key and right-click the video file. From the context menu, select Copy as path.
On macOS, navigate to the file in Finder and right-click it. Once the context menu appears, hold down the Option key and you will see an option to copy [File Name] as path. Select it to copy the file’s complete path to the clipboard.
Open a new Chrome tab and enter the file path in the URL bar. If you’re on Windows 10, the path will include double-quotes around it which you need to remove before you tap Enter.
When you tap Enter, the video will start playing automatically. At the bottom right of the video player, you will see a more options button. Click it and from the menu, select Picture-in-Picture.
As with web media players, you can drag the picture-in-picture player for the local video to any edge of the screen and you can resize it. It also has play/pause controls. If you close the PIP player, it will not close the tab that you had the video open it. The video will return to the tab but will not start playing in it automatically.
While this is a neat trick, especially if you need a good app to play video that can be pinned to any part of your screen, it has its limitations. The obvious limitation is video formats. Chrome is a web browser, not a video player so while it may support common video formats like MP4 and MPEG, it may not necessarily support the more obscure ones.
When testing this out, Chrome managed to play an MKV video but this is a tricky format for most video players. If the video playback is choppy for this, or any other format, there’s little you can do about it other than to use a different app.
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As we reported earlier, an improvement in the Picture-in-Picture(P-i-P) in Chromium browsers has been in the works since last month. The improvement includes bringing support for ‘mute videos in Picture-in-Picture mode.’ But all we had back then was merely some leaked screenshot of how the feature works and not something that we can test.
The new feature that enables you to mute videos when you opt for Picture-in-Picture is finally ready to be tested. If you are on Google Chrome Dev channel then you can test it right now, not just Chrome, Microsoft Edge being a Chromium-based browser, can also make use of the new feature. Again, you need to be on Microsoft Edge Dev Channel to enable the feature.
A quick guide on how to enable mute videos in P-i-P
1. Ensure you’re using dev or Canary versions of Chrome and Edge,
2. Visit about:flags page (available in Edge also as)
3. Find and enable ” Experimental Web Platform features”flag
4. Restart the browser
5. Visit Youtube(or other video streaming platform that supports P-i-P) and play any video
6. Right click on the video two times and select “Picture-in-Picture” option.
7. Hover over the PiP window to see Mute button at lower left corner, click on it to mute the video, to unmute it, click again.
It is worth noting that the above step by step guide works on both Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge or any chromium-based browsers for that matter.
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An upcoming Chrome feature allows you to mute entire sites. Here’s how Windows users can try it out today.
Google has made it easy to mute noisy sites in Chrome — just right-click the tab and select Mute Tab. You can also enable Tab audio muting UI control, which lets you click on the speaker-shaped audio indicator to mute a tab. (This setting is found in Chrome’s experimental features by entering chrome://flags in the address bar.)
But what if there’s a site that constantly plays audio when you don’t want it to? A new feature coming to Chrome will let you put a stop to it once and for all. While it’s not officially available in Chrome just yet, you can still try it out. Here’s how.
For starters, you’ll need to install Chrome Canary, the oft-updated, less-stable version of Chrome that packs all the newest features. Once installed, login to your Google account and go through the standard Chrome setup process. Then close Chrome Canary completely.
To enable the site-wide muting feature, you will need to open Chrome Canary through Command Prompt while also executing a command line switch (command lines that enable and disable experimental features).
- Open Command Prompt by pressing the Windows key, typing cmd and pressing Enter.
- In Command Prompt, change directory to where the Chrome Canary executable file is. Type cd followed by the path, which by default should look like this: C:Users[your name]AppDataLocalGoogleChrome SxSApplication.
- Press enter.
- Next, type chrome.exe, space, then type or paste the switch code: –enable-features=SoundContentSetting.
- When you press enter, Chrome Canary will open.
Alternatively, you can create a desktop shortcut for Chrome Canary paired with the command line switch. Right-click on the shortcut and click Properties. In the Target field, you’ll see the path to chrome.exe in quotations. After the last quotation mark, add a space and paste the switch code. Click Apply and OK.
Now when you open Chrome Canary using the command line switch or the desktop shortcut you created, you can mute entire websites. To do this, click the information button at the far left of the address bar. (Sometimes, it may appear as a padlock icon to indicate a secure connection.) In this menu, click the dropdown menu to the right of Sound and select Always block on this site.
If you ever need to stop blocking the audio from a website, return to the site settings menu and select either Always allow on this site or Use global default (Allow).
You’ll soon be able to mute videos in Google Chrome’s picture-in-picture mode, as well as quickly go back to the tab a video is playing in.
Google Chrome’s Picture-in-Picture option is pretty cool. By double-right-clicking on HTML 5 videos, you can view them in a pop-out window. This is fantastic for those with a single monitor, who can browse other webpages while watching YouTube.
Unfortunately, the feature is pretty barebones, but Google is slowly adding features. The latest commit is a button that will reflect the audio status. When there’s no audio, it won’t show, but hovering will display the ability to mute the video.
“This CL adds a mute button in the Picture-in-Picture window that reflects the muted state of the video,” explained developer François Beaufort. “If there is no audio track, mute button will be hidden. This button is working only if experimental blink feature MuteButton is enabled or if the Origin Trial with the same name is enabled.”
The button will join a planned ‘back to tab’ button, which will open the video source page and close the PiP window.
PiP Extension and Windows Competition
Unfortunately, support for Google’s feature isn’t currently widespread. Though its own services support it, both Netflix and Amazon video don’t allow double rick-click.
Thankfully, this is easily bypassed with Google’s dedicated Picture-in-Picture extension on the Web Store. Users can simply click an icon near their search bar and Chrome will automatically detect the video.
Alternatively, Windows 10 has its own Picture-in-Picture mode. This is limited to specific App Store applications like Films & TV, but there are several apps that enable the functionality for any webpage. It doesn’t include a mute button, but there are handy options to skip back and forward 30 seconds.
Nothing is more annoying than receiving unexpected audio from autoplay videos on a website. Here’s how to mute them for good.
Starting with Google Chrome version 64, which was recently rolled out to all users, you can now mute entire sites that have the annoying autoplay videos. Nothing is more irritating than scrolling through a webpage and suddenly loud audio starts playing from a video that you can’t even see on the page. Especially if you have the sound on and are listening to your own music, or if everything is quiet and all the sudden audio starts blaring.
I’m usually good at finding an autoplay video and muting it via the player on the page or closing out of it. However, some are delayed, and you don’t hear anything. Also, many of the videos have a 30-second timeout while the next one is loading. So, you go to your next tab, and then another. You have a dozen tabs open, and then the audio starts playing, but you’re not sure which one it’s coming from. You need to frantically search each page and try to get it to stop, or quickly mute the sound from your computer.
Previously you could avoid it by tweaking internal browser settings or using a browser extension. But with this latest update, it’s easier than ever to mute a site for good.
Permanently Mute Websites in Chrome
You can mute pages on an individual basis. To find the offending page, just look for a small speaker icon on the tab. Then, right-click on the tab and choose “Mute Site” from the menu.
It also works for pinned tabs. Right-click the pinned tab with the speaker icon and then select to mute or unmute it.
You can also mute sites permanently versus a case by case basis. Right-click the “Secure” section to the left on the URL bar and check the “Always block on this site” option. This is perfect for the biggest offenders and you don’t need to worry about muting the site each time you visit it.
There are plenty of other new features and security fixes in this latest version, Chrome 64, including HDR support and more. For full details, you can read the full release notes. However, by far, this is the most helpful one that will be appreciated by millions of users.
Do you find sites that autoplay videos annoying and do you appreciate this new feature? Leave a comment below and let us know your thoughts. Or for more tech discussion, join our gP Forums for more troubleshooting help and advice.
Picture-in-picture (PIP) is one of those features that is more useful than you initially think and is dead-simple to use on Chromebooks. While watching a video on multiple different services, you can simply pop out the video player and place it anywhere on your screen and it stays on top of all your other content.
One service I’ve used this with quite frequently of late is MLB.tv. Baseball, being one of those sports you don’t have to pay attention to every single second, lends itself to this sort of passive consumption. I can’t wait until YouTube TV adds the ability to utilize this feature! For now, services like YouTube, Netflix, Vimeo and even local content work with the extension that is made by Google to leverage PIP across devices.
Over time, it seems Google wants to make the PIP player mimic what users are used to on the standard video players of the respective services being used with PIP. One of those features is the ability to mute audio when needed, and it is being added right now in the Dev Channel of Chrome. It works just as you’d expect, giving the user a dedicated button to kill the audio when needed.
All you have to do to get this working is:
- Get your Chromebook or Chrome on Windows/Mac/Linux into Dev Channel. If you aren’t familiar with what that is or what it means, it’s probably best for you to just wait for this to hit the Stable Channel.
- Go to chrome://flags
- Search for Experimental Web Platform features
- Switch it to “enabled” and restart Chrome
–> With that complete, the next time you pull up a PIP instance, you’ll have a nice mute button there waiting for you to use. Another great perk is that all this works on the new version of the Microsoft Edge browser assuming you are using the newer, Chromium-based version. –>
We expect to see more of these features hitting the PIP player in the coming weeks, so keep and eye out for more about this as we see it develop.
Picture in Picture, also known as PIP or Pop-out Video, is a web browser feature that lets you “pop out” videos in a floating window. Here’s how to use it.
Published on August 7, 2020 – By Team Vivaldi – 6792 views
Picture in Picture mode comes in handy when you want to multitask in your web browser. Learn how to use it efficiently and you are already improving your workflow!
With Picture in Picture mode, you can pop out HTML5 videos in a floating window above your other windows and tabs.
While the video plays, you can continue working, studying, and generally browsing. You can resize and move the always-on-top PIP window wherever you like on your screen.
How do I use Picture in Picture or PIP?
If you are sold on trying Picture in Picture mode, you are probably thinking to yourself “But how do I use PIP”?
- Picture in Picture mode comes in very useful when you want to do things simultaneously. For example, you can pop out a cool YouTube video or follow a live game while engaging on social media or getting some work done.
- You can use PIP for work and study too. You could, for instance, watch a training video while keeping an eye on Slack, or you could have a study video playing while taking notes on the side.
Today, most web browsers offer some sort of implementation based on a standard Picture in Picture Web API.
However, to use Picture in Picture mode out-of-the-box in web browsers such as Chrome you need the specific website to have implemented Picture in Picture support first. Some websites such as Twitch have done this but many others, such as Vimeo and Netflix, have not. Even YouTube doesn’t have this by default.
This is where Vivaldi browser stands out. It has a dedicated Pop-out Video button that makes it possible to use Picture in Picture even if a website has not implemented support for it. Picture in Picture would still work. We show you how below.
How do I launch Picture in Picture?
Launching PIP is super easy.
Vivaldi browser’s implementation has come a long way since Pop-out Video was first introduced two years ago. Initially hidden behind menus and extra clicks, it now offers one of the most fluent and complete web browser implementations.
This button is enabled by default. If you don’t use Picture in Picture, go to Settings > Webpages and disable “Picture in Picture Button on Videos”.
Another way to launch Picture in Picture mode is to right-click on the video and select Picture in Picture from the context menu. For certain sites, such as YouTube, this is not yet possible via their custom context menu. In that case, double right-click to reveal the context menu with the Picture in Picture option.
The floating window remains active even if you change the active tab.
How do I make Picture in Picture bigger?
When you use Picture in Picture, you may want to make the PIP window bigger or smaller by resizing it. To resize, first open the video in Picture in Picture mode, then drag from the top or sides.
At the moment, you can drag the window to cover roughly one-quarter of the screen.
The aspect ratio of the window doesn’t change.
In addition to resizing the window, you can position it anywhere you like on the screen.
How do I control the video in Picture in Picture mode?
Once you’ve resized and positioned the video to your liking, you’ll be looking for ways to control the video in Picture in Picture mode. Our Pop-out Video implementation has some of the most robust video controls out there.
Watching videos is as easy and intuitive as it can be. Once the video is open in a pop-out, with a single click you can:
- Skip ahead or go back in the video by clicking on the progress bar or using the left and right arrow keys while the video is in focus.
- Pause the video.
- Return to the main window.
- Close the pop-out.
If you’re watching a video that’s part of a playlist you’ll also see forward and back buttons, letting you skip tracks or go back to something that caught your fancy.
Can I pop out YouTube videos?
When you use Picture in Picture mode, you can pop out YouTube videos easily with Vivaldi browser’s implementation.
To launch a YouTube video in Picture in Picture mode, hover the mouse cursor over the video you’d like to watch and click on the Pop-out Video button.
If you prefer to launch PIP via YouTube’s context menu, make sure you double right-click to reveal the context menu first.
How do I pop out Netflix?
To bring up the pop out window in Netflix, hover the mouse cursor over the video and simply click the Pop-out Video button that will appear at the top. Resize and position the Picture in Picture player to your liking but note that subtitles don’t yet work with the feature.
Picture in Picture trivia
Picture in Picture was first used on TV before the web even existed. It was first seen during the opening ceremony of the 1976 Olympics when a close-up of the Olympic flame was shown as an overlay.
40 years later – in 2016 – Picture in Picture debuted on the web when Safari browser released a similar functionality in macOS Sierra.
Ready to try out Pop-out Video? Let us know what you think in the comments.
These simple steps make the internet a lot less frustrating.
Jan 26, 2018, 9:21 am
The long-awaited Chrome feature that leaked last year has finally arrived. You can now mute autoplay videos on Google Chrome.
Before, Google Chrome users could right-click on a website’s tab at the top of their display and choose “Mute Tab” to temporarily turn off all sounds from an offending webpage. That feature has been replaced with a “Mute Site” option that will quiet an entire website forever.
How to block autoplay videos on Google Chrome
1. Before you can use the feature, you’ll have to update your Chrome browser. Just open up Chrome and select the three vertical dots in the top right corner. If an update is pending, it will display in green, orange, or red, from the drop-down menu. If you don’t see anything, hover over “Help” and select “About Google Chrome.” Here, you’ll see your browser’s version number and Chrome will manually look for updates. Once Chrome updates to version 64, you’ll need to relaunch the browser to get all the new features and fixes.
If you can’t find it, don’t worry, Google is rolling out the update over the coming “days/weeks.”
2. Muting websites is very simple once you have version 64 of Chrome pulled up. Just right-click on a website’s tab at the top of your browser and select “Mute Site” (Hint: a tiny microphone icon indicates when a site is playing audio). That’s it. Once you’ve muted the site, you’ll no longer hear audio from it. If you want to unmute, simply right-click the tab again and press the “Unmute Site” option.
Now, the next time an embarrassing autoplay video blares through your speakers, you can stop it in its tracks and make sure it never happens again.
Phillip Tracy is a former technology staff writer at the Daily Dot. He’s an expert on smartphones, social media trends, and gadgets. He previously reported on IoT and telecom for RCR Wireless News and contributed to NewBay Media magazine. He now writes for Laptop magazine.
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Picture-in-picture (PIP) video playback is a user-favorite feature on Android’s Chrome app, and you can now get it on your Chrome desktop browser—as long as you’ve updated to Chrome 70 , that is.
How to watch videos PIP in Chrome 70
You can check to make sure you’re running the latest version of Chrome by opening a Chrome browser window. You’ll see an icon in the upper-right corner if an update is available—green means the update is less than two days old, orange means it’s four days old, and red means it’s seven or more days old. If you have an update available, click the icon, then click Update Google Chrome to run the update. After it’s done, relaunch Chrome. You’re now ready to watch videos in PIP.
Chrome in Windows, Mac, and Linux
If you’re on Windows or Mac, you can enable PIP by right-clicking a video and clicking “Picture in Picture Mode.” If you’re watching on YouTube, you’ll need to double-right click. Some developers might also offer buttons you can use to enable PIP, as seen here , and some videos might even launch automatically in PIP . (Some video players don’t support this feature, but you can try using the Picture-in-Picture extension to fix that.)
You can click and drag the corners or sides of the PIP window to resize it. The player will remain on top of any Chrome windows you have open, and the tab where the video originates will have a blue-outlined asterisk icon prominently displayed to the left of the tab’s title, which makes it easy to find if you’re bouncing between multiple tabs.
Don’t close the tab or leave the video’s website if you wish to continue watching, however. If that tab is closed or the domain is changed, you’ll sever the player’s connection to the video and it’ll close.
While PIP is turned on by default for Chrome 70 on Windows, Mac, and Linux, getting it working in Chrome OS is slightly more complicated. For now, you’ll need to type or copy/paste the following into your Chrome address bar: chrome://flags#enable-surfaces-for-videos
Then, set the feature “Enable the use of SurfaceLayer objects for videos” to “Enabled.” You may need to restart Chrome, but you’ll then be able to right-click on videos (double-right click for YouTube), then click “Picture in Picture mode” to open the video in the pop-out player.
Brendan is a freelance writer and content creator from Portland, OR. He covers tech and gaming for LifeHacker, and has also written for Digital Trends, EGM, Business Insider, IGN, and more.