Makes YouTube stream H.264 videos instead of VP8/VP9 videos

What is h264ify?
'h264ify' is an Edge add-on designed to improve YouTube video playback by making it stream H.264 encoded videos instead of the default VP8/VP9. This benefits users with less powerful machines as H.264 is typically hardware accelerated by GPUs, resulting in smoother video playback, reduced CPU utilization, extended battery life, and lower device heat.
Users: 142,691
Rating: 4.60 (25)
Version: 1.1.0 (Last updated: 2020-05-24)
Creation date: 2020-05-24
Risk impact: Low risk impact
Risk likelihood: Low risk likelihood
Manifest version: 2
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Size: 30.58K
URLs: Website
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Makes YouTube stream H.264 videos instead of VP8/VP9 videos Try h264ify if YouTube videos stutter, take up too much CPU, eat battery life, or make your laptop hot.

By default, YouTube streams VP8/VP9 encoded video. However, this can cause problems with less powerful machines because VP8/VP9 is not typically hardware accelerated.

In contrast, H.264 is commonly hardware accelerated by GPUs, which usually means smoother video playback and reduced CPU usage. h264ify makes YouTube stream H.264 videos instead of VP8/VP9 videos.

Github: https://github.com/erkserkserks/h264ify

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  • Improves video playback on low-performance devices
  • Reduces CPU and GPU load
  • Disables VP9 and AV1 codecs for better performance
  • May block video resolutions above 1080p
  • Some users have reported issues with Full HD and 60fps video after recent updates
Most mentioned
  • Improves video playback on low-performance devices
  • Disables VP9 and AV1 codecs for better performance
  • Blocks video resolutions above 1080p
Recent reviews
Essa extensão conseguiu fazer com que meu notebook Celeron rode vídeos do Youtube sem engasgar. Muito bom. Obrigado!
by Maria, 2024-03-29

by Gary, 2023-08-30

by Cecil, 2023-08-30
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Risk impact

h264ify is relatively safe to use as it requires very minimum permissions.

Risk likelihood

h264ify has earned a fairly good reputation and likely can be trusted.

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