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Firefox video player - embedded native versus VLC player

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Hi, folks:

I'm running firefox 26 under win xp pro.  I broke it - I updated some plugins and disabled some others.

I used to be able to play videos inline. Now, I can only play with an external viewer.

For example, I can play an mp4 video at www.liveleak.com by specifying VLC. But this brings up an external VLC application.

The flash plugin is enabled.
VLC is set to "ask".
WIndows media player DLL is enabled.
I uninstalled Quicktime.

I have the following questions:

- Does firefox have a native video player and did I somehow disable it?

- Is it possible that uninstalling quicktime caused the problem?

- Is it possible to direct VLC to play videos inline in the web page as opposed to in its own application window?

Thanks for your help,

Fred
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It depends on several things.  Videos that require players that do not provide plugins will always open external players.

Firefox can play HTML5 videos in 'webm' format.  It can also play 'mp4' if you have Quicktime installed and it can play Flash videos if you have Flash installed.  Both of them provide plugins for Firefox that enable them to play in the browser.

https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/HTML/Supported_media_formats
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I reinstalled quicktime and I was again able to play mp4 videos inline (embedded) in firefox.
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Glad you got it fixed, thanks for the points.
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