|YouTube HD Ultimate|
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Development takes place here: http://code.google.com/p/youtubehd/
YouTube HD Ultimate is an abandoned userscript for YouTube which aimed primarily to select the highest video quality a user's computer can handle. It had many other features and the developer intended on adding as many features as possible, as long as they are minimalistic and did not drastically impact the appearance of YouTube or the performance of the script.
It was the first script to innovate two of the most popular features requested for YouTube: autobuffer and HD support.
Code Features Edit
Minimal Code Edit
This script required no external libraries and was much shorter than similar all-in-one YouTube scripts.
Script automatically updated itself, performed one check per day, or you could run a check manually from the options dialog.
This script had many configurable options. In the upper-right hand corner of a video page, there was a link inserted which said "Show Ultimate Options", with a blue background. Rolling the mouse over a link provided helpful information about what each option did.
High Quality Edit
This script was one of the fastest for simply selecting the highest quality video. If your computer could handle 720p but not 1080p, you could choose this in the script's options. Selecting a quality would ensure that YouTube selects up to, but not over that amount for your videos.
Videos could be downloaded in all the possible formats (including HD if available).
MUST EXIT PROGRAM
Fit To Window Edit
The video player was re-sized to the window, ensuring optimal screen real estate.
Disable Annoyances Edit
You could hide annotations and in-video advertisements.
You could disable autoplay, but the video still downloaded, a term the developer coined as "autobuffer".
Using the old player, you could change the two primary colors of the video player.
Lights out Edit
You could darken the video page.
Keyboard Shortcuts Edit
Had various keyboard shortcuts for pausing, playing, rewinding, stopping and volume.
Had a mini-player mode which only showed the player controls. Perfect for those who used YouTube for music and didn't want to see a poorly made slideshow or AMV.
You could get a link to share with your friends who may not have the script, but would link to the HQ / HD version so they may have seen it too. Also, if you chose, the link would include the exact time you were into the video.
If you needed help, wanted a feature added, made a suggestion, wished to report a bug or anything else, log an issue, leave the developer a comment, send me a private message, or drop me an email. I will respond quickly to either one, unless the script is no longer being worked on.
Bugs for this script are hosted on.
This script is guaranteed to work in a clean profile of Firefox up to version 3.6, however it does not yet work in Firefox 4. It is is known to have issues with Safari, Google Chrome and most likely Internet Explorer. The developer may consider adding Opera support, but encourages Opera users to switch to Firefox or Chrome in the meantime.
The developer recommends using these scripts (in conjunction) with this script. For YouTube:
Here is a list of High Definition YouTube videos for demonstrating the quality selection feature.
- Thom Yorke - Analyse (live "From the Basement")
- Radiohead - Paranoid Android (live)
- Radiohead - No Surprises (live)
- Radiohead - The National Anthem
- Some guy having fun
- Rihanna - Umbrella
- "Elephant's Dream"
- Armageddon Opening
- Crysis - Parachuting
- Call of Duty 4 yt Test
- Katy Perry - I Kissed A Girl (Live)
- Coldplay - Viva La Vida (apple ipod promo)
- Star Trek - Teaser Trailer
- Watchmen Trailer
- Boeing 747 Landing
- Lady GaGa - Poker Face
Who contributes to this script? There is a list. If you want to become a part of this script, feel free to e-mail me (firstname.lastname@example.org), and I shall add you. The project uses subversion.
This script is licensed heavily under a Creative Commons license. You are allowed to use and distribute it, but not to modify it. If you wish to add to this script, contact the developer first.
The developer wishes that those who find the script useful and are able to give a donation, any amount is appreciated. Donate.