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I'm sick and tired of watching youtube/vimeo/etc videos in my browser, and not being able to use the browser otherwise whilst doing so. What are my options for opening the embedded video in their own (chromeless) window, in a similar fashion to Mozilla Prism, or otherwise getting out of the way? Staying topmost would be handy too.

Thanks guys, Ehtyar.

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You can always use the firefox plugin called "UNPLUG" to grab the video right from the website itself.

Unplug is handy however there are a number of applications that do this sort of thing.

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Thanks Axxmasterr. I already have (more than one, for some reason) method of downloading the video. I would specifically like to watch it, but be able to browse concurrently. It would be best if I could do it in-browser, so I wouldn't have to bother with a media player as well. –  Ehtyar Jul 20 '09 at 0:05

I use DownloadHelper and MPlayer. DownloadHelper is a Firefox extension that detects any media (flash video, wmv, whatever) and you can simply click to download it. When download starts, I tell mplayer to play the file. You can use any standalone player, of course, but MPlayer shines here because it plays anything so you don't have to think which player to use for that type of file.

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Looks like I'm blind.

It appears there has been a button at YouTube for some time that allows you to create a popup containing the video. My bad guys, voted to close.

Popup Button

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You don't have to close it just because you've answered the question yourself. I recommend keeping it for posterity. –  Stefan Thyberg Jul 21 '09 at 1:02
    
I didn't really consider it an answer, given that the question would not have been necessary in the first place if I'd used my eyes. I'd feel especially guilty marking this post as the answer... –  Ehtyar Jul 21 '09 at 2:27

If you're using VLC Player, it lets you load and play YouTube, Vimeo and more kinds of videos without the browser (Here's a user guide for you). In so doing, you can watch streaming videos in full screen and control the playback easily. Hope it helps.

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You should include more information in your answer on how to actually use VLC to play for example YouTube videos. This is to prevent link rot which will eventually happen and will render your answer less useful. –  MoonSire Nov 13 '13 at 8:44

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