I want to be able to flip between tabs whilst browsing the web and swap to a tab in Chrome where I have a video (I'm using VLC atm) playing from my hard drive.

Is this possible? I'm not even sure what to google to research this properly. If it is possible, how do I do it? If it helps I'm on Ubuntu.


I've just browsed the Chrome Web Store and I haven't found anything. Is this even possible?

I currently have this code running:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<a href="Video.avi">Play Video name</a href><br/>

This works but it's not great as I'd like to have options of going back to the other videos. As it is this sounds more an more like a coding project not a 'find the right app' project. So I might have to just stop looking here, but if anything WebAppy turns up I'll be awarding the bounty..


Create your own HTML5 page: http://www.w3schools.com/html5/html5_video.asp

<!DOCTYPE html>

<video width="320" height="240" controls="controls">
  <source src="movie.mp4" type="video/mp4" />
  <source src="movie.ogg" type="video/ogg" />
  Your browser does not support the video tag.

  • How would I get support for AVIs? – Pureferret Aug 11 '12 at 11:14
  • I found that these don't work, but just putting in a link does, and it's full screen as I want. Is there a 'better' way to do this? – Pureferret Aug 11 '12 at 11:56
  • How do you define "better"? This is just for your own personal viewing, right? ...or are you working on a public web site/app? – Nicholas Albion Aug 11 '12 at 23:38
  • Nick, It's just for me. I'd like to eventually keep the 'links' as I have them next to the <video> object, so getting an avi files to work in one of those would be better, I think. As it is I can't hit delete to go back the other links, and basic stuff like that. – Pureferret Aug 12 '12 at 0:11
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    iframe might be nicer - especially if you could get it to disappear a few seconds after the mouse stopped moving over it. – Nicholas Albion Aug 12 '12 at 11:20

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