H.264 Flickr Videos in Safari

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Are you one of the people who have decided to go without Adobe Flash in your life? If so, I’m sure you are annoyed when you stumble across sites which do not “need” Flash, yet still require it. It has happened to me on Flickr, one of the most popular photo/video sharing sites on the web and one which I use extensively.

In my opinion, Flickr is far and away the best photo sharing site with a vibrant community, period. I also refuse to download Adobe Flash, period. After a certain incident which I won’t be addressing here, I decided to “put up, or shut up” rather than be perceived as just a whiner. The result of that effort is the following two solutions to allow you to watch video on Flickr without requiring Adobe Flash. Take your pick which you prefer, both work virtually the same!

The best solution (IMHO), is using the Safari Extension. This has the added benefit of not needing any extra steps on your part after installing, once it detects a Flickr page with a Flash warning showing, it immediately swaps it out for an HTML5 video tag and the rest is “magic” as they say. I’m not going to go in depth on how to use and/or install Safari extensions, but your favorite search engine (Yahoo! right?) will lead you to good guides on the subject if needed.

To download the extension, click here: http://url.vg/4lRy

If Safari extensions aren’t your cup of tea or you prefer a more manual approach, then there is a solution for you too! All you need to do is drag this handy bookmarklet up to your browser bookmark bar and you are all set. Hit it next time you are on a Flickr video page and away it goes! While this bookmarklet might work on other browsers, it’s not been tested and will warn you as such when trying to use it.

The bookmarklet is here: FlickrVideo

For samples of both of these in action, watch the below videos.


Safari Extension: