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opera 66 video popup has a limit in sizing, no controls, etc

  • I am highly disappointed with the latest version of Opera using Chrome-like picture-in-picture implementation to pop-out a video into a floating window.

    This is a feature I have been using a LOT with Opera, and have been telling friends proudly about it to get them to switch to Opera. Opera's own implementation (until before the latest release) allowed video controls on the floating window. It also showed the video in both places - the original window and the floating window. When working on multiple screens, I find this very useful.

    Now with the latest release, I see that the pop-out video is implemented like Chrome's picture-in-picture mode in which, the floating window has no video controls at all, and the original window shows a black screen. It is inconvenient to forward/rewind the video in such a scenario. Plus, clicking anywhere in the floating window does not play/pause the video. The new floating window doesn't even show the video title on mouse-over which I used to find useful. The previous implementation was much more intuitive and convenience w.r.t these factors.

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    To me, this is an example of Opera giving up on its own uniqueness that was actually better than the mainstream, to be more like the mainstream. If you keep on doing this, then what would be the reason to use Opera over Chrome?

    Please bring back how the original pop-out video feature worked as default. Is there a setting flag to switch back for now?

  • @mentallymental e63a0250-cdfa-4e20-b77a-4346bda8f7d6-image.png try these 2 flags

  • I've updated to 66.0.3515.44 and now instead of the usual Opera video pop out it opens the default chromium pop out window which is much worse. How do I switch it back to the old one?

  • I logged in to show my displeasure with Opera for downgrading the ONLY feature that makes me stick with Opera. I watch a lot of youtube and video pop-out helps like crazy with multitasking. I use it to keep an eye on the video while listening to the audio. And occasionally check back to the video tab if I see something worth watching clearly is on. Hence the new version was horrible to use. Please, devs, roll back.

    And thanks to the people on this thread for telling me how to disable the new version. Much appreciated.

  • @macster2075 said in No sound bar and resize option in Video Pop-up:

    Mine does not become black.. both the main source and pip window play the video at the same time.

    maybe you have a previous version, not 66.

  • @thegeneral Thank you! I'm glad there's a setting but I really wish the developers make the Opera's old video pop-out the default again. I don't want Opera to die out due to it becoming a copy of Chrome.

  • @wfpl I have Version:66.0.3515.44

  • Thank god we can get the old pop-up videos back, this new one is horrible. Please Opera, bring back the old pop-up videos back to default!

  • Ive stuck with Opera throughout the years mostly because the rich customization options and neat features. This move to get rid of video controls on popup video as well disable resizing really bugs me. I really hate when options are removed. Historically the biggest gripe I have is with youtube removing the option to create folders for subscriptions and removing other subscription organization options. But with that move I can at least understand their twisted logic (youtube doesnt want you to be subscribed to hundreds of channels and easily navigate them, they want you to watch the recommended garbage). But opera removing nifty features I simply dont get... why? What is the goal here?

  • I loved using the "picture in picture" application. you broke the last update. Too bad.

    in the "small window".
    I can't move on to the next video.

    • I can't see the video's name.
    • "small window" darkens on it.
    • the main video is not visible.
    • the sound is not adjusted.
    • The second tab appears in the "taskbar". it gets crowded.
    • Just click on the small window to stop the video. Now I'm trying to "click the icon".

    Why did you corrupt the app that was working properly before?

  • Yes i love this "floating player" too. And yes, its broke at last uupdate.
    disfunction too:
    can't move to the next, floating player darkens on mouse over!(Why???), the main video is not visible!(Why???), sound is not adjusted.
    before i just click on the small window to stop the video. Now I'm trying to "click the icon"(WHY ???? ) and now i can`t maximise the floating player about half my 2k monitor.

    I'm very seriously disappointed. This is my favorite feature in opera.

  • opera managers. Hear our voice.

  • For the complains

    If I'm not mistaken,

    They will build up the features uppon Chromium's PIP version since they had some kind of problems on their own PIP version.

  • @zalex108 Basically a change in Chromium broke Opera's video pop-out and now they are having to move to Chromium solution.

  • @leocg the latest opera Dev the pip is work 'n gr8 here

  • It seems that in latest Dev build the #enable-surfaces-for-videos flag was removed. So we need to hope that they will implement the controls on the new popup before the 68 version hits Stable channel.

  • HI, is there a way how I can downgrade the pop out feature to it's previous form, or could you tell me which version of Opera do I need to get back to the old way this feature worked? thanks.

  • you can downgrade back to v65

  • I second all the complaints about video pop out update.

    Although setting via flags works, it is far from good user experience. I use pop out on multiple screens and powerful machine where higher CPU utilization is not a problem. I use Opera mainly for playing videos while working and built in - usable - pop out is the single feature why I didn't switch to any other browser.

    Please provide user friendly setting and let users CHOOSE between user experience and power consumption.

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