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Use keyboard shortcuts to skip and pause Flash videos Apps
My Macworld colleague Dan Frakes tweeted recently about something he stumbled on when viewing Flash videos on YouTube. Using the J, K and L keys, he found that he was able to skip ahead and back, and pause or play these videos.

Use the following keys to:

J - skip back 10 seconds
K - pause/play
L - skip forward 10 seconds.

These only work with Flash videos; if you load HTML5 videos on YouTube, these shortcuts don't work.

It's worth noting that some websites mention that you can use arrow keys and the spacebar to perform the above actions, but these don't work on Macs.

Why don't you try it out with this video by one of my favorite artists, The Grateful Dead, performing Ripple, from a concert I attended more than 30 years ago.
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Use keyboard shortcuts to skip and pause Flash videos
Authored by: idontwanttoregis on Jun 20, '12 07:49:22AM

Please don't make me create a new account on yet another service just to post a comment, specially if they're moderated beforehand.

Your tip is so wrong. These shortcuts work (both JKL and the arrows/spacebar) both on a Mac and on Youtube HTML5 videos, you might have to click on the video first for it to recognize the keystrokes are meant for it, but the point is they work.



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Use keyboard shortcuts to skip and pause Flash videos
Authored by: zpjet on Jun 20, '12 08:25:38AM

Final Cut Pro! :)



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Use keyboard shortcuts to skip and pause Flash videos
Authored by: DCJ001 on Jun 20, '12 11:53:48AM

Albuquerque!

See, I can do it too!



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Use keyboard shortcuts to skip and pause Flash videos
Authored by: OmniDragon on Jun 26, '12 12:32:04PM

National Treasure.



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Use keyboard shortcuts to skip and pause Flash videos
Authored by: AMacAddict on Jun 20, '12 09:12:50AM

The problem is not this does or does not work on the mac, it's focus. The video has to be the focus on the webpage for most keyboard shortcuts to work. Spacebar works on the mac, as do the arrow keys. In fact, youtube has a whole tab-controlled system to move around the controls hands-free in a video - just google 'youtube keyboard controls' for things like the 1-9 number keys insta-jumping to the 10%-90% point in the video.

Edited on Jun 20, '12 09:14:19AM by AMacAddict



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Use keyboard shortcuts to skip and pause Flash videos
Authored by: morespace54 on Jun 20, '12 09:57:59AM

Right. Focus is the "key" here. BTW idontwanttoregis, the Kirk tip is not "so wrong" (those shortcuts works on a Flash video on a Mac), it is just a bit "incomplete".



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Use keyboard shortcuts to skip and pause Flash videos
Authored by: Anonymous on Jun 20, '12 02:39:48PM
No, it's not incomplete, it's wrong. He categorically states "These only work with Flash videos; if you load HTML5 videos on YouTube, these shortcuts don't work. It's worth noting that some websites mention that you can use arrow keys and the spacebar to perform the above actions, but these don't work on Macs.". So, the tip summary needs to be updated. just drop those two lines, and replace them with "Ensure the movie has focus by clicking."

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Authored by: kirkmc on Jun 20, '12 10:36:08PM

Click or not, it doesn't work for me with HTML5 videos. So what could be different between my Safari and your browser?

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Use keyboard shortcuts to skip and pause Flash videos
Authored by: AMacAddict on Jun 21, '12 05:09:32AM

Even though it doesn't work for you, it is documented in several several places. Stating the spacebar and arrow keys don't work on youtube on mac is flat out wrong. Although one could be less acetic in tone when pointing it out, this hint, as written, is wrong. I even switched to the HTML5 viewer - same expected behaviour - click on video, it pauses. Now, spacebar and arrow keys work. Google acknowledges the HTML5 player has issues in full screen - space and arrow keys worked, extended control keys ( 1-9 to go to percent, 0 to beginning) do not work.

This is similar to iTunes, where I had to explain frequently that the spacebar would not pause and play if the focus in iTunes is changed. You can tab around the iTunes interface also, making spacebar something other than play/pause.

Perhaps it's something less-than-obvious, like full keyboard access in SP->Keyboard, but I'm not interested enough to troubleshoot myself in the foot.



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Use keyboard shortcuts to skip and pause Flash videos
Authored by: wgscott on Jun 20, '12 10:39:50PM

Once in awhile you get shown the light
In the strangest of places, if you look at it right.



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Use keyboard shortcuts to skip and pause Flash videos
Authored by: Storm608 on Jun 21, '12 05:56:58AM

These keyboard shortcuts also work for QuickTime 7 (which I use in preference to QuickTime 10, because of the separate control bar).



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