Video Plus

Video Plus

This add-on increases the display size of videos by removing unnecessary padding bars.

Video Plus
What is Video Plus?
Video Plus is a Firefox add-on that increases the display size of videos by removing unnecessary padding bars. It scans the video for padding bars and zooms in to crop the edges without stretching the video or pushing content out to the sides.
By: NiklasG
Users: 49
Rating: 4.50 (8)
Version: 0.1.7resigned1 (Last updated: 2024-04-25)
Creation date: 2017-02-10
Weekly download count: 11
Firefox on Android: Yes
Risk impact: High risk impact
Risk likelihood: Moderate risk likelihood
Manifest version: 2
  • storage
  • notifications
  • webNavigation
  • tabs
  • <all_urls>
Size: 108.38K
URLs: Website
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So you want to watch that wide screen video on the entire surface of your 21:9 screen? No such luck if the uploader of the video for some reason decided to add black padding bars, which are not noticed on 16:9 screens. On a wider screen, you are stuck with black bars on all 4 sides of the video. For example a 21:9 video padded to 16:9 on a 21:9 "ultrawide" screen wastes mode than 40% of the screen on black bars — and this is very common for example for music videos on YouTube or older movies.

This extension changes that. While a video is played, it keeps scanning it for padding bars and zooms the video to crop of the edges as far as it is possible without stretching it or pushing content out to the sides. All black bars are effectively removed.

Technical note:

To do its magic, this extension needs to know the actual dimensions of the video without padding, and the maximum area the video can cover without colliding with other page elements. Both can change without explicit notice, and for the former there isn't even a direct way to get it. This extension therefore takes considerable shortcuts to keep the CUP usage low:

  • The actual video dimensions (ignoring any added padding) have to be read from video frames:   - Check whether the color is uniform along each edge, and if it is, probe how far inward that solid color goes.   - This is probed at three places along each edge and the minimum of these probes is seen as padding in that frame and is cropped off.
  • That check has to be performed on individual frames and, due to the way video streaming works in browsers, cant be done ahead of time (without considerable overhead and complications).
  • As to not rely on a single frame that may not represent the entire video, the check is repeated every 0.3 to 2.5 seconds, depending on the previous rate of changes.
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User reviews
This is exactly what I was looking for. It works perfectly, right out of the box. Highly recommended!
by DarkFiber, 2023-10-02
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Risk impact

Video Plus is risky to use as it requires a number of sensitive permissions that can potentially harm your browser and steal your data. Exercise caution when installing this add-on. Review carefully before installing. We recommend that you only install Video Plus if you trust the publisher.

Risk likelihood

Video Plus is probably trust-worthy. Prefer other publishers if available. Exercise caution when installing this add-on.

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