Press Esc to exit full screen mode – Youtube, Metacafe, Firefox, Chrome

“Press Esc to exit full screen mode” Doesn’t fade off in Youtube, Metacafe, Firefox, Chrome

This is a very common problem in Youtube, Hulu, Metacafe or most other video websites. Also this shows up on most browsers like Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer. From this it is evident that it’s neither the problem with the browser you are using, nor the problem with destination website you are browsing.

The actual problem is with the Adobe’s updater. I trust the Adobe updater as it does the auto upgrade to the latest Adober Flash Player. However, something strange had happened the last time around when I had upgraded, though the message said that the updater had successfully updated the  player, in reality it hadn’t done so. I still had the old version of the flash player.

Seems like Adobe knows about this problem as they have mentioned about and also have provided a work around solution for this.The solution is as follows:

1> Use the Adobe uninstaller to uninstall the older version of Flash Player plugin installed on your system.

2> Install the latest version of Adobe Flash Player either from Adobe site, or if you click on the sad smiley you see in the video, this too will prompt you to install latest flash player and you can install it.

3> You’ll notice that, this time you would have installed the actual new version, instead of a fake message like before :).

This will solve your problem and “Press Esc to exit full screen mode” will fade once you load the video.

YouTube Has Implemented Widescreen Player Now.

YouTube had announced about this feature being rolled out soon a couple of months ago :

We’re expanding the width of the page to 960 pixels to better reflect the quality of the videos you create and the screens that you use to watch them. This new, wider player is in a widescreen aspect ratio which we hope will provide you with a cleaner, more powerful viewing experience. And don’t worry, your 4:3 aspect ratio videos will play just fine in this new player.

YouTube Has Implemented Widescreen Player Now.

All the old videos were of the standard 4:3 ratio, and these videos may appear inset. Where as the recent videos are of 16:9 ratio, and these videos are tailor made for current format.

So what’s behind this move from YouTube ? Few days ago it was reported on CNet News that YouTube was working closely with content producers to showcase feature films.

YouTube Has Implemented Widescreen Player Now.
YouTube Has Implemented Widescreen Player Now.

May be Hulu is the driving force behind this. Competition from such competitors is forcing YouTube to provide better user experience.

Not sure how this will affect all those sites that embed YouTube videos, as those sites may require a facelift …