Is it only youtube or does it affect other video playing as well? For example playing video localy from the disk.
Is it the same when you decrease the video quality?
Some time ago I had a problem with audio that caused excess cpu usage. Do you have pulseaudio or pipewire installed?
I’m not sure if OP’s issue is caused by this “feature”.
I did struggle with high CPU usage on one core and eventually found this to be the culprit.
You need to be in dark mode on a web browser for the option to show up in player settings. It’ll add a subtle background around the player, which is based on the current video frame. CPU taxing indeed.
I use yt-dlp for all my content consooming needs. Download the video, watch it using your player of choice, and then delete it, or keep it… The version in the repos is the latest release, but Goolag is always breaking it, so it’s best to just clone the master branch from github and use that. It’s just Python anyway…
I’m nearly always downloading and playing, or streaming off via MPV. On my phone, I got NewPipe to download and VLC to play.
Yet, when I have to marathon a fifty lecture videos on YouTube before an exam, I leave the hassle1 of yt-dlp or MPV, and focus straight on the video.
For the creators I like (mostly linux related folks), I’ll always go to their channel and drop a like on their videos. Also play the video start to end. I don’t like the system, but atleast I can help the creators a bit. So again, I can’t totally get rid of the web UI.
1. 'hassle' is very much subjective
Edit : I end the YT hating conversation right here. Quite off topic by now, considering the OP’s help post.
Yeah, helping them be dependent on Goolag, instead of getting a real job. That’s helping like giving an alcoholic bum money for booze.
Not at all, I just hit my “consoom content” key binding, which for me is Meta+v, and SMPlayer opens with the video playing, the URL of which was stored in the clipboard. Scripts take care of everything.