Universal Video Player Controls

Universal Video Player Controls

This extension lets you quickly seek video playback forwards and backwards.

What is Universal Video Player Controls?
'Universal Video Player Controls' is a Chrome extension built for 'power users' that introduces hotkeys for comprehensive video playback control. This tool allows you to easily seek forwards or backwards in videos embedded in web pages, play/pause, mute, and skip ads. While it works for most web-embedded video players, the extension may not perform uniformly well across all websites due to the multiplicity of the video player variations present on the internet. Key commands vary based on windows/Linux or Mac platforms, and the functionality of the extension, including the seek duration, is customizable via the extension's config page.
Users: 3,000+
Rating: 4.37 (19)
Version: 1.4 (Last updated: 2018-11-25)
Creation date: 2018-11-25
Risk impact: Low risk impact
Risk likelihood: Low risk likelihood
Manifest version: 2
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Size: 37.84K
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This tiny and efficient extension helps you easily seek forwards and backwards in videos that are embedded in webpages. It does this by adding "keyboard controls" AKA "hotkeys" or "keyboard shortcuts" that you can use to make the video playback position seek forwards or backwards. No clickable GUI buttons are added, so you absolutely MUST use the hotkeys to operate the extension and control / seek the video. If you don't understand how to use hotkeys, then don't install this extension - you simply won't be able to utilize the functionality.

This extension attempts to be universal, so that it works on most video & audio players embedded in the web pages of most websites. However, this is a technically challenging thing to do because there's many hundreds of different video player variations to account for. So, please be aware that it won't always work correctly. However, it does works properly most of the time, and so I believe you will find it useful, and certainly better than nothing. Please keep this in mind when rating the extension - the extension is intended for "power users" that can cope if it doesn't always work well.

How to use it (only 2 steps):

  1. Click on any video so that it starts playing
  2. Use any of the following Keyboard Controls to make the video seek forward or backward:

Keyboard Controls (windows / linux): Ctrl + LeftArrow: Seek backwards 3 seconds Ctrl + RightArrow: Seek forward 3 seconds Ctrl + SpaceBar: Toggle play / pause Ctrl + Alt + SpaceBar: Toggle mute / unmute Ctrl + Shift + LeftArrow: Seek backwards 15 seconds Ctrl + Shift + RightArrow: Seek forward 15 seconds

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User reviews
User reviews summary
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  • Works with most websites
  • Customizable hotkey controls
  • Adds controls for sites/videos that do not have them
  • Issues with functionality/breaking other sites
  • Some users find it difficult to use or not working
  • Some features such as seek buttons or button on player bar are missing
Most mentioned
  • Hotkeys functionality
  • Compatiblity with various websites
  • Need for player controls or seek buttons
Recent reviews
Works perfectly for every site I've visited so far. Love the customization options for the hotkeys, no input lag, and doesn't seem to add delay to webpage load times; excellent accessibility extension for one handed media control ;)
by Brat Boy Brat Boy, 2023-11-16

works great, works with sites that don't provide seeking with arrow keys functionality, but this extensions is ESPECIALLY great for all the shorts/reels/tiktoks/whatever, where you literally have no other way to control them. thanks for this!
by Mariusz Mariusz, 2023-08-27

by KJ J KJ J, 2023-08-02
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Risk impact

Universal Video Player Controls is relatively safe to use as it requires very minimum permissions.

Risk likelihood

Universal Video Player Controls has earned a fairly good reputation and likely can be trusted.

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