Video playback problems in Opera browser

With the increase in Internet speed, watching videos online is becoming more and more important to users of the World Wide Web. Today, users use the Internet to watch movies and network television, conduct conferences and webinars. But unfortunately, as with all technology, there are sometimes problems watching videos. Let's find out what to do if Opera doesn't play videos.

Restart the browser

Sometimes video playback hangs due to system crashes and browser conflicts with a specific website. Also, too many tabs open at the same time can be the cause. To fix this problem, just restart Opera.

Program settings

If the video does not play in Opera, and restarting the program does not help, first of all, you have to look at the browser settings. They may be confused, or you may have accidentally disabled some important function yourself.

Go to Opera's main menu and, from the list that appears, select "Settings".

Once in the configuration window, click on the "Sites" section.

Different technologies are used for video playback on different resources. Therefore, in order for the browser to display the videos correctly in all cases, it is necessary to have these options activated (marked), which are marked in red below. Specifically, you have to enable JavaScript, enable the Flash plugin to run automatically or on demand, and enable pop-up windows with videos.

Outdated version of the browser

Another reason why your computer does not display videos in Opera is because you are using an outdated version of your browser. Web technologies do not stand still, and it is very possible that the site you are visiting has a newly created video standard, and the old version of the browser is not able to work with it.

The only way out of this situation is to update Opera to the latest version, which you can do simply by going to the "About" section of the menu.

The update is done automatically.

Problems with the Flash Player plugin

But, the most common reason why the video does not play in Opera is the absence of the Adobe Flash Player plugin, or the use of its obsolete version. If this problem exists, in most cases, when trying to play a video, a message appears about the need to install the plug-in, or update it.

To see if you have this plugin installed and enabled, go from the main menu to "Development" and then select "Plugins".

In the window that opens, check if Flash Player is in the list of installed plug-ins.

If it is present, look at its status. If the plugin is disabled, enable it simply by clicking the "Enable" button.

Important: Newer versions of Opera, starting with Opera 44, do not have a separate section for plugins. Therefore, the Flash Player plug-in is activated by a different script.

  1. Click on "Menu". in the upper left corner of the browser window, and then tap "Settings".. You can also press the combination Alt + P.
  2. The configuration window starts. In this window, go to the subsection "Sites"..
  3. In the subsection that opens, find the settings group "Flash". If the switch is in "Block Flash from running on websites."If you are running Flash, this is the reason why Flash videos do not play in the Opera browser, in that case, set the switch to the position "Identify and run important Flash content".

    If the video still does not display, then set the switch in the settings next to the subtitle "Allow sites to run Flash.". Refresh the page with the video and see if it runs. However, you should be aware that this mode of operation increases the vulnerability of your computer to threats from viruses and intruders.

In case this element does not appear among the plugins, you will need to install Flash Player on the official website.

To check if the version of Flash Player already installed is up to date, you must go to the "System and Security" subsection of the Control Panel with the same name.

Then click on the "Check Now" button.

In case the installed version of the plugin differs from the current version, update it manually by installing the latest version of Flash Player from the official website.

Or, you can configure automatic update in the same Flash Player section of the control panel that we talked about earlier.

Also, there are rarer problems with Flash Player in Opera browser, which you can read about the solution in a separate article.

Cache overflowed

One of the main problems that can cause videos to not play in Opera is an overflowing browser cache. It's no secret that streaming video is initially loaded into the cache before being displayed on the monitor screen. However, if the cache is overflowing, it is natural that the video starts to slow down when played, or stops.

To fix this problem, you need to clear Opera's cache. There are several ways to clear your browser's cache. The simplest is to use Opera's internal tools.

In the program settings section, go to "Security".

Then click on the "Clear visit history" button.

Next, in the window that appears, check the elements corresponding to the values ​​that we want to delete.

At this stage, you must act very carefully, because if you delete important data (passwords, browsing history, cookies, etc.), you will not be able to restore it later.

Therefore, if you are not very knowledgeable in this matter, it is advisable to leave a check mark only near the "Cached images and files" item. Then click on the "Clear browsing history" button.

After that, the browser cache will be cleared, and if its overflow was the reason for the inability to view the video, this problem will be removed.

You can also clear Opera's cache in other ways.

Disable Opera Turbo

Also, in some cases, videos may not play if Opera Turbo technology is enabled. It relies on data compression to reduce its volume, and it does not work well with all video formats.

To disable Opera Turbo, just go to the program menu and click on the appropriate option.

Disabling hardware acceleration

Another relevant way that helps to solve the problem of video playback in Opera browser is to disable hardware acceleration.

  1. Click the Opera logo and from the list of options select "Settings".. You can also use the combination for a quick change Alt + P.
  2. In the window that appears, check the box next to "Show advanced settings".. Then go to "Browser"..
  3. In the section that opens, find the parameter block "System".. If in front of the article "Use hardware acceleration ..." is checked, just uncheck it.
  4. Click the link below to restart the browser. After performing the above steps and restarting Opera, there is a high probability that the browser will start playing videos that were previously not available on it.

As you can see, the reasons for the inability to play videos in the Opera browser can be very varied. Each of these reasons has several ways to solve it. The main task of the user, in this case, is to identify the problem and choose the fastest and most reliable way to fix it.

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