Do you enjoy watching re-runs of your favorite shows or movies while you work or browse the web? If you try to play the video on one tab and work on another, then you can only hear the audio but not the video. It is possible to stream your favorite OTT video in a floating window using extensions. Here are different methods to pop out video from YouTube, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hotstar, and Twitch in Chrome, Firefox, and Opera browsers so you can enjoy your content and work simultaneously.
What is a Pop-Out or Floating Video?
Pop-out video is a great way to enjoy your content as you work. It plays the video in a small window that you can drag and place anywhere around your screen and resize to make the content of the video more visible. This way, you can switch tabs, minimize them and work on some other application on your PC, and the video will continue playing as long as the browser tab is still running.
It is also referred to as Picture-in-picture mode (PiP) or floating video. This feature has already made its way to smartphones but still missing on desktops. Youtube does have a mini-player that minimizes the video to a small window, but it is only limited to the Youtube page. We will show you how to easily add the pop-out video feature to your preferred web browser.
Get Pop-Out Video on Chrome, Edge, and Brave Browser
Chrome, Edge, and Brave browsers are all based on Chromium, so the methods we are about to mention will work for all three of them and any other Chromium-based browser. We have tested these methods on platforms like YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+ Hotstar, and Twitch. So here are different ways to get a floating window.
1. Picture-in-Picture Extension (by Google)
This extension comes straight from Google itself. It is free to download and use just like the others on this list and works flawlessly with all the streaming platforms we tested. If you want a simple one-click way to get a pop-out video on your browser, then this is the extension to go with. Here is how you use it.
Step 1: Download the Picture-in-Picture Extension (by Google) extension from the Chrome Web Store.
Step 2: Click on the extension icon at the top right corner of the address bar.
Step 3: Now click on the pin icon next to the Picture-in-Picture extension to pin it to the toolbar.
Step 4: Go to any of your preferred streaming sites and play a video.
Step 5: Click on the Picture-in-Picture extension on your toolbar, and the video will start playing on a floating window.
You can drag it anywhere, change its size and switch to other tabs while the video keeps playing.
2. Floating Player Extension
Another extension that you can use to get pop-out videos on your web browser is the Floating player. You will enjoy this one if you watch a lot of YouTube videos as it provides several tweaks and adjustments specific to YouTube, like showing chat, player controls, and a lot more.
It is a great way to enhance your YouTube experience as you focus on other things on your browser. It works well with all other platforms we tested o except for Prime Video. Let’s take a look at how to set it up:
Step 1: Download the Floating Player extension from the Chrome Web Store.
Step 2: Once downloaded, click on the extension icon at the top right corner of your browser’s address bar.
Step 3: Then click on the pin icon next to the Floating Player extension to pin the extension to the toolbar.
Step 4: Right-click on the extension icon and go to Options to access Floating Player settings.
Here, you can change the floating player’s settings, size, width, and other settings specific to YouTube.
Step 5: Now, just head over to YouTube or any other streaming platform and play a video.
The Floating Player extension does not work with Prime Video.
Step 5: Click on the Floating Player extension on your toolbar to open the video in pop-video mode.
You can drag the floating player anywhere on the screen and switch to other tabs while the video keeps playing.
3. Picture-in-Picture with Playback Controls Extension
Watching videos in pop-out video mode does take away player controls from you. With Picture-in-Picture with playback controls extension, you can stick a small playback control button on your screen to play, pause, rewind and move forward the video. It also provides keyboard shortcuts to do the same.
The controls work with all the OTT platforms and streaming services. This is how you can add this extension:
Step 1: Download the Picture-in-Picture with Playback Controls extension from the Chrome Web Store.
Step 2: After downloading, pin the extension to your toolbar by first clicking on the extension icon at the top right corner of the address bar.
Step 3: Then click on the pin icon next to the Picture-in-Picture with Playback Controls Extension to pin the extension.
Step 4: You can right-click on the extension icon and go to Options to access extension settings.
This is where you can change the position of the playback button on your screen and change the shortcut controls.
Step 5: Now, just head over to any streaming platform, say Prime Video, and play a video.
Step 5: Click on the extension from the toolbar to open the video in pop-video mode.
Just like others, you can drag the pop-out video anywhere on the screen and access playback controls by clicking on the playback button to expand it.
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Get Floating Video for Prime, Netflix, Twitch on Firefox
If Firefox is your go-to browser, you won’t miss out on anything. You can still enjoy the pop-out video feature, and there are a couple of ways to do it. Just like Chrome, we have tested on several streaming services and OTT platforms. So without any further delay, let us look at how you can get pop-out videos on your Firefox browser.
1. Enable Built-in Picture-in-Picture Mode
Firefox added a pop-out video feature in their browser a while back. You do not need to install any add-ons to access it. And it is enabled by default, so you can start using it right away, or you might be already familiar with it. In any case, let’s still see how you can use it:
Step 1: Go to YouTube or any other streaming service and Play a video.
Step 2: Hover your cursor over to the lower-left corner of the video, and you will see a small button pop up. This is the picture-in-picture button.
Step 3: Click the picture-in-picture button, and the current video will appear in a pop-out video.
If you have trouble finding it, switch the video to full-screen mode and try again.
If it still does not appear, it might have been disabled for some reason. You need to enable it again by going to the settings. This is how you can do it:
Step 4: Click on the three horizontal lines in the far right corner of your browser.
Step 5: Now select Settings.
Step 6: Once in settings, scroll down to Digital Rights Management (DRM) Content and make sure the option under it is ticked.
Step 7: Scroll down again to Browsing and click on Enable picture-in-picture video controls to enable pop-out video mode.
Now try going back and playing any video, and the button should be visible.
2. Add Windowed – floating Youtube/every website Extension
Other than the native picture-in-picture mode, you can also use a useful add-on to watch videos in a pop-out video mode. This add-on is called Windowed, which enables a floating video on YouTube and every other video streaming website, but it works slightly different from the extensions on Chrome. It will switch the entire tab into a pop-out video. Let’s explore how it works:
Step 1: Download the Windowed – floating Youtube/every website extension from the Firefox Add-on store.
Step 2: Go to YouTube or any other streaming service and click the More tools or two arrows on the top right corner.
Step 3: Click on the option Windowed is enabled.
Step 4: Choose the Windowed option.
Step 5: Now go back and play a video. Then click on the Fullscreen button, and the video will appear in a pop-out window.
But you will need to resize the window as the pop-out video will appear in large view. It works on all platforms, and since it detaches the tab and turns it into a pop-out window, you get access to all player controls and tools.
Get Pop-Out Video for YouTube, Netflix, and Prime in Opera
Opera is a feature-rich browser with tons of amazing additions like a sidebar, quick access to favorite sites, and an in-built VPN, but it also comes with a pop-out video mode for YouTube, Netflix, and Prime Video, as well as for video conferences. Keep reading to learn more about this feature.
Use Built-in Video Pop-Out mode in Opera
Opera also comes with a native pop-out video mode. It works well with almost all streaming services and OTT platforms except for Disney+ Hotstar. This built-in feature comes with a few additions. It gives you complete playback and volume controls within the pop-out video on YouTube and Amazon Prime.
The playback controls don’t work well with Netflix and Twitch videos. It also provides transparency so as not to hinder your workflow. Here’s how you can use it.
Step 1: Go to YouTube or any other streaming service and Play a video.
Step 2: Hover your cursor over to the top of the video, and you will see a Detach the video button.
Step 3: Click on the Detach video button to play the video in pop-out mode.
It is that easy. As said before, if you are playing a video from YouTube, then you can enjoy full playback controls, but they might not work properly with other platforms.
Bonus Ways to Get Pop-Out Video for OTT Platforms
1. Using the PiP mode in Netflix App (Windows)
Netflix app on Windows allows you to play any show or movie in pop-out video mode. This is only available for the Windows version of the app. It is a native feature, and you do not have to mess with the settings to enable it. This is how you switch to pop-out video in the Netflix app.
Step 1: Play any video on the Netflix app.
Step 2: Click on the Picture-in-Picture button on the bottom right of the video to play it in a pop-out video mode.
The pop-out video gives you some controls to play and pause and rewind the video by 10 seconds.
2. Switch to Pop-out Video in Prime Video App (macOS)
Just like the Netflix app on Windows, you can enable pop-out video on the Amazon Prime Video app on the macOS version of the app. This feature is absent from the windows version for some reason. It is enabled by default and you can access it directly in the video player.
Step 1: Play a video on the Prime Video app.
Step 2: Click the Picture-in-Picture button next to the volume slider on the top right-hand side of the player.
The video will start playing in pop-out video mode. You can drag and resize it as you like on your screen.
This was a list way you can use to pop out video mode for OTT like Prime Video, Netflix, Hotstar, Twitch, or YouTube on your favorite web browser, along with bonus methods to enable it in the app. These are all free-to-use methods, and we hope you will enjoy using this pop-out video mode. It is certainly a great way to keep yourself entertained while you work and also makes multitasking easy on your desktop. We hope you enjoyed this guide, and stay tuned to Browsers Tp Use for more such amazing guides and How to’s.