Anyone into watching YouTube
videos knows it has always been pretty problematic to play YouTube videos on Windows Mobile. This has also been explained in my related article Playing Flash Video (FLV) files on the Pocket PC - is it possible?
The built-in PIE / IEM
(as of the first beta of 8.65) and NetFront
(as of TP 3.4 007 released early June, 2007
) received YouTube support.
These solutions are really sub-par, particularly that of NetFront, which has a comparatively slow Flash plug-in.
This means, so far, the best way to watch YouTube videos was relying on external, Web-based convertor services listed in my earlier all-in-one article on playing back YouTube videos
. These convertor services, unfortunately, need a lot of additional work and, in general, result in files that are (much) larger and/or of (much) lower quality than the original YouTube videos.
TCPMP Plugin for Flash Video on PPC
for the rescue! It provides a VERY fast (MUCH faster than even Opera Mobileís playback, let alone the far inferior YouTube support in the latest NetFront beta) and, what is more, conversion-less (meaning no additional bandwidth / quality loss because of the conversion) solution. What is more, itís FREE, as is TCPMP itself, and runs on both Pocket PCís and, with some restrictions, touch screen-less Smartphones.
In the following, I explain how it should be used.
1. download the latest (currently: 0.3) version from HERE
and, of course, TCPMP
(either the PPC (tcpmp.pocketpc.0.72RC1.cab
) or the Smartphone (tcpmp.smartphone.0.72RC1.cab
Extract all the files from the tcpmpflvplugin ZIP file, (currently) tcpmpflvplugin-v0.3.zip
, player and, after installing TCPMP, copy the two .plg
files in the home of TCPMP (\Storage Card\Program Files\TCPMP
when installed on the only storage card under WM5+ etc.).
anywhere on your handheld; for example, \Windows\Start Menu\Programs
(itís very small so you can even store it in the main storage)
2. in order to see a video, fire up a Web browser and go to YouTube. When you are on a page youíd like to see the video of, in the address bar, highlight the last part of the URL (the one after the ?v=
) as can be seen in HERE
. Copy this to the clipboard by tap-and-holding the selection and selecting Copy
in the menu:
Here, Iíve copied the Ďx4arSJCWwpk
í parameter of the URL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4arSJCWwpk
3. Now, fire up YouTubeDownload.exe
, (after selecting the right target directory) tap-and-hold the ďVideo ID:
Ē field and select Paste in the drop-down context menu
. Now, click Start. The video will be downloaded to the target directory:
Note that the downloader utility is incompatible with the MS Smartphone
) operating system. First, it doesnít support focus transfer with D-pad / the Tab key (itís been written for WM2003) Ė itís only with a cursor emulator like SPHelper
hat you can traverse the focus as can be seen HERE
. However, it wonít be of help as the app wonít be able to connect to YouTube as can be seen in HERE
(tested this on my HTC Vox / s710
several times). I really hope the author of YouTubeDownload.exe
will soon fix this problem so that Smartphone users can also download any YouTube clips. Until then, youíll need to rely on files downloaded in other ways.
Also note that version 0.2 is the only version to offer a desktop-based (x86) downloader tool (as opposed to what the developer states). It, however, wasnít able to download anything on my desktop when Iíve tried. That is, youíll need to download directly onto your Pocket PC.
4. Then, fire up TCPMP and select the given file (File / Open File
Now, itíll be played back:
(same on the MS Smartphone operating system
Itís very important that you can NOT invoke directly video playback from any Windows Mobile Web browsers
Ė you will ALWAYS need to manually download the videos, manually switch to TCPMP and manually load it for playback.
Itís also worth knowing that the plug-in does NOT work with CorePlayer, the commercial descendant of TCPMP.
Note that these threads are FULL of misinformation. Itís worth checking them out but donít necessarily believe what you read in there.