Thursday, January 12, 2012

Unity YouTube Lens - Ease of Access

Unity is just showing that it has got endless possibilities of handling and presenting stuff, and with the support of all the capable Ubuntu followers from all around the globe, quality stuff is being produced for Unity far more randomly than for any other desktop (yeah, my own thoughts :D ).

A couple of weeks ago, some amazing Spanish guys from Atareao presented us a Unity YouTube Lens. Initially, this Lens would only let one search for YouTube videos from the Dash and when clicked, it opened the video in the preferred web browser. Later, they added local media player support and the videos would play in VLC, no Flash needed.

Now, it has got even better as they have added support for playing YouTube videos in Minitube, and also a small configuration tool has been developed which lets one select the preferred YouTube player, whether it be the web browser, VLC or Minitube.

If you want to use VLC for playing your videos, you can install VLC from the Software Center. If VLC isn't playing videos for you, you are probably missing some codecs. As the most convenient solution, you can install the 'ubuntu-restricted-extras' package from the Software Center to figure out all of this stuff for you. If you want to use Minitube for playing YouTube videos, you would need to install Minitube by following the commands mentioned here:

The Lens supports YouTube filters and categories, and the search results can be sorted by relevance, view count, rating and publishing date.


The YouTube Lens is currently only available for Ubuntu Oneiric 11.10, and is installable from a Launchpad PPA. From Terminal, run:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:atareao/lenses
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install lens-video scope-youtube


Once installed, you would need to re-login for the Lens to start showing up in the Dash.

For choosing your desired video player, search the Dash for 'YouTube Scope' and open it.

Here you can make your choice:

BTW, this YouTube Lens works equally well in both Unity and Unity 2D.

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Lens , Multimedia , Unity