Is it possible to prevent YouTube's (HTML5) fullscreen player controls from showing whenever it first goes into fullscreen mode?

Like, don't show this automatically (at all):

Youtube Controls

I want it to still show if I move the mouse, as it does now.

I couldn't find anything in about:config on Firefox about this, only settings to disable the fullscreen button and the warning:

This page is now in fullscreen.

  • Yes, i'm trying to make it not pop up the controls at all, and i'm talking about the youtube controls yes. Commented Dec 29, 2015 at 17:59
  • @DavidPostill I would, but i can't find anything that even mentions the video controls, the search term is also quite broad and i can't seem to shorten it with some keywords... thanks though Commented Dec 29, 2015 at 21:26

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You can either disable it for good or leave it enabled. You can't have both states in full-screen at once. Controls can be controlled in <iframe> by:

  • controls=0 - player controls do not display in the player
  • controls=1 (default) - player controls display in the player

see: https://developers.google.com/youtube/player_parameters


You can use the Hyde extension for Google Chrome (link to Hyde).

The introduction is as follows:

When you pause a YouTube video, the player controls don't disappear. That makes it really hard to take a clean screenshot of the video. The controls also block your view, which can get really annoying. Hyde is a simple Chrome extension that allows you to hide or show the video player controls easily.

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