How to stop the video autoplay?

Yesterday I was in a library working on my laptop and went to Forbes website to read about something. As soon I clicked on the link suddenly a video started autoplaying. I got some really annoying looks from the people in that brief moment till I stopped the video. Sounds familiar?


We all haSurprised lookve been in this situation at some point in our life where we desperately want to kill the autoplay option for the videos on the website. Apart from it being really annoying, autoplaying videos also lead to increase in bandwidth consumption.


Especially with Facebook and YouTube leading the way in allowing the videos to be played automatically, it has more or less turned into industry trend resulting in increasing the bandwidth consumption for the users.


It is very difficult to prevent the videos from playing automatically given the different technology set up of various websites. There are a number of video players like HTML5, JWPlayer, Flash etc. that the website may choose from. Also the users may browse the website on Firefox Safari, Opera, Chrome and other similar browsers. They may access the website on Windows, Ubuntu, Android or iOS device each having a different framework and architecture. Also, the website may allow automatic refreshing of the video especially during live feeds. In terms of user experience, some users would like to have a control on the video autoplay feature. However, in some cases the user may not have the control over it. With all these various permutations and combinations, the biggest challenge is to ensure that once paused, the video should resume playback seamlessly. Phew… that seems like rocket science!


Enter Video Autoplay Killer a.k.a. VAK a product developed by Techchefs. VAK stops autoplay of VAK_Pausedthe video on the website. The paused video will have a small icon stating “Paused by VAK”. As a user, you have the option to resume the video by clicking on the icon. Also, for websites like YouTube and Facebook where the autoplay is not stopped, users can whitelist the URLs.


To ensure VAK worked across different technologies it had to undergo rigorous testing. The most exhaustive testing would be if VAK is successful to stop videos from autoplaying on most used 15,000 websites as per Alexa ranking. Although testing on all the 15000 websites was not feasible, VAK was tested for 600 websites. Techchefs’ team performed regression testing of all the builds for 600 websites and the results were as expected – VAK passed with flying colours.


So thanks to VAK now no longer getting weird looks in the library or being embarrassed in front of strangers.