I was thinking a few weeks back, while wading though yet another banner ad heavy website to get to a video, about asking the folks behind Readability for something similar for videos. I filed away the thought for later and soon forgot about it (I think this is why I am not a millionaire ;-)). Anyway, while going through other blog posts on Readability the other day I came across this one from a fellow Readability enthusiast from Brazil – right at the bottom was the link to this gem. Et´ Voila ! Solution found – this is why I love the internet :-)
- Go to the Quietube installation page.
- Drag the bookmarklet on to your bookmarks toolbar or add it to your bookmarks.
- When you are in a one of the big internet video websites (YouTube, BBC iPlayer, Viddler, and Vimeo are supported) – click on the bookmarklet and you can see the video without any of the comments and distracting fluff.
- A link is also available at the bottom of the page enabling you to send this view of the video to a friend or save it for further viewing.
The tool is built by BookTwo and from the blog post it seems its a side project inspired by Readability. The tool is currently limited, in that it does not detect embedded videos in other websites (and the error message seems a bit cheeky ;-)) but they are working on improving this. Another problem is that there seems to be no mechanism to report issues to the group like Readability. On the whole this seem to be a useful tool for those who want to quietly watch a video without all the bells and whistles :-)