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Is a good idea to mute a video on scroll/tab change? [Resolved]

Lately, I see a lot this behavior and I hate it with all my strength.

Say I'm watching a video (e.g. on Twitter) but the only thing that interests me is the audio. I keep going with my twitter (or whatever) thing, but when I scroll until the video touches the screen border the audio gets silenced.

Ok, I get it. I put it again, let the scroll where it wants to be, and start working on another tab. Surprise! The audio gets muted again.

I think this is horrible by itself, but to make things YET worse, the damn video keeps playing, so if I want to keep hearing it, I have to search for the position I was in, which is bad enough in an FHD computer screen but is really terrible in a smartphone.

Why is this so prevalent? Is this considered to be good UX? Something I'm missing there?

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Asked July 11, 2019
Posted Under: UI UX
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When I scroll a video out of view it's usually because I'm no longer interested in it. But I catch your meaning — that's not always the case.

YouTube has launched a floating "mini player" which docks to the viewport when you scroll the player out of view. It makes sense on a site where video is the main component, but probably less so in other settings. That said, it's a feature I've been enjoying for a couple years now thanks to Chrome extensions like Enhancer for YouTube and Floating for YouTube. YouTube clearly saw the value of this type of interaction and adopted it. Perhaps it's worth exploring something similar.

credit: Jason Carlin
Answered July 11, 2019
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