In the old days, we saw TV from a black and white screen. Furthermore, if you want to experience this same authentic experience in your video player, you can use this optional video filter in the free and open-source Turn Off the Lights browser extension.

YouTube videos in black and white

Here the steps on how to enable this video filter feature in your favorite web browser:

  1. Download the Turn Off the Lights browser extension
  2. When the installation is completed, click right on the gray lamp button and select Options.
  3. From the Turn Off the Lights Options page, select now the tab Advanced Options. And scroll down until you see the topic Video Toolbar
  4. Enable this checkbox “Show the toolbar below your screen to customize the current video player”
  5. Open now any HTML5 video and then move your mouse inside the video content you will see the toolbar. And here you can enable the video filters
  6. Click on the test tube icon, to switch to the video filter

See the preview of the Taylor Swift – Love YouTube video clip:

YouTube videos in black and white filter
Regular mode – filter disabled
YouTube videos in black and white filter
Gray Scale (black and white) – filter enabled

From the top toolbar you can do many other actions, see the following button actions:

  • Displaying the audio-visualization for the current video player
  • Set the video player to the full window size
  • Add a filter in the current video player
  • Replay the current video player
  • Take a screenshot of the current video player

This feature is for all HTML5 videos, and also for the YouTube videos you want in black and white. In addition, you can improve also the video brightness, contrast, saturation, hue, sepia, invert, and more. That you get a more safe, healthy and comfortable experience for your eyes. So where are you waiting for it? Try it now!


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