Improved video multitasking in Opera for computers

Users watch 842 000 hours of video pop out per month

The latest version of Opera for computers, released today, revamps the new video pop out feature. This unique technology allows users to easily detach and move a video to the side of the screen, so they can continue watching while working, playing or doing research – in the browser or any other program.

The “picture in picture” feature now lets users pop out video from even more websites, including Vimeo, and play/pause with a single click. There is also an option to disable the feature, for those who do not need it.

Video pop out allows people to multitask online. Web users have long enjoyed online radio or music while working in other programs. Video pop out in Opera for computers means users can now enjoy video content while working or browsing on the same screen, making it the perfect tool for multitasking masters.

Where people multitask the most

Opera took a deeper look into how people multitask while watching with the video pop out feature in different geographies. The results of this research show the geography of online video preferences around the globe. It is based on aggregated data coming from users of Opera 38 for computers. Data on the individual level or about video content is not collected.

The top-10 countries for video pop out usage span four different continents, clearly showing that the online video boom is a global phenomenon. It’s also interesting to see that people in some countries – such as Italy, UK and Germany – multitask with video more on weekends, while others, such as China, spend more time watching pop out videos during working days.

Online video booming

Online video has been booming all around the world in recent years. Not only is the number of online video users growing, but users are consuming more and more content every year.

According to Statista, the number of digital video viewers in the United States grew by 20% between 2012 and 2015. In the same period, users spent 83% more time watching online video, reaching an average of 1 hour and 55 minutes per day.
However, time constraints are a factor that can prevent users enjoying more video. It’s hard to find more than 2 hours per day for watching videos, whether it’s the latest must-see clip from Justin Timberlake or the exciting train trip from Bergen to Oslo. This is something that video pop out can solve.

How to use video pop out

Users can simply go to a favorite video page, such as YouTube, and run a video. They will see an icon in the middle of the top border of the video. By clicking on it, they can pop out the video and continue watching it even while using other programs on their computer.

Learn more about this version – and other improvements, such as personalized newsreader – in our blog post.