YouTube is very addicting. Unfortunately you cannot afford to just sit there all day watching people perform silly antics on camera. You have others tasks that demand your attention – mails to reply, presentations to prepare, websites to design.
A simple way to continue working while enjoying a funny video or the highlights of a football or cricket match is to watch YouTube on a standalone player. Covering the entire monitor screen with the YouTube page when the actual video runs in only a small quadrant isn’t the most productive way to watch YouTube. Instead, you can run the video in a dedicated window of a standalone player, drag the video window to a corner of the screen and watch it while you work.
Sprink is such a standalone WPF-based mini YouTube client for Windows.
It has search, list view and a 3D CoverFlow view. Looks cool, yes! But I’m going to disappoint you: Sprink is only for Windows Vista and Windows 7. If your using Windows XP or any other OS, you can use a simple media player instead.
To watch any YouTube video on a media player like VLC or GOMPlayer, first get the URL of the YouTube video from the browser’s address bar. YouTube URLs have the following format. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9R05qQuHVg
Now change this URL to this: http://www.youtube.com/v/p9R05qQuHVg
Notice that I removed “watch?” and replaced “=” with a “/”. Now just open this URL in your media player.