Last Updated on October 7, 2019
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You’re trying to enjoy a YouTube, Netflix or other streaming service for a movie or TV show, but the slow buffer time of video broadcasting is starting to drive you crazy. Of course, we all know that the simple solution is to press the pause button and let the video stop until it is fully loaded on your computer. Well, I don’t know about you, but this long wait is almost as unbearable as the stuttering problems of the video.
Disable hardware acceleration in Flash and your browser.
This option can only make improvements if you have really slow hardware that really hinders the display of the video – in these cases, software acceleration can solve fewer stuttering and buffering problems. If you have a low-performance computer or graphics card, you can disable hardware acceleration by right-clicking on the video (Flash). There will be a similar setting in the advanced settings of your web browser that can also help you in case of buffer problems.
Delete the temporary cache and Internet files – they load your device.
Usually, when we close a window or exit a browser, our operating system deletes the thousands of small files it downloads to display web pages.
However, if you turn off your computer without allowing these browsers to close properly, you will store files that constrain your browser and affect its ability to load and play videos.
Before streaming, go to your browser settings and delete the current history and any temporary Internet files to make sure they are working properly.
Changing buffer options in media players
- Press the start button in the lower left corner.
- Select Run and enter the following: mplayer2
- Select View, then click on Options.
- Select Advanced
- Select the Streaming Media option.
- Click on Edit and set the buffer to 0.
Find out what the problem is…
YouTube has a tool called Stats for nerds that displays detailed statistics on connection speed, buffer status and network activity when you play videos. The tool will not necessarily make it easier to play your video, but it will help you find out where the problem is.
In a desktop browser
- When you watch a YouTube video in a browser window, right-click on the player.
- Select Statistics for nerds.
- A statistics window for nerds appears in the upper left corner of the video window. You can see the connection speed, network activity and buffer status. Although some details are intended to help developers solve video problems, you can get an idea of whether bandwidth or buffering problems can be a problem.
Configure your Internet connection
A poor Internet connection is the most common cause of a streaming or slow buffering problem when you try to play high quality videos online.
For example, to watch HDTV on YouTube, you need an Internet connection of at least 1+ Mbps for streaming. Other smaller online video clips can be easily viewed at an Internet speed of at least 500 Kbps. Netflix also requires a minimum speed of 5 Mbps to view its videos.
Test your Internet speed with the Speed Checker tool or on speedtest.net. Make sure you have access to high-speed Internet at all times while watching videos online.
Decrease the quality of the video.
Chances are you’re used to watching streaming HD video, but this time the video you want to watch is buffered. In this case, we recommend that you change the quality to 480p or less. Going below 360p means that the video is pixelated, so remember.
To do this, click on the speed icon in the video player, then on Quality. From there, you can easily select the one that best suits your needs at that time.
Sometimes it’s not you, it’s the waiter. You may have noticed that, despite ideal conditions, some websites load a video much more slowly than others. Here is an example for Facebook and Youtube. Youtube is a special video streaming site that is optimized to offer the user the best streaming experience even with average connectivity. Facebook, on the other hand, is a social media platform that does not aim to offer transparent video streaming.
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