Do you have problems watching videos at YouTube and Google Video? Is it choppy -- starting and stopping so it's too annoying to watch? Maybe you're having "buffering" problems. Try this and see if it helps.
When you click on a link to a video the first thing you should see is "Loading..." (YouTube) or "Buffering..." (Google Video). Even before it starts, though, you should see the control set so the video will play. Like the VCR, the button looks like two vertical lines. That's your cue that clicking on the control will pause the video. Go ahead and do that right away. Then the control will change to a triangle pointing to the right like an arrow -- same as the VCR's "play" button.
At that point you should start to see a red line (YouTube) or grey line (Google Video) start to grow from left to right next to the controls. That line is showing you how much of the video had been downloaded to your computer. Computer geeks call that "buffering." There's a control that slides from left to right, too. YouTube uses a little round button over the red line, and Google Video uses a grey slider that points at the grey line. That control shows how much of the video you've played. You can slide it back and forth along the line.
The secret to avoiding choppy videos is to get enough of the video "buffered" so that it plays without interruption. Your Internet connection may be too slow to allow you to watch the video until the whole thing has been buffered. It may take a while, but it's worth the wait. After the whole video has been buffered, it's time to click the "play" button and enjoy!
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