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What video buffering means to you 
31st-Mar-2007 01:32 pm

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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Comments 
1st-Feb-2008 03:58 am (UTC) - buffering and downloading issues in google
Anonymous
Hi,

I am unable to see any videos on google due to buffering and downloading problems. Beyond certain point video not downloading it is in halt and goes again to the first scene so what to be done. Plz tell a solution for this problem.
1st-Feb-2008 06:16 am (UTC) - Re: buffering and downloading issues in google
What happens when you try my suggestion? You haven't given me enough information to help you. Do you have a computer-savvy friend you could invite over to your house who can watch with you and figure out what's going on?
6th-Sep-2011 04:56 pm (UTC) - Re: buffering and downloading issues in google
Anonymous
Hi my name is ashish patidar i am not buffering any video and other
16th-Jun-2009 03:12 am (UTC) - Buffering
Anonymous
when watching a video from you tube or google stops every 3 seconds and my connection is cable it's a pain.
16th-Jan-2010 02:19 am (UTC) - thank you
Anonymous
super helpful. thank you

sherree sapersein
11th-Feb-2010 01:01 am (UTC) - problem
Anonymous
I tried this but youtube wont even load the video past a certain point or the video loads way too slowly. Taking over 1 hour to load a 5 minute video is not worth it.
11th-Feb-2010 03:40 am (UTC) - Re: problem
Are you using a dialup modem? If so, that's simply not fast enough to handle video.
4th-Jun-2011 07:04 pm (UTC) - Re: Благодарю за информацию
не за что
14th-Jul-2011 06:16 am (UTC) - Re: Благодарю за инфу
не за что
21st-Feb-2012 04:04 am (UTC)
harveyzok wrote, "Обилие интересных статей на вашем блоге меня поражает! Автору – удачи и новых интересных постов!" But I banned him because his LiveJournal is juvenile.

Edited at 2012-02-21 04:07 am (UTC)
20th-Mar-2014 05:22 am (UTC)
Anonymous
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Always follow your heart.
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