Stop Start, Stop Start,,,what the .....

Discussion in 'Windows Media Player' started by Peter F, Feb 2, 2009.

  1. Peter F

    Peter F Guest

    Hi All,

    I am having problems with viewing clips on Youtube it keeps on stopping and
    starting with clips that are over 6 minutes in duration. Its not only clips
    on Youtube that i get this problem with but others also. I am using windows
    media when opening the clips, although if i use Real player i dont get the

    Can someone let me know if there is a setting in WM that allows me to play
    these clips without stoping and starting problems

    Any information would be greatly appreciated.

    Peter F, Feb 2, 2009
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  2. No there isn't, as YouTube use flash player for video, not WM

    Your issue sounds typical of a poor or insufficient internet
    connection - the pausing results from buffering (where the player runs
    out of data).

    This will happen especially if you choose the high quality (H264)
    streams which need to deliver a lot more data reliably to keep up in

    Check your current broadband speed on a quiet day

    You'd need at least 250kbps for regular youtube video (say,
    300-400kbps) and at least 900kbps for high quality (say 1.5mbps for
    reliable use)

    If the URL to the video ends in fmt=22 then you'd need around 2.5Mbps
    (approx. 3Mbps reliably) to view the 1280x720 size video (e.g. this
    link )

    Now, re-run the tests while downloading your favourite bittorrent, and
    your kids are online gaming and file sharing on MSN, and see what
    results you get with contention for the connection.

    Cheers - Neil
    Neil Smith [MVP Digital Media], Feb 2, 2009
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  3. Peter F

    Peter F Guest

    Hi Neil,

    Thanks very much for that, i will attempt what you say and let you know the
    Peter F, Feb 3, 2009
  4. Peter F

    Peter F Guest

    Hi Neil,

    Just another question, when I look at clips on Youtube am i accessing the
    software on Youtube or am i using my own local software on my machine? how do
    i know what i am using?
    Peter F, Feb 3, 2009
  5. It's a flash player control which runs inside your web browser
    (whatever you use). Flash is a product by Adobe which is on about
    95-99% of all internet connected machines, and is normal and expected
    to be there by many websites.

    So the flash program itself is on your PC, and the code which together
    makes up a player is hosted on the website you're visiting. However
    you slice it, the software all runs on your machine, with Youtube just
    providing a stream of data (video) to the player running there, as
    requested by your clicks on their website.

    Cheers - Neil
    Neil Smith [MVP Digital Media], Feb 3, 2009
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