How well a video clip plays on your computer, depends on several factors.
#1. Your internet connection speed will determine how fast a video will load and begin to play. The slower the connection, the longer the load time. A slow connection will also cause a video to start and stop or play back in a herky-jerky fashion.
You can prevent choppy playback by simply pausing the video and giving it a few minutes to sufficiently load. The blue “progress bar” in the player controls, shows you how much of the video has loaded.
#2. An older computer may not have the ability to play online video smoothly without updating its “Adobe Flash” software. All computers come with Adobe Flash Player software (its free) but it must be kept up to date.
Make sure you have the latest version… Download the Adobe Flash Player. It’s free!
#3. Most online video plays best when viewed with the Mozilla FireFox browser. On some computers, it works way better than Internet Explorer. You can download FireFox here. It’s free!
#4. If the video stops at a certain point and no matter what you do, it won’t play any further… there’s a good chance your browser’s “cache” is full. Here’s how to clear it.
If you’re using Internet Explorer, do this:
1. In Internet Explorer, from the main menu bar, choose Tools and Options
2. Click the Delete Files button and choose OK
3. Click the Settings button. Increase the “Amount of Disk Space To Use” under the “Temporary Internet Files Folder” option.
4. Click OK to exit out of the options.
5. Refresh your browser and try viewing the videos again.
If you’re using FireFox, do this:
1. In Firefox, from the main menu bar, choose Tools and Clear Private Data
2. Make sure only Cache is checked
3. Click the Clear Private Data Now button
4. Refresh your browser and try viewing the videos again.
#5. Some computers have trouble playing video if there are too many programs open or too many browser windows open. Close them and then try the video again.
#6. When all else fails, shut down and then restart your computer. Rebooting will sometimes fix a ton of problems. As a matter of fact, rebooting might be the FIRST thing to try.