|06 Sep 2013||#1|
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Return to YouTube's old way of buffering full videos
I noticed a lot of people are having problems with YouTube lately. I came across this article & thought I would post it. I have tried out the plug-in (For Firefox) & it has worked great & returned YouTube to full buffer.
You may have noticed that when you are playing a YouTube video, it buffers only so much ahead of your current position. And should you pause the video, buffering stops altogether. The reason behind this lackluster form of buffering? YouTube's embrace of Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (Dash), which breaks a video into segments, buffering each segment as you make your way through the video. In theory, Dash allows YouTube to adapt to changing network conditions without stalling out at times.
In the real world, Dash means you can't pause a video and come back to it later with it fully buffered, which allows you to skip around the video without waiting for it to rebuffer each time you jump to a new spot.
YouTube doesn't let you disable Dash playback, but browser extension YouTube Center does. It's available for Chrome, Firefox, IE, Opera, and Safari. It has not been approved in the Chrome Web Store, so you'll need to download it to your PC and drag the file into Chrome's extension page. Also, Chrome users will need to check the box on the extension page to enable Developer mode.
Edit: I have been seeing some comments that, unfortunately, it doesn't seem to work with x64, at least not yet (I'm guessing they might fix this down the road?). I also noted this last night on my wife's PC, which is x64.
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