Video Watching Tips

To watch a video in High Definition (HD) without it freezing, and to view in a larger screen.

For HD video click on "Gear" icon 

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To Pause click on the ll icon

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For YouTube:

1. Click on the Gear-shaped icon on the lower right corner of the screen (next to CC)

2. Select 720p (good) or 1080p (best)

3. Pause the video by clicking on the ll icon at the lower-left corner and let it buffer for several minutes.  This allows the large data file to start downloading into your computer so the video will play smoothly.

4. Let the video file download completely if possible.  1080p video may take a long time to download.

5. To watch the video in a larger screen select the bigger box or the frame icons next to the "clock" at lower-right corner.

Click here for detailed YouTube viewing instructions.

For Vimeo:

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1. Click on the HD icon on the lower right corner of the screen

2. The message, "HD is On" will appear for a moment to confirm.

3. To watch in full screen click on the '4-arrows' icon next to HD.

Click here for detailed Vimeo viewing instructions.

Detailed Instructions:

1.  Pause the video before watching.  

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Most video players allow you to build a "buffer" before playing the video. It could be that the video simply isn't streaming data at a fast enough rate to keep up with the player, particularly if it is high definition. If you press "Play," and then "Pause," some video players, such as the YouTube and Vimeo players, will let the video download beforehand. You can monitor the buffer by looking at the progress of a bar creeping across the bottom of the screen. The speed of this bar will indicate the speed that the video is loading, relative to play speed.

2.  Check the Internet connection speed.  

PC World recommends a data transfer rate of at least 19 Mbps for full quality HD video.  You can do this by double-clicking the "Network Connections" icon under the control panel. A menu should pop up, and the speed should be rated in megabits per second (Mbps) or kilobits per second (Kbps) if the speed is slower.  

3.  Disable and the re-enable the Internet connection.  

You should be able to do this by right-clicking the connection icon in the Control Panel and selecting "Disable Disable Connection." Right-click again, and select what should now read, "Enable Connection." If this does not work, there might be another problem with the connection.

4.  Cancel all other data transfers happening on the network. 

If you are streaming multiple videos at once, or if you are downloading large files, this might be utilizing the bandwidth. Also, if you share a connection with other users, they might be using the bandwidth with their videos or downloads. If you are below still below the minimum threshold after shutting down all other data transfers, it might be time to call the Internet service provider and upgrade the bandwidth.

5.  Shut down unnecessary programs running on the computer. There is a small chance that the problem is not on the connection end but on the data processing end. This is especially true if you are using a downloaded player, such as Windows Media Player or RealPlayer to stream the video. Each program uses RAM, which is basically the most easily accessible memory for a CPU (central processing unit). If other programs are using all or most of the RAM, the CPU will access the hard disk directly, which can slow down applications, including the video player. You can find which programs are running by accessing the Task Manager or Finder, and shut down the ones that are not necessary to maintain the proper function of the computer.

6.  Clear space on the hard drive. 

This is another processing issue. If the hard drive is close to full, it will slow down the applications, including video players.

7.  Download a video stream accelerator. 

If none of the other solutions work, there are a few applications that assist buffering. These programs do not work with all video streams, but they do work with popular sites such as YouTube. One example is an application called SpeedBit Video Accelerator, which basically optimizes the buffering process, allowing much more data to be saved to the buffer at a faster rate.

8.  Run the video accelerator when streaming a video. 

Most of these applications run in the background and will automatically begin buffering video every time a video is streamed.

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