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Choppy Youtube and flash video

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  • Scott Robinson3 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Feb 1, 2009 2:39 PM (in response to Topher Kessler)
    Interesting. Are you able to play all video without choppiness?

    I reverted back to version 9 and everything is very different. While playing flash under v9 CPU usage averages around 50% whereas v10 was 100+%. Cleaning caches didn't help either. I am probably staying with v9 for awhile. I'll play with the preferences next.

    Mind you I am still not satisfied with the overall flash performance. Hulu, for instance, on anything but the lowest res is choppy. Their HD video is still completely unplayable for me.

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  • Scott Robinson3 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Feb 1, 2009 3:12 PM (in response to Topher Kessler)
    P.S.

    Also this problem is not limited to Safari. All browsers suffer this problem.
    Powermac Dual G5, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • Topher Kessler Level 6 Level 6 (9,295 points)
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    Feb 1, 2009 8:45 PM (in response to Scott Robinson3)
    Yeah. Sometimes there's a loading skip if the connection is bad, but it will play smoothly for all video.
    PowerMac G5 dual 2.5GHz, PowerBook G4 1GHz DVI, MacBook Pro 17" 2.4GHz, Mac OS X (10.5.6), Computers are....yummeh!
  • ren* Calculating status...
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    Feb 2, 2009 10:45 PM (in response to SteveW25561)
    Flash Player 10 solved this issue for me. Guess I was still on Flash 9!
    Macbook Pro Core Duo 2GHz 2GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • padre999 Calculating status...
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    Feb 5, 2009 10:43 AM (in response to SteveW25561)
    Same thing here with 10.5.6 on Intel MBP. It doesn't matter which browser I use.

    Updated to the newest Flash Player from v9. Still the same problem. Uninstalled Flash Player using the official uninstaller (ridicuolus piece of software, searches the hole drive at 50% CPU, asks you twice for your password) and reinstalled. Nothing. Still choppy playback.

    Every 2-3 seconds the picture and playhead freezes for up to 2 seconds while the sound keeps playing. It is no bandwith issue, happens also with fully downloaded videos. Extremely annoying, it is NO fun watching videos like that.
    Mac OS X (10.5.6), MBP 15'' 2,2Ghz 2GB
  • Alerus Calculating status...
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    Feb 10, 2009 5:47 PM (in response to SteveW25561)
    I have the same problem MBP Intel Core 2 Duo 2.33Ghz 3Gigs of RAM. Youtube actually runs pretty fine, but Hulu runs very choppy a good chunk of the time. Worse in full screen. My CPU utilization when playing Hulu is close to 100%. Doesn't matter what browser.

    The irritating thing is my g/f less powerful Macbook seems to run it all just fine (even when on the same network). I've tried a number of things, and nothing seems to solve this issue.
  • padre999 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 13, 2009 5:29 AM (in response to padre999)
    I have the suspicion that it has to do with my external sound card, a Tascam US-122L. When I unplug it the videos do play smoother. Still they are choppy with the usual hickups, but not as severe.
    Mac OS X (10.5.5), MBP 15'' 2,2Ghz 2GB
  • Ape Simpson Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Feb 17, 2009 8:52 AM (in response to padre999)
    Second that. I use the Tascam, too. I just tried to play a video while the thing is unplugged and boom - flash works again! I need the Tascam but at least I now know the source of the problem.
    Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • Noise is My Life Calculating status...
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    Feb 17, 2009 5:15 PM (in response to Alerus)
    Regarding the choppy video issue, I think I may have a potential solution for many experiencing the problem with Flash Player 10. As counter-intuitive as this may sound I disabled hardware acceleration within the flash player options. (right click on the player itself) and the problem completely went away. I'm a recent convert to Mac (greatest decision ever) so on occasion I still think like a Windows user in that I will try to adjust the available parameters in ways that would be exactly opposite to what reason and logic would dictate. In this case it would appear to have worked. Hopefully this suggest will solve the problem for some of you as well.
    Macbook, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • Robert Daeley Calculating status...
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    Feb 17, 2009 10:25 PM (in response to SteveW25561)
    Using 10.5 and Firefox 3.0.6, I found disabling the DownloadHelper extension helped.
  • fireQuartz Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Feb 18, 2009 8:12 AM (in response to Noise is My Life)
    Thanks for the tip. I tried it ..and it did help a little .. but I'm still experiencing extreme choppiness .. no matter if I use Safari or Firefox.

    The search for truth continues ...

    Noise is My Life wrote:
    ... As counter-intuitive as this may sound I disabled hardware acceleration within the flash player options. (right click on the player itself) and the problem completely went away...
    iMac G5 2GHz 20-inch, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • jayhawk Calculating status...
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    Feb 24, 2009 6:03 AM (in response to SteveW25561)
    yeah, i have a Mac Pro Dual Quad Core with 4 GB of RAM and i cannot watch a YouTube video without it pausing for a second or 2 about every 15 seconds. the audio continues, but the video just freezes and then jumps to catch up. crummy stuff. about:plugins results --

    Shockwave Flash

    File name: Flash Player.plugin
    Shockwave Flash 10.0 r12

    MIME Type Description Suffixes Enabled
    application/x-shockwave-flash Shockwave Flash swf Yes
    application/futuresplash FutureSplash Player spl Yes
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    dual 2.8 Quad Core, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • Alerus Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 24, 2009 9:11 PM (in response to Noise is My Life)
    Definitely a suggestion worth trying, but unfortunately it did not resolve my issues. Thanks though.
  • 72chevelle454 Calculating status...
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    Feb 25, 2009 9:19 AM (in response to jayhawk)
    The first post was Aug 16, 2008, anyone find a solution to this annoying problem yet? I tried the suggested, turn off, turn on hardware acceleration.. don't work for me... Updated to Flash 10 nope, same problem..
    Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • fireQuartz Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Feb 25, 2009 9:30 AM (in response to 72chevelle454)
    The more I focus on this issue, the more I think it's an Adobe problem with the Flash plug-in specifically. It seems to chew up a TON of CPU activity - driving usage up to 99%+ just about every time I attempt to view a Flash-based video - and many sites with simple flash-based animations .. no matter if I use Safari or Firefox.

    I tried making this case via various Adobe forums - always falls on deaf ears. Could be part of the Adobe/Apple wars - with us users as casualties.

    Oh, BTW, it seems to be even worse with the Safari 4 beta.


    72chevelle454 wrote:
    The first post was Aug 16, 2008, anyone find a solution to this annoying problem yet? I tried the suggested, turn off, turn on hardware acceleration.. don't work for me... Updated to Flash 10 nope, same problem..
    iMac G5 2GHz 20-inch, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
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