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Choppy Youtube and flash video

100190 Views 107 Replies Latest reply: Jan 25, 2010 8:00 AM by spaetzleschwob RSS
  • Tom in London Level 4 Level 4 (1,570 points)
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    Oct 29, 2008 11:39 AM (in response to Manson Yan)
    Yeah, it is a bit nutscrapery.

    I discovered that my router was overheating and causing it to have the jitters. I stood it on its side so that it had a better chance of cooling off. Things are much better now.

    Try that.
    MacBook 2.2 Ghz, Mac OS X (10.5.5), + this big screen when I'm not on the road
  • vhines Calculating status...
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    Oct 29, 2008 1:16 PM (in response to SteveW25561)
    Hello,I have not experience hiccups everytime I watch videos on Youtube, neither thru Safari or Firefox 3.

    Have you tried down loading Real Player 11( for Mac OS X) Version 11.0.0(884). And Flip4Mac WMV version 2.2.0.49 (www.Flip4Mac.com) is stll installed on my Mac Book Pro. If I'm not mistaken, their plug-ins help the video players. e.g Quick Time etc.

    I am only using 3.5G 7.2mbps Modem Internet connection.

    I hope this help you, Good luck.....
    Mac Book Pro 4.1, Mac OS X (10.5.5)
  • Ape Simpson Calculating status...
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    Dec 19, 2008 10:48 AM (in response to SteveW25561)
    I have the same problem.
    I just tried to uninstall the Flashplayer (took about 10 min or so, what the heck are you doing Adobe?) and reinstall the newest version - still same problem
    Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • imehdi Calculating status...
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    Dec 26, 2008 3:57 PM (in response to SteveW25561)
    It's driving me crazy, my old Powerbook titanium and the old iBook of my girlfriend became completely unusable since october because of choppy playback of EVERY video on the web

    So, I decided to buy a new Mac, a Macbook Air, Yeah! Let's rock

    But will you believe me : videos are choppy too with my MBA

    So I'm really really wandering what's going on with flash videos on Mac os x ?

    I'm so upset
    mba v2, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • dctucker83 Calculating status...
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    Dec 26, 2008 6:51 PM (in response to SteveW25561)
    Yeah seriously, choppy video playback should not be considered acceptable. I hope this issue is still being looked into by developers. I certainly continue to experience choppiness when viewing video in a browser Quicktime plugin.
    Macbook (white) 2.4 GHz, Mac OS X (10.5.6), 2 GB RAM, 250 GB HD
  • geeshh Calculating status...
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    Jan 6, 2009 8:04 PM (in response to SteveW25561)
    I've had the same issues on a Macbook C2D 2.16, a mini CD 1.83, and an Al Macbook 2.0. OS ranges from 10.4.x to 10.5.6.

    I've come to accept that it's just the way OS X does flash...
    Al Macbook
  • codeoverride Calculating status...
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    Jan 13, 2009 12:59 PM (in response to SteveW25561)
    I'm having the same choppy video problems. I don't think the problem was always there.. just recently. My Macbook Pro is only a year old. Only happens with flash videos like HD YouTube videos

    Apple, this is UNACCEPTABLE!
  • William Kucharski Level 6 Level 6 (14,400 points)
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    Jan 14, 2009 9:48 AM (in response to codeoverride)
    If you fire up Process Viewer, do you see anything else using CPU?

    I watch YouTube videos regularly and don't see any choppy video on either of my machines.

    I'm using the Flash 10 plugins.
    Quad 2.5 GHz G5, 5 GB | 15" 2.6 GHz MBP Penryn, 4 GB, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • Brian Gale1 Calculating status...
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    Jan 27, 2009 11:46 AM (in response to William Kucharski)
    I have the same problem, however Seamonkey does work for me. But I don't really wanna get rid of firefox for my main browsing. Any ideas how to fix the original problem rather than just use the workaround of using Seamonkey?

    I have the Firefox 3, latest version of Flash (10).
    Mac Pro 2x2.66, 3GB Ram, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • EjectMedia Calculating status...
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    Jan 27, 2009 10:15 PM (in response to SteveW25561)
    Just wanted to chime in here and say I'm experiancing the exact same problems!

    I've got a previous-gen MacBook Pro 2.4Ghz with 2BG RAM. I recently re-installed OSX, uninstalled and re-installed Flash player 10 and removed my Firefox profile - no change.

    I believe this is an issue with Flash Player itself. I hate this.
    2.4 Ghz MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • fireQuartz Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Jan 30, 2009 12:47 PM (in response to EjectMedia)
    Let me add to this .. just about all Flash Videos run choppy for me .. the only exception are those that have a large buffer delay built into the SWF (done on the webmaster/designer/etc end . there's no way to set this on the user end as one can with QuickTime) .. each time my CPU usage jumps to 100% (according to iStat) .. this is true no matter which browser I use.

    I have uninstalled and reinstalled Flash 10 a number of times. Even tried setting up a new user and testing on a "clean" setup.

    The only thing I can think of is maybe Flash 10 is optimized for Intel Processors .. and maybe us PPC relics are just left out ..

    Can anyone corroborate ... or is this happening on Intel Macs as well?
    iMac G5 2GHz 20-inch, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • Scott Robinson3 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jan 30, 2009 7:49 PM (in response to fireQuartz)
    +"The only thing I can think of is maybe Flash 10 is optimized for Intel Processors .. and maybe us PPC relics are just left out ..+

    +Can anyone corroborate ... or is this happening on Intel Macs as well? "+


    Many in this thread are reporting this issue on intel macs. I also am with you in having these difficulties on a G5 tiger machine. And the choppiness appears to be getting constantly worse.

    This IS unacceptable, Apple.

    Message was edited by: Scott Robinson3
    Powermac G5, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • fireQuartz Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Jan 30, 2009 9:15 PM (in response to Scott Robinson3)
    Many in this thread are reporting this issue on intel macs. I also am with you in having these difficulties on a G5 tiger machine. And the choppiness appears to be getting constantly worse.

    This IS unacceptable, Apple.


    Well .. it's nice to know it's more a universal issue. Something may yet be done about it.

    To be fair, I'm not sure this is entirely - if at all - an Apple issue. Could be Adobe is the real culprit here. The Flash 10 plug-in seems to be a tremendous resource pig. I tried the forums there .. most of the responses I saw there on this issue were either dismissive or flat rude.

    I was just hoping someone here was able to pinpoint the issue - and perhaps offer a solution.
    iMac G5 2GHz 20-inch, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • Karl Wahlin Calculating status...
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    Feb 1, 2009 11:00 AM (in response to EjectMedia)
    Probably is the flash player because quicktime and silverlight compatible videos work just fine. Netflix which uses Microsoft silverlight run at less than 50% CPU which is not great but lots better than Flash. Quicktime movies obvioulsy run better than both. Viewing with Flash 9 or 10 on a macbook ( 2 Ghz core 2 duo with 4GB RAM ) is pretty much unbearable with the fans sounding like airplanes taking off. 100% CPU load will definitely kill the CPUs in pretty short time. Maybe that's part of the business plan?
    ANyway I saw this enlightening benchmark ( http://arstechnica.com/software/news/2008/10/benchmarking-flash-player-10.ars )that you guys might be interested in. Basically when viewing FLASH at Hulu on a MacbookAir they got 98 % CPU load / and 63 % CPU on a Mac Pro. On Vista it only takes a CPU load of 7% CPU. Either Adobe has to start investing some time in Flash player for mac or apple needs to make its own flash player because watching web videos at 100% CPU is unacceptable!
    Macbook, Mac OS X (10.5.6), 2Ghz Core 2 duo - 4GB RAM
  • Topher Kessler Level 6 Level 6 (9,305 points)
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    Feb 1, 2009 11:11 AM (in response to Scott Robinson3)
    Flash 10 works fine on my PowerMac G5 with 10.5.6 and using Safari. It also works fine on my MacBook Pro 17" that also has 10.5.6 and is using Safari.

    Try clearing the ~/Library/Caches/ folder, as well as the /Library/Caches/ folder. Additionally, try removing any adobe flash-related preferences files, as well as the safari preferences files (in the ~/Library/Preferences/) folder. Lastly try removing cookies (in the "Reset Safari" feature from the "Safari" menu).
    PowerMac G5 dual 2.5GHz, PowerBook G4 1GHz DVI, MacBook Pro 17" 2.4GHz, Mac OS X (10.5.6), Computers are....yummeh!
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