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Youtube viewing technical question.

Asked by zen_ (6273points) September 5th, 2010

There seems to be a lot of hi-def clips now, and I have an old slow pc with an older card – is there a way to view these newer clips without it being choppy and slow?

Thanks.

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rawrgrr's avatar

You could always choose a lower quality setting. Or if you always want it to play in a lower quality setting for better playback you can click here.

Vincentt's avatar

Nope, more detail means more data for your computer to process, which puts more strain on your computer. You could try reducing the number of things your computer does that are not helping you in viewing this clips, but that might be a lot of trouble to go through just to get more quality out of your YouTube movies.

What does do a lot for me often is to download the movies first, in a format other than Flash, using tinyogg.com. You do need a media player that can play Ogg Theora videos though – VLC can do that if you’re looking for one. Alternatively, using a recent version of Firefox, you can view them in the browser immediately from TinyOgg which might also be faster than from YouTube.

zen_'s avatar

@rawrgrr the “here” link sent me to a google sign in.

rawrgrr's avatar

@zen_ Oh well you need to have a Google or Youtube account to have it always choose a low quality setting when viewing videos. If you don’t have an account you’ll have to manually select a lower quality setting each time you want to view a video here.

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Thanks!

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