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#1 MattV

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Posted 21 November 2007 - 11:46 AM

Whenever I find a video on the web that I deem worthy of wasting my time on, the first thing I do when it starts is check to see if it's a "Flash" video. If it is, I just stop it and move on, since I know that it's going to stop every 4 - 5 seconds, for a second or two. Since it seems that more and more of the video on the net today is in flash format, I don't watch a lot, anymore.

Anyone know what the problem might be? The system I'm using is:

HP Pavilion 7955 desktop

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If more info is needed, I'll be happy to oblige. As far as I know, all of my drivers are up-to-date, as well.

Almost forgot - Firefox is my primary browser, I have ZoneAlarm for a firewall, and my anti-virus is AVG.

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Posted 21 November 2007 - 06:38 PM

Do you have the latest version of Flash?

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Posted 22 November 2007 - 12:09 AM

Do you have the latest version of Flash?

Yep.

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Posted 22 November 2007 - 06:28 AM

Then you need to be more specific. Are you talking about Youtube or other viral video sites because they all use Flash. When Youtube first started a couple of years ago they did have serious problems and it wasn't robust enough. They just don't anymore and announced plans last week to improve the video quality to an even higher level. Post a link to a video you're having problems with. Maybe there's a problem with it. What's more likely is you're overreacting to an isolated incident. If you're going to watch videos on the internet, you're going to have to live with Flash.

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Posted 22 November 2007 - 09:10 AM

Then you need to be more specific. Are you talking about Youtube or other viral video sites because they all use Flash. When Youtube first started a couple of years ago they did have serious problems and it wasn't robust enough. They just don't anymore and announced plans last week to improve the video quality to an even higher level. Post a link to a video you're having problems with. Maybe there's a problem with it. What's more likely is you're overreacting to an isolated incident. If you're going to watch videos on the internet, you're going to have to live with Flash.

YouTube I don't have a problem with. As far as posting a link goes, I may look at a dozen or more different video clips a day - all different, on different sites. Mostly news clips and documentaries, while doing research. Not anything I'd watch over and over. So if I try to watch something and the problem is there, then cutting it off and looking somewhere else is about the only option?

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Posted 22 November 2007 - 11:18 AM

Then it might not be a problem with Flash. Many proprietary sites use something else. I watch videos sometimes on nascar.com and they use Windows Media. It's also possible that videos on an individual site may not be as robust as it needs to be. The problem may be with individual websites and not with Flash but who knows without specifics.

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Posted 22 November 2007 - 10:50 PM

I don't have any trouble if it's a .wmv file. The other day I wanted to watch a half-hour documentary on the Genesis myth. There was no way I could put up with four or five seconds worth of film and then a two second break throughout the whole thing. (Tried to find the same thing in .wmv format, but no luck.)

Guess I'll just keep doing what I've been doing; If I don't get what I need at one site, try another.

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Posted 22 November 2007 - 11:21 PM

Have you tried downloading the video, and playing it?
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Posted 23 November 2007 - 06:38 AM

He needs to be more specific because Flash is not the problem. The website posting the video is the problem meaning there is no solution other than contacting them and complaining. They may not even know that the video doesn't work properly. I would still like a link so I can know for sure.

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Posted 23 November 2007 - 06:45 AM

If you haven't already done this, I would try uninstalling and then reinstalling Flash.

To uninstall use the Adobe Flash Player uninstaller here.

Reboot, go here and reinstall.
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Posted 23 November 2007 - 07:55 AM

Have you tried downloading the video, and playing it?

How so you DL a flash video? Nothing I've tried works.

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Posted 23 November 2007 - 07:59 AM

He needs to be more specific because Flash is not the problem. The website posting the video is the problem meaning there is no solution other than contacting them and complaining. They may not even know that the video doesn't work properly. I would still like a link so I can know for sure.

Remember this?

As far as posting a link goes, I may look at a dozen or more different video clips a day - all different, on different sites. Mostly news clips and documentaries, while doing research. Not anything I'd watch over and over.



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Posted 23 November 2007 - 10:26 AM

How so you DL a flash video? Nothing I've tried works.

If you use Firefox, you can try the UnPlug extension.
They also have a couple of others, you can try.

This extension lets you save video, and audio, which is embedded on a webpage.
It scans web pages and tells you where media players are getting their data from, then displays it as a page of hyperlinks.
Click Save, name it, and pick a place to save it.
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Posted 23 November 2007 - 11:46 AM

Most of those video downloaders are designed to work with Youtube and other viral video sites. Generally they don't work on proprietary sites that have video clips embedded. I usually have to use URL Snooper for that.

Edited by frankp316, 23 November 2007 - 11:55 AM.


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Posted 23 November 2007 - 11:53 AM

He needs to be more specific because Flash is not the problem. The website posting the video is the problem meaning there is no solution other than contacting them and complaining. They may not even know that the video doesn't work properly. I would still like a link so I can know for sure.

Remember this?

As far as posting a link goes, I may look at a dozen or more different video clips a day - all different, on different sites. Mostly news clips and documentaries, while doing research. Not anything I'd watch over and over.



It doesn't matter. Maybe it's not important enough or it doesn't happen often enough to make any difference to you. In order to determine the correct answer to your concern, more specific info is required. It's very easy to blame Flash when the problem is more likely on the website in question meaning that nothing that you try will help.




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