If you watch videos on YouTube regularly you may have noticed that some videos tend to buffer very slowly while others buffer faster. Sometimes, I come upon videos that won’t buffer at all no matter what I do. When this is happening, I always wonder if data is transferred from YouTube to my PC or not, as there is no visual indicator of it on the YouTube website.
While that won’t help getting the video to buffer at that point in time, it may provide me with clues why the video is not playing like it should, and why other videos play just fine on the site. If there is no traffic for instance, I could decide to reload the page to see if that resolves the issue, or clear the cache first and then reload, or bypass the cache. Well, you get the meaning.
Show Buffer Speed While Video Playing is a beta script that you can install in browsers like Firefox or Google Chrome to display buffering related information right on the video page. After you have installed the script in your browser of choice – Firefox users need to install an extension like Greasemonkey while Chrome users need to click on the install button and then drag and drop it in to the chrome://extensions/ page to install – you will notice a new row with information below the video title.
The values that you are see the following:
Please note that the buffering speed and video sizes are only displayed if the video is played using Flash Player. If you are playing HTML5 videos you won’t get any information at the time of writing.
While not essential, Show Buffer Speed While Video Playing can provide you with information you may find useful when watching videos on YouTube, especially if you sometimes encounter slow buffering or none at all.
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