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Post Posted July 15th, 2020, 1:15 pm

BBC News website videos stutter and stop even in a very small window. Other videos, YouTube for example, play fine up to 480p.

Is it caused by these videos being formatted in some dodgy BBC format? They have a reputation for failed IT projects https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-26963723
It always happens with Firefox, but I have just done a couple of checks with Chromium and it doesn't happen.

[EDIT] I've just noticed that this site is about to be archived, so I will have to find somewhere else to post this :(

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Post Posted July 15th, 2020, 9:23 pm

hmm the system specs may be a wee bit weak to play videos smoothly.

A old system I have (Linux+Vista dual boot) with a Intel Core 2 Duo E4400, 4 GB RAM, and a FX 5200 (yes I know junk card but I plan to put in a GTX 550ti and better PSU in it to make it a WinXP gaming system at some point) and in Linux it struggles to play html5 videos much of the times above 480p on places like Youtube and Twitch.

Also since you are using Linux make sure you are fully supporting HTML5 by having packages like FFmpeg installed for the codecs needed as it is normally not installed on Linux installs due to restrictions. Chrome basically cheats by coming with its own codecs.

There has been no recent notice or updates about the forums being archived anytime soon however this independent site is owned by a single person who is busy with work and life so who knows. Mozilla has had their own support forum for a while now https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/

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Post Posted July 16th, 2020, 9:55 am

James wrote:hmm the system specs may be a wee bit weak
It's fine on YouTube 480p and other things at whatever speed they use.
A old system...struggles to play html5..above 480p on places like Youtube...
It's not reliable with 720p so I only use 480p.
...make sure...FFmpeg installed
It is.
Chrome...coming with its own codecs.
It works fine on Chromium, which suggests that Firefox might need do the same.
There has been no recent notice or updates about the forums being archived anytime soon
I got that idea from here http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?f=38&t=3059877
https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/
I'll probably have to use that then.
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Post Posted July 19th, 2020, 9:30 am

(Didn't see any video in your link?)

No issue here, https://www.bbc.com/news/av/entertainme ... no-prodigy.
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Post Posted July 21st, 2020, 7:55 am

therube wrote:(Didn't see any video in your link?)

I didn't include one because it applies to all the videos I tried. Here is one anyway:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/technology-53432848/customised-3d-printed-masks-a-more-comfortable-fit


Surprisingly that one is alright for me too.
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Post Posted July 23rd, 2020, 6:11 am

On my end, no issue with that one either.
Win7, Intel HD4000 graphics (so nothing near state of the art).

Might try FF in Safe Mode.

Maybe a video driver change?
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Post Posted July 23rd, 2020, 10:28 am

therube wrote:Might try FF in Safe Mode.

I'm not sure what you mean by this. Are you suggesting that I use FF to play videos from the command line, instead of using a browser? That wouldn't be very convenient.
therube wrote:Maybe a video driver change?

I've used both the default Linux one and the NVIDIA one and it doesn't make any difference.
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Post Posted July 23rd, 2020, 10:31 am

ChrisOfBristol wrote:
therube wrote:Might try FF in Safe Mode.

I'm not sure what you mean by this.

Maybe try clicking the Safe Mode link?
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Post Posted August 3rd, 2020, 3:20 pm

therube wrote:Might try FF in Safe Mode.

Frank Lion wrote:Maybe try clicking the Safe Mode link?

Ah! I thought you were still talking about FFmpeg. Now you mention it I can see that you mean FireFox and it's a link, I'll try it.
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Post Posted August 3rd, 2020, 4:10 pm

ChrisOfBristol wrote:Ah! I thought you were still talking about FFmpeg. Now you mention it I can see that you mean FireFox and it's a link, I'll try it.

Some people (mostly newer and non Firefox users) use FF as the abbreviation even though Fx or fx has been the official abbreviation since it was name Firefox as of 0.8 Release. See the FAQ in Firefox 1.0 Release notes.

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Post Posted August 4th, 2020, 3:15 pm

James wrote:Some people (mostly newer and no Firefox users) use FF as the abbreviation.

I try to avoid abbreviations on forum posts. They risk the average user (like me) misunderstanding or feeling that the poster is showing off his technical knowledge. Either of those things would make me avoid such posts. When I'm making a post, if I'm going to use a long term several times I would put the term in full the first time followed by the abbreviation in brackets. I have never seen Fx used for Firefox and my first thought would be "some function of x" as it looks a bit like f(x) or perhaps "cinematographic effects". It looks like something only used by the cognoscenti.
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Post Posted August 5th, 2020, 12:25 am

ChrisOfBristol wrote:I try to avoid abbreviations on forum posts. They risk the average user (like me) misunderstanding or feeling that the poster is showing off his technical knowledge.

ChrisOfBristol wrote:BBC News ...
...Is it caused by these videos being formatted in some dodgy BBC format?
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Post Posted August 10th, 2020, 7:42 am

Frank Lion wrote:
ChrisOfBristol wrote:I try to avoid abbreviations on forum posts. They risk the average user (like me) misunderstanding or feeling that the poster is showing off his technical knowledge.

ChrisOfBristol wrote:BBC News ...
...Is it caused by these videos being formatted in some dodgy BBC format?

Lol! "BBC" is probably known worldwide, certainly where you come from. I don't think as many people would know that it means the "British Broadcasting Corporation".
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Post Posted August 10th, 2020, 7:57 am

Hah, according to Arthur Brown at a gig waaaaaaaaaaaaay back, where they were recording him, it means British Bastardizing Caroline (The radio station) :)
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