Flash Video Skipping?

Posted on 2009-04-22
Last Modified: 2013-12-07
I notice that when playing a video in Flash (e.g. on a site such as, the video often sporadically pauses for a fraction of a second before continuing.

Sound is not affected.  It seems to happen on multiple sites that contain Flash video (not just one site).  This only seems to happen when playing videos with Flash (e.g. if I play DVDs with the VLC Player, no skipping occurs).

It is not because of a slow Internet connection because the video is loading faster than it is playing.

I am using the latest release version of Firefox.

Any ideas why this is happening and how to fix it?
Question by:Richard2000
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    Expert Comment

    Sounds like resource limiting somewhere.. Have you tried to play a flash video from your hard drive? Also, go into task manager and make sure nothing is hammering your processor.. Next, uninstall flash and reinstall it..

    Author Comment

    Thanks for your comment.

    >> Have you tried to play a flash video from your hard drive?

    Yes, I played a FLV file in the VLC Player and it seemed to play fine.

    >> Also, go into task manager and make sure nothing is hammering your processor.

    I did not spot anything unusual here.

    >> Next, uninstall flash and reinstall it.

    It did not seem to make any difference.

    The latency/skipping issue is still persisting.  Any ideas?

    Author Comment

    I'd like to add that I don't get any latency issues when playing a Flash video in Google Chrome.

    But I get the latency issue with Flash in Firefox - even when running Firefox in Safe Mode.

    Hopefully this will help troubleshoot the issue?

    Author Comment

    Similar symptoms are discussed here:

    However, I prefer not to go back to an older version, as the newer version probably fixes other issues.

    Any ideas?

    Accepted Solution

    I found that since upgrading to Firefox 3.5, this issue does not appear to occur.

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