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Windows Media Player 12 - Video Lagging as HD

  1. #1


    Carleton, Skipton
    Posts : 51
    Microsoft Windows 8.1 (x64 bit)

    Windows Media Player 12 - Video Lagging as HD


    Hello, my name is Benjamin123. I am having problems with my Windows Media Player 12 on my Windows 8.1 Enterprise PC, when I publish a video from my JVC Everio HD Camcorder (Model NO.: GZ-HM300SEK).
    Every time I click to play a video and when I skip the video along.. the image freezes for 2 seconds and it continues with a stutter. I am guessing that the PC doesn't handle a bit of HD specs (if I am right).

    Thank you for reading!

    Regards,
    ~Benjamin123

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  2. #2


    Carleton, Skipton
    Posts : 51
    Microsoft Windows 8.1 (x64 bit)


    Anyone reply to my thread?
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  3. #3


    Posts : 328
    Windows 8.1 (x64)


    You are probably right. But it might be a codec problem, try a different player like VideoLAN - Download official VLC media player for Windows. It can play most formats without installing any codec.

    You could also try changing the settings of the application recording your videos, try a different resolution, bitrate, etc...
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  4. #4


    Carleton, Skipton
    Posts : 51
    Microsoft Windows 8.1 (x64 bit)


    Any suggestions?
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  5. #5


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    You just got a very good suggestion try downloading VLC media player from the link that the gentleman posted.

    I understand what your system is doing however, regardless of how fast a system is or how much RAM is in there or how fast a CPU is, whenever you try to play an HD video at a resolution higher then 1080p, or at 1080p for that matter it will do exactly as you described.

    That is because Windows media player is overloaded with crap that uses up extra resources. VideoLAN on the other hand, is a lot more powerful player and it uses up a lot less resources and has overall a much smaller footprint on the computer than Windows media player has. So it can play videos without stalling as much. Note, "as much", because sometimes your hard drive has developed fragmentation despite your best efforts and maybe you are playing a video that is on your system drive. A good idea is to not save videos on your system drive, find another partition or use an external drive, The faster the interface the better.

    For starters set up a daily schedule or defragmentation using your disk optimizer in Windows 8. You will not see much improvement until about a week has gone by, by that time your free space fragmentation will be down to about 0.2 and your file fragmentation should be about zero. But it takes optimizing every night say between midnight and 6 o'clock in the morning allotting about six hours for defragmentation and/or optimizing. Windows 8.1 should detect if you have an SSD drive and it will do the appropriate optimization.
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  6. #6


    Carleton, Skipton
    Posts : 51
    Microsoft Windows 8.1 (x64 bit)


    My PC has already installed VLC Player a couple of months ago, but I don't like when videos have tiny stuttering on VLC player. So, I use WMP with the downloadable codec pack, but I have a seeking problem when I run my new HD video on WMP.
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  7. #7


    Carleton, Skipton
    Posts : 51
    Microsoft Windows 8.1 (x64 bit)


    It may cause a few crashing problems and lagginess!
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  8. #8


    Posts : 328
    Windows 8.1 (x64)


    You could try Media Player Classic - Home Cinema. It's a very lightweight media player, low on cpu/resource usage and with much more options than wmp 12, and better support for hardware acceleration which should help you (options > internal filters > video decoder > hardware decoder to use).

    I usually install it as part of CCCP - Combined Community Codec Pack, which includes a lot of codecs and open source media splitter, but it can be installed alone.
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  9. #9


    Carleton, Skipton
    Posts : 51
    Microsoft Windows 8.1 (x64 bit)


    I tried VLC, it freezes it!
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  10. #10


    Carleton, Skipton
    Posts : 51
    Microsoft Windows 8.1 (x64 bit)


    I have installed the Codec Pack, it still not make a difference. The seeking on the HD video is the issue (dragging the timeline bead along freezes the player up).
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