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Flash videos: video hangs at start, audio runs normally

  1. #1


    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
    Posts : 1,452
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center

    Flash videos: video hangs at start, audio runs normally


    Hi geeks.

    For sometime now, can't say exactly when it started, all Flash videos have a strange startup delay. Videos buffer fast, no complaints, audio starts immediately but the video hangs there up to 7 - 8 seconds showing the first frame and then after this delay, jumps forward to catch the audio and finally plays normally.

    I have difficulties to describe this, lets try with other words: I start for example a YouTube video. Audio of the video starts immediately, totally normally, but for the first 7 or 8 seconds the video only shows a still image of the first frame, totally frozen, then jumps to same time spot where audio currently is going and from that point I can watch videos normally. I lose nothing of the audio but visually I am not able to see those first seconds of the video.

    When finally both audio and video streams are normal and running, if I switch to / from full screen, the same happens again although the video is frozen only 2 to 4 seconds (audio runs normally), delay being not as long as when video is started.

    I have latest Flash installed, the laptop in question is the one told in my system specs. The issue is only when streaming Flash videos; disabling Flash for instance in IE11 and using HTML5 player instead, all videos (even YouTube) work as they should, both audio and video starting immediately.

    Any ideas and suggestions welcome.

    Kari

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  2. #2


    Adobe Flash just got updated to v14, did you update to it ?
    Did you try playing with Video hardware acceleration settings ?
    To check if it has something to do with your video card/drivers, download that flash video and play it locally.
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  3. #3


    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
    Posts : 1,452
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    I updated Flash just yesterday, no change.
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  4. #4


    Penn's Forest
    Posts : 216
    Win8.1 Pro | Win10TP Pro - boot to VHD


    Try deleting the Flash cache (CPL > Flash Player > Advanced > Browser and Data Settings)

    There's also the Global Settings Panel
    https://www.macromedia.com/support/d...s_manager.html

    The Global settings override the local settings.
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  5. #5


    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
    Posts : 1,452
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by Slartybart View Post
    Try deleting the Flash cache (CPL > Flash Player > Advanced > Browser and Data Settings)
    I will try that. Thanks for the tip.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 115
    win-7-8.1


    Hi Kari,
    I believe the best way to deal with flash in either 7 or 8 can't test this yet but is to leave flash disabled until you find you have to use flash,
    As you stated ie11 works with videos without flash
    So it could be you'll need to wait for Adobe to fix the issue or Googletube to fix the issue ?

    Most likely switching to software rendering in ie11 might help or switching off graphics acceleration in flash player,
    Alt+TO in ie11 Advanced. Check the top option,
    Cheers.
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  7. #7


    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
    Posts : 1,452
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
    As you stated ie11 works with videos without flash
    So it could be you'll need to wait for Adobe to fix the issue or Googletube to fix the issue ?


    I need Flash for one site, my favorite News site from my native Finland. For an ex-pat it's important to stay in touch with "home country", for me it means a Finnish PBS broadcaster and their News. For reasons unknown to me, this otherwise quite modern site still requires Flash, as can be seen in this screenshot:

    Click image for larger version
    (Message in Finnish but you can see it clearly.)
    Kari
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  8. #8


    Bay Area
    Posts : 21,841
    Windows 7 Home Premium x64


    Welcome to Eight Forums Mike

    Kari, Does this occur in all browsers? Perhaps try it in Safe Mode with Networking. If it works fine there, try a Clean Start and see if there is a conflict. A Guy
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  9. #9


    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
    Posts : 1,452
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    I have three browsers installed, IE11, Maxthon and Opera. Delay occurs in all brosers, also in Safe Mode although in Safe Mode it is not as long, lasting about two or three seconds.

    Clean start resulted nothing.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 115
    win-7-8.1


    Hi,
    If the site you posted the pic of is having the same delay post a direct link to it and the vid and I'll test in win-7 and ie10 to see if the same issue happens to me
    Cheers.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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