How to Make Divx Streaming Movies Stop Buffering

The process of playing a Divx movie directly from the Internet is called streaming.

The Divx Player application is retrieving the video and audio information from the Web in real time as you watch a clip. When the movie begins to buffer, this means that you've tried to watch more of the clip than has been retrieved. The program pauses, or "buffers," to collect more information before the video clip continues. Getting the program to stop buffering allows you to watch a clip without any pauses or interruptions.

Watch videos in standard definition. Divx Player supports the streaming of both HD and SD movies over any Internet connection. However, if you're attempting to watch a high definition movie and find that the clip buffers every few seconds, your Internet connection isn't fast enough to support this quality. Select the "Quality" button in the main window and select either "480p" or "Standard Definition" (whichever is available) to watch a clip in standard definition.

Click "Pause" immediately after loading a video. Watch the "Status" bar in the main Divx Player window -- this bar will fill up as more of the clip becomes available. If you let the "Status" bar fill up completely before playing the clip it will never buffer during playback. This is because all of the video will have already been retrieved from the Web by the time you start watching it. Click "Play" when the bar fills up to play the video.

Shut down all other programs that require the use of the Internet. This includes Web browsers, games and other types of applications that are actively using your bandwidth. The more bandwidth the Divx Player has, the faster it will be able to retrieve the video you are trying to watch. The faster it retrieves the video, the less likely it will be to buffer the clip periodically. You can reopen these closed programs once the clip has finished.

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