Want to Buffer YouTube Videos While on Pause? Try These Browser Add-Ons

Want  to Buffer YouTube Videos While on Pause?  Try These Browser Add-Ons


Awhile back, YouTube changed the way you experienced buffering with adaptive  bitrate streaming, where the player would decide what quality the video could  reasonably run without interruption.  Obviously, not all internet speeds  are created equal, and most of us would like to enjoy the best quality  possible.  The problem with the new streaming is that you can’t just pause  the video and let it buffer all the way to the end…the buffering occurs only  when the video is played.  So if you like 1080p, and you have a slow  connection, you probably have some issues playing those videos.  Luckily,  there are some browser add-ons that help with this.

Carla Marshall pointed me to this article, which touts an add-on known as  YouTube Center.  It’s available on pretty much all the browsers, as you can  see hereAs always, with add-ons, do all the  research you can on them before downloading.  YouTube Center does  a lot more than change the buffering settings, it centers the page, removes ads,  allows you to download videos, repeats videos, and tons more.

So I downloaded it on Mozilla to give it a test drive.  It does not  require a browser re-boot, which is cool.

If you’re interested specifically in being able to pause the video to allow  buffering time, here’s what you do:

Once you  download YouTube Center, a “gear” icon will show up next to your account  name on YouTube.  You’ll want to click the sub-tab “Player,” where you’ll  see these options:

youtube center settings

You want to deselect “Dash Playback.”  Now, when you  pause the video, the buffering will go all the way to the end, and you can just  wait it out if you’d prefer.  You may have to click on the video again, or  another video, to see it working.

Maybe you don’t like the way this one does its thing.  So there’s  another option called SmartVideo For  YouTube, which can be found on Mozilla, Chrome, Opera, and Safari.   Once downloaded, this add-on requires you to exit out of the browser and  re-load.  Here’s what it looks like:


SmartVideo only shows up when you hover the mouse over the player.  Once  visible, you’ll want to go to “Global Preferences.”  A menu will fill your  screen.  As you can see, you can control the videos on YouTube and  where they are embedded:

smartvideo settings

You’ll want to click the option that says “Ensure that videos are  buffered even if they are paused.”  It won’t happen right  away.  You’ll need to click on the video again to see this option working.

Whatever add-on you may use, this is a cool option to have for those who have  slow connections and don’t want to be at the mercy of YouTube’s default  buffering.

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