Windows 10: Video playback stutter from local and streamed content

Discus and support Video playback stutter from local and streamed content in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; Hi all Is it actually possible to get completely smooth video playback on Windows 10? I have tried everything. Updated drivers, clean re-install,... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by woolen1, Mar 12, 2019.

  1. woolen1 Win User

    Video playback stutter from local and streamed content


    Hi all

    Is it actually possible to get completely smooth video playback on Windows 10?

    I have tried everything. Updated drivers, clean re-install, upgraded GPU from 970 to 1070.

    Out of desperation I then bought another i7 PC just to see if it was my hardware was at fault but that has the same problem.

    It seems crazy that my FireTV stick that weighing 1lb can play beautiful smooth HD video but my 25lb PC cannot!

    Any advice much appreciated! I really want a Windows 10 HTPC but can't bear watching video that stutters.

    :)
     
    woolen1, Mar 12, 2019
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  2. cpmusic Win User

    Video has a mild stutter, streaming and some local files


    Thank you for your reply and suggestions.

    I watched the Task Manager while playing two different streams, one each from starzplay.com and cbs.com. In both cases, resource usage was low, with IE CPU at 8-12% CPU, total CPU at 10-15%, and total RAM at 22%. (I had already disabled all startups and third-party services I don't need.)

    Then I uninstalled Avast, rebooted, and Defender started automatically (I checked), but videos still stutter. Resource usage is a tiny bit lower than with Avast, but only by 1-2%, if that much.

    EDIT: I just tested Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu. Netflix and Amazon both look better, but Hulu still stutters. It's most noticeable on slow pans and zooms. CPU and RAM use were about the same as before.
    What is especially puzzling is local video playback. MP4 files recorded at 720p/30 stutter at 3000 and 5000 Mbps. MP4 at SD at 1600 Mbps is rough but stutters less.

    But MP4 at 720p/50 and 1080p/30 are smooth, or at least smooth enough that I can't see any problems. So are MPEG-2 files (SD and HD) and MT2S (HD). Blu-rays and DVDs play smoothly.
     
    cpmusic, Mar 12, 2019
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  3. cpmusic Win User
    Video has a mild stutter, streaming and some local files


    Thanks for the suggestion. MPC-HC does a little better than VLC and WMP with MP4 files recorded before this problem started, but there's still some stutter.

    However, that doesn't help with streaming video. As noted, streams play smoothly on an old Blu-ray player, and the internet connection is not the problem. I get the same thing with IE11, Edge, and Chrome.
     
    cpmusic, Mar 12, 2019
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  4. Video playback stutter from local and streamed content

    Video has a mild stutter, streaming and some local files


    It sounds like a codec issue. Can you upload 1 of the problematic files somewhere for us to test?
     
    invincibler, Mar 12, 2019
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