Philip Tagg’s
Video playback & download help


Φ stored on this site, mostly in *.webm format
HTML5 HTML5-embedded file (fewer buffering issues) stored on this site
Vimeo stored as a file on Vimeo. I no longer use YouTube (why not?)


Buffering hiccups occur when download speeds can’t keep up with playback. If you encounter such problems, try one or more of the following workarounds:

  1. Pause the video, let it download a bit more into the buffer, then press Play again.
  2. Clear your web browser’s cache and try again.
  3. Close down other apps and try again.
  4. Quit your internet browser, re-open it and try again.
  5. Use another internet browser.
  6. (Radical and reliable) — Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac) the relevant video link and select "Save link as..." This will download the entire video file to your device. If no ‘Download’ or ‘Save as’ option is available, use a browser add-on like Video Downloadhelper. Wait for the video to download, then play it without hiccups directly on your device. This solution may be a bit time-consuming but it's less frustrating than workarounds 1-5. It's also cheaper than option 7.
  7. Get a faster internet connection.


To hell with YouTube’s (Google’s) mindless, robotic, erratic, anti-democratic, unilateral imposition of copyright policies contravening both the US Federal Code (Copyright Law of the United States, 2011: §107, §118) and legal precedents of the ‘transformative factor’.