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I experience this annoying effect and I don't understand if the problem is of the OS (OS X), the browser (Chrome), the Flash player, or YouTube itself. Everything is upgraded to the latest version, with the exception of OS X (10.6.8).

What happens is the following: when a movie is playing, the moving circle cursor indicating the position is always followed (or preceded, your choice) by a light grey area of buffering. I can freely move the cursor within this area by clicking in any position, and the movie will correctly go to that position, but if I try to click to an area that is still not buffered (dark grey), the cursor will move there for a brief interval and then immediately bounce back to the end of the available buffer (the end of the grey area). Occasionally, if I either drag the cursor instead of clicking, or if I pause the movie and then move the cursor, it will behave as I expect (starting the movie from the position I choose) but this is rare.

Am I the only one experiencing this? How can I fix it?

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I experience this too, but I didn't realize it was broken and in need of a fix -- I thought that if it's not buffered, it's not available. –  thursdaysgeek Mar 19 '13 at 20:19

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I experience this as well. My understanding of the way video works is data is sent in a stream to a holding buffer (which is where the term buffering comes from). The data that is in the holding buffer can be accessed, but data that has not yet arrived cannot be accessed. What doesn't make sense, though, is why you would be able to move past the buffered area if you drag the cursor instead of clicking. You shouldn't be able to access that area until it's buffered.

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yes but this is then a bug of youtube player. bug or feature, it's annoying. if I have a 40 minutes video and I want to move to the 35th minute, I just want to go there. –  Stefano Borini Mar 19 '13 at 20:16

Try using the YouTube HTML5 Player instead of Adobe Flash Player. You can enable the YouTube HTML5 Player here. The YouTube HTML5 Player will normally buffer the entire video including long (90+ minutes) videos. If you have a broadband internet connection, that entire video should load rather quickly.

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