How to Get Flawless Video Playback on a Computer with No Jitter Picture

By TrevorM

Update your video drivers to prevent jittery playback.
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There are many issues that can cause video playback to be jittery on a computer. Some of these problems may be hardware or software related, or even problems with the video itself. In some cases, the computer hardware is too old to run the video at its current quality, causing a jittery picture or distortion. However, with proper troubleshooting the problem is often solvable; and if not, it may be at least improvable.

Install the latest drivers for your video card. Click on the "Start" icon at the bottom left corner of the tool bar and then "My Computer." Next, right click anywhere within the "My Computer" window and select "Properties" from the drop-down menu. Click on the "Device Manager" tab on the left side of the "System Information Window." Click the "+" sign next to the "Display Adapters" icon and write down the name of your video card that appears in the drop-down. Next, go to the manufacturer's website and download the latest drivers for your operating system and install them. You may need to restart your computer after this step.

Install the latest version of the media player that you are using. If you are using Windows Media Player for example, go to Microsoft's website and download the latest version. After downloading the latest video player version, install the version.

Close any additional programs that are open that may take up memory. Press "Ctrl+Alt+Delete" to open your computer's "Task Manager." Look for any programs or processes that are running that are unnecessary. Click on any of these that you would like to close, and select the "End Task" button. This will free up memory and improve the quality of the video running. Next, open up the video in the recently downloaded video player and attempt to play the video. If the video is still jittery, you may want to try to download a different video player or watch the video in a lower quality setting. Most video players have a quality setting option where you can lower the resolution.