Poor web video performance in Chrome? Here's how to fix itBy Shawn Knight
Chrome is one of the most popular web browsers in the world, installed on anywhere between 25 to 50 percent of all desktop machines depending on your web analytics firm of choice. Those statistics alone tell you that Google is doing something right with its browser although it's not perfect.
Many users - myself included - have reported issues at times when trying to watch high-resolution videos on YouTube and other sites. I assumed my modern (yet aging) computer was to blame but apparently that's not the case.
François Beaufort recently revealed that the Chromium team is hard at work on a solution to provide smoother video frame rendering for HTML5 videos. In fact, there's an early solution already available that anyone willing to use the experimental Chromium build can try right now.
Once you have the latest build, type "chrome://flags/#enable-new-video-renderer" into the browser's address bar and press enter. Then, simply restart Chrome and you should be good to go.
Of course, keep in mind that this tweak won't work miracles. If you're running an old AMD Athlon CPU with 1GB of RAM, you still won't be able to watch 4K YouTube content. Those with a more modern machine, however, should see improvements with 4K60, 4K and 1080p60 video clips around the web.
One final reminder and warning - you'll need the latest experimental build to try it. As such, it's entirely possible that there may be some oddball errors pop up from time to time due to its experimental nature.