While 6.5.4 is a definite improvement for me over 6.5.3, playback on my iPad, it is still not as good as it was pre 6.5.3
What I am now experiencing with my 15 MBytes/sec videos playing from my NAS is:
- Start playback
- After 6 seconds of buffering, playback begins (which is fine and expected)
- Video plays back for 7 seconds, video stops and buffers again (not good!)
- After 6 further seconds of buffering, playback begins again, and this time video plays to end.
Note, that the above is 100% repeatable on my setup.
So a definite improvement, as it doesn’t continually buffer all the way through the video anymore, but why the extra buffering at the start?
Please take a look at this data transfer graph from my NAS which I think explains this.
The graph shows again the transfer rate from my NAS during Infuse playback. Comparing to my previous graphs posted here, the difference is clear. For the first 30 seconds or so of playback, the data transfer rate is too low to playback the video without buffering, which then causes the extra buffering that I am seeing at the start.
Now please take a look at this graph:
So, this graph shows that my WI-FI speed from my NAS allows for a 40 MBytes/sec transfer to my Mac, and about 30MBytes/sec to my iPad.
This graph clearly shows that Infuse is not utilising all the WIFI bandwidth that is available.
This is also why the Streaming Cached “auto” mode doesn’t work for me, because Infuse is only using a small fraction of the WIFI bandwidth that is available, and never transfers data faster than the video bitrate. Why is this?
I hope this information helps diagnose this issue.