How to Change the Buffer Settings in Silverlight

By David Casselbury

Microsoft Silverlight is used by websites and applications to deliver a media-rich streaming experience. Based on your PC’s internal hardware configuration and your available bandwidth speed, the quality of your streaming content is determined through Silverlight automatically. However, you can customize your buffering setting through the Stream Manager menu.

Accessing Stream Manager

To access the Stream Manager Menu in Windows 8, open a streaming video of your choice within Silverlight. Once the video has loaded, pause the playback. Press "Control-Alt-Shift-S" simultaneously and the Stream Manager menu will appear. (For Mac users, the key combination is "Control-Option-Shift-S.") The menu displays your current playback and buffer rate at the top, with the option to enter manual buffering rate with eight pre-selected options. Once you have chosen your preferred buffer rate, click the "Apply" button to confirm your change.

Manually Setting Buffer Rate

Manually adjusting your buffer rate can lead to two outcomes. A higher buffer rate means more of the video is downloaded into your cache, creating a higher-quality picture without many interruptions. The tradeoff for this performance is a longer initial load time and, depending on the amount of cache memory in your computer, possible slowdown in other programs you have running. If loading speed is your primary concern, or you do not have a large amount of cache storage, lower the buffer rate to create a shorter load time with a lower video quality.