I know buffering is used, but it implies that the video is getting downloaded still, but what about a video that's already downloaded and keeps pausing for some reason. What adjective would you use to qualify such a video?

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    You can say the video doesn't play smoothly. I think "stutter" is also used sometimes. May 12, 2019 at 2:53

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You can use the adjective choppy.

Example of use in https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/play-video-smoothly-pc:

Watching choppy video playback is like sailing choppy waters: rough, frightening, and may lead to nausea.


You can use the adjective jerky. Example of use in this StackOverflow question:

The video plays but it's really jerky.

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