I have been catching up on pod casts (as there is always a little gem in them) on my ipad. 139 played perfectly but both 138 and 140 wouldnt play properly when i clicked the links from this forum. They just stuttered. So i went to the support tab and clicked on the pod cast list and both played no problem. Returning to the forum and the links dont play properly again. The only think i noticed was that the link to 139 on the forum is in slightly different format. (Im on fibre with download speed of approx 30 gig so dont think its my wifi).
Fraser, I wanted to follow up with you on this.
There are a variety of factors that could contribute to the stuttering. I do not believe there's anything different about podcasts #138 and #140 that would make them play differently. As Tim pointed out, he is linking to the full uncompressed file, and the link on the podcasts page of the website is from Vimeo, which adds compression.
I ran a speed test and determined I was getting 45 mbps down on my iPad Pro, which should be more than enough, but I initially got a bit of stuttering, too. I paused the video for a a few seconds, hit play again, and then it was fine. I think it had to buffer a little bit.
Again, various factors could play into it. The video could get slowed down if our servers were momentarily under a heavy load, or if a download stream on a user's end becomes uneven temporarily, or even if an iPad is an older model.
On traditional computers, I can right-click on a video and choose to save it as a file and watch it after it's downloaded. That's often how I prefer to watch larger videos. However, I can't figure out a way to do that on the iPad--even to save it to Apple's video app, which would be nice.
Tim is right about the recent videos coming at a greater quality and associated file size. He and I have already talked about perhaps just using the Vimeo link in the forums. And If anyone preferred access to the original uncompressed file, Vimeo even allows those to be downloaded, too.