Why, oh why do Flash video players not work properly? I mean, I'm on a reasonably powerful Mac Book Pro running the latest browsers and Flash plug-in and still YouTube videos are almost unwatchable (for reasons other than the content :). Can no one save us from the horror that is Flash video? Am I missing something somewhere that makes video smooth and watchable? The audio works just fine but the video breaks and jumps like crazy.

Its not a buffering issue, because no matter where I view it (home DLS, work T1) it still has the same performance. I have also fully buffered the videos before viewing them and even that didn't help things. Its also not a Mac problem as the same thing happens under Linux (no surprise) and Windows.

I realize that HTML 5 has a video tag built-in, but I don't think I can wait that long. :/