(2022-08-16) How To Watch Torrents While They Are Still Downloading

Not sure how many people know this but it is possible to watch torrents of video files while they are not finished downloading. Before I found this out I waited for vids to download like a fool. This post will be a quick explanation on how to do this. I am using two programs to do this:

I'm going to use Big Buck Bunny, a free & open-source short animated film for this demonstration. This page has the .torrent file of it. Once you open the .torrent file, you'll see the torrent dialog. Check the "download in sequential order" and the "download first and last pieces first" options, and then click OK to begin the torrent download:

In case you forget to check those two options, you can right-click on the torrent, and check those two options right in the context menu:

These two options are also available in the torrent options:

Once you have those options checked, you can either right-click on the torrent and click "preview file" (shown earlier), or you can go to the folder your torrent is being downloaded to and just open the video file. And everything should work fine:

There are some small caveats to doing this that make it a little different from viewing videos on, say, YouTube or Netflix. First off, the video file has to be downloading quicker than you are watching it, otherwise you'll have to wait for it to buffer. If the estimated download time (ETA) is less than the length of the video, then you should be fine to watch the video. Secondly, you can't just scrub ahead/around to the parts that aren't downloaded yet and have them load instantly, you can only scrub around the earlier parts of the video that are downloaded.

That's how it works basically. Hope this helps you out. Enjoy watching video torrents on demand!

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