You said that the mid quality MP4 is used for HTML5 and Flash videos. Is it possible to set the high quality by default? I see that it's possible to download the high quality, but why should a user download a video manually, when the media player can do it automatically (buffering)? It would be nice to see these options in the "Video Playback Preference" drop-down list.
1) Is it possible to set the preferred format of videos? I noticed that Flash (very often) provides better quality compared to other formats (on this web-site). So, for each video, I have to switch from the default format (which is Silverlight) to something that I like. It's very inconvenient.
2) Speaking of Silverlight, when I use this format, the media player, for some reasons, doesn't hide the transport bar in the full screen mode. In the windowed mode it automatically hides after a couple of seconds. I thought that it's somehow related to Firefox (latest versions), but the same behavior I see in Internet Explorer (latest versions). Also, the same behavior I see on other PCs. This is bad, because often you can't see what a presenter is doing in the task bar. So, the question is: how to hide the transport bar in the full screen mode?
3) Speaking of different quality of different formats, why is it so? Very often HTML5 videos are useless when somebody is presenting the code.
I'm that unlucky Vladimir with the sound card problem.
"3000 words later..." These are important words , but, anyway, probably I had to write a summary.
Speaking of the problem, I guess I found a "solution". These professional external audio interfaces, in order to minimize the latency while you're playing a musical instrument (a guitar, in my case), are using ASIO, bypassing the Windows sound sub-system. And, since usually they connect to a PC by using USB, I started to search for a problem thinking about USB ports.
Later, I noticed that in power options (USB settings), there's something related to a possibility to suspend USB ports. Of course, while using external audio interfaces, we want to avoid any interrupts in the path of the signal. So, I disabled it, but it didn't help. Then, I started to try different USB ports, since as far as I know, there might be problems related to providing all needed power by USB ports to connected devices (depends on a motherboard or a power supply). And fortunately, I found a USB port that allows me to use the external audio interface without killing the on-board audio. So, each time before I'm going to use the external audio interface, I switch the power plan to the "High performance", and connect the external audio interface to that "good" USB port.
I guess a USB hub with its own power supply can also solve this problem, but in the case when we want to remove any unneeded stuff from the path of the signal, I don't think that this is the "ideal" solution.
Also, in my email, I mentioned that everything was fine on Windows 7, and this problem started to occur only when I switched to Windows 8.
Larry, I also was thinking to write an email directly to Line 6, but I wrote to "Microsoft", because I have the same hardware, the same software, the same software versions and the same drivers that I had on Windows 7. I guess it's obvious that something was changed in Windows 8.
And I had a question in my email that wasn't answered here: How to correctly reboot the sound sub-system? Imagine, for some reason (bad drivers, software; it doesn't actually matter) it stopped working. How can I bring it back (without rebooting the OS (Windows 8))?