# What does the orange bouncing thing in the progress bar in VLC mean

vlc-media-player

The user guide does not cover the default GUI so I thought I'd ask here.

If I stream from an URL it seems quite clear that it has something to do with the buffer, but even when I play media that is on my HDD it's still there and moving around constantly: it moves from left to right, bounces a couple of times and then it goes the other way round.

animLoading->start();


without a matching

animLoading->stop();


which usually doesn't happen when the video is started, but it's on all the time bouncing for any subsequent videos in the playlist while they are playing.

to workaround this bug, I just commented out that start line (245) in

modules/gui/qt4/util/input_slider.cpp