Yesterday, a MacBook Pro (2019 model, Catalina) that I use suddenly stopped being able to play any videos, online or offline, even directly from Photos or anywhere else on the hard drive.
I did a bit of troubleshooting that didn’t uncover anything helpful, so I just restarted the computer and the issue went away. Unfortunately this morning it’s once again unable to play any video.
Online videos sort of freeze on the first frame, and after a while appear to progress for a few seconds, but then if I click the play button, the entire video suddenly rushes by in extreme fast forward. For videos on the hard drive, it’s just an immediate extreme fast forward.
Only partially helpful message displayed anywhere is on YouTube, where it’ll eventually say to restart my device if the video doesn’t play, but that’s obviously only a temporary fix.
I appreciate any info and advice.