There are a lot of Chrome extensions that stop videos from automatically playing when you visit their host pages, but the Stop Autoplay Chrome extension has a vital feature: It stops autoplay (keeps it in pause mode) but still buffers the video. For those of you with slow connections need not suffer through annoying YouTube playback while you wait for the entire video to load. Simply wait for the progress bar to fill up, and then hit play. Your video will be waiting for you.
Awesome! I am always in need of this. Many Many thanks to the creator.
This extension worked fantastically until recently, but now it just prevents video’s from buffering until you move the progress bar. Needs an update.