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When downloading a video file sometimes I want to check the quality of the file, or whether subtitles are present or not, before downloading the whole file. In a direct HTTP download, I could run the temporary file and check this. Is there any way I can instruct a torrent client to download X% of a file before the rest of the file?

PS: I use utorrent as a client, but if something is possible in another client, then that's also acceptable.

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That's what the sample files are for.. oh and stop using torrents the MPAA is watching you :P – Arctor Mar 26 '11 at 13:32
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i believe it's possible to set download priority to the start and end of a file in utorrent. in the advanced preferences:

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It helps, but it tries to download only 1 MB on each side, which is sometimes not enough for a preview. – apoorv020 Mar 27 '11 at 7:06

It depends on the client. Azureus/Vuze has a feature to prioritize downloading of first part of a file.

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