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How to change the playback speed of a Youtube video (two methods).


Have you ever wanted to speed up or slow down the videos you watch in Youtube? Fortunately, this is really easy. I will show you a couple of ways to do this.
Option 1 - Built in Functionality
You can easily do this with functionality built into Youtube. To do this, simply click on the gears icon in the video you are watching, and choose speed. This will allow you to speed up or slow down the video you are watching.


If you do not see this option, you may not have HTML 5 enabled. Go to https://www.youtube.com/html5 to make sure you have this enabled.

Here is a great youtube video that goes into greater depth:


Option 2 - Use VLC media player.
If you want a bit more functionality and more precise playback speed changes, you can use VLC to watch your Youtube video.


To do this, you can either directly stream the Youtube video in VLC or save the file using VLC.
Just copy the Youtube video URL, then in VLC go to Media>Open Network Stream... or Media>Convert/Save... and paste your URL. Now you can either watch the video directly or save it to your computer.


Once your video is open in VLC, you can go to the menu (or right click) and go to Playback>Speed>Faster/Slower. Alternatively, you can use simple keyboard shortcut keys.
Press [ to decrease the speed.
Press ] to increase the speed.
Press = to return to the normal playback speed.

About McKay Christensen

After having lived in Oregon, Alaska, and China for the past 10 years doing landscape design and English teaching, I have returned to my home state of Utah and currently work for a growing tech company.

In my free time I enjoy working on my TutorialGeek.net website where I post tutorials and reviews (and anything else I think is geeky) and I also like to write songs for my Super English Kid Youtube channel.

My favorite things to do include anything with my wife and son. Hiking, camping, and photography (or anything else outdoors). Playing Ultimate Frisbee or Ping Pong. Listening to 60s, 70s, or 80s, music. 

Feel free to contact me using my contact page. I would love to hear from any of you!

2 comments:

  1. It would be great to adjust the speed of youtube videos - however, I am using the latest Firefox browser with HTML5 available - and in the Setting, instead of speed I am seeing Subtitles/CC. I tried activating the CC icon to the left of Settings, to see if that changed anything - but it did not.

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  2. Tried opening the network stream, but, a pop-up stating a list of "errors" with option to clear, or, close. Either closing it, or, clearing it and closing it did not produce the video being played, however. There was ONE proper image--I think, the movie promo pic--as showed appropriately. But, nothing more. It is, OFTEN, a problem with Youtube videos that the sound tracks are akin to the...Chipmonks, say? Thanks, and, God bless!

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