Who said you needed to watch videos at normal speed? Speed up playback to slow through lectures or watch a slow TV series. These tips are for YouTube, Netflix, local videos, and anything else you can stream in Chrome.
Speed Up YouTube Videos
On YouTube, you can click the gear icon while watching a video and select the Speed option. You can choose a range of higher speeds up to 2x, which is twice the normal speed. You can even choose lower speeds.
Other online streaming services may have a similar option. Watch the player to see if you can find a speed control.
Accelerate Netflix and Other In-Browser Videos
Like many other online streaming services, Netflix does not provide a built-in playback speed option. For Netflix and similar services, you can use a browser extension called Video Speed Controller to add this feature to all websites with HTML5 video. We generally do not recommend installing many Chrome extensions, but they are perfect.
This extension adds a small window in the upper left corner of your video stream that lets you choose a new speed. Just move the mouse to the top left corner to display the panel.
Click the buttons + or – to scroll Speed up or down by 10%. You can also click the buttons << and >> to skip the video forwards and backwards. This feature is not offered by some in-browser players.
Open options for the extension: Right-click on the extension icon in the toolbar of your browser and select "Options" to find the hotkey settings. By default, you can press D to increase the speed and S to slow it down.
With this you can completely get rid of the floating window and just press a few buttons to speed up and slow down.
If you watch Netflix or any other service on your smartphone, tablet, Roku, or other streaming box, this browser extension will not work. There is no way to speed up video on these other platforms unless the service's app has an option to speed up video. You can always connect a PC or Mac to your TV to use this feature in your entertainment center.
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Speed local videos with VLC
When you watch downloaded video files or even listen to podcasts or even other types of audio files: The popular and popular VLC Media Player has playback speed options.
Open the video file in VLC and select Playback> Speed> Faster. You can also choose "Faster" to speed up the speed by a smaller increment.
Keyboard shortcuts may be more convenient. Press
] to increase the playback speed until you reach the desired speed. The
[ key decreases the speed and
= returns to the default playback speed. More information VLC Keyboard Shortcuts.
VLC provides many other real-time options for modifying a video during playback. See Tools> Effects and Filters on Windows or Window> Video Effects on Mac for a full toolbox of options for optimizing your videos. With VLC, you can change the contrast and brightness of the video, adjust its color, cut out certain sections of the video, and add various effects.
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Re-encoding the video files
There are also some other crazy things you can do. With HandBrake, you can copy DVDs to video files on your computer and then speed up your video files by modifying each video file for faster playback. Lifehacker has a guide to it.
However, we do not recommend doing this. The tips above will help you speed up video playback, so you do not usually need to change the videos permanently. Transcoding the video files also requires a lot of system resources.