Who said you had to watch videos at normal speed? Fast playback to get through slow lectures or binge-watch a slow TV series. These tips work with YouTube, Netflix, local videos and everything you can stream in Chrome.
Speed up YouTube videos
On YouTube, you can click on the gear icon while playing a video and select the "Speed" option. You can select a range of faster speeds up to 2x, which is twice the normal speed. You can also choose slower speeds.
Other online streaming services may have a similar option. Poke around the player to see if you can find a speed control.
Speed up Netflix and other in-browser videos
Netflix, like many other online streaming services, does not have a built-in playback speed option. For Netflix and similar services, you can use a browser extension called Video Speed Controller to add this functionality to any HTML5 video site. We usually recommend installing many Chrome extensions, but this one is a perfect fit.
This add-on adds a small window to the top left corner of your video stream that lets you choose a new speed. Just move the mouse to the upper left corner to display the panel.
Click the + or – buttons to show increase or decrease the speed by 10%. You can also click the << and >> buttons to jump forward and backward through the video, which is a feature that some browsers do not offer.
Open the Add-on Options – right-click the extension's icon on the toolbar of your browser and select "Options" – to find hotkey settings. By default, you can press D to increase the speed and S to slow it down.
With this you can get rid of the floating window altogether and press some keys to speed up and slow down.
If you look at Netflix or any other service on your smartphone, tablet, Roku or any other streaming field, this browser extension does not work. There is no way to speed up videos on these other platforms unless the service app has an option to speed up video clips that YouTube does. You can always connect a PC or Mac to your TV to take advantage of this feature at your entertainment center.
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Speed up local videos with VLC
If you watch downloaded video files – or even listen to podcasts or some other type of audio file – the popular and well-known VLC media player has playback speed options.
Open the video file in VLC and select Playback> Speed> Faster. You can also select "Faster (Fine)" to speed it up with a smaller increment.
Keyboard shortcuts may be more practical. Press
] to increase the playback speed until You reach the desired speed. The
key [ will decrease the speed and
= will return to the default playback speed. Read more VLC keyboard shortcuts.
VLC has many others real-time option to change a video when it is played. Under Tools> Effects and Filters in Windows or Window> Video Effects on a Mac, you'll find a whole toolbox of options for tweaking your videos. VLC allows you to change the video contrast and brightness, adjust its color, cut out certain parts of the video and add different effects.
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Coding the video files
There are some other crazy things you can do too. You can rip DVDs to video files on your computer with HandBrake and then speed up those video files, change the individual video files so they play faster. Lifehacker has a guide to this.
However, we do not recommend doing this. You can speed up videos when playing with the above tips, so there is usually no need to change the video permanently. It will take a lot of system resources to also encode the video files.