Wednesday, September 28, 2011

How to Watch Youtube Videos Faster (2x speed)

If you are an avid watcher of lectures, teachings, and debates, then you know how time-consuming it is to watch them. At least when you listen to audio you can speed it up in your iPod or audio player. Maybe you avoid watching videos (especially on Youtube) because they just take too long to watch compared to listening to the same amount of content at a faster speed.

Well, here's a tip: you can watch Youtube videos at faster speeds. 1.5x speed and 2x speed! Yes, that means you can watch a 2-hour debate in 1 hour.

According to wikipedia, a comfortable rate of speech for an audiobook is 150-160 words per minute. However, many people can listen with full comprehension at 300 words per minute. So unless you have trouble processing material you may not be very familiar with, you may want to save yourself some time and listen at 1.5x or 2x with some material.

So here's how to watch youtube videos at a faster speed. Go to www.youtube.com/html5. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the link that says "Join the HTML5 trial." Once you have clicked that link, all videos you play in Youtube will not play with flash, but will play with HTML5. That will enable a speed setting on the video player control bar. Just click it to select your listening speed. Now you don't have to waste so much time on Youtube.

Why not try it out on the DrCraigVideos channel!

Enjoy.

26 comments :

Davitor said...

Or you can have contemplative prayer and gather 100x more information.
But thanks for the tip Brian.

elohimito said...

Awesome! Thanks!!

Brian Auten said...

Elohimito,
No probs. This was a real life-saver tip for me. I despised finding good content on youtube before because to check it out was such a time-eater. Now it's way better.

Anonymous said...

It won't let me change speed, it shows that I clicked it by having a dot next to it, but it won't change speed...any tips?

Brian Auten said...

I have noticed that some videos it does not give the option to play fast, for whatever reason. I think it's still kind of "beta".

H.G. said...

Only some videos have that option

Anonymous said...

sometimes the videos are played off from an Autoplay list, in that case, the 1.5x or 2.0x speed doesn't show up, you can remove the autoplay part from the URL and play with x.x speed, just an observation, but yes, many videos even without autoplay list option don't have the x.x speed option!

Anonymous said...

If you wanted to speed up video and audio playback on your iPhone and iPad, even directly from websites like YouTube, you should try Swift Player.

http://tapparatus.com/swift
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jatEBbVPK7w

Anonymous said...

Thankyou this is wonderful!! (Los Angeles, Ca)

gurmeet singh said...

no it does not work

Vamsi Krishna said...

it doesnot work but it buffers moretime

Vamsi Krishna said...

will it work on pc

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much!

Anonymous said...

For some reason it doesn't seem to be working when I'm in a playlist.

Anonymous said...

1.5x or 2.0x speed is very useful but not all the videos have this option... I think this is available only for newer videos. Is there another way to watch older videos at 2.0x speed ?

Hugo Rivera H. said...

Thanks a LOT IT WORKS!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you man,This is the best tip I've heard for years.

Anonymous said...

Thanks kindly!

Anonymous said...

Thanks

Anonymous said...

It's maddening when videos lack the increased speed setting, and that appears to be most videos. Also, not even sure the speed settings work in firefox. Might be worth it to try the player linked above. "Swift Player" ...Anyone have good luck with it?

Brian Auten said...

Swift Player is GREAT.

Yash Dave said...

Thanks man! You saved my many hours!

Anonymous said...

It doesn't come up for me

Anonymous said...

Excellent post! Thank you for the timesaver!

The Android Doctorr said...

Now I can prove WLC wrong in half the time!

Mike Bost said...

I use Firefox browser and had to download an add-on in addition to enabling HTML5 as described above. So far, I have been able to play ALL videos at a faster rate. Here's a link for the add-on:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/faster-video/?src=userprofile

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