Changing the playback speed of Youtube videos

I generally like to watch lot of conference videos and lectures in youtube. Most of the time these videos are long (> 1 hour) and sometimes the speakers speak slowly. I wanted to see if there is a way by which I can increase the playback speed of the videos.

Luckily I stumbled upon the HTML5 experiment page of Youtube, which allow you to control the playback speed.

So, if you are interested in controlling the playback speed of youtube videos, then just go to youtube html5 experiment page and enable it. You should also be using one of the latest browsers for this feature to work. I think youtube is saving this setting per browser and not per user account.

Once you enable the experiment, there will be a small settings icon in your video player which will allow you to vary the playback speed.
Varying youtube playback speed
Hope this small tip is useful for you 🙂

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  • crond says:

    I will try this. But, will this enhance the sound too…? I am now, downloading the tutorials and watch in vlc for the sound alone.

  • To add more value to the comments section, I deperately want to suggest SnapTube and Tubemate that I’ve started using recently. They are wonderful little tools that help you download just about any video from YouTube and lot of other sources.
    Great for anyone who spends a lot of time on YouTube and wants to download some stuff for viewing offline.

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