How to Speed up or Slow Down Videos with YouTube Editor
YouTubers might be familiar with its hidden variable speed setting on the web. They can even speed up or slow down videos in YouTube app on mobile, as long as they click on the 3 dots setting at the top right corner of the video that is being played and choose the preferred Playback Speed to watch YouTube videos in either slow motion or fast motion. But this might fall short of expectations.
Why YouTube App Isn't the Best Option to Edit Video Playback Speed
1. Less playback speed options
YouTube's built-in speed option only offers to change the speed of YouTube video from 0.25x to 2x. Chances are pretty high if you want to speed up the playback of YouTube videos up to 4x or more, or watch a YouTube video at 1/8 speed.
2. YouTube speed setting missing or malfunctional
Users working with browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Safari and more might experience the YouTube setting for speed is not shown. Some users reported on Reddit the speed setting had a missing 0.75/1.75 option.
When you don't see the playback speed option on YouTube, make sure to opt your browser's default player to HTML5 mode. To fix the issue, go to https://www.youtube.com/html5 and opt in to the HTML5 player.
Note: The speed setting on YouTube has no effects on ads, just on the video itself. To remove the ads, you can also download YouTube videos for offline enjoyment and then speed up or slow down YouTube videos offline in post processing.
3. YouTube app playback speed not available
Playback speed controls on YouTube app are gone occasionally, and they are off the job when it comes to offline videos. Plus, minor lag is noticed when playing YouTube videos on Android at 1080p with 2x speeds. Some users suggest to have 1080p or higher original video uploads. Or the speed up option will likely be disabled.
4. No audio after the speed change
It is blamed YouTube plays video in slow motion with no audio in both Firefox and Chrome. This is caused by the audio drivers. Feasible way to fix the issue is to make sure to mute the volume, disable all audio drivers, enable the audio drivers and unmute the volume.
5. No speed controller for YouTube on Roku or other platforms
YouTube is unable to increase or decrease the video playback speed in Roku, Apple TV or other platforms. The solution is to access YouTube on your mobile device with a web browser instead of your app and cast the YouTube to Roku, in such a way to manipulate the video playback speed.
Since the YouTube's built-in video speed control is bound to so many restrictions and errors, it's wise to resort to third-party YouTube video processing software to deal with the task.
VideoProc is kind of one-click workaround that gives you full control over the speed of YouTube video playback, whether you want to watch YouTube videos in slow motion, slow a video to half speed, or double normal speed. The playback speed ranges from 0.1x minimally to 16x maximally.
Note: Prior to the workflow on how VideoProc speeds up or slows down YouTube videos with ease, you can download the videos (be it 4K UHD, 1080p, 720p or SD) from YouTube with VideoProc. Unlike YouTube app that lowers resolution to 360p by default and doesn't even have 1080p or 4K 2160p especially when you are on a cell network or even on Wi-Fi. VideoProc neither degrades quality nor relies on cell network or Wi-Fi during the process of YouTube video speed adjustment. Check the complete guide to download videos from YouTube >>
To adjust YouTube video playback speed on desktop while minimizing noise artifacts, follow the tutorial below.
Step 1: Free download VideoProc on Windows or Mac
Get the speed controller downloaded on your computer. It works with the latest Windows 10 and macOS Mojave.
Step 2: Load the YouTube video
After you've downloaded the YouTube video(s) on your computer, you can click Video button on the main interface to activate the video processing window. Click +Video button to load one or more YouTube videos you want to speed up or slow down in bulk. It is applicable to any YouTube video, be it an anime, show, music video, tutorial, or movie trailer.
Step 3: Enter into Playback Speed Change Panel
Go to the basic edit panel below the video information and click Rotate to enable Audio & Video window where the playback speed feature is located. Just move the slider bar to change the YouTube video speed to 0.1x, 0.25x, 0.5x, 1x, 2x, 4x, 8x, or 16x. Click Done when finished.
Additional Options: You can mute your audio, disable all audio tracks and even recalculate the timestamp to fix audio and video out of sync issue.
Step 4: Begin Changing YouTube Video Playback Speed
Click Browse button to choose the output folder for your video file and tap on RUN button to start editing YouTube video speed.
1. To speed up or slow down YouTube videos without re-encoding, make sure the YouTube video is encoded with the codec the same as original, say H.264.
2. You can still choose the Target Format at the bottom of the main interface, categorized in Popular, Video, Device, Music and Toolbox. VideoProc will do the whole video processing, from video editing, resizing, transcoding, downloading to recording, at a lightning fast speed.
3. VideoProc also provides you with many other editing features for YouTube videos, like deshaking, cutting, trimming, rotating, merging, and more.
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