More YouTube Playback Speed Choices: How to Speed up or Slow Down YouTube Videos

By Eric Pascal. Updated: April 29, 2019
How to Play YouTube Videos in Slow Motion or Fast Motion

The demand for changing video playback speed is very common among YouTubers. And now the official YouTube is testing a way to let you custom your speed control in 0.05x increments. It's a great news if youjust want to speed up the boring part of the YouTube video to save time, or accelerate the overlong conversation without the need to sit through the entirety. There are times when they want a slower playback of the EURO Cup highlights without missing every single moment, or just need to slow down a party dance move so as to master it better. But how to speed up or slow down YouTube videos on earth? Check the tutorial below.

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VideoProc - an easy speed controller
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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.

 VideoProc Speed Controller

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.

VideoProc basic edit feature

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.

 how to speed up or slow down videos with VideoProc

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.

Tips:

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.

Related posts: How to speed up or slow down videos on iPhone >>

How to Speed up or Slow down YouTube Videos with Web Browser

YouTube web site offers some handy settings to speed up or slow down video playback on web browser, without the need of downloading any third-party speed changing tool. Here are the steps.

Step 1: Find and open the YouTube video you'd like to speed up or slow down on youtube.com.

Step 2: Play the YouTube video > go to Settings at the lower-right corner of the YouTube playback window.

Step 3: Click on Speed.

Step 4: Choose the playback speed set on the YouTube video: It covers 0.25x, 0.50x, 0.75x, 1x, 1.25x, 1.50x, 1.75x, 2x. Generally, 2X means you can play YouTube video twice as fast as the normal speed while 0.25x means you will play the video at quarter speed.

 how to speed up or slow down YouTube videos on windows, mac or linux

Note: when you don't see the speed setting, please enable HTML5 version of YouTube player.

Step 1: Copy and paste the url address into the address bar. https://www.youtube.com/html5

Step 2: Click on the button that says :Request the HTML5 player.

Step 3: Click the button that says Use the default player. It will replace the flash player in the most major browsers.

How to Change YouTube Playback Speed on iOS and Android

YouTube app on iOS and Android had undergone a series of changes on August 2017, one notable features being the ability to speed up or slow down any video on YouTube app itself. To play a YouTube video at different speeds on your iPhone iPad or Android, you can follow the steps below.

Step 1: Launch YouTube app on your mobile device.

Step 2: Find and play the YouTube video.

Step 3: Click the triple-dot menu at the upper right corner of the YouTube video.

Step 4: Tap Playback Speed option and select the speed at which you want the video to play. They give you a range of options from 0.25x to 2x speed, the same as those on browser.

 how to speed up or slow down YouTube videos on iPhone iPad and Android

Note: the video playback speed control feature is only available on YouTube for iOS v.12.33 or higher and Android version 5.0 or above.

Here is the complete guide to play YouTube video at a faster or slower speed >>

Is It Possible to Play YouTube Videos Slower/Faster without Changing Pitch

Many a user wants to change the speed of YouTube video playback without affecting the pitch. Practically, playing YouTube videos faster could end up with higher pitch that makes the sound like chipmunks, while playing them at a slower speed turns out lower pitch. YouTube claims to overcome the pitch problem with its time stretching.

Frankly, such pitch-corrected speed change is actually a fake concept. YouTube and even similar software just take shortcuts to speed change. The playback speed is limited to not too fast (maximally 2x speedup) or slow (minimally 0.25x slow down) in such a way to avoid terrible pitch change but just artifacts in the result, this is because generally 4x speedup will end up with super-chipmunk sound. So if you want less pitch change, just adjust your YouTube playback speed within 0.5x to 2x, which will bring about less chipmunks but a slightly quality degradation.

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Eric Pascal

Eric Pascal previously held a senior editor role at Digiarty, covering almost any technology to do with Apple, from reviews, complex troubleshooting tips, to software related. Eric's quite adept with photographing & post production subjects. His journey into the world began somewhere in 2012, aiming to help photographer get out of sticky situations. He's also a keen musician and sportsman.

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