9 Video Speed Editors: How to Speed Up and Slow Down Video Playback

By Cecilia Hwung Updated: April 28, 2019
9 Ways to Adjust Video Playback Speed Online, in Speed Editor or Player Software

"Is there a way to speed up Khan Academy videos by 1.2X, 1.5X, or 2X without sacrificing quality?"

Adjust the playback speed of a video, so that it becomes handy for you to speed through a long clip full of fluff, or review a scene in slow motion. But what are the ways to change video speed? To speed up or slow down the whole video, some free online tools and almost all player software can give you a leg up. But to control the speed of only a range of your footage, use video speed editors.

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Click the following links to go to the different video speed changers:

Video Speed Editor - How to Speed Up Video Playback with VideoProc

Compared with extremely professional non-linear video editors like Adobe Premiere Pro CC, VideoProc is much easier for beginners to use to change minor settings like video speed. At least the straightforward user interface ensures that there are no complexities to puzzle over. Free get a .exe or .dmg setup file through the above download button, then you can use it on Windows or macOS after the installment.

Step 1: Load your video

Click into "Video", then load your local video or videos through "+ Video" button. Dragging and dropping works too.

Load Video in VideoProc

Step 2: Change video speed

Click "Option", switch to "Edit Video" and find "Audio & Video" in the lower part of the panel.

Edit Video in VideoProc

Drag the "Playback Speed" slider to the right to speed up video to up to 16x, or to the left to apply slow motion effect. "Force A/V Sync" works between 0.5x to 2x. Then "Done".

Change Video Speed

Step 3: Output video

Press button "RUN" to apply your video speed changes.

Video Speed Editor - Speed Up Video Playback in Adobe Premiere Pro

Step 1: Open Premiere Pro CC and create a new project through "File > New > Project" in the menu bar. Also Premiere Pro allows you to import files of Premiere Elements and After Effects.

Import Video to Premiere Pro

Step 2: Name the project, browse to specify the output location, and adjust settings like renderer, display format of video/audio, capture format, etc.

Create New Project

Step 3: Create a new sequence, drag your video to the Timeline panel, right click the video clip and find "Speed/Duration" option.

Speed Duration Option in Premiere Pro

Step 4: Input a number to manually change video playback speed. If the number is less than 100%, the video will be slowed down, while higher than 100, your video will be sped up. For example, 200% means the speed is changed to twice normal speed. Besides, you can speed up a video without changing during by clicking the gang button.

Speed up Video in Premiere Pro

Online Tools - How to Speed Up/Slow Down Video in Ezgif.com

Step 1: Go to ezgif.com, choose "Video to GIF", and then switch to "Video Speed"

Step 2: Click "Choose File" button to load a video from your local drive and press "Upload video!" Note that the max file size is limited to 100MB. Our test of uploading a 90 MB video keeps buffering but fails at last. So if you are trying to speed up a 4K video or a large file in 1080p, don't use online speed controller. For your information, a 38-second 4K clip is about 192 MB. 4K video editor >

Online Video Speed Editor Ezgif

Step 3: Input your desired speed multiplier number. It seems that any number is OK there, like 200. But if you check the "change speed for sound" box, an alert message "Audio multiplier must be between 0.5 to 2!" will pop up.

Change Video Speed Online Ezgif

Step 4: Push the button "Change video speed!" and that's it. Beware that changing video speed online in ezgif.com would degrade video. You will see a serious quality loss. And unfortunately, there are no settings to avoid that.

Quality Degrade after Change Speed

Online Tools - How to Speed Up/Slow Down Video in Kapwing

Step 1: Go to kapwing.com and click "Upload" to import your video clip. Note that Kapwing only supports videos in .mp4, .mov, .webm, .ogg and .mpeg file formats. If you are going to change the playback speed of a video in formats like MKV, WMV, AVI, ProRes, etc, use video speed editors or other player software.

Step 2: Change video speed. There are seven video speed options ranging from 0.25x to 4x. Then click "CREATE!"

Change Video Speed Kapwing

Step 3: Click "Download" button to save your video with speed settings. Note that there will be a watermark in all videos you processed in Kapwing. To remove watermark, $6 is required for one clip and $200 per year.

Kapwing Speed Up Video with Watermark

Player Software - How to Speed Up/Slow Down Video in VLC

Step 1: Click "Media" > "Open File" and then load your video to play. Note that VLC does not natively support HEVC. Download and install a H.265 codec pack may help you solve "VLC can't play HEVC video" error.

Step 2: Click "Playback" in the menu bar, move down to "Speed" and you can adjust video speed there. 4 options are available to choose: Faster (fine), Faster, Slower (fine), Slower.

VLC Edit Tutorial - How to Cut, Crop, Rotate Video in VLC >

Change Video Speed VLC

Player Software - How to Speed Up/Slow Down Video on Windows 10

Step 1: Open your video clip with "Movies & TV" app on Windows 10.

Step 2: Click the pencil button at the bottom and select "Create slow motion video". You can only slow down video in Windows 10 Photos, between "Slower" and "Super slow". As you can see, there is no "speed up" option.

More Hidden Video Editing Tips in Windows 10 Photos >

Slow Down Video Windows 10

Player Software - How to Speed Up/Slow Down Video in QuickTime

Step 1: Open video in QuickTime player and find "Show A/V Controls" under "Window" tab.

Step 2: In the Playback area, you can change video playback speed from 1/2x to 3x.

Speed up Video in QuickTime

Cecilia Hwung is the marketing manager of Digiarty Software and the editor-in-chief of VideoProc team. She pursues common progress with her team and expects to share more creative content and useful information to readers. She has strong interest in copywriting and rich experience in video editing tips.

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