How To Speed Up Or Slow Down Videos Using The VLC Media Player

VLC video playerToday I want to introduce you to the open source VLC Media Player that you can download to your computer and play multiple video file formats. Yes, it’s free and that’s the good part.

Chances are that if you double click one of your video files, your computer will select a player automatically to play the file. If you use a PC, most likely the player will be the Windows Media Player. If you are on a Mac, your player will probably be Quicktime. These players have limitations.

Why I like the VLC Player

I really like the special features of the VLC Player. My favorite feature is the ability to speed up or slow down a video.

This is an outstanding feature. I watch a ton of videos.

A lot of the videos I watch are seminar type videos that I have downloaded to my Mac.

I can load a video in the VLC Player and adjust the speed of the video and watch it in a lot less time or slow it down to try and absorb the material better.

The choice is up to you. It’s a real time saver to be able to speed a video up.

VLC Slow Down Video or speed it up if you need to.

The VLC Player works on Mac, Windows, Linux and Unix.

I can speed up a video 1.5 times and still comprehend the video and audio. Anything faster, and you will not be able to understand the audio. On some of my tests, the VLC player killed the audio completely when you speeded it up 8x faster but the video still played.

Should you download this free VLC Media Player? Absolutely.

The first thing you do is to launch the player by double-clicking it.
VLC Player Screenshot

Next, go to file at the top of your browser, click “open file” and select the file on your computer. The player will open the video file.

VLC Media Player Screenshot

From here, it’s very straightforward. Play your video. Adjust the speed the video plays, from the VLC Player menu at the top of your browser.

Happy viewing!

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3 Responses to How To Speed Up Or Slow Down Videos Using The VLC Media Player

  1. Harlan Yee says:

    Hi Steve,

    I was skeptical of VLC Player in the beginning but have grown to like it. It pretty much plays almost any video file with FLVs being the biggest feature of this player. I also use Adobe Media Player for FLVs as well which you wrote about in an earlier post. I’m glad Adobe Media Player came with my Adobe CS4 Production Premium bundle.

    By the way, thanks for the comment and subscribing to my newsletter on my site!


  2. Steve Sherron says:

    Hi Harlan. I don’t subscribe to many sites but I like what you do and you are now in my RSS feeds on Apple Mail so I can easily see when you publish. I found you by way of the niche site challenge.

  3. Jeff Charest says:

    Hi, thanks so much for this–the slow playback feature is so great for learning music by ear. Thanks too for the very useful, very simple youtube video capture tip! This was all very easy for a tech-challenged simpleton like myself.

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