Watch Youtube Videos At A Faster Speed

Jun 22 2012

I’m currently going through the Udacity CS101 course. Much of the material I’ve already seen before in other languages but I don’t want to miss the Python specific information. Usually, in this situation, it feels like the video takes FOREVER to get through.

I’ve used VLC to watch downloaded videos at a faster speed (1.5x or 2.0x) but haven’t found anything that will do the same for streaming Youtube videos. Finally today I found it.

First, you have to opt-in to the HTML5 beta for Youtube. HTML5 gives you an alternative to Flash videos. It doesn’t work for all Youtube videos yet, but I haven’t run into any that it doesn’t work on. You can opt-in here:

After you’ve done that, the next video you load will have some extra options if the video supports it. Click on the gear and you should see some speed options to use. MUCH better!

HTML5 Youtube Settings
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3 responses so far

  • Sakoyo_11

    this speed option is great ! but i don’t know why it doesn’t appear in the settings side
    even if i enabled html5 on the latest version of firefox 🙁 !

  • lrduncan

    You know, after finding this and enabling it, I’m seeing that it’s hit or miss if I get the speed option. It’s been a while since I’ve uploaded a video so I don’t know if it has to do with the upload process or the video quality or what.

    If you aren’t seeing it at all, you might want to try Chrome. I know it works there at least part of the time.

  • Abr

     i think it has to do with the length of the video