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: http://www.youtube.com/html5
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!