Watch YouTube Faster

January 2, 2015

It seems that YouTube supports faster (and slower) playback since mid-2014, on their new HTML5 player.

Just click the gear on the bottom-right, go to Speed and experiment:

what/where to click

Why is this a good idea? Because I find that watching at 1.5x doesn’t affect my understanding of the content. Of course, it depends on the video: how technical or difficult it is, how well edited it is, and the signal-to-noise ratio.

How much time does it save?

For a typical 1-hour conference presentation, at 1.5x, that’s 20 minutes of my life that I get back.

If you don’t want to click, like me, there’s a keyboard shortcut to decrease/increase the speed: < and >, respectively.

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