Watch YouTube Faster
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:
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?
- 1.25x = 0.80 duration = 20% savings
- 1.5x = 0.67 duration = 33% savings
- 2x = 0.50 duration = 50% savings
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: