Slow down YouTube with YouTubeSlow
December 22, 2013 7:28 AM   Subscribe

YouTubeSlow is pretty straightforward to use: you can either enter a YouTube URL on the site, or add "slow" to the URL of any YouTube video (remove the "S" from HTTPS, too). Then you can watch speed painting at a slower speed, adjusting the playback speed with a slider. Sorry, the audio doesn't slow down. (Hat tip to Greg_Ace)
posted by filthy light thief (4 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
If you enter the youtube html5 beta (, you get the ability to slow down the video to half speed from the settings on the video itself (and it keeps the audio the same pitch, as well)... useful for learning fast musical passages. You can also speed up the video to 1.5x or 2x (useful for long lectures).
posted by sutt at 7:56 AM on December 22, 2013 [7 favorites]

sutt, thanks for sharing that!
posted by filthy light thief at 9:46 AM on December 22, 2013

You don't have to limit yourself to 1.5x and 2x. Run VLC, choose "Open network stream (Ctrl-N)", paste the youtube URL, and then you can adjust the playback rate using the [ and ] keys in fine increments of 0.1x, all while keeping the audio at the same pitch.
posted by Rhomboid at 11:45 PM on December 22, 2013 [2 favorites]

Rhomboid, super keen! I love VLC, and it's full of features I've never realized were there.
posted by filthy light thief at 7:21 AM on December 23, 2013

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