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Speed Up and Slow Down Your Music and Movies

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011 by | Filed Under: Multimedia

I’m on this new efficiency craze lately, and it has carried over to my time on the computer. Did you know that you can still comprehend information from audio and videos even when it is being played two times or even three times as fast? Lately, when I want to listen to a lecture or audio book, I download it and increase the playback speed. Using this little tip, I can watch a one hour lecture in only 20 minutes! If you’d like to utilize my trick, then keep on reading.

We’ve mentioned the VLC media player before here at WorldStart, because it is compatible with nearly every audio and video file type. But did you know that it also contains a super nifty playback speed control feature?

If you don’t already use VLC player, you will need to download it from their website. Simply select Download VLC and follow the on-screen instructions.

When VLC opens, you are greeted with the following interface.

To open a music or video file, go up to the menu Media, and click Open File.

For my demonstration, I’ll open up a copy of Steve Jobs’ commencement speech at Stanford University, which I saved from YouTube.  Once the file has begun to play, look in the bottom right corner of VLC player.

There is a status bar which indicates 1.00x. If you click it, a slider will appear which allows you to increase or decrease the speed of playback.  To reset the setting, simply click 1x.

Now I can absorb the same amount of information in much less time; awesome!

Keep in mind that VLC works with nearly any video file type, but also audio files. As I mentioned earlier, I frequently use this feature to breeze through my audiobooks in record time!

Sometimes I use VLC to slow down certain videos, for example, piano tutorials from YouTube. If I watch at a slower rate, I can follow along with the pianist in the video, and retain more information.

I’m sure you can think of a few reasons that you’d like to speed up or slow down your video and audio files, so get to it.  Finally, if you’d like to learn how to download YouTube videos to your computer like I did today, then check out this article.

Have fun!

~ Jay Neil Patel

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