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Is there a way to speed up YouTube playback?

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You'll need to switch to HTML5 YouTube player: http://www.youtube.com/html5

Then you'll see a "Normal" button next to the "360p" quality button that allows both faster and slower playback.

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+1 on using the HTML5 player. As long as your browser supports HTML5 fully the speed should increase, and also changing the quality will help a ton! –  Fogest Sep 19 '12 at 2:02
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Shameless self promotion

If you want to speed up YouTube playback on your iPhone or iPad, you can use Swift Player app to do so. It will let you change speed of video and audio from a lot of other sites as well.

http://tapparatus.com/swift

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jatEBbVPK7w

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Do you have any affiliation with this product? –  Al E. Sep 24 '12 at 18:23
    
Yes, I was frustrated enough not to find a good solution for this that I build it for myself. I've updated the description to clarify. –  dizy Sep 25 '12 at 3:18
    
The reason I ask: May I promote here? –  Al E. Sep 25 '12 at 12:42
    
Yea, your right, and I think I'm now complying by disclosing. –  dizy Sep 26 '12 at 21:44
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Even if you've switched to HTML5 YouTube player, the options for changing the playback speed may still be missing for some videos. I find VLC Media Player (v1.1 on-wards) the best for this job, even though there may be other approaches. Better than having to download the video.

Here are the steps:

  1. Go to File -> Open Network Stream menu option.
  2. Paste in the main YouTube video URL (Example URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ew_tdY0V4Zo).
  3. Hit the Play button. Change the video playback speed of the video using keyboard shortcuts [ to decrease or ] to increase speed.

Hope it helps.

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