I am wondering if there is a way to control the speed on ANY video on YouTube without using a plugin.

  • If you could remove the two methods from your question and instead add them as a self-answer, that would be great. Remember to keep the question just a question, and with enough information for other people to answer it (i.e. don't add extra question information in the self-answers).
    – Bob
    Dec 29, 2013 at 20:18
  • @Bob thanks! I took your suggestions.
    – bcorso
    Dec 29, 2013 at 20:44
  • If you have a managed switch/router you can setup QOS and limit speeds from that IP address.
    – cybernard
    Dec 29, 2013 at 20:49

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Here are two methods (from this site), although neither are ideal:

Does not work for all videos!

Method 1: Go to http://www.youtube.com/html5 and request the HTML5 player.

Works for all videos but is a hassle.

Method 2: Copy the videoID and paste it after v= in the following link


Note: The videoID is the alphanumeric string after v= e.g., for youtube.com/watch?v=KxICWhyO7dI&feature=autoplay, it's KxICWhyO7dI.

  • I can't get method 2 to work. Did you try it with a video with adds (and in Chrome)? (they seem to be forced in Flash). Also... you might want to add how to slow the video down. It might not be apparent for everyone you need to click the gear icon. (i needed to look at your source-link to find it)
    – Rik
    Dec 29, 2013 at 21:28

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