Is there a way to move frame by frame in a YouTube video?

I don't want to download the video.

I know that Ctrl+1, Ctrl+2, etc. can jump to sections in a video. That's cool, but I would like more navigation options.

  • Do you need to do this for many videos or just a single video? If one, just download the file and use VLC/QuickTime to play the .flv or .m4v. – Jared Updike Sep 7 '10 at 16:39
  • That looks like my only option so far. It would be nice if worked in the browser, though. – snitzr Sep 7 '10 at 19:11
  • I recall the earliest video players offered this feature. Why every video player doesn't natively offer this feature is beyond me, but this definitely is a peeve of mine. – Michael Feb 6 '15 at 18:11
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Pause the video. Press . to go one frame forward. , to go one frame back. I use these whenever I use others’ animated videos as references.

  • Using Chrome with the Youtube HTML5 player, these actually change the "speed" of the video : - "dot" increases the video speed (x2, x4) - "comma" decreases it (/2, /4, etc.) – John Jul 24 '16 at 15:11
  • In safari, using the html5 player this behaves exactly as described. – Mystic Oct 12 '16 at 23:36
  • @John Not for me , I use HTML5 also, in Chrome also as you, and they do what this answer says. – Santropedro Jan 6 at 0:54

There's a Web App and a Google Chrome Extension which allow you to move frame by frame through a YouTube video:

You can do this using the YouTube enhance userscript;

http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/33042

Media Controller :

☯ Step back: Go backward to the nearest video keyframe and pause.

☯ Step forward: Go to the next frame and pause.

Hope this helps.

  • I'm getting a Server Error at the moment for that link. – snitzr Sep 16 '10 at 19:40
  • It was down but seems to be working again now. – Whitingx Sep 20 '10 at 9:02

Your right and left arrow keys will step forwards and backwards.

Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GRsRiu2zSA

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    not one frame. in my browser, right arrow steps forward 5 seconds. – Michael Feb 6 '15 at 18:11

Scroll Frame does this. Simple UI buttons, or mouse scroll.

  • This is considered a oneliner. Add more info to your post as the link may get broken in time. – Jacob Jan Tuinstra Apr 27 '14 at 7:04

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