PRODUCTIVITY HACK – How To Speed Up Video Playback

Want to speed up video playback? You know I am a big fan of video and the impact it is having on sales and marketing. It is everywhere. Much of what I am learning now is coming from video training. Watching these videos can consume a lot of time whether during your business day or in off hours.

Speed up Video


I have found a way to cut that time commitment down by a multiple of two or more with a tool that is FREE if you are using Chrome browser.

Video Speed Controller is a free extension you can add to your Mac or PC Chrome browser menu that allows you to speed up or slow down the playback speed of any HTML5 based video (which is most of them these days).

It will help you optimize your video viewing by allowing you to make quick playback speed adjustments, as well as rewind the video to hear the last few seconds one more time. We don’t read at a constant speed, and we talk much slower than we read – there is no reason why we have to listen at a constant speed and at a (very) slow rate.

Once the extension is installed simply navigate to any page that offers HTML5 video, and you’ll see a speed indicator in top left corner of the video player. Hover over the indicator to reveal the controls to accelerate, slowdown, or rewind the video (10 seconds + lowers playback speed). Or, even better, use your keyboard:

  • – S – decrease playback speed.
  • – D – increase playback speed.
  • – R – reset playback speed.
  • – Z – rewind video by 10 seconds.
  • – X – advance video by 10 seconds.
  • – V – show/hide controller.

If you prefer other shortcuts, want to change the increment value, or want the player to remember your playback speed in the future, head into the settings page and customize it to your heart’s content.

I have found that I can still comfortably understand and follow most videos while playing them at double speed. Adjust your video playback viewing to match your environment and pace.

Grab Video Speed Controller and save yourself some time. That one hour training video is now only 30 minutes.