YouTube is having lots of nice features about which people do not know usually. One of them is that you can change the playback speed of a video while watching it on YouTube. You can either watch the video in slow motion or make it faster to skip the unwanted portion like we do using the fast forward option in various video players.

To change the playback speed of a YouTube video, you need to use the HTML5 YouTube Player. So if you are still using the old and default Flash based video player then, go to the and click on the “Request the HTML5 Player” button. Once you are having the HTML5 YouTube Player, follow the instructions given below.

If you do not want to use the HTML5 YouTube Player then, you can use the VLC Player to watch a YouTube video in slow or fast motion following the give instructions below.

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HOW TO : Watch YouTube Video in Slow or Fast Motion

1. Click on the gear or setting icon on the YouTube video player while watching a video.

2. Now, click on the Speed option as shown in the pic.

HOW TO : Play YouTube Video in Slow or Fast Motion
3. From the list, select the speed on which you would like to play the video. To slow the speed of the YouTube video, select the 0.5 or 0.25 and to play the video faster, select 1.5 or 2 from the Speed menu.

4. To return back to the normal speed, just select the Normal option.

HOW TO : Watch YouTube Video in Slow or Fast Motion in VLC Player

1. Open the VLC player and press Ctrl+N together to open the Network Stream option.

2. Now, just copy and paste the URL of the YouTube video which you want to play on VLS player in the given Network dialog box.

3. Click on the Play button to play the YouTube video in VLC player.

4. Now, click on the Playback option at the top menu bar. From the dropdown menu, select the Playback Speed option. Now, just use the slider given to change the playback speed of the video from Normal to Faster or Slower.

The benefit of using the VLC Player is that it supports more playback speed options than the YouTube and you can watch a YouTube video up to four times faster playback speed.