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How to Slow Down a YouTube Video Online and Offline

Author by Kevincy

Updated on Jan 26, 2024

When watching an interesting video on YouTube, in order not to miss important moment, most people usually expect to slow down the video to view the details if they elude our eye. But how to achieve this? Pretty easy, explore how to slow down a YouTube video in two methods below, so that you can easily enjoy it both online and offline.

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I still remember how I've learnt soccer skills on YouTube, I played and rewound the video back and forth dozens of times to see some feint and fake moves clearly. Of course, I'm sure quite a lot of people have done the same thing when watching fast-motion videos of magic tricks, game skills, sports highlights, dance moves, etc. in order to figure out how they are done. Now that you've opened this webpage, you are about to find the best solution. Here's how to slow down videos on YouTube.

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How to Watch YouTube Videos in Slow Motion on Computer?

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Actually, YouTube has offered an inconspicuous feature that allows you to play YouTube videos in slow motion, but it seems very few people have noticed that.

Step 1. Visit YouTube in your preferred browser:

Step 2. Find and play the video you want to slow down.

Step 3. Click on the Gear button on the bottom of the player and you'll see the "Playback speed" option. You're offered 8 different playback speed options for your need. The smaller the number, the slower the video plays. Also, you can press Custom for fine-tuning.

Note: If you didn't see the feature, please update your browser or open the following page to check whether your browser supports YouTube HTML5 player.

How to Play YouTube Videos in Slow Motion on Mobile Phone?

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Likewise, surely you can handle YouTube video slow motion on your mobile. Both iPhone and Android require similar steps, and I will take Android as example for demonstration below.

Step 1. Open the YouTube APP on your smartphone.

Step 2. Find the video that you want to slow down. Tap the video player, then tap the 3 points icon at the upper right corner.

Step 3. Tap Playback Speed and select 0.25x, 0.5x or 0.75x to play YouTube videos in slow motion.

How to Play YouTube Video in Slow Motion Offline?

The above method works for a small amount of videos, but if you have a heavy workload for YouTube video slow motion, it's better to slow down YouTube videos offline on your computer. For this purpose, you need to install 2 freeware below for preparation, and the whole procedure will be divided into two parts. Let's see how it works.

Part 1 - How to Save YouTube Videos in Local Drive?

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Step 1 - Open the Video Downloader

Launch Free HD Video Converter Factory, press "Downloader" on the main interface. Then click "New Download".

Step 2 - Paste and Analyze YouTube Video URL

Go to YouTube and copy the video URL that you want to slow down. Then paste and analyze it in the downloader.

Step 3 - Start Downloading the Video

Select your desired format and resolution and click "Ok" at the bottom. Lastly, hit the "Download All" button to save YouTube video locally.

This program is also a powerful HD video editor that offers some editing options. For example, you can cut video clips in the converter interface so you can watch the highlight part only, add subtitiles to video, compress video size, etc.

Part 2 - How to Play Downloaded Videos in Slow Motion with VLC Media Player

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Many free media players offer the feature that enables you to speed up or slow down video. If you have VLC Media Player installed on your computer, just follow the steps below.

Step 1. Run VLC and open the downloaded YouTube video you want to slow down.

Step 2. Go to the View menu and enable the "Status Bar" option. Then you'll see the playback speed adjust option at the bottom of VLC.

Step 3. Click on 1.00x and move the slider to the left for YouTube video slow down. Alternatively, you can press the shortcut key "-" to slower the playback speed, and press "[" for fine-tuning. You can even customize the hotkey as you wish: go to Tools > Preferences > Hotkeys.

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At last...

Now stop pausing, replaying and rewinding YouTube videos without a break, after reading this post, I'm sure you've figured out how to play YouTube videos in slow motion. You won't miss any detail no more. Wait! Don't forget to share this article with your friends, it would be a timely help.

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