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A Comprehensive Guide to Slow Motion YouTube Videos and How to Manage Them

Liza Brown
Liza Brown Originally published Dec 06, 23, updated Mar 27, 24

Everyone loves slow-mo scenes, dance videos, and content in related genres. Creativity is embedded in slow-motion videos to elevate your content. Not only do they refine the quality of your videos, but they also improve comprehension. YouTube is one of the well-known sources for gaining information. To understand a practical procedure, it offers a YouTube slow-motion option.

This option involves adjusting the playback speed of video for YouTube slo-mo. This article sheds light on how to slow down a YouTube video. There will be a detailed discussion on reducing YouTube video speed. In addition, we will introduce a high-performance video editor to perform this task. Keep reading this article to expand your creative horizons about slow YouTube videos.

In this article
  1. Part 1: How to Slow Down Videos in YouTube?
  2. Part 2: Other Features Offered by Wondershare Filmora
  3. Conclusion
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Part 1: How to Slow Down Videos in YouTube?

If you watch YouTube videos often, you must have been aware of the YouTube slow-down feature. The playback adjustment option on YouTube helps with that. By enabling that option, the whole YouTube video slows down. For adding slow-motion effects at specific durations, you can use Wondershare Filmora. In this part, we’ll explore both methods of slowing down a YouTube video:

Method 1. Direct Method

If you have the YouTube application, you can commence this action straight. If not, you can also open YouTube on your browser. Given below are the steps to play YouTube in slow motion:

Step 1

Once you play a YouTube video, navigate towards the bottom of this video. Afterward, click on the "Settings" option and select the "Playback speed" option.

access playback speed settings
Step 2

From the expansion menu, select a playback speed option as per preferences. You can select a speed between 0.75, 0.5, and 0.25. Afterward, play your video and see if the speed is right. This is the simplest method for YouTube video slow motion.

change speed on youtube directly

Method 2. Using Wondershare Filmora

In Wondershare Filmora, there are two methods to slow down YouTube videos. You can either use the Uniform Speed option or the Speed Ramping option. Moreover, you can add the Optical Flow effect to ensure a smooth, slow motion. In this section, we will first familiarize you with downloading a YouTube video. Here are the three major steps to create slow-motion in Filmora:

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Step 1Downloading a YouTube Video

YouTube doesn't allow users to download a YouTube video on their devices. Hence, you will need third-party support to do so. Many sites offer YouTube video download services. We are using the, and here are the steps for it:

1. Copy the YouTube Video Link

First, access the respective video that you want to download from YouTube. Locate the "Share" option at the bottom of this video and select it. Then click the "Copy" option to copy your video's link.

copy link of youtube video

2. Access the Site

After copying the video's link, access the site using your web browser. In the "Search or paste link here" box, paste the video link and click "Start." From the download options appearing at the bottom, select a suitable option. Click on the "Download" button adjacent to your option.

open and download youtube video

Step 2Slow Down YouTube Video in Filmora

Once you have downloaded the video on your device, it is time to slow down the YouTube video. Filmora offers a plain and simple method to slow down a video. Here is a step-by-step guide to help you create video slow-mo in Filmora:

1. Import the YouTube Video

Since Wondershare Filmora is a desktop tool, you must download it first. Initiate it and click the "New Project" option to reach its editing interface. Click on the "Import" option to import the video you downloaded. Afterward, bring this video to the timeline using the drag-and-drop technique.

import video to filmora

2. Access Uniform Speed

Select the video in the timeline and direct it toward the settings panel appearing on the right side. From the given tabs, go to the “Speed” tab and select “Uniform Speed.” Further, adjust the “Speed” slider or its value in the given box. This will slow down your video, and you can preview it to adjust further.

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Step 3Smoothing Out the YouTube Slow-Mo

Upon previewing the YouTube slo-mo, you might notice some roughness in it. For creating a smooth slow-mo, use the Optical Flow option. Here are the steps to enable this option in Filmora:

1. Enable the Optical Flow Option

Navigate toward the "AI Frame Interpolation" section. You can find it at the bottom of the Uniform Speed tab. Afterward, expand this section and select the "Optical Flow" option.

look out for ai frame interpolation

2. Render the YouTube Slow-Mo

Once you have enabled optical flow, direct it toward the timeline tool panel. Select the "Render Preview" option from there and see your video afterward. You'll have a professional-level slow YouTube slow-motion video.

change to optical flow and render

Part 2: Other Features Offered by Wondershare Filmora

Wondershare Filmora is a professional video editor that offers AI editing options. You can bring so much creativity to your videos with its effects and colors. It offers AI Chroma Key or AI Background Remover features to change backgrounds. Moreover, it runs on a timeline editing interface that helps with precise cut and trim.

You can slow down a video and increase its speed to save time. Wondershare Filmora is all about video editing, and there is no limit to its creativity. Let's dive into this section to learn about some of those AI features below:

1. AI Thumbnail Creator

When creating a YouTube video for your channel, thumbnails play an important role. Filmora allows you to generate creative thumbnails for your videos. Through the support of AI, it opts for the finest frame out of your video as a thumbnail. Afterward, it offers you built-in templates that fit many content categories.

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2. Speed Ramping

This function also allows you to slow down YouTube videos precisely. Using this feature, you can slow down specific parts of a video. It offers pre-designed speed options; however, you can also customize it. Montage, Hero moment, Bullet Time, Jumper, and other options exist as presets. Afterward, you can manipulate the frame speed option for a smooth outlook.

speed ramping filmora

3. Silence Detection

Silent pauses or loud breath noise in videos is often disturbing. Such elements decrease the audio and overall quality of a video clip or audio track. To avoid this, Filmora offers a Silence Detection feature backed by AI. It robotically spots the silent pauses, hums, and breaths in audio and eliminates them. This will save you from audience backlash and maintain content quality.

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4. Speech-to-Text  

This feature belongs in the text editing category of Wondershare Filmora. The STT tool of Filmora has many applications in the field of filmmaking. It uses AI technology and NLP systems to analyze speech and convert it to text. You can use this text to create captions and subtitles for YouTube videos. In addition, you can use this feature for text-based editing in Filmora or other tools.

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After reading this article, users have a comprehensive knowledge of YouTube slow motion. We discussed certain advantages of slowing down videos. The article also discussed how to slow down a YouTube video with precision. It was explained using a professional-grade video editor with a detailed guide. If you want to create a perfect YouTube slow-mo or slow down a specific part, use Filmora.

Liza Brown
Liza Brown Mar 27, 24
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