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Slow YouTube: How to Slow Down YouTube Videos

Have you ever wanted to learn something from a YouTube video, but found that the video is too fast? Is there any way to slow down a YouTube video? Well, there are different ways to slow down the playing speed during playback. In this article, we will show you how to slow down the YouTube videos with 3 ways: slow down the YouTube videos by changing playback video speed, use YouTube's Video Editor or Wondershare Filmora .

Part 1: How to Play YouTube Videos in Slow Motion

While, you can now change the speed of any YouTube videos easily and watch YouTube videos in slow motion in a few steps. Below is how to watch YouTube Videos in Slow Motion:

  • Open the video in YouTube
  • Click the Settings icon on the bottom right and then you will see Autoplay, Annotations, Speed, Subtitles, and Quality options. By default, the speed is set to Normal. Click Speed and open the speed change options.
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  • Choose the target video speed from 0.25, 0.5, 0.75 to slow down the play back speed of the video. You can also select 1.25, 1.5 or 2 to fast forward this YouTube video.
  • That’s it. You can now see the YouTube video is played back in a slower speed.


Besides, watching YouTube videos in slow motion, you can also make a slow motion video and upload to YouTube. In the following part, we will show you two ways of adding slow motion effects to YouTube videos.

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Besides, watching YouTube videos in slow motion, you can also make a slow motion video and upload to YouTube. In the following part, we will show you two ways of adding slow motion effects to YouTube videos.

Part 2: Add Slow Motion with Wondershare Filmora

Wondershare Filmora is an easy-to-use yet powerful video editing tool to which let beginners edit their videos in minutes. It includes every classic video editing functions including adjust playback speed, trim, crop, rotate, split as well as many special editing features like Jump Cut, Mosaic Blur and Tilt Shift. Now let's see how to add slow motion with this video editing software.

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Step 1. Download YouTube with free youtube downloader

First of all, you should know that this is not a method to slow down online YouTube video. You have to download YouTube videos to your hard drive first. Many free apps do the job. For example, Wondershare Free Youtube Downloader and Video DownloadHelper (Firefox Add-on).

Step 2. Add video files to the program

Now, you need to add the downloaded YouTube videos (usually in FLV format) to Filmora video editor. You can either click "Import" on the primary windows and select YouTube FLV video file from your computer, or simply drag and drop YouTube FLV file to the User's Album. Next, drag YouTube video from User's Album to Timeline for editing.

YouTube Slow Motion

Step 3. One click to add slow motion

On the Timeline, double click on the added YouTube video to open up the video editing panel. You will see the Speed option, and the speed number indicates fast or slow motion. Move the little triangle button to 0.5 and you get a slow down version of the YouTube video. Click Play button in the preview windows to have a look at the new YouTube video.

YouTube Slow Motion

With Filmora, you can also add the slow motion effects to some certain clips of the video footage. What you need to do is use the split feature to split the video first. Learn more details about How to Cut / Split / Trim Videos without Quality Loss

Step 4. Export YouTube video of slow motion

You could continue editing YouTube videos. When all done, click "Export" to save the result. You can save YouTube video in any popular formats on the computer by clicking "Format". If you want to play YouTube video on iPod, iPhone, iPad, click "Device" and select your device. You can also share the YouTube video up to YouTube, Facebook or Vimeo directly or burn YouTube video to DVD.


Related: How to Make Slow/Fast Motion Videos

Part 3: Add Slow Motion with YouTube Video Editor

Updated: From 20th September 2017 users will no longer be able to use the complimentary editing suite. Check the best YouTube video editor alternatives from this complete guide.

If you've ever been annoyed by the speed of your user-generated videos on YouTube, try out its own video editor. As YouTube has added a new "slow motion" tool to its YouTube Editor, it does pretty much exactly what it sounds like. Here is a simple guide on how to add slow motion with it.

Step 1: Get Access to YouTube Video Editor. You can either go directly to the URL, which is https://www.youtube.com/editor, or click "Upload">"Edit" to the Video Editor tab.

Step 2: Drag your video on the timeline and double click it. In the pop up window, you will see the "Slow Motion" option. Enable it and then select how slow you want the video to be. This applies the effect to the entire video that you've selected.

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If you just want to slow down parts of the video, go back to the main editing tab, clip it from the original video using the slicing tool and add the slow-motion effect to that clip only. You can then arrange the different clips you have in the editor to create your final video.

Step 3: Tick the option "Preview effects side-by-side" with original video and then you can see how the original video plays compared to the one you've slowed down. If you're happy with the result, hit "Done" to save the settings.


Above are the 3 ways that you can watch a YouTube video in slow motion. You can directly change the playback speed of the YouTube video, or download the YouTube video first and then slow down the speed of the YouTube video. No matter which way you prefer, we hope these information can help you watch the YouTube video in the speed you need.

Jan 04,2019 18:33 pm
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