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How to Change a Video’s Playback Speed on Windows 10?

Aug 31, 2020• Proven solutions

Speeding up or slowing down a video’s playback speed is a simple task that doesn’t take more than a few moments of your time regardless of the version of the Windows OS you’re using. Besides the third-party video editing apps, you can also use Windows Media Player or the Photos App to change the playback speed on Windows 10. However, the actual steps you will need to take in order to adjust the speed at which your video is playing vary from one app to the other. So in this article, we are going to show you sever different ways of changing a video’s playback speed on Windows 10.

Part 1: How to Change a Video’s Playback Speed with Windows Media Player?

Windows Media Player is the default media player on Windows 10, that enables you to organize your video, audio and image files. All you have to do in order to alter a video’s playback speed is navigate to the file’s location in the Media Player’s library and open it in the Now Playing mode.

Afterward, right-click anywhere within the newly opened window and select the Play Speed Settings option from the Enchantments menu. The Play Speed Settings window will appear on the screen and you can just drag the slider to the right if you want to speed up the video or to the left, if you would like to slow it down.

In case the Snap Slider to Common Speeds option is enabled, Windows Media Player will move the slider to one of the available speeds automatically after you position it between two common playback speed values. Moreover, you can choose between Slow, Normal and Fast options, if you want to use the default video playback values. Keep in mind that you cannot increase or decrease a video’s playback speed by more than 8 times its original speed and that all the changes you make to this setting are going to affect the speech of the characters in the video. These settings do not affect the original video files, but rather change the speed at which a video is played in Windows Media Player.

Part 2: Changing a Video’s Playback Speed with Windows 10 Photos App

Besides organizing a large number of photos and videos, you can also use the Photos App on Windows 10 to edit your videos. Despite the fact that Photos App offers only basic video editing tools you can still use it to change the playback speed of video files.

Click on the New Video button, after you launch the Photos App and then select the New Video Project option from the drop-down menu. You should then import the video file into the project you created and click on the Speed icon that is located in the toolbar above the storyboard.

Simply drag the slider to the left or to the right in order to alter a video’s playback speed and then click on the play button to preview the results. If you like the results, you should click on the Finish Video icon, choose the resolution of the output video file and click on the Export button. The changes you make to the video’s playback speed will affect the source file, so you must be sure you want to make these changes before exporting the video from the Photos App.

Part 3: Using Filmora 9 to Change a Video’s Playback Speed on Windows 10

The Photos App or Windows Media Player offer only a limited range of options that allow you to adjust the playback speed of your video files. What’s more, changing the speed at which a video is played with either of these Windows 10 apps also affects the file’s audio track, since you can’t separate the video and audio tracks. That is why a video editing software like Filmora 9 is a much better option for all PC owners who want to have control over the playback speed of their video files.

There are two ways to change a video’s playback speed in Filmora 9. After you place a media asset onto the timeline, you should right-click on it and select the Detach Audio option from the menu. The audio file will appear on the audio track directly below the video file you added to the timeline. Right-click on the video file again, and choose the Speed and Duration option or use the Ctrl + R keyboard shortcut to bring up the Custom Speed window.

You can then drag the Speed slider to the left if you want to decrease a video’s playback speed or move the slider to the right if you want to make the video faster. Clicking on the Reverse Speed checkbox will enable you to play a video in reverse while inserting a new value into the Duration box will also affect the video’s playback speed.

Clicking on the Speed icon in Filmora 9’s toolbar that is located above the timeline will grant you access to preset speed values. The Slow submenu lets you decrease the video’s playback speed by 0.5x, 0.25x, 0.1x 0.05x or 0.01x of the video’s original speed. In the Fast submenu, you can increase the playback speed by up to a hundred times, although you should keep in mind that speeding up a video is going to reduce its duration.

Conclusion

Creating slow-motion or fast forward videos on Windows 10 is easy since even the Photos App allows its users to change the playback speed of their video files. The only downside is that changing the video’s speed with Windows Media Player or Photos App affects the video’s audio, which can make your videos unwatchable. Filmora 9 enables you to separate the video and audio tracks so that you can only adjust the playback speed of the video file. That’s why you will achieve much better results if you choose to adjust the playback speed of your videos in Filmora 9. Which method of changing the video’s playback speed on Windows 10 do you like to use the most? Leave a comment and let us know.

Liza Brown
Liza Brown is a writer and a lover of all things video.