This productivity tip can save you hundreds of hours per year if you watch a lot of online videos.
Would you like to be able to speed up YouTube and other online videos and presentations, without having the presenters sounds like chipmunks? Imagine being able to watch videos in half the time. What if you could control the playback speed of recorded teleseminars and other audio files? Or maybe you just want to be able to watch movies in less time.
If any of these things interest you, then check out MySpeed by Enounce. It allows you to change the playback speed for internet videos! So you can watch more video in less time.
I use it to save time when note taking and transcribing educational and training videos. Sometimes I slow down the recording if I’m taking detailed notes, but most times I speed up the recording to get to the important sections and then pause to write notes. And if you are watching videos with ads, now you can speed up the playback to zip through the annoying ads. It’s almost as good as Tivo, if you can imagine that.
Just add the MySpeed plug-in to your browser and a handy speed slider appears when you start a video. I’m typically able to watch videos at 1.5-2.0 speed and save tens of hours every month with this tool. Don’t just take my word for it. A 30 day trial version is available so you can try it risk free and see for yourself. And if you’re a student, you can get a 50% discount.
What if you listen to audio files and want to speed them up. Enounce only handles video files, but the maker of Enounce has a plug-in for RealPlayer and Media Player called 2xAV. It works just like Enounce and provides variable speed playback with natural sounding audio. It works for local files and also files streamed from the internet.
These 2 tools are saving me hours every week and allow me to be more efficient. Give them a try and increase your productivity.