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I listen to several podcasts when I’m traveling, exercising, or driving. One of the tricks I discovered (which I’m sure most of you know) to help me maximize my time is to listen to these audio programs at 1.5 to 2X normal speed. This trick allows me to cut in half the time it takes to listen to an entire program. So, I can listen to a 30-minute program in about 15 minutes.
You can now use the same trick with video by using a software program called Enounce MySpeed.
Why Change Video Playback Speed?
The average reader digests 200–250 words per minute, while the speed of most speech is just 100–125 words per minute. Because you can listen faster than people talk, tools that help you speed up the playback of audio and video help you minimize the amount of time spent listening while still retaining the information. You can also slow down the speed if you need to take notes or concentrate on the material.
Sometimes the tools I use become invisible to me — they are just part of my routine. Enounce MySpeed is one of those tools that I have used for many years to speed up video playback.
Once you install MySpeed on your computer, it will automatically detect when an online video is playing in a browser or on your desktop (using the premium version) and speed up that video’s playback. It is great for YouTube videos and webinar replays. As I mentioned, you can also slow the video down to keep up if you are taking notes or when you need more time to comprehend complex concepts, or just want to see what’s being displayed in more detail.
Once the video starts playing, the MySpeed slider panel displays and allows you to choose how fast or slow you want to playback the video. The audio is automatically processed so that it sounds close to normal — just quicker.
Enounce MySpeed Benefits
Enounce MySpeed allows you to:
- Speed up video up to 3 times faster with perfect clarity.
- Play Flash and HTML5 online videos.
- Plays video faster on most websites, including YouTube.
- Automatically processes audio distortion, or “chipmunking,” so the audio sounds normal.
This program works on most videos, including lectures, seminars, training, and speeches. When signing up for an online webinar, I usually wait for the replay to view the information in less time.
MySpeed works with most Flash & HTML5 videos in most common Internet browsers. MySpeed Premier (additional cost) will work with downloaded Flash and HTML5 files (FLV and MP4) using supported media players.
The company provides a seven-day free trial, so you can test it out to see if it works for you. MySpeed 5 will play web video and costs $30. MySpeed 5 Premier works with web video and downloaded off-line video content (FLV and MP4 files) and costs $100. Versions are available for both Windows and Mac platforms.
If you watch many videos, then this program is a real timesaver.
What other tools do you use to save time when listening to audio or watching a video?