Our community is growing, and that means stories of all kinds are coming out lightning-quick: from experimental Staff Picks to educational walkthroughs, instructional videos to sports coverage, boundary-pushing narratives to slick how-tos. And we want to empower *every* creator to deliver the best experience possible to their viewers. That’s why we’re oh-so excited to debut our latest player customization feature: playback speed control.
With speed controls, Vimeo PRO and Business members can keep viewers even more engaged in their videos — whether audiences need to slow it down to follow a tutorial more closely, or speed it up to review important takeaways from a lecture as they do a second pass.
If you’re a PRO or Business member, you can enable speed controls for your embedded videos, and give viewers the power to choose from five different playback speeds: slow down the video to play at half the normal speed, or increase playback to 1.25 times, 1.5 times, or two times the normal speed. And don’t worry about warped sound: we optimized the audio pitch for all speeds to ensure viewers have an optimal viewing (and auditory) experience.
To enable speed controls, head over to an individual video’s embed settings (since this setting only applies to embedded videos!), and simply turn on “Playback speed” within the Video controls section. If you want to enable the setting across a group of videos, you can create an embed preset with speed control enabled, and apply that preset to the group of videos.
Once enabled, you and your viewers will see a sleek new settings gear in the playbar — but this won’t appear in the player if you haven’t enabled them. So regardless of what you choose for a particular video, the viewing experience is clean and uncluttered. And another important thing to note: we understand that many videos aren’t meant to play at a speed that creators didn’t intend. So, by default, the playback speed control is turned off.
Lastly, since we want to empower creators to experiment with their videos in interactive ways, or create custom web solutions around our player — these settings are available via the Player JS API, with the same level of control as the tools in the player and embed settings.
There are so many use cases for altering the speed of video playback, so we’re keeping track of all of them as we keep improving this feature. Let us know what you think, and if you have any speed control plans up your sleeve as we continue to mess with the space-time continuum together.