19 November 2017

Speed Up Training Videos

A lot of training materials these days are delivered through video. I don’t know about you, but I can read a lot faster than I can watch a video. Don’t you feel like you’re wasting my time watching training videos, no matter how valuable it is?

What if you missed a lecture and need to catch up?

A lot of videos are so slow paced that it’s easy to get bored and distracted, which adds to the problem and decreases your ability to absorb the information. Transcriptions often aren’t available. Accompanying notes often are incomplete.

So why not have the best of both worlds? Why not speed up the video?

Yesterday I had some training videos to watch that was supposed to take 45 minutes. I sped up Windows Media Player and got the same information, but it only took 30 minutes.

As a secondary benefit, it was a lot easier to concentrate on what was taught. The guy was now talking so fast I had to pay attention to keep up. Greater focus = better retention of information!

The beauty of a video is that if you miss a bit, just move the slider back to the start of that part and rewatch it. Easy.

For PC, if the video plays in Windows Media Player, just hit CTRL+SHIFT+G (while the video is playing) and it’ll speed it to about 1.5 times normal speed.

In Quicktime, hit CTRL+K then change the Playback Speed to whatever suits you. I prefer 1.5x because it balances speed and understandability.

Sorry, I don’t have a Mac (yet), so could someone please chip in with how to do this on a Mac?

This technique only works if you have downloaded the video. There are paid services that speed up streaming video, but I don’t see the value.

If the training center doesn’t have a link for you to download the video, just use the Grab++ function on Orbit Downloader (free – available here). That’s worked in all but a few cases for me. There’s always a way to download the video. As I see it – if you’ve paid for training, you should be allowed to download it to watch in your own time. Just make sure you don’t share those downloaded videos with anyone else.

Comments

  1. FABULOUS – i used to skip through lectures/training videos or multi-task while listening/watching – much better idea – focus and actually get everything you need without feeling like you’re wasting time or drifting off. Thanks for the info on how to do it! Another awesome idea – thanks! 🙂

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