WMP Time Saving Tip: Watch/Listen to Media at 1.4x Speed

Description

Ray Stephenson showed me a really cool feature in Windows Media Player (11) this morning that allows you to listen to, or watch, audio and video files at a faster than normal speed without affecting the pitch.

Why would you want to do that? I hear you ask

Well, for starters, it's great for work related videos or audio files (meeting recordings, internal company training videos etc.) that aren't exactly riveting entertainment but necessary to sit through as part of your job.

At 1.4x most peoples voices are still legible but any faster and it starts to become difficult to understand what's being said - even more so for people that speak quickly.

Although fun to muck around with for a few minutes you probably wont want to listen to your entertainment focused music and video files at anything other than "Normal" Smiley

To find the Play Speed Settings tab open Windows Media Player, click the drop down for "Now Playing" then "Enhancements" and select "Play Speed Settings".

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    39cents

    i listen to all my podcast this way also. ctrl+shift+g is my friend. works great with video as well. videos like on your site, the 1up show, onthespot... its become rather annoyin to watch divx or xvid codecs lately because i cant watch at that faster speed.

  • User profile image
    39cents

    i listen to all my podcast this way also. ctrl+shift+g is my friend. works great with video as well. videos like on your site, the 1up show, onthespot... its become rather annoyin to watch divx or xvid codecs lately because i cant watch at that faster speed.

  • User profile image
    39cents

    i listen to all my podcast this way also. ctrl+shift+g is my friend. works great with video as well. videos like on your site, the 1up show, onthespot... its become rather annoyin to watch divx or xvid codecs lately because i cant watch at that faster speed.

  • User profile image
    39cents

    i listen to all my podcast this way also. ctrl+shift+g is my friend. works great with video as well. videos like on your site, the 1up show, onthespot... its become rather annoyin to watch divx or xvid codecs lately because i cant watch at that faster speed.

  • User profile image
    39cents

    i listen to all my podcast this way also. ctrl+shift+g is my friend. works great with video as well. videos like on your site, the 1up show, onthespot... its become rather annoyin to watch divx or xvid codecs lately because i cant watch at that faster speed.

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    Massif

    Voices are legible now are they? I always thought legibility was to do with handwriting.

    This has been a feature of Media Player for years, and it comes in dead handy if you're trying to learn how to play the music you're listening to... Just slow it right down and play along.

  • User profile image
    Massif

    Voices are legible now are they? I always thought legibility was to do with handwriting.

    This has been a feature of Media Player for years, and it comes in dead handy if you're trying to learn how to play the music you're listening to... Just slow it right down and play along.

  • User profile image
    Massif

    Voices are legible now are they? I always thought legibility was to do with handwriting.

    This has been a feature of Media Player for years, and it comes in dead handy if you're trying to learn how to play the music you're listening to... Just slow it right down and play along.

  • User profile image
    Massif

    Voices are legible now are they? I always thought legibility was to do with handwriting.

    This has been a feature of Media Player for years, and it comes in dead handy if you're trying to learn how to play the music you're listening to... Just slow it right down and play along.

  • User profile image
    Massif

    Voices are legible now are they? I always thought legibility was to do with handwriting.

    This has been a feature of Media Player for years, and it comes in dead handy if you're trying to learn how to play the music you're listening to... Just slow it right down and play along.

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