I’ve been asked the other day by a colleague how to play a video clip in slow motion and if it’s possible to save the slow-motion version of it, because he got a copy of video that was extracted from a surveillance camera but was saved in a fast-forward mode.
And here is what I did, thought to just share with you in case you have the same need. The neat thing about this is that you don’t need a special tool to do this. Everything is built in Windows, or offered free by Microsoft.
to play video clip in slow or fast motion?
If you are using the default media player in Windows, which is Windows Media Player, here is what you can do:
And the same setting is also available in VLC Media Player as well, if you happen to use it.
To save the slowed or fasted video clip
You will need a tool that is more powerful than a media player. In this case, a free tool such as Microsoft’s Movie Maker will be good enough to fulfill the mission. It used to be a part of Live Essentials package but now you can download it separately without going through the whole package.
After you added the video clip into the program, go to Edit tab from the Ribbon bar. From there, you can change the speed from Speed dropdown box.
Once everything all set, go to File → Save Movie to output the movie that has playing speed changed, either slowed or fasted.
Here is a bonus tip, it also has a feature that can trim or split your original video clip to only output the portion of it, something similar to what we covered before.
That’s it. Hope it helps.
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