How To Play and Save Video Clip in Slower or Faster Speed?

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:

Windows Media Player - play speed

Step 1 – right-click in the playing area → Enhancements → Play speed settings.


Step 2 - move the slide left or right for slowing down or speeding up the play speed.

Step 2 – move the slide left or right for slowing down or speeding up the play speed.

And the same setting is also available in VLC Media Player as well, if you happen to use it.

Right click the playing area, playback, and go to speed.

In VLC Media Player, right click the playing area, playback, and go to speed.

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.

Change speed setting in Movie Maker

Change speed setting in Movie Maker

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.

Kent Chen

Microsoft MVP, IT Professional, Developer, Geek, and the co-founder of Next of Windows.

Last updated: 10/28/2014

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well you’ve explained very well about saving the changed speed of videos … but is there any way you could do that for audio files? like save it after the changed speeds setting ?

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