How to watch YouTube in slow motion

Written by michael carroll
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How to watch YouTube in slow motion
Watch sports clips in slow motion with YouTube's HTML5 player. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Watching a YouTube video in slow motion can be amusing, but it can also be practical. You can watch high-speed skateboarding accidents in slow motion to get a better view of the action and can also slow down instructional videos to make it easier to keep up. Until recently, you had to pay for third-party software to watch YouTube videos in slow motion. Now, however, YouTube is offering an alternative to the Adobe Flash player it has always used, so you can slow down YouTube videos using the Internet Explorer browser or any browser compatible with HTML5 video.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Launch Internet Explorer from the Start Menu or desktop.

  2. 2

    Navigate to

  3. 3

    Scroll to the bottom of the page and click "Join the HTML5 Trial." The text above the link will change to read, "You are currently in the HTML5 trial."

  4. 4

    Navigate to a YouTube video. You will notice that the player controls appear slightly different than the older Flash player's. There is also a new button in the bottom right corner of the player: "Normal." Click it and choose "1/2 Speed" or "1/4 Speed" to play the video in slow motion.

Tips and warnings

  • Current versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera and Apple Safari are also compatible with the YouTube HTML5 player.

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