Streaming Video Playback Speed Controls – Two Innovative Methods
One of the coolest playback features for online video, especially academic video, is a player with the ability to speed up (or slow down) the playback speed of a streaming video. Way back in the early 2000’s there was a tool called Enounce that acted as a plugin to RealPlayer or Windows Media Player and would add a control slider to the player. Everything from half-speed to 5x playback, with no pitch change on the audio. It was very effective for watching lectures or news content – for much material, you can really absorb it much faster than it’s spoken. Turns out that Enounce is still available, and works pretty well, and they announced a version called MySpeed which supports embedded Flash video.
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