VLC isn't very informative in its playback speed designations.

Any idea as to which playback speed each adjective refers to?

  • If you show the Status Bar (View menu) you can find the play speed there. This will allow you to try each one and see what the effect is.
    – mwfearnley
    Dec 7, 2013 at 8:48

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  • Faster (fine): 1.1×
  • Faster: 1.5×
  • Slower (fine): 0.9×
  • Slower: 0.6×

Update: As of December 2017, neither "faster" nor "slower" seems to produce a fixed amount of change in speed (for example, if one presses "faster" five times, the sequence of speeds it goes through is 1.5x, 2x, 3x, 4x, 8x, 16x).


Pressing [ to slow down and ] to speed up displays ±0.1 the previous speed as large text in the top right.

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    In VLC 2.2.4 on Windows, I needed to choose View > Status Bar, and then I could see in the bottom right of the screen "1.80x" (or other number) as I used [ and ] to adjust playback speed. Thanks.
    – Ryan
    Dec 24, 2016 at 15:03
  • [ or ] must be used with some other keys. Is that so? Pressing just them while the video is running, doesn't change anything.
    – asn
    Aug 13, 2019 at 5:43
  • @AJ.S Works for me in VLC 2.2.2 under XFCE/Ubuntu Apr 6, 2020 at 21:14

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