VLC isn't very informative in it's 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 '13 at 8:48


  • Faster (fine): 1.1×

  • Faster: 1.5×

  • Slower (fine): 0.9×

  • Slower: 0.6×

Update: as of December 2017, neither "faster" or "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 are 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.

  • 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 '16 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. – Jos Aug 13 at 5:43

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