With entire seasons of new and old shows available on Netflix and Hulu on any given day, binge-watching a season or two can often mean you’re entire day is shot. With a Chrome extension that speeds up and slows down HTML video, that no longer has to be the case.
After you install Video Speed Controller, you’ll find a series of shortcuts in the settings that allow you to adjust playback of any HTML video on the web, including Netflix, YouTube, and Hulu. On Hulu, the extension doesn’t appear to work during ads.
The default shortcuts are:
- D — Increase playback speed.
- R — Reset playback speed.
- S — Decrease playback speed.
- V — Show/hide controller.
- X — Advance video by 10 seconds.
- Z — Rewind video by 10 seconds.
You can adjust these to other keys of your choice if you want, as well as adjust your speed change step, or the rewind and advance video time from 10 seconds to any time interval of your choice.
You can also blacklist specific sites so that you don’t risk the extension affecting playback where you don’t want it to. (Although it won’t unless you hit one of the keyboard shortcuts.) The sites that are blacklisted by default are Instagram, Twitter, Vine, and Imgur.
What do you think of the extension? Is it better to speed through your favorite shows so you can spend time doing other things? Or should you just take the time to enjoy what you’re watching? Let us know in the comments.
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