YouTube slows it down a little

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In a continuing effort to make desktop video editing software more pointless, YouTube’s added a new effect to its online video editing suite. Users can now slow down their footage to either 50%, 25%, or 12.5% of the original speed.

The slow-motion tool can be accessed in the video editor on YouTube, alongside the other effects on offer. Fittingly, it has a little tortoise on the button.


It works well enough for a free tool. It even slows down sound, though usually slow-mo footage is best accompanied by excited sportscaster slow-mo-replay commentary, or dramatic music. Don’t hope for miracles, though. The tool still has to compensate for frames that physically aren’t there, so there are still some artefacts when you look closely. So don’t chuck away your copy of Premiere Pro just yet.

Christo van Gemert

Christo van Gemert

Eleven years ago Christo started writing about technology for one of South Africa's (then) leading computer magazines. His first review? A Samsung LCD monitor. Hey, it was hot news, back then. Nowadays he gets more excited about photography, cars, game consoles, and faster internet connections. He's sort of an Apple fan, but will take any opportunity to remind you about his Windows-powered home theatre PC and desire to own a vanilla Android tablet.   Currently uses: Apple 13-inch Macbook Pro with Retina Display, Apple iPhone 5, Microsoft Laser Mouse 6000, Audiofly AF78 Earphones, Xbox 360, Nikon D50.