Player speed controls are a way for all Vimeo users to give their viewers the ability to speed up or slow down the playback of video and audio on desktop and mobile browsers, regardless if they are watching on the Vimeo site or the embedded player.
In this article:
- Enable playback speed controls
- How to enable or disable speed controls on embedded videos
- How to access speed controls on a video
- Cards and contact form
- Mobile Web and Apps
Embed presets and speed controls
Speed controls are enabled for all videos by default unless you've applied a preset to your video.
If you have active embed presets enabled on your video(s), you will not see speed controls appear on those videos by default. Instead, if you want them, you'll need to enable them for each video individually.
If you update an existing embed preset to turn on speed controls, only new videos will have the option enabled. The exception to this is if you choose to apply it to all existing videos, which is an irreversible decision and will update the embed preset of all videos on your account, not just for videos that currently have that preset.
Additionally, if you sell your video on Vimeo on Demand, speed controls will only appear if you embed the video to an external site.
How to enable or disable speed controls on embedded videos
- To find the speed control setting, first open your video from the library.
- Tap the settings gear wheel on the panel to the right and then select Advanced settings.
- Open the Embed tab and toggle Speed controls under the Controls section.
How to access speed controls on a video
To open the speed control menu, tap on the gear icon in the lower right corner of the embedded player and then select Speed. Under the speed menu, you can select different values for playback speed:
0.5x- 0.5 times slower than normal speed
0.75x- 0.75 times slower than normal speed
Normal- Default Speed
1.25x- 1.25 times faster than normal speed
1.5x- 1.5 times faster than normal speed
2x- 2 times faster than normal speed
⚠️Note: Both video and audio will be adjusted for all speed preferences.
Speed can be adjusted at any time before and during playback. You can modify the playback speed by clicking the gear icon in the player or using the Vimeo Player API. Currently, keyboard shortcuts are not available.
Cards and contact form
If the speed of your video is modified, cards and the contact form will continue to play at their intended timestamp—displaying for the full duration of six seconds on desktop and until the next card is scheduled to appear on mobile.
Mobile Web and Apps
Currently, speed controls will appear in the Vimeo iOS app, but they will not appear in the Vimeo Android app.
The playback speed menu can be accessed in both iOS and Android mobile browsers.
You can adjust the playback speed at any time by tapping the gear icon in the player. However, if you are viewing in fullscreen mode on an iOS device, you'll need to exit the full-screen mode to adjust your speed during playback. Once your video is resumed in full-screen mode, the selected playback speed will be active.