Please add fast-speed playback option

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I would like to see screencast.com add 1.5 or 2x playback feature. I mentioned this to customer support and they suggested I put a post here, I assume to see if others agree. The reason I want this capability is because my videos are used in flipped classrooms.

Flipped classrooms are based on the idea that students get "the lecture" at home and work on problems/cases in class with the benefit of immediate help from peers and faculty. The current rage is for these at-home lectures to be delivered via videos. One of the commonly understood benefits of this approach is slower learners get to re-watch any parts of videos for which they need time to absorb the material. But there is another benefit that no one is discussing, namely that faster learners can get through parts of the material faster than the typical video is paced (the typical video is aimed at average students new to the concepts). This is especially true for the upper level classes where some students have had electives covering material such that part of what they are learning is material they have already seen elsewhere. These students do need a refresher, but they do not want to slog through the to-their-minds slow video presentation.

I tried all sorts of videos. What I found was the better students were watching the videos at 1.5x or 2x speed, they LOVED that ability, and were clearly frustrated when some of the video payback options did not have that capability. Here's the thing. Flipped classrooms do serve the slower learners very well, but to get funding for the technical demands of flipping (and professor buy-in), they will also have to serve the upper tier of students. To serve this tier the videos must be watchable at faster than real-time speeds. I really like Screencast.com for video storage, but without this feature, I cannot recommend it to other faculty.

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Lynn

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UPDATE: Screencast.com now has variable speed playback when viewing mp4 content with a fully HTML 5 Video complient browser.

You'll want to upload a new mp4. Content previously uploaded with Camtasia Studio 8 and Camtasia for Mac 2.1+, should automatically get the new variable speed playback. Other, previously uploaded mp4's, will use the old player. But new uploads of mp4's will use the updated html 5 player with the variable speed playback.

One thing we are struggling with is that IE 9 & 10 are partially HTML 5 Video compliant. There are some core video features (full screen) that will not work when using HTML 5 and thus we will be adjusting Screencast.com to use Flash for video when viewed with IE 9 & 10. Upgrading to IE 11, or using Firefox, Chrome, or Safari, will allow HTML 5 to function fully. This means that in the near future, IE 9 & 10 will not have the variable speed playback due to lack of support. It is unfortunately the case that the older technology just doesn't have the robustness to support this new feature.

Other than that, watching content in high speed has been fantastic, I hope you enjoy it as much as we have!