Screencast needs faster (e.g. variable) playback control to adjust video speed

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I use Screencast a lot for viewing lecture videos, and it would be great if there was an option to adjust playback speed faster to 1.5X or 2X regular speed; similar to what I can do when listening to audiobooks in iTunes. YouTube's new HTML5 beta player also has this variable playback control. I think this option would greatly enhance the utility of Screencast, and save your users lots of time.
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John Phillips

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Posted 7 years ago

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Dirk Frazier, Employee

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Hi John,
Thank you for the suggestion, This is a great idea and one I'd like to see us implement as well. I'll keep you posted on our progress.

Best regards,
Dirk Frazier
Product Manager
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Laura Iwrey

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I am recording with camtasia studio 8. Has there been any progress with this? I would really like my students to be able to speed up the videos when they are playing them (or slow them down if necessary).
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+1

This is a hugely important feature - can you let us know if this in the pipeline please?
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eam

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Any news on this please?
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Byeh

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A lack of this feature was a dealbreaker for us. We were trying to select
Camtasia or JWPlayer, and we ultimately decided not to choose Camtasia
as our content delivery because the Smart Player does not include
variable (1.5x, 1.2x, 0.8x, 2x) playback speeds.
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Any updates?  We are thinking of moving to another provider if this is not available on Screencast soon.
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Andy Bell

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I'm pleased to say that we are planning to add this functionality soon!
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eam

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Fantastic news Andy! Thank you for that.

Can you give us a hint as to whether we are talking about a timeframe of days, weeks or months please?
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Andy Bell

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I am unable to commit to a time frame. However, if things go to plan I don't believe you'll be disappointed by the wait. Unfortunately, things don't always go to plan...but we're doing our best and hope to have this functionality soon!

Worth noting, you will need an HTML 5 capable browser for this to work. This of course is the norm but if you are using an older browser I recommend updating.
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eam

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Well that would be fantastic, it's a huge issue for UX and engagement, especially in educational / instructional videos.  A big coup for Techsmith to bring this to market, and one up on the likes of Vimeo who don't seem to be listening to their customers.

Many thanks,

Eamonn
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eam

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PS

Can you update this thread as you get news please, so that we are among the first to find out about this key functionality?
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Official Response
UPDATE: Screencast.com now has variable speed playback when viewing mp4 content with a fully HTML 5 Video complient browser.

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!
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drjphilli

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This is great news - thank you; but how do I use/access the variable speed playback?  I have the latest versions of Chrome and IE (11), but I still don't see any button on the player to adjust speed.  Also, when I right-click on the play button or progress bar, I just see settings for Adobe Flash Player...

UPDATE:
Nevermind: someone at TechSupport helped me out - you have to re-upload your videos in order to trigger the new player.  I tested this successfully with one video; however, I have 150 lecture videos, so this will be a lengthy project!  As a work-around, I wish Screencast could internally "re-upload" my existing files from their server/my library. Or if we were able to move the files to another folder, and when we moved them, they were automatically converted/"uploaded again"...

By the way, Andy didn't mention this, but another great new feature of the HTML5 player, besides variable playback, is that it automatically creates a search function from the caption files on your video (this was possible before, but you had to select that option when producing the video in Camtasia, and it was a little clunky to use during playback).  The new search feature is lightning quick and smooth!
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Andy Bell

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Thanks drjphilli,

You're right, most of the mp4's on Screencast.com weren't using the SmartPlayer previously. And in order to trigger them to use the SmartPlayer, you would need to re-upload them.

There are some exceptions and work arounds to this, but in all honesty it gets tricky and unreliable quickly. We unfortunately weren't able to reliably make an easy button or automatic refresh of all the content to the new player.
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Laura Iwrey

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I am not able to fast forward or rewind my videos in chrome or firefox. I can fast forward/rewind using IE. I can change the speed in both but can't rewind or fast forward. Is this related to the upgrade? I don't recall having this trouble before.

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