How to View Slow Motion in Windows Media Player

If you need assistance on how to view a video in slow motion in Windows Media Player. Below are step by step guidelines on how to decrease the playing speed of a video using windows media player.

Jun 08, 2020 • Filed to: Photo/Video/Audio Solutions • Proven solutions

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A user who need to play a video file in slow motion posted the question below in the Microsoft website forum:
“How can I reduce the playback speed in windows media player 12 to incorporate additional sound effects?”

Windows media player is a media player and media library application developed my Microsoft that is used for playing audio, video and viewing images files on computers that run of Microsoft windows operating system as well as windows based mobile devices. This is a legendary application that has been in the industry since the introduction of computer media. It is known for its clear visual and audio output, simplified user interface and its ease of use.

Part 1. How to view in slow motion using windows media player

Step 1: Activate your menu bar if it is not visible

Launch the windows media player application. If you are using windows operating system version 8 and above, press the alt key to display the menu. If you are using windows 7 and below the menu items are visible at the top of the screen.

windows media launch

Step 2: Open your video

From the menu, select file and click open. A dialog box as shown below will be displayed. Select your desired video and click the open button to play your video.

windows media open file

Step 3: Slowing down the playing speed

Repeat step one if you are using windows 8 and above. From the menu go to Play, select Play Speed and click on Slow to decrease the playing speed of your video as shown below.

windows media slow motion


Part 2. How to View Slow Motion in Windows Media Player Alternative - Quicktime Player

It is a media framework developed by Apple Inc. that is used to handle various forms of digital video, audio and images. QuickTime is currently available on Mac and windows operating systems though support for the windows version ceased in 2016. This is the default media player for video files on apple devices.

A user recently posted the following question in the apple website community forum:

“How can I use QuickTime to play slow motion movie playback?”

Basically, the user needed assistance on how to reduce the playback speed when using the QuickTime player. Below are step by step guidelines on how to view a video in slow motion using QuickTime player.

How to view in slow motion using QuickTime player

Step 1: Open your video file

Launch your QuickTime application. On the file menu, click open file. A dialog box will pop up as shown below. Select the file you wish to play in slow motion and click the open button.

quicktime select video file

Step 2: Playing in slow motion

From the menu bar, select Window and click on show A/V controls.

quicktime select playback speed

Once you click Show A/V controls, a dialog box titled A/V controls will pop up as shown below. Under the playback speed section, click on the respective pointers the decrease the video playback speed.

quicktime select playback speed


Bonus Tip. How to repair video sluggish or playing slowly

Recoverit video repair is an application owned by Wondershare that is used to repair corrupt, inaccessible and damaged videos. The various video formats supported by this application include MOV, MP4, MKV, M2TS, MTS, FLV, 3GP and AVI video formats. Cameras and video recorders like Canon, Sony, Go Pro, Olympus, Nikon, Fuji, Samsung, Panasonic, DJI, Parrot, Skydio among others use some of the video formats stated earlier. If one encounters an error after recording a video you can use the recoverit application to restore the contents of our recording. Size is not a limitation to this application. No matter how big a video is, this software is able to rectify any challenges that a video may have. To access this application, go to www.wondershare.com. This application is closed source meaning that you once you download it, you can only use it on a trial basis for 30 days being prompted to purchase it to continue using it.

There are two repair modes available:

1. Quick repair- this is used to repair video files that are not severely damaged. An issue that can be solved through a quick repair is a video glitch. This normally occurs when the visual output is not very clear which is caused by having a memory that is faulty or removing the storage device while recording a video.

2. Advance repair- it is used to repair severely corrupt video files by analyzing the data and technology used to create the video. Recoverit will break down the content of video minute by minute to determine the faulty points of the video file. Once all the faults have been identified, the software will reconstruct the damaged sections by understanding the underlying technology to figure out how to restore the original contents of the video.

How to repair your corrupt/frozen/destroyed video

Step 1: Launch and select files

Launch the application. Select the files you want to repair as shown below. Once you have selected the required files, click the open button.

add videos

Step 2 The repair process

Once you have selected the files that you wish to repair, click on the repair button. The repair process commences immediately as shown below. Take note of the oval shapes. They have been added to show the progress of repair process.

scan videos

Once the process is done, a dialog box will pop upto confirm that the repair process was done.

Step 3: Preview the repaired videos

Once you have retrieved the newly repaired videos, its important to assess their quality and gauge whether you are satisfied with their quality.

preview videos

The above output confirms that the repair process was successful.

Step 4: Advanced repair

If the above steps of repairing fail, you can choose to proceed to advanced repair. As previously stated, the application will attempt to reconstruct the contents of the video by breaking it down and understanding the technology used to repair the video.

advance repair

The above dialog box shows that a quick repair failed to recover the video. The advanced video repair mechanism is automatically prompted to recover the video.

add sample videos

Step 5: Save after advanced repair

Once the advanced repair process is successful, the user should select the destination directory for the video.

save videos path

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