How To View YouTube Videos Frame by Frame


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View videos from YouTube and Vimeo frame by frame using these two methods.

Whether you're watching a how-to video, want to catch a particular detail, or missed something, knowing how to stop a video and watch frame by frame comes in handy.

These two methods are easy to use and work with videos on YouTube. One approach uses keyboard shortcuts and the other works in your browser.
The keyboard shortcuts work as long as the creator encoded the video to be viewed frame by frame. Most creators encode videos that way, but if you come across one that hasn't been encoded, give the online tool a try.

Using the keyboard to view videos frame by frame is simple. Once the YouTube video starts playing, pause the video using the space bar on the keyboard or the pause button. To move forward a frame, press the  “>” (period) key. To move back a frame, press the “<” (comma) key.

To use the online tool, copy the URL (web address)of the video you want to view. Open the Watch Frame by Frame website in your browser and paste the URL (web address) into the box. You can push enter on the keyboard to start the video, or click or tap the "Watch Video" button.
The Watch Frame by Frame website offers more options for viewing than the keyboard method. You can watch frame by frame or in slow motion, change how many frames you want to see, adjust the speed, and decide how many frames per second to watch.
The Watch Frame by Frame website worked in all the Windows browsers I tested with no issues and no ads.

(h/t Tech Tricks World)

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Thanks rhiannon. Trying it on Youtube, I also noticed for the 1st time you can jump 5 seconds using the arrow keys. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

You're welcome, I'm glad you like it.
I did the same thing with the arrow keys. :)

Thanks for a great trick

You're quite welcome. :)

I couldn't get it to work on any Vimeo video even the ones featured on their site. I tried on both Opera and Chrome

That's odd. I'm getting 404 errors in all the browsers on my system. I don't know what's going on, but I've removed the references to Vimeo in the article.