YouTube Tricks: How to Go Frame by Frame


Do you ever watch a video on YouTube and feel like you’re not getting the whole picture? If you want to be able to view videos frame by frame, then keep reading. In this tutorial, we will show you how to use YouTube in a way that allows you to navigate frame by frame. This is a great way to get more out of your videos and ensure that you don’t miss anything important. Let’s get started.

YouTube has become one of the most popular video sites on the Internet because it allows users to upload, view, and share videos. It is a user-friendly site that is easy to use, and it has a wide variety of content. One of the features that YouTube supports but not many know about is the ability to navigate a video frame by frame. This allows users to playback through videos more easily and sees all the content that is available. In this tutorial, I will show you how to use YouTube to watch videos frame by frame.

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Frame-by-frame video playback can be useful on YouTube because it allows you to navigate the content better. By moving frame by frame, you can see exactly what is happening in each frame of the video. This can be helpful for analyzing videos or for understanding complex content. Are you staying up late watching alien footage and trying to find proof on whether it’s fake or real? Well, this function might be better than scrolling the mouse left and right to control the video playback.

The first thing you need to do is open up the video that you want to watch frame by frame on YouTube. Then you can either hit the space or k-key on your keyboard or use the mouse to pause the video as you normally do. Now, as the YouTube video is paused you can hit the comma key (,) to go a frame back or the period key (.) to advance the video by one frame. You can also hold these keys if you want to move through the video quicker. And just because everybody likes numbered lists and bullets in their tutorials, you can also share the following with your friends:

Quick steps how you can navigate a YouTube video frame by frame:

  1. Load a YouTube video
  2. Pause the video
  3. Use the comma (,) key to go one frame back.
  4. Use the period (.) key to go one frame ahead.
  5. That’s all – have fun!

If you want to navigate through the YouTube clip but don’t want to go frame by frame, you can also use the right cursor key to fast-forward the video by 5 seconds or the left cursor key to go 5 seconds back in the video. In case you want to move in 10-second steps, you cal also use the j-key to go rewind or the l-key to skip 10 seconds.

Other useful YouTube shortcuts

There are several keyboard shortcuts that can be used while watching YouTube videos in order to navigate content better. While some follow video production industry standards, others might be special to YouTube and might not be known to many. Here is a quick list of some of the most useful shortcuts to control YouTube more easily.

  • m – Mute and unmute
  • > – Increase video playback speed
  • < – Decrease video playback speed
  • / – Navigate to search box.
  • f – Enter fullscreen and leave fullscreen mode
  • c – Start closed captions and close them
  • Shift+N – Next video
  • Shift+P – Previous video
  • i – Opens the mini player and goes back to normal mode

I hope these YouTube shortcuts and this tutorial were useful for you and you found the answers you were looking for. If you want, you can try the shortcuts out right below in the embedded example video. Just make sure that the video content was the last thing you clicked before you hit any keys just to avoid your browser from trying to interpret any of these shortcuts instead.

YouTube: Test video to check frame by frame video control

Photo credit: The feature image has been done by Anton Estrada Betancourt.

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Christopher Isak
Christopher Isak
Hi there and thanks for reading my article! I'm Chris the founder of TechAcute. I write about technology news and share experiences from my life in the enterprise world. Drop by on Twitter and say 'hi' sometime. ;)
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