1.4x more efficient learning

These days everyone is creating videos, about Revit, BIM, the AEC industry, funny pets and dancing kids. Sitting down to watch an hour long+ Autodesk University video is a challenge for most people, so I have begun speeding up videos I watch. I have found that playing lectures at 1.4 times the speed is fast enough that I can still understand, yet slow enough that you can digest the information. The play speed controls can also help you slow things down, which is useful when the speaker is speaking insanely fast due to excitement or too much coffee. There are basically two options I see: one is when you can actually download a video, the other is if you are streaming a video.

Note: If you are having trouble downloading videos from AU, take a look at Luke Johnson’s blog post.

Downloaded videos:
VLC Media Player and Windows Media Player both offer speed control. Windows Media Player is a little easier to fine tune.
Windows Media Player: Accessing speed controls after right clicking on the playback video
VLC Media Player: Accessing speed controls after right clicking on the playback video
Streamed You-Tube video:
If you opt-in to Youtube’s HTML5 Trial you can unlock new controls that let you slow down or speed up videos. Super useful, but do take a look at the supported browsers. What Revit Wants StreamTransport
Edwin Guerra


Edwin is a BIM Consultant focusing on Building Performance and Structural Design with Summit Technologies, a leading provider of BIM consulting services based in Vancouver, BC. Edwin’s extensive knowledge of Revit, Dynamo, Navisworks, Bluebeam, Ecotect, Green Building Studio and Autodesk Vasari, is complemented by a passion for Green Building Design.

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