Playing a video frame by frame often can be seen in video production. However, for some reason, you may need to play and watch a YouTube video frame by frame. So how to solve this? This post provides two ways: use the YouTube built-in keyboard shortcuts or the web application - Watch Frame by Frame.

Sometimes, watching video on YouTube at normal speed is enough (Want to watch YouTube videos offline, try MiniTool uTube Downloader developed by MiniTool), why need to play YouTube frame by frame? The reasons are:

  1. You need to play the video frame by frame on YouTube to see what the subliminal image is. But fails to find the keyboard shortcuts for advancing one frame.
  2. You just create a time-lapse video and want to review the video frame by frame in case you miss a single detail.
  3. You want to learn some magic tricks from YouTube videos.
  4. When watching a tutorial video, you need to slow down the video and catch the details in the video.
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How to Play and Watch YouTube Frame by Frame

So how to go frame by frame on YouTube? This post will guide you to play and watch YouTube frame by frame in two ways.

YouTube Built-in Keyboard Shortcuts

Someone will ask why the keyboard shortcuts I use advance 5 seconds at a time? The answer is that it’s not the YouTube frame by frame hotkey. Therefore, follow the steps below to watch YouTube frame by frame.

Step 1. Log in to your YouTube account to get the homepage.

Step 2. Search for the video you want or open the playlist like Watch later and Liked videos to find the target video.

Step 3. When you find the desired video, fast-forward it to the right place and pause it by pressing the Space key.

Step 4. Finally, hit the key “<” or “,” to move forward one frame and hit the key “>” or “.” to move backward one frame, and then you can view YouTube frame by frame.

The background music in the YouTube video is so amazing. So you’d like to save the music to your computer, you may like: How to Download Music from YouTube for Free.

Watch Frame by Frame

The other way to watch a YouTube video frame by frame is by using Watch Frame by Frame. Watch Frame by Frame is an online free web application. Just as its name implies, it’s capable of playing video frame by frame.

Apart from YouTube, you can also watch Vimeo videos frame by frame and customize its frame and FPS (frames per second). If you want to download videos from Vimeo, see this post: How to Download Vimeo Videos? 3 Solutions.

Step 1. Head over to the video on YouTube and copy its URL in the address bar.

Step 2. Go to the Watch Frame by Frame website and paste the video link in the box. Then click WATCH VIDEO to go on.

paste the video link in the box

Step 3. Pause the video and start to customize the frame and FPS as you like.

cutomize the frame and FPS as you like

Step 4. Once you’re done, play the video and watch it frame by frame.

Unlike the first method, you don’t have to keep pressing the YouTube frame by frame hotkey to play the YouTube video. Just configure the settings, it will play YouTube frame by frame automatically.

For those who want to watch movies together, see this post: Top 4 Ways to Watch Movies with Friends Online


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