Do you want to go frame by frame on a YouTube video, but you don’t know how? This guide will show you in a few easy steps!
In short, you can watch a YouTube video frame by frame if you do this:
- Go to a video
- Pause it using the spacebar or the pause button
- Use the “.” and “,” (full stop and coma) keyboard buttons to go forward or backward by individual frames
- Full stop goes forward by a frame/comma goes backward by a frame
You don’t need any special app or extension to play a YouTube video frame by frame. If you’re on a mobile device, you’ll need to do things differently – use the Playback setting to play the video slower.
Keep reading for a more detailed guide on going frame by frame on a YouTube video!
Play YouTube Videos Frame by Frame on Computer
Playing YouTube videos frame by frame is easy. Just follow the steps below, and you’ll be fine:
1. Pause a YouTube video
Once you open YouTube on your computer, look for a video you want to play frame by frame. Then, stop it from playing by pausing it.
You can do this by pressing the spacebar button on your keyboard or clicking the “Pause” button on the video.
The Pause button is in the bottom-left corner of a YouTube video.
2. Use the “.” and “,” keyboard buttons to go frame by frame
To move forward a frame, use the full stop (“.“) button on your keyboard. You may have to press it multiple times to see the difference in the video.
Frames are very short instances of a YouTube video, and a video is formed from countless frames.
The comma (“,“) button on your keyboard will move backward frame by frame.
You’ll need to press every button 25-30 times to move backward or forward by a second. So, a second in a YouTube video is formed by 25-30 frames.
Play YouTube Video Frame by Frame on Mobile
Are you on a mobile device and want to play a YouTube video frame by frame? Unfortunately, you can’t do that.
You can’t use the full stop and comma buttons to do that. And there’s no function for going frame by frame on YouTube.
You can only slow the video as much as possible using the “Playback” function.
Follow the steps below to do this:
1. Tap on the gear icon in the top-right corner
Once you open YouTube on your mobile device, look for the video you want to watch frame by frame.
Then, look in the top-right corner for the Gear icon and tap on it. This will open a new window with several settings.
2. Select “Playback Speed“
Once you tap on the gear icon, a pop-up window will open at the bottom of the screen. There are multiple options here, including “Quality“, “Captions“, “Loop video“, “Report“, and more.
Select “Playback Speed“, the second-to-last option in the menu, and continue with the guide.
3. Select the lowest speed – 0.25x
After selecting “Playback Speed,” you’ll see several options with different playback speeds. At the bottom is the highest speed and at the top is the lowest playback speed.
These playback speeds will either slow down or make the video play faster. While no speed will play the video frame by frame, the slowest speed, 0.25x, may help you.
Select the first option, and that’s it. Now, you can play the video very slowly and notice details you may not have noticed at normal speed.
To summarize, you can play a YouTube video frame by frame using the full stop and comma keyboard buttons on a computer.
The full stop button will advance the video by a frame, and the comma button will rewind the video by a frame.
A second is made up for 25-30 frames, so you’ll need to press the full stop and comma buttons 25-30 times to advance or rewind by a second in the video.
There’s no way to watch a video frame by frame on a mobile device. You can only use the “Playback Speed” option to slow the video to its lowest speed.
Why would you watch a YouTube video frame by frame?
There are different reasons why people want to watch YouTube videos in frame-by-frame mode.
For instance, you might be a professional photographer or web designer and need to capture a perfect image from a video.
This is when the frame-by-frame mode comes into play. To stop the video at the exact point you need, you’ll need to go frame by frame.
Using the arrow keys will advance the video by five whole seconds. That’s a lot of missed frames; clearly, you don’t want that.
Even if you used the mouse to click on a video portion, you can’t go a second forward or backward.
Use the full stop and comma keyboard buttons when the video is paused to advance or rewind the video frame by frame.
You may also want to do this as a hobby when you want to analyze something from a video.
Maybe something very fast pops up on the screen, and you need to see it. That’s where frames become essential!
What are YouTube video frames?
Did you hear about the term “FPS“? That term stands for “Frames Per Second,” which refers to the number of frames displayed per second.
A YouTube video is made up of millions of frames displayed on a constant specter, creating the impression of a video.
In reality, a video is made up of still, unmoving images. Every still image is a frame. Combining frames will create a video.
One second of a video consists of 25-30 frames. That’s also where the expression “30 FPS” comes from in the gaming industry.
It means your monitor can display 30 frames per second, which is pretty low.
60 FPS means your monitor can display 60 frames per second, and the higher you go, the better the visual experience is.
With higher FPS, the visual representation of a game is smoother. This is especially helpful in shooters where higher FPS gives you an unfair advantage over your competitors.
As for YouTube videos, there’s no difference in frames-per-second but terms of video quality.