One of my favorite tools on Windows is Enounce MySpeed. It basically allows you to incread the playback speed of online videos – or any flash content really. This is great for watching long instuctional type vidoes.
Unfortunately MySpeed is not available on Ubuntu Linux. I’ve had to come up with a work-around process to speed up videos. That work-around is what I’m going to share here.
After downloading the video, I play it with the VLC media player, which you can easily download in the Ubuntu Software Center.
In the lower right hand corder of VLC you will see 1.00x. Click this and you will then have a slider to adjust the playback speed.