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Ukulele Eddie
06-14-2014, 12:38 PM
There is video on You Tube of one of the songs I just started working on. Is there some software I can use to slow the playback down while I learn the song, so that I can practice at (very) slow speeds while playing along?

Thanks for any tips!

Kimosabe
06-14-2014, 01:01 PM
Yes, The Amazing Slow Downer. Google it. I've been using it for several years. Mark Kailana Nelson turned me on to it. He said he uses it often. It works! Has a lot of really nice features.

coolkayaker1
06-14-2014, 01:24 PM
does it work on videos, kimosabe?

Brad Bordessa
06-14-2014, 02:13 PM
Garageband. Took me a long time to realize that the follow tempo/pitch button allows you to change the tempo and retain pitch. Audacity also does it.

UncleMoon
06-14-2014, 03:29 PM
Try Youtube. Click the little gear in the lower right corner. Now you can select the playback speed. .25, .5, 1, 1.5 and 2x speeds are all available. Pitch doesn't change, just tempo.

Ukulele Eddie
06-14-2014, 04:46 PM
Thanks, all!! I will check out each of the options and report back after I do and let you know how it wwwww-eeee-nnnnn-tttttt. ;-)

PhilUSAFRet
06-15-2014, 12:42 AM
Try Youtube. Click the little gear in the lower left corner. Now you can select the playback speed. .25, .5, 1, 1.5 and 2x speeds are all available. Pitch doesn't change, just tempo.

Never saw that. Seems like the obvious solution. I will try it, especially with my Formby style techniques.

Ukulele Eddie
06-16-2014, 08:05 PM
Never saw that. Seems like the obvious solution. I will try it, especially with my Formby style techniques.

I may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer, but when I click on the little gear all I see is an option to set the image quality. Here is the video I hoped to slow down:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luL6WzF4fGU

Do others see the slow down option?

Ukulele Eddie
06-16-2014, 08:11 PM
Yes, The Amazing Slow Downer. Google it. I've been using it for several years. Mark Kailana Nelson turned me on to it. He said he uses it often. It works! Has a lot of really nice features.

I've downloaded the software, but it does not seem to work with videos. I guess I could record the video using my H2N Zoom and then use the recording. I was hoping I could just put the URL for the video and "voila!" Or am I being daft and there is an easier way to do it?

Brad Bordessa
06-16-2014, 08:52 PM
This would be easier: http://www.youtube-mp3.org/. I don't know of anything that works with videos in the same manner.

Ukulele Eddie
06-16-2014, 09:07 PM
This would be easier: http://www.youtube-mp3.org/. I don't know of anything that works with videos in the same manner.

Thanks, Brad. I used another similar service to create the MP3 from the video. I then was easily able to open it and slow it down with AmazingSlowDowner (thanks, @Kimosabe).

I also tried with GarageBand, but I could not quite figure out how to get to the follow pitch/tempo check box even after watching a few quick how-to's. I'll have to do complete a tutorial or two before I think I can tackle GarageBand. It definitely looks like it's got some cool features and it will be a cool tool but for what I need right now, AmazingSlowDowner is simple and effective.

Thanks, everyone!

UncleMoon
06-17-2014, 12:52 AM
I may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer, but when I click on the little gear all I see is an option to set the image quality. Here is the video I hoped to slow down:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luL6WzF4fGU

Do others see the slow down option?

Yup, it's there for me:

67974

tbeltrans
06-17-2014, 01:02 AM
For slowing down videos and looping them as one would with audio slow down software, there is a product called Video Surgeon. The audio does not change pitch as you slow down the video. Transcribe will handle video in a sense. At least the version I have will slow down the audio portion, but the video is not playing at the same time. I have been slowing down recordings for years to learn by ear on the guitar. My interest has always been jazz and fingerstyle guitar, and now I am learning to apply that to the ukulele. I have some hardware devices that do it well, as well as both Transcribe! and Amazing Slow Downer. They both do a very good job and have different user interfaces that might appeal to different people.

A hardware device that I would also recommend is Tascam's DR-05 handheld recorder. It is obviously a recorder that does a good job and would be a nice handy practice tool. But it also can slow down MP3s to half speed in increments without changing pitch as well as setting loop points to hear a small section repeatedly. It is easy to use, inexpensive, and uses AA batteries instead of proprietary rechargeable batteries. You will get decent battery life. You can also buy an adapter to plug in to AC. This unit uses microSD cards up to 32GB. It can connect to your computer via USB and will look like a disk drive so you can just copy over your MP3s easily. It does not handle videos though.

Tony

Flaky
06-17-2014, 03:29 AM
I don't believe it's available for all videos hosted on youtube.com


Yup, it's there for me:

67974

Ukulele Eddie
06-17-2014, 06:01 AM
Yup, it's there for me:

67974

Thanks, @UncleMoon. I figured it out. Only video quality shows up in Safari. I tried Chrome and see both options.

I should point out for others that the slow down options using the "gear" are only 0.5x and 0.25x, which are too slow IMHO for what I'm trying to do and I imagine for what most people would want. 0.75x-0.8x seems to the sweet spot for me to start, and then being able to go to 0.9x or 0.95x in AmazingSlowDowner is pretty helpful.

sukie
06-17-2014, 06:16 AM
Always Audacity, too.

Gillian
06-17-2014, 06:41 AM
The free Windows program Movie Maker allows you to control the video speed.

Import the video, click on "edit' under the Video Tools tab, then simply type in what speed you want. .8, .9, whatever.

It doesn't maintain the pitch, but for slowing down the video to see where to place your fingers, it works fine.

Movie Maker used to be one of the pre-loaded programs included in Windows but now you have to download it from Microsoft. It's pretty robust for being a freebie.

coolkayaker1
06-17-2014, 07:17 AM
I learned something from you, Eddie. I had no idea that the slow-down feature in the cogwheel was only Chrome, and not Safari. Youtube owner, Google, wants us to use Chrome, I guess. lol. Thanks.

Dan Uke
06-17-2014, 08:14 AM
Thanks, @UncleMoon. I figured it out. Only video quality shows up in Safari. I tried Chrome and see both options.

I should point out for others that the slow down options using the "gear" are only 0.5x and 0.25x, which are too slow IMHO for what I'm trying to do and I imagine for what most people would want. 0.75x-0.8x seems to the sweet spot for me to start, and then being able to go to 0.9x or 0.95x in AmazingSlowDowner is pretty helpful.

I use Explorer and it works there. However, you have to go to some other part first and click on that option. Just do a search and it should lead you there.

The Big Kahuna
06-17-2014, 08:26 AM
Ideally, you need to download the video of the performance, then import it into either a video editing package, or playback software that allows you to move forward and backwards by single frames (ie. just about every piece of software out there, paid or free).

Then you need to buy one of these:

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51%2BLKGzIAcL.jpg

http://www.amazon.com/Contour-ShuttleXpress-Input-Device-Black/dp/B0032Y0OH0/ref=pd_sim_sbs_misc_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=0Y4EV1QQ55T1YYB5QVS2

This will let you scroll backwards and forwards through the video more easily, to see how the piece is being played, or more easily tab it out.

The Big Kahuna
06-17-2014, 08:29 AM
Alternatively, if you can find a copy of Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 (it was removed in CS6 and above), it has a shuttle dial built in below the video window. I keep a copy installed, despite also having CS6, for just this reason.

sukie
06-17-2014, 08:33 AM
Dear Big K -- who knew? Thanks for that info.