If you dread watching videos online – especially the lengthy ones where the author ‘hemmed and hawed’ throughout – you’re going to love these 2 freebies:
SMPlayer – Allows you to play videos at various speeds – 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, … 2x, 3x, 4x or even 8x times the original speed. And it supports multiple video formats – mpg, mp4, flv, etc.
But of course, you need to download the video first, which leads to:
Flash Get – a firefox add-on. After you’ve installed this add-on, you will see a tiny icon in the lower right corner of the firefox browser whenever you watch an online video. Click on that icon and it will prompt you where to save the file. Choose a folder and click “ok”. That’s it. Once the video has completed playing, the video file will be stored in that folder you have specified earlier.
Now, you can use SMPlayer to view/play the video at top speed. Recommended is 1.5x to 2x faster.
The other tool is Google Global. This nifty add-on allows you to view the search results as if you are in different countries – e.g. US, UK, Canada, Australia, etc. Useful for competitive and keyword research.