Convert videos for faster playback

I would like to convert existing videos recorded at real speed to videos that will playback at a faster rate.  What applications are best?  Most of my videos are WMVs, but they could be in a different format if absolutely necessary.  

I understand that several players have features to play a video back at a faster rate, but my Zune does not and that is why I want new videos.

Please tell me how well these application features have worked.

Is there a way to do this in VLC?
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igor-1965Commented:
I think VLC and Media Player Classic can do it.
fredshovelCommented:
Are you talking about fast forward?
MereteCommented:
No need to convert anything WMP including the two igor-1965 mentioned definately do play at different speeds, no doubt about it
But that will not help you here>>but my Zune does not and that is why I want new videos.
have you tried> holding down the next/fast foreword button until you want it to stop??

Most resolutions and bitrates are allowed since the zune software will automatically convert the videos files to be compatible for playing.
Since you have them in WMV that could be a problem  WMV often times doesnt FF or play at a higher speed very well even in windows media players.
To convert your WMV to another format you can use Windows Live Movie Maker and export it as a different format for a portable device or mobile phone.
You can test converting one to avi using Super Video converter, drop your wmv on and set the output container at the top, if you select avi then it will ask you which avi i usually choose either Xvid or all divx compatible,
 r/click the interface and check the save to directory usually Super but change it to desktop
 then hit encode works very quickly
http://www.videohelp.com/tools/SUPER
or try this one not free
Alive Zune Video Converter
http://www.alivemedia.net/zune-video-converter.htm
how to play divx
http://jsbi.blogspot.com/2007/03/how-to-play-divx-movies-on-your.html
Hope that helps you
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ff10Author Commented:
I will check out the solutions posted by Merete when I get home from work.

I want the 'Alvin and the Chipmunks' version of a video.  Say a video took 1 hour to play at the original speed.  I want to watch the whole video in 45 minutes, or 30 minutes.  

I have tried holding the fast forward button on the Zune, but this is not what I am looking for.  It doesn't actually play the video (just seek with no volume) and I don't want to hold my finger on a fast-forward button for 45 minutes.

Thanks for your replies.
igor-1965Commented:
Sorry, I didn't realized that Zune is a hardware player.

Indeed you have to convert the movie. I believe that in Super you can change frame-rate of the converted file.

Hope it helps
ff10Author Commented:
I can not find a feature in SUPER to convert a video to play faster than normal.  There is a feature in the player (like WM) to play fast, but not record at this rate.
I can not find a feature like this in Alive, either.

SUPER is cool software, though.
igor-1965Commented:
Check out FPS setting (Frame per second).

fredshovelCommented:
ff10,
Super won't let you change the framerate to that degee as most encoders won't -- they just give you a few diffenent fps times based around the parameters of the particular format. If you want to change the movie speed permanently you should do it in a video editor or similar. There's a free trial of Corel Video Studio X3 that allows you to do this. The feature is called "Playback Speed" and it can change the speed to any percentage of 100% of the actual speed.
If you just want to view the movies at different speed settings, simply insert the video in Windows Media Player and select View and then Enhancements.













This has to be changed in a video editor. This is used mostly for special effects wherby you can either use slowmotion or a fast playback speed. Of course you realise that for most users this is not the optimum way to view a video with the video and audio sped up.
You can't really drop the video into a converter and say, change the fps (frames per second) as most converters won't let you do this -- so as I've said you have to use an editor.
You can downloa
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MereteCommented:
ff10, now that you have explained it fully, matey there is no posible way to do this.
you said>>  Say a video took 1 hour to play at the original speed.  I want to watch the whole video in 45 minutes, or 30 minutes.  <<<
you also said>>
I have tried holding the fast forward button on the Zune, but this is not what I am looking for.
 It doesn't actually play the video (just seek with no volume)<< this correct when fast forwarding..

you said>> and I don't want to hold my finger on a fast-forward button for 45 minutes.

Regardless if you convert the video or not the playing time will remain the same.
If the video is 60 minutes it will remain 60 minutes in avi format or mpg or any other format.

I made no reference to FF in Super, it was offered to convert your clip only.
But with your added details the answer here is can't be done.
If you want watch a video in the half time fast forward is the only way and with no sound.
lol
cheers
fredshovelCommented:
ff10

Hope my explanation explained how to do this. Yes you can do this, and in fact you can do it the two seperate ways that I've indicated:
Either edit the video permanently in an editor in one click adjusting the "Playback Speed" Corel X3 does this easily.
Or view the video at different speed settings in WMP by setting as screenshot suggests.
You can also Google around the Internet, but beware that there is a lot of advice on the Internet from people who have absolutely no idea what they are talking about.
ff10Author Commented:
Corel X3 has the feature I was looking for.  Thank you for finding it.
fredshovelCommented:
Cheers
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