Video player

What is the Video Player?

What is the Video Player?

The video player delivers course content and lets you control settings for autoplay, subtitles, and playback speed. The video player is based on HTML5, so it will not need any specific software installed on your computer. We do not support Flash at this time. To use the HTML5 player, you'll need a recent version of the following browsers: Microsoft Edge, Chrome, Firefox, or Safari.

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Video player features

Captions and translation

The courses include subtitles and captions. 

To turn on captions, click the CC icon. To turn them off, click the CC icon. 

To translate the captions into a different language:

  1. Click the Settings gear icon in the control bar.
  2. Click the Captions menu. 
  3. Select a language from the language menu. 

Google Translate provides translations of video course captions. To see a list of Google Translate's available languages that our video player can display, click here.

You'll also find a transcript on the course details tab. Read more about transcripts and how to find them. Courses are only transcribed in English. 

If you have a specific request for captions for a course, please let us know at and we can expedite the request for you.

Playback speed

Click on the speed adjustment box within the video control bar to select the desired playback speeds ranging from .5x (half speed) to 2.0x (double speed). 

Video quality adjustment

To prevent buffering, the video player automatically gauges your internet speed and adjusts the streaming quality optimal to your experience.  

We also have three options for video quality: High, Medium, and Low. These adjustments can be found in the settings menu (Gear icon) and help to account for any bandwidth issues you may be having.

Video format adjustment

By default, all videos play using HLS.  If your browser or OS cannot play HLS, the video will play as an MP4.


The video player includes updates on your badges as you work through a course, showing your "badges earned" and "badge progress" between video modules.

Add Notes

The video player allows for on-the-fly note taking. If you want to capture a key learning moment, use the Notes option found in the right hand panel beside the video. Check our notes article to learn more about this experience.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts are used to control playback settings for the video player. 

Press 'Shift + ?' to view the shortcuts while viewing the player.

A list of these shortcuts is below:

FFull screen
CClosed caption on/off
MMute on/off
NNew note
TToggle side menu
Decrease playback speed
+Increase playback speed
<Previous clip
>Next clip
Back 10 seconds
Forward 10 seconds
Volume up
Volume down

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Feature and Course Feedback

Want to submit feature or course feedback? Click Send Feedback in the options (Gear icon) menu. This will open a form to send your suggestions or feedback. 

Use the dropdown on this form to select one of the following:

  • Request support now: For immediate assistance, especially around billing issues.

  • Provide content feedback: Give feedback or report an issue on the video content, instructor, or exercise files in a course. You can also provide feedback on Skill IQ questions here.

  • Provide new feature suggestions: Suggest a new feature within the Pluralsight Skills platform or apps, to our product teams.

  • Provide website feedback: Give us feedback on the platform's functionality and the functionality of features, like Skill IQ, Channels, and our apps. If your feedback isn't tied to the content of the courses, use this option to communicate with our product teams. General website feedback is welcome, too.

  • Provide new content suggestions: Spot an area we should develop courses, paths, or Skill IQ assessments for? Let us know using this option. We'd be happy to take a look and pass these course suggestions off to our content teams.

We really value feedback and work very closely with our content and product teams to make sure your feedback reaches the right people. We may reach out to you for clarification, but most feedback won't receive a personal response.

Alternatively, you can email any feedback or ideas you have to

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Bandwidth troubleshooting, tips, and workarounds

Start by checking your connection and identify video playback issues using our video checkup tool.

Next, make sure you are using a supported browser without any active extensions or add-ons on your browser as some browser extensions interfere with video playback. If you don't see any improvement, please try another supported browser. 

You should have a minimum of 3 mbps available to you for watching Pluralsight Skills videos to avoid buffering. 

If you do not have a minimum of 3mbps available to watch videos without buffering, you can create a Channel or Bookmark courses you want to view and then download them during off-peak or non-business hours when the bandwidth allows.

Alternatively, you can download courses for offline viewing with our mobile and desktop apps. This allows you to learn anytime, anywhere, even without an internet connection. You can also use apps like Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV to stream directly to the TV.  Refer to Desktop and mobile app troubleshooting if you have questions.

WFH Troubleshooting

Sometimes, internet bandwidth is not large enough to handle the demand. There are a few reasons why this might happen.  

We find that most buffering issues occur when users switch from the Auto setting to a higher quality setting. The video player automatically detects bandwidth availability and adjusts play quality accordingly to keep a continuous stream. If you manually adjusted it to a higher quality setting, change it back to auto.

Other reasons include an increased number of people watching Skills video content, the number of devices using your Wi-Fi, or your Wi-Fi connection not being strong enough. 

If you are having buffering issues, you can:

  1. Make sure your Wi-Fi router is centrally located

  2. Switch the video player setting to Auto

  3. Download the video using our mobile and desktop apps. Once your video is downloaded, you can watch the video without internet connection. See our instructions on downloading courses for offline viewing on our mobile apps, the macOS desktop app, and the Windows offline player.

  4. Decrease the bandwidth demand by turning off other internet devices

Advanced troubleshooting

If the previous steps did not resolve the issue, you can perform some advanced troubleshooting by using your browser’s diagnostic tool and sending our Support team the results. To run your browser’s diagnostics tool:

  1. Open our video player in your desktop browser, then open your browser's diagnostic tools (F12 or CMD-OPTION-I on Mac)

  2. Go to the console tab, then reload or refresh the page.

  3. Take a screenshot of any errors that show up under the console tab.

  4. Navigate to the network tab, refresh again, and take another screenshot. You will have to refresh the page to get the network tab to populate.

  5. Please email us using the link below with those screenshots and information, and we can look into this further for you.

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