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I'd like to add an option to some program that would control the speed (or more exactly the delay between steps) in fast-forward or rewind modes.

I don't know how to name it. If it wasn't for the size, I could use --fast-forward-and-rewind-delay.

I looking for a shorter term that would stand for both fast-forward and rewind. Would “fast motion” be understood correctly? Is there anything else?

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Old cassette tape players used to be labelled "cue" for fast-forward and "review" for rewind. Since these functions are invariably used to progress through some content faster in order to reach a certain point, I think "cue" and therefore "cue speed" or "cue/review speed" provide an apt description.

Alternatively you could adopt the common abbreviations FF/RW for fast-forward and rewind in order to provide a shorter option.

A third alternative might be "skip speed", although skipping usually means missing content out rather than progressing through it faster, in order to reach the desired point.

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Since delay seems to be misunderstood, I think I'll invert the input and make it a “speed” in iterations per second and use playback-speed for normal speed and cue-speed for FF/RW speed. Thank you. –  Stéphane Gimenez Dec 5 '11 at 13:39
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I always understood this to be meant as dual functions - i.e. the labels were always "Rewind/Review", "FF/Cue", not simply "Cue" and "Review", and my understanding was that the latter is what happens when you press the button without stopping playback. However, since digital players don't have a physical position the tape is in, nor a risk of wearing out the tape if this is done, the original Rewind/FF functions are basically gone, with Review/Cue being all that is left. –  Random832 Dec 5 '11 at 16:29

One possibility is seek interval.

Seek can apply to backward or forward motion, and in this case interval is the duration skipped by each seek step.

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Thank you, I had not thought about seek which is appropriate for both directions. However in this particular case, interval is probably not appropriate, the display rate is increased, but nothing is skipped. –  Stéphane Gimenez Dec 5 '11 at 13:27

Maybe Frame Rate or Playback Speed?

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That's not a way to distinguish from the normal playing rate, is it? –  Stéphane Gimenez Dec 5 '11 at 13:17
    
Both refer to the regular speeds. You will have to qualify it by prefixing something like Accelerate in your context. –  Autoresponder Dec 5 '11 at 14:17

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