How to Reverse Video in iMovie (Update in 2017)

By Jul 26,2017 17:31 pm

Often vloggers and video artists use the reversing technique to give a more artistic tone to their videos. The effect is also used sometimes to give a comical effect to the action on the video. To create the reverse effect, you will need a capable video editor tool like the iMovie software. In this article, we will how you how to reverse video clips with iMovie and iMovie alternatives.

Part 1: How to Reverse Video with iMovie Alternative

While the iMovie software is a highly effective editing tool for Mac users, the interface can be a little confusing for amateurs or beginners simply looking to try the reverse effect on a video for the first time. It will be a waste of time to try to learn the entire interface rules to create such a simple effect. So, we recommend you to try Wonder share Filmora to achieve the reverse video effect on a really simple interface. Watch the tutorial below and download Filmora now to try.

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Note:Filmora is available for both Mac and Windows versions. The tutorial above is shot with Windows system, but the reverse process is similar.

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1. Import Video to Filmora

You can directly drag and drop the files to the Media Library panel or click Import Media under File Menu to import your media to Filmora.

2. Add Video to Timeline

Drag and drop the thumbnail of the media file in the media library panel to the Timeline.

Add Clip to Timeline

3. Play Video in Reverse

Double click the video clips (or right click to choose Edit), tick the option of Play Video in reverse. Press Space or Play button to start creating preview renders. It will play the video in reverse after rendering.

Play Video in Reverse

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4. Export

Once you are satisfied with the changes, click on export to save the file with the reverse effect in a new file format.

Learn the detailed information about how to reverse video.

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How to Reverse Video in iMovie

  • Open the iMovie interface and let the program automatically find all the legible videos from your main project browser. You can also manually add the videos or text transition clips that you want to put the reverse effect on, to the project browser panel.
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  • Drag your video to the timeline first, and then click to select the video you want to edit and let it open on to the clip inspector window. Double clicking on any of the videos on the project browser panel will open up the clip inspector for that video clip.
  • Note: It is recommended to mute the audio or detach the audio file before reversing your video footage. Check: How to mute audio from video

  • Within the clip inspector, select the reverse video option by checking against the applicable checkbox. This will allow the iMovie conversion tools to help reverse your video for a preview. You can check out the preview to check the different changes that the conversion tool makes automatically under the reverse video command.
  • iMovie Reverse

  • Reversing the video will not have any effect on the duration of the clip. If you want to put in a speed effect, you will need to change the speed presets for the video to add to the reverse effect.

Update in 2017: How to Reverse Video in iMovie

If you are using the free iMovie built-in in your Mac, then the above steps may not work. To reverse video in iMovie:

  • Drag your video clips to timeline and then select it;
  • Check the Reverse option under Speedometer tab;

Done! It is easy.

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