How to reverse video in iMovie

By Mar 15,2017 10:24 am

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.

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. Yu can also manually add the videos or text transition clips that you want to put the reverse effect on, to the project browser panel.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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How to Reverse Video with iMovie Alternative

While the iMovie software is a highly effective editing tool, 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. Instead, you can try Wonder share’s Filmora to achieve the reverse video effect on a really simple interface.

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

If you need to edit your video in Filmora, you can check the detailed Editing Tips.

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.

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