How to play video backwards?

Wondershare Editor By Jul 26,2016 18:39 pm

For various reasons, people want video to be played back. It can be for fun, for a demonstration, for a lecture or anything. Here are some ways of playing video clips backwards or in reverse mode.

1. Using Adobe Premiere

Adobe's Premiere is a very powerful video editing and production tool that comes with various features to output a professional video. By using the Speed/Duration command available in Adobe Premiere, you can create a backward playing video or reverse video. In fact, Speed/Duration option is there to adjust the speed of a video clip and make high speed or slow-motion videos. However, we are going to use the same tool for the task of creating reverse video. This method supports file formats like MOV, MPEG, FLV, AVI and WMV.

Step 1: Open Adobe Premiere and go to “File” menu. Then select the “Import” option. Then browse for the folder where your source file (the original video clip) is and double-click on it.

Step 2: Then right click on the clip name which is on the “Project” area of the Premiere interface. Then select the “Speed/Duration” option from the opened menu.

Step 3: You will find a box next to “Reverse Speed” option in the appeared dialog box. Be sure to check that box and click OK to reverse the clip you loaded.

Step 4: As the final step, click and drag the video clip which you just reversed, onto the time line. Now it is a matter of hitting the play button to watch the clip you reversed. Bingo!

2. Playing a video clip backward in Windows Live Movie Maker

This method may not look professional at a glance. However, it allows you to play a video clip backward fulfilling the requirement.

At the first step, you should have a pre-recorded video in the PC and you should load the video into Windows Live Movie Maker simply by browsing it.

Then, as the next step, find the button that says Snapshot. After that, use the Snapshot Button, take a picture of each frame of the video. Make sure to dedicate a separate folder for this purpose, as it will make everything easy for you during the process of reversing.

Then find all the snapshots in the dedicated folder and load them back. You should make sure to load them in backwards order.

As the final step, set a speed around 0.25 to 0.15 seconds on each clip and you are done!

3. Using iMovie to reverse a video

If you are a Mac user, here is a way to reverse your movies using iMovie software.

Step 1: Launch iMovie first. As the first step load the clip you want to reverse, onto the time line. Then select that clip.

Step 2: Press Command + R to make the speed slide visible

Step 3: Now you should double click the speed slider. However, if the clip was already retimed, you will have to click the speed icon which can be found in the exact center of the clip.

Step 4: Next select the reverse checkbox. Then you will be able to see a reverse play icon on the clip and it is all about pressing it.

However, reversing a video clip will not change the duration of the video clip. It is a matter of playing the same contents on the opposite way. In any case, if you need to change the speed of the video clip you have just reversed, you should select any speed level but 100 percent.

If you want to dismiss it, just click anywhere outside the speed window and that’s it.

4. Magix Movie Maker

Magix Movie Maker is a very easy video editing software to use. The features are extremely useful and even a beginner can learn the features of this light weight software pretty easily. It provides you features to reverse play a video with few easy steps.

Step 1: Launch the Magix Movie Maker and load the video onto it.

Step 2: Once the loaded clip is selected you should navigate to the “Effects” tab and find the speed setting in the mediapool section (Effects > Video Effects menu > Speed sub menu).

Step 3: Now it is extremely easy for you to change the playback time. This feature allows you to change the playback direction too, and that means you can reverse the video.

However, when you reverse the playback, you should make sure that audio trach is detached from the original file. Usually video clips come with an audio by default and you can detach them (“Ungroup Objects”) either using the broken chain icon or the keyboard shortcut CTRL+M.

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