How To Reverse Video

Wondershare Editor By Aug 06,2016 15:31 pm

The reverse video effect has been used brilliantly on a number of occasions. This is a trick for YouTube content makers (as well as others) that when used properly, is capable of creating something compelling and memorable.

Learn from the video tutorial below on how you can reverse video with several easy steps

Get Your Video Editing Software

Here are some software options to consider:

  • Filmora : This great video editing program can be used across platforms as Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows, Android. Beyond the reverse video feature that you are interested in, Filmora can help you to cut, filter, and encode your videos with relative ease. It works with almost all kinds of video types as AVI, DVD, compatible-MPEG, MP4, and MOV, MKV etc. It is the most cost effective video editor that provides you a comprehensive editing features, covering from the basic all the way to high-end editing features.
  • Stupeflix : Stupeflix represents an interesting editing possibility. Although the free version does not come with the ability to make your videos private, you're still looking at something that takes a lot of the complex work associated with video editing out of the equation. This can work with a range of video types, and if you're willing to pay for a personal (five bucks a month) or pro account (twenty-nine bucks a month), you'll get quite a few features. Stupeflix does in fact include the ability to reverse video.
  • Lightworks : This product comes packed with a range of excellent features. Available for Windows, Linux, or Mac OS X, Lightworks can work with just about any file format you can imagine. Even more appealing, it makes importing, rendering, and exporting remarkably easy. Multi-cam editing and comprehensive I/O support. There is a free version of Lightworks that is available, but you are also welcome to purchase more elaborate versions of the software for varying amounts of money.
  • CyberLink PowerDirector 13 : This is one of the most popular video editing software examples to be found anywhere. Although it only works with Windows, it is worth noting that PowerDirector 13 is ready to go to work with the all-new Windows 10. A free trial of PowerDirector 13 is indeed available, and you have the option to purchase the full version for just seventy bucks. You can definitely utilize a reverse video function here.

How To Reverse Video

Avidemux is a great free tool to get the effect you are looking for. Let's take a look at how you can use this software to create a reverse video effect:

  • Get things started by decompressing the video and audio. Using the Huffyuv and PCM codecs, you'll find your odds of running into problems later on greatly diminished by doing this. Save your video as "decompressed-clip.avi." Open up this new file in Avidemux, once you have finished saving your decompressed file.
  • Making sure the video is utilizing Huffyuv, go to your filters section, and click on "reverse." From here, use your plus-sign to attach the filter to your active filters window. Close out of this, and your video is ready to be reversed.
  • Go to audio, and then click on "main track." We're going to remove the audio for now, and choosing none for your audio source will accomplish this.
  • Have your video saved with the new name "reversed-video-no-audio.avi." The video is now reversed, but as you probably guessed, you have no audio.
  • Open your "decompressed-clip.avi" in Avidemux, and have to audio set to PCM. Go to audio, go to save, and then have the file saved as "normal-audio.wav."
  • Open your saved audio file in Audacity. To the left of the audio track area, you'll find a blank section. Click that to begin editing.
  • Should you have 2 sound tracks (left/right), make sure they have both been selected, as you go into "effect", and then choose "reverse."
  • Have your audio file exported as a .wav file. You can do this by going to file, and then clicking on "export as WAV."
  • Make sure your file is saved as "reversed-audio.wav."
  • Add your reversed audio to your reversed video by opening your video in Avidemux. Go to the audio section, and then click on "main track."
  • Setting "External .wav" as your source, open and set your saved reversed audio.
  • Consider saving in uncompressed Huffyuv and PCM, if you plan to edit later. Make sure the AVI extension is included in your save.

All Done!

You're all set! If you want to save for final viewing on your Mac, the MPEG-4 AVC/MP3 format might be a good call. ACC is also worth trying. Remember to have the MP4 extension included as you save your file. If you want to save for final viewing on Windows, the Xvid/MP3 format is a good way to go. Keep in mind that you want to have the AVI extension included when saving this particular file.

There are also options that will allow you to move your Windows-friendly file to a Mac, or your Mac-friendly file to something that works with Windows.

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