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How to Create One Click Video Reverse Effect in Filmora

Liza Brown
Liza Brown Originally published Jan 13, 23, updated Nov 27, 23

All great video editors use phenomenal video effects in their videos. One of the most professional effects is the reverse video effect. This unique effect is always challenging for the makers to shoot and portray on the screen flawlessly.

At the same time, it is intriguing and always draws the audience's attention. In this article, you will learn to shoot and edit the video for reverse effects using Filmora. But first, we will learn what does video reverse effect mean. So let us get into this!

In this article
  1. What Is Video Reverse Effect?
  2. How To Shoot Video Reverse Effect?
  3. How To Edit Video Reverse Effect In Filmora? [Stepwise Guide]

Part 1. What Is Video Reverse Effect?

It is a special video effect in which a motion of things starts in the backward direction. This unique effect is used to intrigue the audience.

For example, if a bullet is fired from a gun. With the reverse effect, you can rewind the footage, and the shot goes back into the gun. So today, you can easily rewind fast action scenes and get a wow reaction from the audience.

Famous Examples of Reverse Effect in Films

1- Demolition of a Wall (1896)

Filmmakers first used this striking effect in 1896 in a 90 seconds film, "Demolition of a wall." Louis Lumiere was the one who made that video. Below is shown an image from the film.

demolition of a wall 1896

2- Tenet (2020)

It is a viral film by Christopher Nolan, which was a great success. He explained the concept of reverse entropy, in which you start moving back chronologically in time instead of forward. This concept is all shown through this special video reverse effect. Unfortunately, the audience had difficulty digesting this unique concept, which generated an awful response.

tenet 2020

Part 2. How To Shoot Video Reverse Effect?

The reverse effect is unique, so special attention should be paid while filming a video. This section will cover some of the crucial prerequisites to film a video.

Steady Camera

It would be best to have your camera placed on a steady surface or mounted on a tripod stand to lock the focus. We will split the area and perform different tasks to make it look smooth. The audience will not get the idea that you completed the tasks separately. And it helps in the editing process as well.

keep your camera steady

A Spacious Area

You will need a spacious area in which you will perform different tasks. Make sure your camera stands still while shooting all the frames of video. In an ample space, it becomes easier to do movements freely. It also helps prevent glitches in the final product.

Splitting of Area into Portions

Now you have to split your area into portions. Each task is in its part of the frame, and actions in one frame should not pass over into another. You will do one activity per portion. It makes the editing process a lot easier. Finally, we get all three videos to merge and make it look like a single video.

making three portions of the area

After covering the prerequisites, we will now learn the editing process of creating a video reverse effect.

Part 3. How To Edit Video Reverse Effect In Filmora? [Stepwise Guide]

Creating video reverse effects is much easier these days. Wondershare Filmora is going to help you a lot. Filmora is an exceptional platform for creating innovative and creative videos. It has advanced editing features, which help make professional videos.

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Applying video reverse effects to your shots here is a wise guide. Please follow the instructions given below.

Step1 Downloading Filmora and Importing Files
  • After recording your shots, you will edit them in Filmora. But first, download Filmora from the website and install it.
  • After opening the software, import the recording files by clicking "Import Media."
download the filmora
Step2 Drag the Shots to the Timeline
  • Drag the shots to the timeline and drop it. If Filmora asks for a matching resolution on the timeline, please click "Match to Media." It will adjust your media resolution according to the timeline.
drag the shots to the timeline
  • Add videos of each action on the layers above by drag and drop.
Step3 Adding Image Mask to the Clips
  • Now you will add an image mask to the clips you shot at the area's corners.
  • To simultaneously show each action in the final video, go to "Effects" and click on the search tab.
  • Please search "Image Mask."
  • Now drag and drop this effect to the footage shot at corners of the area.
add image mask effect to the clips
Step4 Adjustment of the Image Mask of each Footage
  • Now we will adjust the image mask of each footage so that each will show the task without any glitches.
  • For that purpose, double-click on the video. Next, click on "Effects" in the top right corner of the screen. Then select "Image Mask" and make the necessary adjustments so that each mask shows each footage.
editing of image mask effect
Step5 Trimming the Video Clip
  • You can trim the footage to create a smooth movement in each portion. In this way, all the clips gel together in a single frame.
trim the clips
  • We have successfully gelled together three video clips in a single frame.
  • But all these videos are moving forward. So let us now apply the reverse effect to a video clip.
Step6 Apply Reverse Speed to Video Clip
  • Please right-click on the video and select "Show speed control."
  • The Control panel will open in the right corner of the screen.
  • Then enable the "Reverse Speed" option. You will apply a reverse effect to that clip.
apply reverse speed to the clips
  • Your video is ready now, with one clip moving in reverse and two in the forward direction.
  • Take a look at the preview of your final product.
  • Apply some changes to it if needed.
Step7 Export the Final Project
  • Now it's time to export the project to the device.
  • Please select "Export" in the top right corner of the screen. And ship it to the device.
export the video
Step8 Final Video

Now have a look at the final project. How smooth and perfect it looks. That's it!

final video example


The reverse video effect has a unique characteristic of its own. And it will always work when you use it in your videos. The great success of many popular films is evident by the captivating feature that this effect has got. In this article, we have discussed the prerequisites and steps of creating a reverse video effect.

If this article has helped you, please mention your experience in the comment box. Also, please share this article with your friends and colleagues. Keep creating!

Liza Brown
Liza Brown Nov 27, 23
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