How To Reverse a Video in Windows Movie Maker

By Dec 30,2016 11:43 am

There are occasions where you are building a video project and you realize you want to run part of your footage backwards. Though this is a common occurrence, Windows Movie Maker does not allow for you to easily reverse your footage at a click of a button. Which is not to say that you cannot reverse your footage in Windows Movie Maker, it just means the process is a little more difficult than just clicking a button.

While the frame-by-frame reversal system that needs to be used in Windows Movie Maker can be time consuming, the end product will be worth it.

Reversing Video in Windows Movie Maker

Step 1

Once you have the footage you would like to reverse selected, you will need to find the first frame of the video by moving your slider all the way to the left, until it is lined up with the starting point you would like to use. Take a note of the time code here (the first number you see is the location of your slider in the movie, and the second number is the total length of your currently selected video clip.)

Step 2

Create a folder where you will be able to save your work, and once you do take a snapshot using the Snapshot button on your Home tab, and save the photo to the file you made. Make sure there is room in the file, because you will be saving a lot of photos. After you take the snapshot, click save and the snapshot will be added to your timeline and your slider will be bumped to the position right before the new snapshot.

Step 3

Move your cursor over to the next frame and repeat the snapshot process. Continue this process until you reach the end of the footage you want to reverse. Note: The next frame will be 0.08 seconds later for videos with a 12-frames per seconds, or 0.04 for videos of 24-frames.

Step 4

Select all of the photos you just saved and click the Video Tools: Edit tab. When prompted to, type 0.08 as the duration (or 0.04 if you have a 24-frames/second video.)

Step 5

Delete the original video from your video timeline, leaving only the photos. You can now play your video to make sure you got the time ratios right, and if you did it correctly, you will have a perfectly reversed video.

A Better Way to Reverse Video Automatically

Since Windows Movie Maker was designed with beginners in mind, a lot of what can be done in the program is limited and can sometimes be bulky. An example of this is the fact that it only allows for one track editing which means you cannot use green screen footage, at all. Thus limiting - even crippling - your creativity. Meanwhile, Wondershare Filmora is built in a way that gives beginners the tools of a professional, and presents them in an easy to use and simple to understand way.

While videos can be played in reverse using Windows Movie Maker, there is a much better way to create a video with backwards playing footage, and it is simple: Use Wondershare Filmora.

While the Windows Movie Maker way involves many steps, creating photos and importing them, Wondershare Filmora can be as simple as clicking one button.

Play an Entire Video in Reverse

If you are looking to play the entire footage in reverse, just load the footage into your timeline, double click on the file and in the new window that pops up check the Play Video Clip in Reverse option. That is all she wrote. Your video will now be playing in reverse.

Playing Only a Portion in Reverse

If you only want to play a certain portion of your clip in reverse you can achieve this by using the clipping tool to clip your footage into smaller portions of content. Once you have the portion you would like reversed clipped and selected, repeat the step from the Reverse Entire Video segment.

Video tutorial on how to reverse videos with Wondershare Filmora:

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