One of the basic edits one can make to a video is reversing it such that it plays backwards. The goal of this community wiki is to show beginning users how to reverse footage with different video editors.

When adding answers, please try to make the guide as easy as possible as this is aimed towards beginning users.

List of software in alphabetical order

  • Are you interested in Vegas Movie Studio and Vegas Pro?
    – filzilla
    Commented Dec 21, 2012 at 19:45
  • Just put any video software package that you have access to in this wiki. I'm thinking of making a similar wiki for audio editors. Commented Dec 23, 2012 at 15:02

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After Effects

There are three steps involved when you want to reverse footage in After Effects.

  1. Import the footage
    Go to File -> Import -> File... select your footage and click Open

  2. Create new composition
    In the Project Panel drag your footage to the new composition button as shown in the image below:

Drag footage to new composition button

  1. Reverse the footage Now in the Composition Panel right click on your footage and go to Time -> Time-Reverse Layer as shown in the image below:

Time-Reverse Layer

Now your footage is reversed and you only need to export it with the settings you desire by clicking Composition -> Make Movie...


Premiere Pro

  1. Make a new project
    Go to File -> New -> Project. Set the folder and project name and choose the sequence preset that fits your footage with regards to the dimensions, frame rate, frame aspect ratio, etc...

  2. Import your footage
    Go to File -> Import, choose your footage and click Open.

  3. Put the footage in the sequence Drag and drop the footage from the Project Panel to the timeline in the Sequence Panel as shown in the image below:

Drag drop from project to sequence

  1. Reverse the clip Right click on the footage in the timeline and go to Speed/Duration.... In the window that shows up check the Reverse Speed checkbox and click OK.

Right click on footage

Reverse speed checkbox

Now your footage is reversed and you can export it by going to File -> Export -> Media.


Vegas Movie Studio & Vegas Pro

Assuming you have put the desired clip(s) in the timeline.

Right click on the clip and a menu will appear, check 'reverse' and this will reverse the clip. You will get confirmation by a reverse arrow appearing at the leading edge of the clip in the timeline. Note, you will need to do this for both video and audio tracks separately. To undo go back and uncheck it.

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