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How to Reverse Videos - Free

Tutorial for Reversing Video and Audio Clips

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This tutorial shows you how to reverse video and the audio with it using free software. Some free video editors like Microsoft Movie Maker and Pinnacle VideoSpin do not support reversing videos.

Some commercial video editors can crash when applying the reverse effect. Some video editors can reverse the video, but not the audio.

This method will show you how to reverse the video and the audio. The resulting reversed video file can then be added into your video projects in your regular video editor.

 
After Reversing Video and Audio

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The Free program you will need is Avidemux. Use the versions below. Newer versions may not support reversing video.

Download: Avidemux 2.5.6 - 32 Bit | Avidemux 2.5.6 - 64 bit

 

 

Step One: Decompress Your Video and Save it.

Open the video you want to reverse in Avidemux. To get a good start with a minimum of problems, we will first decompress the video and audio and then save this decompressed file. Most common video formats like .avi, .mp4, . mov, etc. are highly compressed along with compressed audio files to minimize file sizes.. Decompressing the original file first with the Huffyuv and PCM codecs will reduce the chances of processing errors, garbled audio, stuttering video, and program crashes.

In this example I am opening a video file called "space-shuttle-clip-xvid.avi".

 

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Saving Your Decompressed Video:

Go to File > Save > Save Video. Save it as "decompressed-clip.avi"

Make sure you add the .avi extension at the end.

 

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Your video begins encoding to the decompressed format, notice the converted Video Size will be much larger than your original. The original clip was 3.59MB, it is now decompressing to 54MB plus 2MB for the audio.

 

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Step Two: Open Your Decompressed Video

Open the newly decompressed-clip.avi file in Avidemux. Now we will apply a reverse filter that will reverse the video. The audio will not be reversed yet. We'll do that later. Make sure the video is using Huffyuv and then click "Filters".

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