When a video plays backward, it intrigues.
Reversing video is a well-established special effect with many uses. It can inform an audience with a slow-motion instant replay. It can wow them like the music video for Lake and Lyndale’s “There’s a Weight,” in which the singer sings the song backward in real-time to appear to sing normally in the final reversed video. It can unsettle an audience, like in the opening scene of the movie Memento, which features bullets flying backward into a gun. Whatever mood or tone you’re looking for, the tools to reverse video are at your fingertips.
Reversing video has a history of engaging viewers.
Reversing video footage dates back to the earliest days of film. In 1896, Louis Lumiere made a 90-second film called "Demolition of a Wall" that’s the first known use of the reverse effect. In it, workers tear down a wall, and then, miraculously, the footage rewinds and the wall stands up again. Lumiere did a lot of work to achieve his reverse effect. Today, video editors can easily rewind fast-moving sports action or create slapstick backward YouTube videos.
How to reverse and edit videos in Premiere Pro.
Importing a video file.
Choose files you want to reverse and begin your project by importing them into Premiere Pro. You can bring almost any video file into the video app. Premiere Pro supports a wide variety of video formats, like MP4, MPG, MOV, and Mac QuickTime files, as well as several types of audio files.
Reversing a video file.
Reversing a video file in Premiere Pro is a simple task. Simply click on Speed, then Duration, and then Reverse Speed. When reversing a video in Premiere Pro, it reverses audio automatically too. It’s easy to remove reverse audio from a video clip and replace it with a soundtrack or voice-over.