Play video clip in reverse

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(This idea comes what what we’ve heard here in this community as well as from other customer feedback methods we utilize. The feedback we gather here will help us gauge how well it fits our users’ needs. Please let us know what you think)

The Problem:

I need the video to play in reverse (for education, training, scientific reasons, etc).

Potential Solution:

A video effect in Camtasia which will reverse the direction of a clip
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David D, Technical Product Manager - Camtasia

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Posted 2 years ago

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Rick Stone

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Please! That would be huge and awesome!
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Two reactions to the Reverse Clip not being supported:
A. I can't believe it took me this long to NEED a reverse playback feature
B. I can't believe C2019 does not have this feature - Camtasia has pleasantly surprised me by supporting almost all my other video and audio post-production needs

This technique goes way back to the days of film, e.g. famous Star Wars sand people clip of 1977 to name one.

In today's internet/FB/animated emoji video clips, the endless  "bounce loop" is really important for finished productions. Please add soon!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Provide a way to make a video clip play backward in Camtasia.

@TechSmith ?? Is there a way to make a video media clip play backward in #Camtasia ??... or make entire video play backwards?? #TechSmith
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Can you reverse in CS8?.

Yes.
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Libby Andrews

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Can you reverse in CS8?.

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Örümcek Adnan

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Can i reverse video on Camtasia Studio 8?.

Title says. Can i reverse video on the CS8?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Reverse a video and the audio distorting being an option when clipping speed.

Hello, I would like that the future update gives us the possibility to reverse a video (not just to play it backwards, but to reverse a video when editing it) and I'd also like that when clipping speed, the audio distorting is an option. Thanks in advance! :)
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Did the developers finally add a video reverse effect on Camtasia 9?.

Did the developers finally add a video reverse effect on Camtasia 9? You could only record screen and do it manually but it was very impractical and low quality.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Are there any plans for Camtasia to have a reverse or any other useful effects?.

Playing videos or music backwards, it is used a lot. Also any other visual effects that other video editors have? It already has transitions effects.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Add ability to pause, reverse to a specific point, and restart recording for on-t....

If after making a mistake during my screen cast I could stop, reverse the video by X seconds and restart from that point it would be a great feature. This would minimize the need to post-processing of the video to cut out mistakes.
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Different than merged topic. Splitting back into its own post.

Please reference the new conversation here: Add ability to pause, reverse to a specific point, and restart recording
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Wow this is something I look for often
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Easy Way To Play A Clip Backwards In Camtasia Studio.

I stumbled across this method only today; there have been numerous threads on this forum regarding the subject of playing a clip in reverse; my intention here is to supplant my previous suggestions with the following technique ...

with the clip you want to play backwards on timeline, use clip speed adjustment to set its duration to something like 1 minute

use ctl-F9 to zoom timeline so entire clip is in view

scale the canvas so it is as large as possible while still allowing the timeline w/playhead to stay in full view

launch Recorder; set capture area to grab the canvas area

send playhead to end of clip

start recording [to .trec], then scrub the playhead slowly and as smoothly as possible from right to left; the clip is displayed in reverse in the canvas

stop capture when left edge of clip is reached

in a new project, load the capture on timeline

use clip speed adjustment to set the clip's duration to desired value

produce as AVI

quick, crude, but mostly acceptable result

perhaps give it a try

much faster than my previous suggested method
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lol it is gonna take me a lot of time and effort. May be it is impolite to say, but i think i can use another software to make the vid run backwards, then edit it in camtasia. At least i create a synergy lol)
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I use this. It's a great little utility and free. I made a donation to the developer. Fast and efficient.

http://www.misterxander.fr/info/Time_Reversal/index_en.html
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training

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Do you know of any that run on the Mac?
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Jim Reed

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I use Sony Vegas to reverse video.  Having it in Camtasia would eliminate this step.
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vzikovzik

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Is really)
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vzikovzik

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This really does not suffice... 
In practice I use Sony Vegas, because so only bypassing: 
https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/can-i-reverse-video-on-camtasia-studio-8 
I would like a normal solution from the developers of the Camtasia editor, this is a necessity.
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A short fix to this problem until this update is added is that you can record your canvas playback while holding down or tapping the rewind key, you can then adjust the clip speed to fit the timing you need. I use this method but adding a "reverse" option would benefit greatly.
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This method does not work for me, because when you playback manually in camtasia 9, my video is freezed for some reason. Anyway recording is not a convenient solution.
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Tony Thunberg

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I believe that this should already be there
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Jessica Brown

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YES PLEASE! 
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I had to use Premiere to reverse a clip that I recorded in Camtasia. I thought we used to be able to reverse clips in Cam 8... please give us this feature!


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Abel

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YES
finally i dont have to use final cut pro or adobe after effects just to reverse a single clip
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Official Response

We were surprised how many votes this one got. While this idea was in the top tier, there are ideas close in voting to this one that are more inline with upcoming themes we’ll be focusing on first. This is still an idea that we’ll keep at the top of consideration when our capacity allows.


Here are the definitions of what the statuses mean for Ideas.

Here is the overall vote count for the rest of the Ideas in this round up.

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So when is this going to be ready?  It's a basic thing. 
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This is what gets me:
> We were surprised how many votes this one got.

Why? I can actually accept "Whoops, we didn't think of this when planning features" a lot more than "People want this? Lots of them?".

Think about  all the times you want to say "Hey, lets back up a sec", and replay a few seconds backwards at slow speed". Think about all the times we want to dance a cat back-and-forth in place. Etc.

> This is still an idea that we’ll keep at the top of consideration when our capacity allows
And it still did not go into the "We'll do this" list.

Sigh.

It is a shame that the best way to get a reverse clip is to ... hmm. Export each frame to a numbered png, and assemble them in reverse order? That would work -- there must be a script somewhere to assemble png's into a mkv/mp4, right?
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For now give this a try.
http://www.misterxander.fr/info/Time_Reversal/index_en.html

This does a great job and it's free.

What are the different options ?
Video Time Reversal 2 has several options to personalise the reverse process :

You can choose an output file format between the following :
   - MJPEG avi (Bigger file but process faster and better quality)
   - WMV : window movie video
   - MP4 : mpeg 4
   - Same as input file (if possible !)
You can choose to return the sound (default), to keep original sound or to remove the sound. You can also have the reversed sound in a separate wav file.
You can choose output bitrate (except for MJPEG output)
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TeachU

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I have been posting this for years. TechSmith should buy the code from this guy and incorporate it into Camtasia.
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Seriously - a great idea - this basic feature of video post-production should be in Camtasia...

Two reactions to the Reverse Clip not being supported:
A. I can't believe it took me this long to NEED a reverse playback feature
B. I can't believe C2019 does not have this feature - Camtasia has pleasantly surprised me by supporting almost all my other video and audio post-production needs

This technique goes way back to the days of film, e.g. famous Star Wars sand people clip of 1977 to name one.

In today's internet/FB/animated emoji video clips, the endless  "bounce loop" is really important for finished productions. Please add soon!

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Great. Got a Mac-compatible version?

Ohh ... Only *now* do I think of trying to whine about it :-)

(Old joke: What wine goes best with unix? Some people feel that Unix has a strong flavor, and so a strong wine like a red works best; others feel that Unix has a very subtle influence on its programs, so you want a white wine. More recently, some people feel that unix is both french-like, and transparent, so instead of wine and cheese, you have wine and windows (Q: is windows cheesy?). And the old punch line: "Waah, it doesn't run my windows games!" whine. Of course, now "wine" really does run a lot of windows programs and games without error, at least if you don't need sound output.)
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Wow, just found out about Xander's Video Time Reversal. I too stare dumbfounded at Camtasia's interface with its lack of clip reversal. C'mon man!
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Yes, it is so basic.  What on earth are they thinking to fail to include it?! Most bizarre.
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I too was amazed this basic technique was not included after all the long roadmap of development for Camtasia ... this technique goes way back to the days of film, e.g. famous Star Wars sand people clip of 1977 to name one.

In today's internet/FB/animated emoji video clips, the endless  "bounce loop" is really important for finished productions. Please add soon!

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Sad, but due to this fact I have to download Sony Vegas now :(((