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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It is one of those natural editing options one would expect. You will just rectify Camtasia by adding a tool that was missing. Camtasia developer spirit should be "ok just do it" and before you know you have it. :)  I would like to see it in the form of a "Make reverse copy" feature that simply copies a selected clip in the timeline to a new reversed clip that can be moved around in the timeline just like any other clip.
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Fred Slocombe

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Unfortunately Sony sold their Vegas editor to MAGIX. They crashed my program and were trying to extort more money from me to get my program to work. It was not cool. Get competitive and add this effect. It's an embarrassment.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Playing in reverse.

No you aren't listening, If you aren't planning on adding "reverse play" I'm seriously considering switching video editing software so that i can create better videos, being able to Play video in reverse is soo awesome (it adds a new twist to your videos)
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Playing in reverse.

No you aren't listening, If you aren't planning on adding "reverse play" I'm seriously considering switching video editing software so that i can create better videos, being able to Play video in reverse is soo awesome (it adds a new twist to your videos)
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aboogieman

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I would love to see this feature. (Personally, I wouldn't even mind if it did not do audio.)

Please implement ASAP. :-)

For now, I found a great online service. It not only does GIFs, but will save as MP4, or a few other formats.

https://ezgif.com/reverse-video

(I am not affiliated with them in any way.)

It works, but I have to export a clip, upload, download, import & use.
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shop

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Used v8 and went to upgrade to v9 but without this I'm not going forward with this software. Paying that much you expect basic features like this
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if you only need to occasionally work with short clip segments that play in reverse, then this crude workaround might work for you? ...

How To Capture Clip Playing Backwards
http://www.screencast.com/t/IzUugvPf7j
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trydtradingsolutions

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I need that too, I use CS9 almost everyday at work. And now I need this feature... But CS9 does not aloow it.. :(
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TeachU

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I love Camtasia Studio. I just never use it even though I keep buying the current most version. Why? I expect features like "reverse" to be part of the software by now. CS is falling behind in other respects as well. Yesterday, thanks to the new toys they gave us for Christmas, I decided to edit a video. CS9 couldn't recognize the CODEC. Ugh really? H.265???  Youtube likes it. I like it. CS9 doesn't.

They had better get on these things because there are about a zillion ways to do screen capture for free. And there are another zillion video editors available.
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Rolinychupetin

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I suggest that you don't hold your breath waiting for TechSmith to either respond or implement this feature anytime soon. The community of users has been requesting this feature for some years now. Actual years, this is not figurative speaking. I posted this request four years ago. But the answer has been so far a big no. Camtasia continues to be, in my opinion, the best of its kind, so I put up with the minor inconvenience of using Adobe Premiere Pro to reverse video clips that I mount in Camtasia later. I can live with that. There are even free apps that reverse videos, but I forgot their links.
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TeachU

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Indeed. I actually started this chain back when I was a kid :)
http://www.misterxander.fr/index.html  This is really cool, easy and free though I donated because it's worth it. Why doesn't techSmith just buy the code?
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aboogieman

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Aha! You must mean this: http://www.misterxander.fr/info/Time_Reversal/

or this http://www.misterxander.fr/info/Time_Reversal/index_english.html (In English).

Thank you.

But I hate to tell you, if you started this chain back when you were a kid 5 months ago,  I'm still the older than you. :)
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TeachU

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No, it was years ago...they probably don't even keep the posts that far back.
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aboogieman

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I don't doubt you. But it must've been a different thread. Plenty of old threads that I can see.

But this thread is only 5 months old. That was my point. ;-)
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ben

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I know the thread looks like it is only 5 months old, but it has been going on for years and years. They just keep truncating it so it looks like they haven't been ignoring it for so damn long. They've done that about four times now. I'm quite certain because I subscribed to notifications for this thread at least four years ago, and they keep coming year after year. See the note at this link about the topics being merged. That was seven years ago, and this is all still the same (now merged) conversation. https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/provide_a_way_to_make_a_video_clip_play_backward_in_...
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TeachU

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It probably is...I brought this up in 2014 or 15.
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TeachU

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I think it was under another ID as well because I never keep track of these companies that require a membership. With 20 email accounts, I forget which is even associated with this nonsense. Anyway, the only thing I like about CS9 is that it isn't a bloody subscription. In all honesty, I don't even use it anymore. I haven't used 9 once in a year since purchasing. I use Cyber Director.
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Rolinychupetin

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More the pity! Multiple threads asking for the same thing, at least one of them older than four years (I posted on that one that long ago), and no response from Techsmith, at least to tell why not. Is there a fundamental structural flaw to Camtasia that impedes the incorporation of such a feature?  Perhaps that is it, and they are just embarrassed to admit it. But as it is, I like Camtasia Studio. I'll continue to use it.
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What is Video Time Reversal ?
Video Time Reversal 2 is a powerful software that can (time) reverse videoSound is also reversed. Any video may be reversed using Video Time Reversal 2, without convert it before !

And that is the big news of this new v2 version ! Any video such as wmv, mov, mp4 and so on may be directly reversed by Video Time Reversal 2. There is no need, as with the previous version, to convert the input video into an avi file format. That makes the process easier and faster !

The software is delivered with a full installer and uninstaller. It is also completely free !
http://www.misterxander.fr/info/Time_Reversal/index_english.html
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled a "reverse video" function? (Play a clip backward).

Sports videos, it would be helpful to play a clip forward and pause and then play backward from that location.  
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Jayne Davids

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As you specialise in sports videos, I wonder whether there are any tools in the TechSmith video analysis app 'Coach's Eye' that may be of use to you. I've not used it much but I know you can scrub frame by frame. Perhaps use Camtasia to record your screen whilst scrubbing backwards in Coach'e eye. Just a thought.
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What is the status on this? It would really be a useful feature for developing training videos... While there are workarounds and third-party tools, it would be much nicer to just be able to do this in Camtasia Studio...
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This is the only thing I miss so far, and enough for me to logg in and write an agry reply. I actually tryed to set the sped to -1 and tought it would reverse the direktion, but got disepointed when it did not. I can se at least two things this is usefull for:

1) I could reverse my introductionall animation at the end to show that the tutorial is over. Now it just play over and over again in a web browser. This reverse ending would show this very well. In the begining of the video the animation plays forward and kind of unpack itself, it would be great to easely reverse the order of the unpacking.

2) It is much moor easy to erase what you draw and play it in reverse, than it is to free draw everything on a waccom tablet. Try and you see, use layers ofcourse and maybe some duplications. Shift the layers with shortcuts, and start erasing. Compare with the free hand drawing. Remember that when you erase, you can use any sketch and just adopt a filter on it first. You can not even use a blueprint layer underneth when you got to free draw it forwards. 
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try this workaround ...

How To Capture Clip Playing Backwards
http://www.screencast.com/t/IzUugvPf7j
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You could just add a minus to the clip speed, in my opinion that would be easier to use and you would not have to use two effects to change the speed and reverse the clip. Also I think that it would be quite easy to add in in the next update or version.
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Rick Stone

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You would think, no? Yet, here we are. ;)
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I am utterly shocked that this basic feature 1) isn't a feature and 2) that it has been a large complaint for over a year without it being fixed. 

As a developer I would expect this issue to be solved much sooner. On a side note, I'm a developer and would be happy to be hired and help make your product even better.
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ingmar.koecher

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To be honest I was pretty surprised and disappointed that this isn't available, and even more surprised that people requested it and that it hasn't been implemented.
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Along with all your other users, I am also amazed that this is not possible. You even give away a free "countdown" clip but it cannot be used as a countdown because it plays  incrementally... so really it's a count up clip - but if we could reverse the clip it could be used as a countdown!
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quickly found this via web search; it's here now if you really need the function; but I've never used it myself

Video Reverser | Movavi Video Editor | movavi.com‎
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kayakman, Champion

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I've updated my tutorial about this subject; if you only need to reverse a short segment, this is a viable workaround ...

How To Capture Clip Playing Backwards In CS 2018
http://www.screencast.com/t/1eHK4X2iC
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I used an online tool: https://ezgif.com/reverse-video
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davemillman

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@Amy, great find! I reversed a high-resolution .mov file, then compared the results to the original. Although that site compresses a lot, in my test case it looked fine. Thanks for the link.
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Also very surprized this isn't available. Of course it gets a lot of votes, it is basic video function that any phone app would have, the expectations are that a 250 euro application would have it as well.

We should be able to apply negative clip speeds or simply a dedicated reverse visual effect. Exporting to video sites or re-recording while scrubbing slowly backwards are of course not acceptable solutions.

If I have to use external solution I might as well edit the whole thing to Da Vinci (which is available for free by the way), in which case I could have simply used something like Snagit for recording. The whole point of having Camtasia is for comfort and speedy workflows on EDITING the videos. This is basic feature, it should be there.

Thanks for everything else!
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Totally agree with this post, reverse video is essencial when cutting scenes together, somtetimes I am rendering 3D objects videos an need both movements directions, one direction to render a scene costs my server 2 days cpu calculation, and the reverse rendering the same (2days where my machine is blocked by working cpu). With reverse video only one render process is neccessary instead of two. Big saving. Right now I use other , additioal tools to reverse it, but ttha means another new export process, after it. Sometimes with losses in quality.

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jay

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bummer.....I agree...
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I am also asking for this feature.  In the meantime I sent the video to my iPhone and used the free App ReverseVid re-imported the clip to Camtasia.  A pain in the a$$, but it works.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Add a "Reverse Video" feature in Camtasia 2018.

As you can see in the title, Camtasia 2018 still dosen't have the "Reverse Video" feature. Please add it.
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Official Response
We definitely hear you folks loud and clear on this front. We want to provide this capability, but I can't give a guarantee on when. We've had an entire team working on improvements to the underlying rendering engine used by Camtasia. We still have some work there to get it to the point where we're going to be able to maximize the user facing value of that work. We want to make sure we do this in a sensible way, rather than just hacking it in. Keep on voting for this and providing feedback that pushes your interest in this feature. I'll work hard to prioritize work on this front.

Brooks
Camtasia Technical Product Manager
Mobile Technical Product Manager
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I have a way to reverse a video clip in Camtasia.

I create virtual training, as many Techsmith patrons do, and sometimes I need to re-show a cursor movement for a particular step. To pull this off, I must clip and copy/paste a portion of the video and then "somehow" reverse it.

Because Tech Smith has yet to provide this as a quick command for customers, I will show you the "manual" way to pull it off right inside Camtasia.

1. Slice up the exact area of video you wish to reverse.
2. Copy that part and paste it on an above track.
3. Zoom in so you can manipulate the clip by milliseconds, or key-frames.
4. At each frame, hit "s" on your keyboard to slice up the entire clip.
5. Create a new track above that one.
6. Begin pulling the freshly cut frame slices up to the track and sequence them so they run essentially backwards, then group them so you only have one block to fiddle with.

Voila, reversed video clip.

This can be a pain though--so Tech Smith? Above's how it can work, logically.  Please make it happen practically with a nice right-click  > Reverse Clip command, hey?



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