Provide a way to make a video clip play backward in Camtasia

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@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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There's not currently a built-in feature to reverse a clip or make it play backward, but it's an intriguing idea! Tell us a little more about when this would be useful to you...
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I am using the zoom feature in google earth for a presentation. But to zoom in to just the right place proves to be glitchy. However, zooming out is quite smooth. It would have been great to run the clip in reverse. Next version please!
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I need it to create a smooth typing shot during a screencast. Ie I delete the text then play in reverse and the text appears smoothly at the same pace. There are lots of other nice editing tricks I need reverse for. Its totally necessary tbh.
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Ruairi - that's genius. I hope we can get this prioritized in the backlog!
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I hope so too. I need it every day and every day I am without it.
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Yep this would be a brilliant for my Photoshop and Lightroom instructional videos. Would save me a tonne of time having to roll back through filters. Please implement this.
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I would use a reverse feature simply as visual interest in my short videos to art history and appreciation students -- particularly when the subject is Surrealism. At least I can turn the video clip upside down.
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Same reason here......
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It would be a great Re-wind feature....I think this would be a great added benefit
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I also make short fly-in video clips in Google Earth. Like Steven, I have found the zoom-out to be smoother than zoom-in. So I would like to see this feature included. I see that Steven's request was posted five months ago, so maybe this is much of a priority for the programmers, but it would be a convenient addition and it doesn't seem like it should be that difficult to implement.
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Bill M. here again. Just wanted to let tech Smith know that even though l posted this months ago, a reverse feature would still make life a Lot easierwhen I'm Using Camtasia
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I have been waiting for Camstasia to add the reverse video function for a while now I gave up and just went back to Adobe Premier.  I don't have time to use 3245098 different programs just to get something done, if I'm gonna use Adobe to reverse my video I might as well just use Adobe for the whole thing.    The only reason why I used Camstasia is because it doesn't hog as many resources as Adobe does but I went and bought more Ram and upgraded my processor.  

This post was posted 3 years ago and its 2014 and this feature still hasn't been put into the software.  Sorry guys.... Time is money, money is time.
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Any word on this Blog? Is the play back in reverse feature up yet? I bought Camtasia thinking it was already in here. Guess not. This is going to be a key feature using drones. you get a much better video shooting backwards as you climb in elevation than you get a shaky video coming down so reversing this video would be great.
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http://www.misterxander.fr/info/Time_Reversal/index_en.html

Easy, free and it works---I gave him a donation. I wish TechSmith would buy this guy's program and incorporate it into Camtasia.
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OK, maybe I am just too new at this, or some other explainable or unexplainable reason - see what you think of this...:
1. Load your CS project.
2. Snap to end of project.
3. Select CS Screen Record.
4. Select the canvas of your project.
5. Press record button, and wait for the countdown.
6. Select and hold the go back one frame button until you reach the end of the clip you wish to reverse.
7. Save your new recording.
8. Edit if necessary.
9. Publish and enjoy your newly created reverse motion productions. 
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Luke, I was excited about your suggestion, but with Camtasia Mac, there isn't a "Go Back One Frame" button. < and > move one frame, but if you hold them down, they accelerate to jump 5 or 10 frames at a time. Too bad! 
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Sorry about that - where I am, PC is forced - even after multiple requests :(
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I find myself editing my video and quite often would like to be able to edit a section of video footage so it plays backwards.
I saw another comment from Daniel, that this feature is being considered. I personally, think this, along with being able the edit and produce 60fps, would be on my top 5 list of requests.

Thanks for keeping this conversation.
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I find myself editing my video and quite often would like to be able to edit a section of video footage so it plays backwards.
I saw another comment from Daniel, that this feature is being considered. I personally, think this, along with being able the edit and produce 60fps, would be on my top 5 list of requests.

Thanks for keeping this conversation.
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I am screen-capturing SolidWorks 3D CAD Models to make a presentation video for a client. SolidWorks will move parts from one view to another in a slow smooth transition that is very pleasing to clients and helps them understand what view (Front, Top, Side) they are looking at; however, one of the movements is a little choppy one direction but for some reason it looks nice and smooth in the opposite direction... this is a SolidWorks issue nothing to do with Camtasia... but I need to have the SolidWorks Part movement starting from the end to the beginning. All I would have to do is be able to reverse the clip to play from end to beginning and it would look perfect.... PLUS... being able to reverse clips and play them backwards would allow users to make some fun videos like they did on the old 1960s TV show called "The Monkeys... *LAUGHING* BTW - I can certainly send you a link to an example of what I am talking about. From Twitter @MetalDesigner
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Having the same request, but with Microstation videos. I've created hundreds of frames in Microstation, and then use Camtasia to compile them in a video. I have the need to create the same videos from point 1 to point 2, and then back to point 1 for a programmer creating interactive software. With a mirror or reverse feature, it would cut my processing time in half. As of now, I have to rename all the frames, or place them one by one in the timeline for the reverse of the first video.
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This would be a great feature - reverse video. I want to show creating a very complex diagram - drawn and annotated by hand. It would be very difficult to get it right without making any mistakes. Also, it will take a long time and don't want to mess around with speeding up the video. An easy alternative would be to complete the drawing, use Camtasia to record as I erase it one section at a time, then reverse the video and narrate the audio over that reversed video. Viola!
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Yeah I too wish for the same thing. I'm wanting to take a clip in my video and repeat it but having it playing backward. It would be awesome for it to work! Make videos much more interesting :)
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Why is there no way to run video in reverse? This seems a very basic feature for instructional video.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Reverse Video?.
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I just bought Studio 8 expecting to be dazzled with great, easy, quick features. Well, one that is included in very basic video editing is reverse. In instructional video, we often need to reverse a clip. Will you please, please add this? You have made it so easy to extract a piece of a larger clip, but no way to reverse it? Please?

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No Reverse Video?.
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I record business processes---so when you see a short clip of something, say a part being made, I often like to say, "let's back up to where the error happened" It is very, very useful to go backward---especially when repeating something. The "how did we get here question" is another example. "Let's back up and look at the starting position" Stuff like that.
Chris
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This is a critically necessary feature for all of the above and more. The great thing about Camtasia is the ability to record and share everything. But everything includes the micro dissection of things towards deep understanding of whatever subject. Please implement this feature ASAP. Thanks Doug
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I purchased stock animation which moves in a certain direction. It flows up from the ground rather than down from the sky. If I could play the video in reverse, it would have a more natural flow.
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This would be a great feature. I want to create the illusion of drawing and writing on a white board. As it is now I need to hire someone to do it and it is expensive. But with this feature I could take stock drawings and erase them a bit at a time in a program like photoshop. Playing it backward will give the illusion of drawing it.
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This is a feature I really expected in Version 8. I would not have purchased (yet) had I known reverse was not a feature included.
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Wow, these are some really interesting use cases that I, for one, had never imagined. I'll make sure the Camtasia team sees your ideas. If you can share links to any videos where you've used this technique (or wish you could have used it), please do!
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I don't have a video I can share but I did some research on entropy and chaos using dyes. One drop of dye in time lapse makes very interesting videos and I like to run segments backwards to show the moment when a particular feature formed.
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Chris,

One idea that works today, is to make & save videos with Coach's Eye.

In Coach's Eye, you "Analyze" videos you record, which makes a new video.

The original Coach's Eye video is recorded in real time, but using Coach's Eye you make a new recording of variable faster or slower motion in forward & in reverse.

On the bottom of the Coach's Eye screen there is a forward/reverse motion control wheel, with this controller, you control the forward & reverse playback speed of the video.

With the Analyze mode on, Coach's Eye re-records the video + your mic, as you use the forward/reverse control wheel, re-recording & saving your actions on the motion control wheel as you visually determine and record how you want the video viewed for playback.

With a video open in Coach's Eye, you could play the video to the end, then in Analyze mode, use the forward/reverse motion control wheel to play/record your video backwards at the speed you want seen.

Share the completed video to your Coach's Eye account.
If you wish, then download the completed video, and edit in Camtasia Studio.

In Camtasia Studio 8 you can show & playback multiple videos at the same time.

This works for me. Sounds like fun! Enjoy! http://www.coachseye.com/

PS.
There may be a trick to download Coach's Eye videos from your account.
If you need help, just post again.
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But Coach's Eye is an app...I need a Windows program.
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Chris,

Coach's Eye software works on Android and Apple platforms today.
Tablets or cell phones that use either OS work just fine.

Coach's Eye if on Windows cell phones / tablets etc., no doubt needs more time backstage, waiting for the planned Windows releases in October...

I have been recording Coach's Eye videos on an iPad2, then editing my produced Coach's Eye videos again in Camtasia Studio 8 on a Windows 7 laptop.
All very easy to do.

If you do not own an Andriod or Apple device at the moment, perhaps you may know someone who does, from whom you may borrow, to record videos today.

Think Flipped Classroom videos of chemistry experiments in real time and/or slow motion. You decide what is seen and how it is seen.

Hope this helps!
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if u are on a mac you can use camtasia to record then export to imovie
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I would also love this feature. I know I would use this in many of my videos to make some cool clips and make them look better.

Please add this to camtasia studio 8
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Put the reverse option please, I use much the camtasia 8.
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Zain Tanoli

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make an option for reverse video yar
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I only register here for say that one option to reverse video it will be awesome. That and put some visual effects in videos like black & white, or sepia...

Daniel Foster, I have some examples of videos that do that and give some great effects. For example:
This (http://youtu.be/UkNQTyVs7cI) becomes in this (http://youtu.be/QTkVQfAMokw)
or this (http://youtu.be/hRz4RUugI50) become in this (http://youtu.be/Qar8V87fybw)

Please make this happen in camtasia, it will be a great feature!!!
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A reverse feature would save my bacon in the following (frequent) scenario. I decide to edit out a certain segment - and after removing it - I need to show the mouse returning to the proper part of the screen (position #1).

The problem arises as follows: I might be removing the action of calling up a pop-up menu, but want to keep the action just prior - for example showing the user where to find the icon that calls for the pop up (position #2). So I want the mouse to go to that point(#2), edit out the action of calling up the actual pop up (#3) now I need to get the mouse to appear to move back (#1) without the pop up menu in the background. Reversing the clip segment would be the perfect solution.

This would be a wonderful improvement to my workflow, currently I have to re-record that segment with all the painstaking set up time required to make sure the screen is perfectly identical to avoid that "jumpy" transition.

I vote emphatically to add this feature!

Mark
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I need to play a clip in reverse and replay it several times to show the detail of the event step by step for instructional purposes. To be specific play it frame by fram forward, then frame by frame backward, and then forward again etc. How can I do this?

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Playing clips in reverse.
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So it has been a year since the last comment, and there is still no positive answer to this question? I would like to play video backwards for several reasons, most of which have already been mentioned in this thread. So someone should get with this on the new build.

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