4 Ways to Reverse a video clip in After Effects

There are multiple ways to reverse videos clip in After Effects, in order to choose best method that work for your project, I have created here 4 tutorials techniques that motion designers use to play backward their videos,layers or compositions in After Effects.

Expand below to read each tutorial

The fastest and easiest way to reverse a video clip or a composition in After Effects is to use Time -Reverse layer tool.

Follow the step below or watch the video

  1. Open After Effects
  2. Drag and drop your video on your timeline
  3. In your timeline Right Click on your video layer
  4. Scroll up to Time > Time-Reverse Layer
    Shortcut PC : Ctrl+ Alt + R
    Shortcut Mac: Command+Option+R
  5. Your video should now play in reverse.

Follow the step below or watch the video

  1. Open After Effects
  2. Drag and drop your video on your timeline
  3. In your timeline Right Click on your video layer
  4. Scroll up to Time
  5. Select Time Stretch
  6. Type -100% on Stretch Factor
  7. On your keyboard Press [     (so your layer start where your blue indicator line is)

Another way to have more accuracy and control on reversing a video in After Effects is to use an option called “Enable Time Remapping”

Follow the step below or watch the video

  1. Open After Effects
  2. Drag and drop your video on your timeline
  3. On your timeline Right Click on your video layer
  4. Scroll up to Time
  5. Select Enable Time Remapping
    Shortcut PC: Ctrl+Alt+T
    Shortcut MAC: Command+Option+T
  6. Take the first keyframe and drag it at the end of you layer
  7. Take the last keyframe and drag at the beginning on your layer
  8. Adjust keyframes
  9. Now you should see the video playing in reverse.
    To increase the speed of the reverse you can also bring each keyframe closer together.

Let’s say you have created a nice animation with a bunch of keyframes and need to play it backward without using the time reverse option, luckily After Effects has an option to reverse your keyframes order.

Here are the simple steps

  1. Highlight the keyframes you need to reverse
  2. Right Click Go to KeyFrame Assistant
  3. Select Time-Reverse Keyframes
  4. Now the keyframes you selected are switched and ordered in reverse

Watch the video below to see how to reverse keyframes in After Effects

Have Question or better method to reverse in After Effects ? Please comment below, Thanks!

2018-04-28T22:01:30+00:00

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