Reversing a video clip makes it so that the last frame plays first and the first frame plays last. You may want to reverse a clip in your project for a myriad of reasons, and we’re going to walk you through how to do it in Final Cut Pro X.

This feature can simulate a rewind effect or change the direction of a moving object; like reversing a sunset if you were too lazy to get up at 5 AM to catch the sunrise.

The exciting news: Accomplishing a reverse clip is fast and easy!

Let’s get started.

Step 1: In your Timeline, select a clip or multiple clips that you’d like to reverse. 

Step 2: Now choose the Retime button. It looks like a little stopwatch. 

Step 3: Now click on Reverse clip. Once you see a green bar with little arrows pointing to the left above your clip, you’ll know it has been reversed.

Optional: Adjust your clip’s speed. If you want to speed up or slow down your reverse effect, you can do that by grabbing the retiming handle at the edge of the colored bar. Dragging it to the right increases the speed and dragging it to the left will decrease it. Pretty cool, huh?

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