How to Play a Clip Backwards in Adobe Premiere Pro

Understanding how to manipulate clips is vital to getting the most out of your digital video editing software. The Clip Speed/Duration dialog in Adobe Premiere Pro enables you to adjust how fast and how long a clip plays. It's also the dialog you use if you want to reverse a video clip so that it plays backwards.

Race car
Playing clips backwards is a popular effect used in auto racing and other sports replays.
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Right-click in your timeline, click "Import," and then select the video clip you want to play backwards. Alternatively, import a clip by clicking "File," and then selecting "Import."

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Drag the clip to the desired location in your timeline.

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Click "Window" on the main menu, and then select "Info" to display the Info panel.

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Right-click the clip and select "Speed/Duration" on the pop-up menu to open the Clip Speed/Duration dialog.

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Place a check mark in the "Reverse speed" check box, and then click "OK" to reverse the clip. From now on, when the clip plays in the timeline it will play backwards.