Final Cut Pro X: Reverse or rewind clips

Reverse or rewind clips

In addition to changing the speed of a clip, you can also add directional effects:

  • Reverse: Reverses the order of frames in the clip, so that the last frame plays first.

  • Rewind: Appends a duplicate of a range selection or clip as a segment, rewinds the duplicated segment at 1x, 2x, or 4x speed, and then plays the original clip segment again in forward motion at normal speed.

Reverse a clip

  1. In the timeline, select a clip or a group of clips whose contents you want to reverse.

  2. Click the Retime pop-up menu below the viewer and choose Reverse Clip.

    The Retime pop-up menu below the viewer

    The green bar with arrows pointing to the left above the selection in the timeline indicates that the clip is reversed.

  3. If you want to adjust the speed of the reversed clip, drag the retiming handle.

    Dragging to the left increases the speed, and dragging to the right decreases it.

    The timeline showing the retiming handle of a reversed clip being dragged to adjust the speed
  4. To see the effect, play back the reversed clip or selection.

Rewind a range selection or clip

  1. In the timeline, select a range, a whole clip, or a group of clips whose contents you want to rewind.

  2. Click the Retime pop-up menu below the viewer and choose Rewind, then choose a speed from the submenu.

    The Retime pop-up menu below the viewer

    The selection is duplicated, added to the end of the original selection, and then reversed at the speed you chose. An additional duplicate of the timeline selection follows the reversed section and plays back in forward motion at the selection’s original speed.

  3. If you want to adjust the speed of the rewound section or the section before or after the rewound section, drag the section’s retiming handle.

    Dragging to the left increases the speed, and dragging to the right decreases it.

    The timeline showing the retiming handle of a rewound section of a clip being dragged to adjust the speed
  4. To see the effect, play back the rewound clip or selection.

Published Date: Mar 22, 2019
Helpful?
56% of people found this helpful.