Using the Reverse Effect in Avid Media Composer

Avid's Reverse Effect takes a clip and basically makes it go in reverse. While this effect is not often used, it is available to users that wish to add this effect to their video sequence.

Step 1: Using Reverse Motion

The Reverse Motion effect means that the entire video sequence is set in reverse. This is done via the Anchor Frame. This button is used to lock or freeze frames at a particular point within a clip or video sequence. The Anchor Frame will be placed at the end of the clip, and then the key frame values will then have a negative value. This causes the entire clip to go backwards.

For example, a user can cause people to look like they are walking backwards using this effect. The person will be filmed walking regularly, and then the effect will added. The problem with this effect is that the video will no longer play in real time, and generally all other effects will be deleted. This means that the effect will look choppy, especially when put up against standard, real-time clips.

The Reverse Motion effect should only be used on an as-needed basis. Or, the effect can be used for a single video sequence since it won't look as incongruous by itself.

Step 2: How to Add Reverse Motion to a Clip

The first thing that somebody needs to do is open up the Media Effect Editor and open up the clip or video sequence that needs to be edited. Now, users can follow the below steps to add the Reverse Motion effect:

  1. Scroll to the end of the video sequence or clip.
  2. Next, an ending key frame must be added to the end of the clip.
  3. Click on the Anchor Frame button. This button looks like a ship's anchor, and it is located on the left-hand side near the middle of the screen.
  4. User should click on the end of the clip. This will add the Anchor Frame to the end of the clip.
  5. The entire clip now must be dragged outside of the timeline's purple box. The beginning and end of the clip must be outside the purple box.
  6. If it has not already happened, users should convert the key frame rate to a negative value, and the position graph should rotate upwards.

Now, the clip should play backwards.

Step 3: When to Use Reverse Motion

The Reverse Motion effect can be used to emphasize a certain section of a clip or to just create an interesting video. Oftentimes, this effect is seem in funny videos or even commercials. Many videos on online sharing video sharing programs like YouTube also use this effect.

But, as mentioned earlier, it should be used sparingly, especially if the video is going to be used for a professional purpose. Because the video is no longer playing in real time, the entire clip tends to look jerky and uneven, and this will be especially noticeable next to clips that are playing in real time.