How to Create a Rewind Effect in Adobe Premiere

Level: Beginner

After opening Adobe Premiere for the first time, and laying eyes on that hectic screen with all the little boxes labeled, source, timeline, and other things you didn’t know existed, there’s that nagging little voice in your mind that says, “Uh Oh.” Rather than just blindly clicking around like I did in attempt to edit your video, might I recommend that you have an ultimate goal for how you’d like yours to look. If you have a specific result in mind and you start out with smaller, less involved effects, tackling the many options in Adobe Premiere will seem much easier than your work area implies.

That being said, let’s start with something simple. This blogpost will show you how to quickly create a rewind effect by changing the speed of your video and simply playing it backwards. With only a few short steps, this process is easy to learn, but will still look cool enough to impress all of your friends.

Open Adobe Premiere and import the video you wish to edit by clicking                          FILE–>IMPORT and browsing until you find your video. Once imported, the video will appear in the project box of your work area, which is located in the top left corner. Your Project Box will look like the picture to left if imported correctly. The title of your piece should appear under Name.

Unfortunately, we cannot edit our video while it sits in the Project Box, so we must drag and click the video to move it to the timeline at the bottom of our screen. Once in the timeline, our video is ready to edit.

In order to access a wide range of effects and options, right click on the clip you wish to edit in the timeline. If double clicking does not bring up an options menu, check your settings for Adobe Premiere, as you may not have specified this preference.

Once you have found the menu, click on the option that says, Speed/Duration. Doing so will bring up a little box in the middle of your screen.

Right now, my speed is set at 100%, which is the normal speed of the video. By increasing or decreasing that percentage, I speed up or slow down the speed of the clip, respectively. So say I’d like to create a slow motion effect, I might reduce the speed to 50% and see how that looks. In order to create a rewind effect, I am going to go ahead and increase that speed all the way to 200%.

To play the clip backwards, a very crucial step in creating a rewind effect, I simply have to click the box marked Reverse Speed, as shown above. This will play my clip backwards, which, along with the increased speed, will create the illusion of my video being rewinded or undone. The video below shows exactly how this looks, first played in normal speed, and then played backwards and at a speed of 200%.

Pretty cool, right? Now keep editing my fellow amateurs, tackling each effect in Adobe Premiere one step at a time! And don’t forget to share your progress with me!


~ by stacyteierle on November 8, 2011.

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