Unknown to many Photoshop users, you can actually edit videos on Adobe Photoshop and it is not that hard either. You can import your video into Photoshop and Photoshop will turn the frames into video layers. Thus, allow you to edit video frames by editing video layers. AVI, MPEG-4, 264, MOV (QuickTime), MTS – are some of the major file formats Photoshop supports.

The only drawback of photoshop video editing is, it can not work with large video files. The total number of layers are limited in Photoshop. Since it converts frames into layers, the total number of Video frames gets limited as well. Editing video and animation is a heavy process and your computer may lag a couple of times if you are using an outdated processor. 

So we recommend you increase your computer ram up to 8Gb at least and install an SSD card to speed up your pc. In this article, we will discuss in detail how to reverse video in Photoshop.

How to Reverse Video in Photoshop

Follow the steps below to reverse your video in Photoshop. A note has been attached with every step so that you have a better understanding of what is going on and what are the alternatives.

Step 1: Timeline

Open Adobe Photoshop and make sure that ‘Timeline’ is selected.

[Note– In case you can’t find the ‘Timeline’, it is located in the ‘Window’ dropdown menu.]

Enable Timeline from Window Menu

Step 2: Import

Now import the video you want to reverse into photoshop by clicking File>Import> Video Frames to Layers 

[Note– Avoid the ‘drag and drop’ method. Otherwise, it will take you to a different suit of motion workspace where the option of reversing the video frame is not available.]

Import The Video File

Step 3: Layer Conversion

While you are importing the video in Photoshop, a ‘Import Video To Layers’ dialogue box will pop up. Select a time range of the video that Photoshop will convert into Layers. 

Select The Video Range

[Note– Photoshop can not create more than 500 layers, so make sure to take a short time range of the video for smoother transitions. Also, the longer timeframe you take, the more time Photoshop takes to possess them into Layers. It can also slow down your computer for time being]

Step 4: Edit Layers

By now, you will have the time range of the video divided into layers on your ‘Timeline’ panel. Make any last-minute edits to any of the layers before reversing them (If necessary)

Step 5: Reverse

Now reverse the video by clicking the three bars icon on the top right corner of your Timeline panel. You will find the option of ‘Reverse Frame’. Click it.

Step 6: Export

After you have done reversing, export and render the video.

[Note– You will find the Export tab on the ‘File’ dropdown and you will also find the ‘Render Video’ option inside the export tab]

Step 7: Render

Once you click ‘Render Video’, a dialogue box will appear asking for information about your video. Provide that information. Photoshop may take some time to render your reversed video depending on the quality and length of your video. Your computer may slow down momentarily.

providing video information

[Note– You need to give your video a name. Do not erase the extension which is ‘.mp4’ or you will not find your video in a playable format. Choose a location where your reversed video will be saved. Create a subfolder if necessary. You can also change your video format from H.264 (mp4) to DPX or QuickTime (mov). Each of these formats contains a wide range of presets for you to select. You can also change the Screen size, Frame rate, and resolution of your video. Remember that, you can not increase the resolution of your video higher than the source video. You can only decrease them. Finally, click the ‘Render’ button after all the necessary information is provided.]

Step 8: Click and Play 

Go to the location you set for the video, find the video with the name you set and click to play the reversed video. Now you know how to reverse video in Photoshop.

Frequently Asked Question

Can I reverse a GIF in Photoshop?

Import the GIF into Photoshop. Enable Timeline from the ‘Window’ menu. To watch a preview of the animation, hit the Spacebar on your keyboard or click the Play button at the bottom of the Timeline panel. If your animation is playing backward, click the Timeline menu button once more and choose Reverse Frames.

How do you reverse an animation frame in Photoshop?

Import the animation into Photoshop. Enable the ‘Timeline’ option. Right-click on the desired group of frames or layers and choose “Reverse Frames.” You now have your original animation’s mirror “image.” Select the span of keyframes you want to reverse, right-click on them, and select Reverse Frames.

How do I change my timeline in Photoshop?

You can edit the length specified in the timeline. by choosing Document Settings from the flyout menu of the Animation panel. You also have the option of setting the duration and also choose a frame rate from the pop-up menu or you can enter a custom setting.


You may find a couple of methods on how to reverse video in photoshop. But we can assure you the method we discussed just now is the easiest and simplest one. There are many softwares that can do the job for you but Photoshop adds a useful feature compared to those softwares.

It lets you edit frames in-between videos with its advanced photo editing facilities. Reversing video creates a unique effect and it is not that complicated either. Even though this article contains roughly 1000 words, the process can take 2-3 minutes at max with only a few mouse clicks. 

We recommend you practice and play around with the options provided for you to edit videos and create cool transitional effects like reversed videos and use them in your projects, presentations, advertising, or other kinds of stuff.

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