How to Reverse Video Instagram

How to Reverse Video Instagram

For a brief period, Instagram introduced the reverse playback feature called Rewind, for reversing videos on the Instagram app.

However, the feature was subsequently removed from all Instagram video versions after the introduction of Stories and Reels. According to Instagram, it was an attempt to make Instagram content more original and less of an effects-centred app like Snapchat.

But users still want to be able to create videos in reverse because it remains a popular effect to bring uniqueness to content. In this article, we are going to address every question you may have around reversing Instagram videos whether on the app or using a third-party app.

Can You Reverse Video on Instagram

No, you cannot reverse videos directly on Instagram. The feature was briefly available from 2017 to 2020 but was later removed from the app. Now, you can still create the reverse effect for Instagram videos but you can only do that using third-party apps.

So, even though you cannot reverse videos directly on Instagram, you can still create videos outside Instagram, add the reverse effect so that the video plays from the end backwards, and then upload the edited video to your Instagram posts, stories, and reels.

However, because you are creating the video outside of the Instagram app, there are important things that you need to take into account when creating the reverse video.

Instagram is very strict about aspect ratio and video resolution. For example, if you are creating a video for a standard Instagram post, the aspect ratio should be 4:5. If you are creating the video for reels and stories, the aspect ratio should be 9:16.

Also, the default video resolutions for all Instagram videos are 1080p x 1080p, and 1080p x 1920p.

The reason we are pointing these out before going into reversing videos on Instagram is because, if your reversed videos are not created using these recommended specifications, you are very likely to experience glitches with you reverse videos on Instagram.

Now that you understand the fundamentals about getting your reverse video right on Instagram, let’s have a look at all the ways to reverse videos on Instagram using third-party apps.

How to Reverse Video on Instagram

The quickest and easiest way to reverse videos for Instagram used to be by recording on Snapchat, adding the reverse filter, and then uploading on Instagram.

However, for some reason, Snapchat has also removed the reverse filter from the app so you can no longer reverse videos directly in the Snapchat app.

But that’s okay. We have researched and detailed excellent alternatives for reversing videos on Instagram below.

1. Use An Online Service

One of the simplest ways to reverse videos for Instagram is to use an online service. When you use an online service, you do not need to install any applications on your phone.

You only need to go to the website, upload the video, reverse it, and then redownload it. This is a great alternative for people who do not want to clutter their phones with new applications.

However, if you will be using the reverse feature often, you may want to consider using any of the apps that we will detail later.

In any case, here are a few excellent online services for reversing videos for Instagram.

1. Clideo – Paid

Clideo is easy, fast, and gives you a useful range of options for reversing your videos for Instagram. Clideo is a paid online service.

You can use it for free but the free version will leave a Clideo watermark on your reversed video. We recommend Clideo because of its ease of use, range of options, and the output quality that is tailored to Instagram specifications.

Follow the simple steps below to use Clideo to reverse any video of your choice:

1. Go to the Clideo video reverse site using the link provided above.

2. When the page opens, click on Choose Video. You can do this using either your desktop or mobile device

3. Then, locate the video you want to reverse and select it

4. Clideo will then present the option of choosing the reverse speed for the video: 0.5x, 1x, and 2x. 0.5 plays the video at half the original speed. 1x plays the video at the normal speed. 2x plays the video at twice the original speed. Select your preferred option here

5. The other option Clideo presents is the video output format. You can select either of MP4 or MOV. It does not matter which format you choose because Instagram accpets them both.

MP4 is an international video format standard while MOV is proprietary to Apple format for QuickTime video maker.

6. The third option is the Mute Video option. This is a great option because if you are revsersing a video, you do no want the audio to betray the fact that the video is reversed.

So, we recommend that you tick the box to mute the video, unless you want your audience to know that the video is actually in reverse, and don’t mind how the audio may sound

7. When you are done making your changes, you can then click on Export to begin the conversion to reverse.

8. When the conversion is done, you will be presented with the option to remove the watermark from the video. Click on that to complete your payment and then come back to download the watermark-free reversed video for your Instagram post.

2. Kapwing – Paid

Kapwing is another paid, online video editor that allows you to reverse videos for Instagram. Kapwing packs a whole lot more paunch than Clideo. On Kapwing, for example, you can choose the video aspect ratio before reversing the video.

You know this is important because, as we explained earlier, aspect ratio is key when uploading videos on Instagram, especially if you are reversing the video.

On Kapwing, you can select 4:5 if you are reversing a standard Instagram post, or 9:16 if you are reversing a reel or story video. Let’s get right to it:

1. Go to Kapwing using the link provided above

2. Click on Choose A Video

3. An editing page will open where you have some editing options to choose from. Here, you can choose the aspect ratio of the video that you want to edit.

Choose the appropriate aspect ratio for the type of video you are making for Instagram. If you are making a standard Instagram post, select 4:5

4. Then, select Upload at the top to find and upload the video that you want to reverse

5. When the video is loaded, make sure to tick the Reverse box on the right side of the screen. You will also see other options like trimming and cropping the video.

Trimming means removing some parts of the beginning or end of the video while cropping means removing unwanted outer areas from the video or changing its dimensions to fit the area you have chosen.

6. After making the desired changes here, click on the Effects tab. At Audio, select Detach Audio.

7. When the audio editing window opens, drag the volume to the lowest to mute the video

8. Then click on Export Project at the top right

9. Click Upgrade to remove watermark or click Export As MP4 to continue with the watermark

10, Finally, click on Download File to download the reversed video for your Instagram post

3. EZGIF – Free

EZGIF is free and does not leave watermarks on your video. The only issue you may have on EZGIF is that the reversed video may lose a little bit of quality.

But if your video was already created in high quality, then there is absolutely nothing to worry about. Also, EZGIF does not support uploading videos more than 100mb in size.

To use EZGIF:

1. Go to the EZGIF video reverse link provided above

2. Click on Choose File and then select the video you want to reverse for Instagram

3. Next, click on Upload Video to upload the video and start editing

4. When the video loads, you will see options like Reverse Sound and Mute Sound. Reverse sound will make the audio to play in reverse just as the video is playing in reverse. Tick the boxes that apply to the video you are trying to create for Instagram.

5. Leave the Output Format as Copy Original so that you minimize loss of quality

6. Next, click on Reverse Video to start reversing the video

7. When the conversion is complete, click on the 3 vertical dots at the bottom side the video

8. Then select Download to download the video to your devide

2. Use An App

If you do not want to use an online service, there are several excellent mobile applications you can use to reverse your videos for Instagram. We have provided a few options for you below that work both on Android and iOS.

1. Capcut for Android and iOS – Free

1. Go the link provided above to download and install Capcut for your phone OS version

2. After installation, launch the Capcut app on your phone and accept the terms of use

3. Next, select New Project and grant Capcut the required permissions

4. Next, locate the video you want to put in reverse for Instagram. Tap on it and click on Add at the bottom of the screen

5. When the video loads, click on Mute Clip Audio to turn off the sound

6. Then, tap once on the video clip at the bottom to bring up some options at the bottom of the screen

7. On the options, scroll to the right until you see Reverse. Tap on Reverse

8. Capcut will convert the video to the reversed form

9. Once done, click on the Export or Share icon at the top right of the screen and then click Done

10. The video is automatically saved to your phone gallery

NOTE: When you play the reversed video, you will find that the video ends with a Capcut watermark.

The good thing is that you can remove this in the settings so that there is no indication on your Instagram video how the reverse was created. To remove the Capcut watermark ending, follow the steps below:

1. Launch the Capcut app

2. Instead of tapping on New Project, click on the Settings icon at the top right of the screen

3. At Add Default Ending, toggle to turn if off. When prompted, confirm to discard the default ending

4. You have successfully removed the Capcut watermark ending and your video is ready to go on Instagram.

On Capcut, you do not have the option to select the aspect ratio. The video will be reversed in the original aspect ratio. You do have the option to change the resolution but you not need to do that because the default is already the recommended 1080p.

The steps outlined above were tested on an Android phone. There may be a slight difference in the iOS version but the methodology is generally the same.

2. InShot for Android and iOS – Free with Paid Version

InShot is a popular video editing app among Instagram users because of its great features and ease of use. Follow the steps below to reverse your video for Instagram:

1. Download and install InShot using the appropriate link provided above for your phone OS

2. Launch InShot app and accept the terms of use

3. When the app loads, select Video under Create New

4. Allow InShot the required permissions when prompted

5. InShot will open your gallery containing both photos and videos

6. To find the video more easily, tap on Video at the top of the screen to display only videos in your gallery

7. Then, tap on the video that you want to reverse and then tap on the checkmark at the bottom of the screen

8. Tap Next and OK on the tutorial page that opens, then the video will load

9. At the editing options at the bottom of the video, scroll to the right until you see Volume. Tap on Volume and slide the volume down to zero to remove the audio. Then tap on the checkmark

10. Then, keep scrolling to the right until you find Reverse. Tap on Reverse

11. InShot will start reversing the video. Do not interrupt the process or leave the screen during this process

12. When the conversion is done, tap Save at the top right of the screen

13. Here, you will be given options for Resolution and Frame Rate. Tap on each to select the specifications that you want for your video. 1080p is ideal for resolution. For frame rate, you can select 60fps

14. Then click on Save to save the video to your device

NOTE: Videos reversed on InShot have the InShot watermark on them. To reverse videos without the watermark, you would have to pay a subscription fee. This will also remove the annoying ads that crop up after editing videos.

KineMaster for Android and iOS – Free With Paid Version

KineMaster is another excellent software for reversing videos for Instagram on your phone. We have chosen it because it gives you the option to choose the aspect ratio for the video, which is very important when uploading videos on Instagram. Follow the steps below to reverse videos using KineMaster:

1. Download and install KineMaster using the appropriate link provided above for your phone OS

2. Launch KineMaster and accept the terms of use

3. Click on New Project

4. On the project page that opens, select your preferred aspect ratio and then click on Create

5. Grant the required permissions for KineMaster and then select the video that you want to reverse

6. Then, tap on the clip at the bottom of the page to bring up the editing options

7. Tap on Reverse from the options and stay on the screen while KineMaster reverses the video

8. You can also scroll down and select the Volume option and then slide the volume all the way down to mute the audio

9. Next, click on the Share button at the top right of the screen and then select Save Video. If you do not see the Share button right away, tap the back button at the top of the editing options where you have Crop, Trim, and so on. This will reveal the Share button

10. If you are prompted to upgrade to the paid version, you can do that. Otherwise, click on Skip or Ignore to continue saving with the free version

NOTE: The free version of KineMaster will leave a KineMaster watermark on your reversed video. To remove this, you would have to purchase the paid version of the app.

In conclusion, even though the reverse video feature is no longer available on Instagram, you can still use good third-party apps to reverse the videos and then upload to Instagram.

You only need to make sure that the videos you are creating adhere to Instagram aspect ratio and resolution specifications.

David Johnson is a freelance writer with 9 years of experience writing for Techzillo and other established tech outlets like iMore. His focus and key interests are Apple and accessibility as well as consumer technology in general. Read our Editorial Guidlines and Fact Checking process.


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