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  1. Does anyone know a freeware program that allows video's to be play backwards? Like .avi's and whatever else. Even if you can only view it backwards, that would be fine.
    Even better, it would be nice if you could also encode it to play backwards, so i could send just the .avi file, or whatever, to people without them having to use the program to view it backwards.
    Thanks.
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    Most NLE's (Vegas, Premiere, AVID, etc) have a effect function/plugin that allow you to reverse the clip or entire timeline. This must almost always be rendered as a separate file, however.
    Once rendered, you can do what you want with it--encode, stream, email...

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    (Sorry, No "Backwards Players" that I know of. Also, once encoded to MPEG, it gets much more complicated--P & B frames in the GOP must already have info from the earlier I frame.)
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    AVISynth:
    reverse()
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    For playing i dont know, but for encoding backwards use AviSynth (free, thats what you asked for) with a script like for example this:

    AVISource("c:\MyVideo.avi")
    Reverse()

    You can also play the AviSynth script in for example Mediaplayer, but i guess you need a damn fast PC to play it smoothly.
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  5. Thanks for the replies and info.

    I installed AviSynth 2.0.8., but i am unable to start the program. There is no launcher button.
    I think maybe i'm missing something here. I'm trying to understand this script thing, but i'm not quite sure what to do.

    I had Vegas at one point, but my trial ended. Grrrr.

    I guess Pinnacle Studio has the reverse function in one of it's plugins, but i'm not paying $20 for it.

    It's too bad there's no backwards player. You'd think there would be something like that out there since playing audio in reverse is so painfully easy. I do realize that video is more complicated, but come on, lol.
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    AviSynth has no frontend, it does its things in the background when needed.
    Use Notepad, write in the script, save it with .AVS extension. Then Rightclick the AVS file and choose Open With.., select program from a list, doubleclick on Windows mediaplayer. Next time you can just drag and drop it into mediaplayer (WMP9 at least).
    For encoding you can just drag and drop it in your favorite encoder, for ex CCE or VirtualDub or whatever.
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  7. Originally Posted by thor300
    AviSynth has no frontend, it does its things in the background when needed.
    Use Notepad, write in the script, save it with .AVS extension. Then Rightclick the AVS file and choose Open With.., select program from a list, doubleclick on Windows mediaplayer. Next time you can just drag and drop it into mediaplayer (WMP9 at least).
    For encoding you can just drag and drop it in your favorite encoder, for ex CCE or VirtualDub or whatever.
    I was thinking my install went wacky, then i started thinking that this program is used in a different way. And it looks like it is.

    I started to look at the faqs link when i got a message that you replied.

    Thanks for the info though. It'll get me going faster.
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    Try this http://home.t-online.de/home/klaus.horst/hobby/vtoolbox_de.html -- it will create a backwards file. (the website is in German - I think, but the program has English as an option).
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    One of the freeware video editors in the "Tools" section ("Advanced Video Editors" category) might do the job:

    Avid Free DV
    Zwei Stein
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    I admit it, I could be wrong. I thought that some programs had a speed value that could be entered as a negative to get the reverse play effect. ????
    IS IT SUPPOSED TO SMOKE LIKE THAT?
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    Originally Posted by ZAPPER
    I admit it, I could be wrong. I thought that some programs had a speed value that could be entered as a negative to get the reverse play effect. ????
    That certainly works in Premiere (done as a percentage). I don't know about the ones I quoted above, I just know that they are fairly well regarded (considering they're freeware) and so might be able to do the job. A little investigation on the OP's part is required...
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    Actually, the AVID line uses the J-K-L keys to play Reverse-Stop/Pause-Forward. Kind of overkill just to "play" a file backwards, but they do work. (They also have a motion effect tool that allows you to input % speeds)

    IIRC, a number of other NLE's are now using similar key combinations to AVID's (incl. Premiere)--should do the same thing.

    Notice that all the other suggestions involve creating a file, i.e. rendering. That is your best bet for standard players, particularly if using codecs that have non-keyframe capability. You may not always know what kind of system your "audience" will have.

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