Play movies backwards with Video Time Reversal

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 13, 2016
Music and Video

Video Time Reversal 2 is a specialized video conversion program for the Windows operating system that enables you to convert video files so that they run backwards.

From Led Zeppelin to the Beatles and Eminem, big artists seem to have a thing for adding secret messages to their songs, and if you are a fan of an artist, you may want to discover those by playing songs or videos backwards.

No matter if you want to check out if your favorite movies or music videos have hidden messages, or if you just want to see what happens when you play a video backwards, Video Time Reversal 2 is the program for the job.

Video Time Reversal

The program is portable and can be run from any location once it has been downloaded and unpacked.

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Simply load a video using the open button, and hit the reverse button afterwards to start the conversion.

Video Time Reversal uses ffmpeg which means that it supports a wide variety of video formats that you can load into the program to create a copy of them that plays from end to beginning.

You may want to hit the options once to make sure everything is set to your satisfaction. There you may change a handful of options including the output format for the reversed video file (avi by default), and whether you want the sound reversed as well or not (default is reversed sound).

You can change the output format to make Video Time Reversal use the same as the input format. This should work well most of the time but if you run into issues, try using one of the other suggested formats instead to see if it resolves those issues.

The conversion should not take too long and the new reversed file is placed in a directory of your choice once the process completes.

From there it is just a matter of playing the newly created video file in a media player of your choosing.

Want some suggestions to get started? Eminem's My Name Is sounds really nice and has a secret message. Other songs you may want to try are Stairway to Heaven from Led Zeppelin, Empty Spaces by Pink Floyd, or Hotel California by The Eagles.

Closing Words

Reversed videos or songs don't sound good most of the time, but some artists may surprise you. More often than not, there is no secret message to discover, but you may have fun watching videos in reverse nevertheless.

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  1. Anonymous said on August 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Why not make use of the mplayer.conf?

  2. Mike J said on August 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Huh, I have never even seen this “font cache” pane; videos play at once for me, using VLC & XP SP3.

    1. Martin said on August 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm

      Mike, in theory this should have only been displayed once to you, at the very first video that you played with VLC. The time this window is displayed depends largely on the number of fonts in your font directory.

      1. Mike J said on August 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm

        huh, I lucked out for a change?? Amazing!!
        Apparently VLC keeps this info through version updates, but I didn’t see this message after a fresh OS install about 8 weeks ago, & a new VLC.

  3. myo said on August 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    yes, yes, i have the same problem. sometimes, VLC crashes when it is playing .mov file.

  4. Kishore said on August 13, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Buidling font Cache pop-up


    Open VLC player.

    On Menu Bar:


    (at bottom – left side)
    Show settings — ALL

    Open: Video
    Click: Subtitles/OSD (This is now highlited, not opened)
    Text rendering module – change this to “Dummy font renderer function”


    Re-open – done.
    Progam will no longer look outside self for fonts

    Source –

    1. Martin said on August 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm

      Great tip, thanks a lot Kishore.

  5. javier said on August 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    @Kishore, I’ll try your tips, but does this mean it will no longer show subtitles either?
    I do use subtitles, but the fontcache dialog box pops up (almost) everytime I play a file.

    Could this be related to the fonts I have installed? Or if I add/remove fonts to my system?

    I’ll try to do a fresh install also, if your tips does no work. I’ll post back here later…


  6. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,

  7. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,Dont worry, VLC is currently sorting out this issue and the next version will be out soon.

    No probs @ Martin !! Its my pleasure

  8. Ted said on October 22, 2010 at 3:57 am

    Try running LC with administrator privileges. That seemed to fix it for me

  9. Evan said on December 8, 2013 at 1:48 am

    I am using SMplayer 0.8.6 (64-bit) (Portable Edition) on Windows 7 x64. Even with the -nofontconfig parameter in place SMplayer still scans the fonts. Also, I have enabled normal subtitles and it is still scanning fonts before playing a video. Also, it does this every time the player opens a video after a system restart (only the fist video played).

  10. Mike Williams said on September 6, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    Does that mean that only instrumental versions of songs will be available for non-paying users?

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