There is always more than one side to everything, especially when it comes to what you see on the internet. The concept of memes is founded on taking a joke or image and completely warping or changing the context.

The same is true for GIFs, everyone’s favorite mini-movies you see around the web and in messaging apps. The GIFs themselves are usually taken out of context from their source, and you can take that even further by reversing them.

By playing a GIF in reverse, you can tell an entirely different joke or create a new story and rack up those upvotes and retweets. Reversing a GIF is easy with Kapwing’s Reverse Video tool. In this article I'll show you everything you need to reverse a GIF online.

  1. Head Over to Kapwing’s Reverse Video Tool
  2. Choose Your Reverse Speed & Sound
  3. Create Your Reverse GIF

Step One: Head Over to Kapwing’s Reverse Video Tool

Kapwing's Reverse Video tool gives you three options to choose from. 

When you arrive to the page for the Reverse Video Tool, you will see three options -- the first one being a large Upload button. Clicking on this button will allow you to upload any video or GIF on your computer to Kapwing for reversal.

The second option is to paste a GIF’s URL in the Paste a URL bar. Simply take the URL of any GIF you find online, paste it here, and Kapwing will upload it directly into their editor for you to use.

If you want to use a URL for a GIF, all you need to do is find it online. We recommend using GIPHY, as it has a huge library to choose from and likely has the specific GIF you are looking for.

The Copy Link option will give you access to the URL to use. 

Once you have found it, click on Copy Link to the right of the GIF. This will bring up a window with options for links that you can copy and paste into the URL bar on Kapwing.

You have two options of links to choose from.

Step Two: Choose Your Reverse Speed & Sound

When the Reverse Tool studio is brought up,  you will notice that there are only two options for you to choose from: “Reverse Speed” and “Mute Video?”.

The options for reversing your GIF. 

The Reverse Speed option gives you three speeds to choose from: 0.5x, 1x, and 2x. You can select which one of these things works best for you, and once you have one selected, the preview on the right will show you how it looks. Play around with all three to find out which one suits you best.

The Mute Video section only applies if you're trying to reverse a video. GIF files do not contain any sound and if you're reversing a GIF, you can safely ignore this option.

Step Three: Create Your Reverse GIF

When you have your settings ready to go, click on the Create button in the lower-left corner of your screen to start Kapwing’s cloud processing service.

The "Create" button will take you to the processing screen. 

This will take you to the video processing screen, where you can see the creation progress of your project in Kapwing. Shorter GIF will process quickly compared to longer video projects.

You have a ton of options to choose from once your revered GIF is made.

Once  processing is done, Kapwing will take you to a final screen where you can review your reversed GIF and choose to do a variety of things with the file.

  • You can download the GIF to your computer to upload and use wherever you want.
  • You can choose to go back in and edit the GIF if you end up deciding to do something else with it.
  • You can choose to make the video public or private.
  • You can share it to multiple social media platforms, as well as get a link for it.
  • You can open it up in Kapwing’s editing studio to add texts, graphics, and more.
  • You can start a new project.

The GIF will also appear in your Kapwing Workspace, where you can store the file and come back to make any edits at a later date.

That's all there is to it. You're ready to start reversing every GIF you find online. In the meantime, find Kapwing on YouTube and Instagram for more tutorials and follow us on Twitter to stay up to date with our online video editor.


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