How to Reverse Video and Audio on TikTok

Eye-catching edits on TikTok are easy to achieve with effects like reverse. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to reverse a video on TikTok, and provide examples to help you brainstorm ideas

How to Reverse Video and Audio on TikTok

TikTok has been an outlet for content creators to share stories, and its simple features make it easy for anyone to get creative. The reverse effect is the latest feature creators having been using to make scroll-stopping videos.

In a few taps, this effect gives ordinary videos an unexpected twist and the possibilities are endless! Reverse a makeup removal video, and suddenly wipes become the applicator. Break the mold by reversing a viral TikTok dance. Film yourself throwing items, then add the reverse effect. The results? Your hands now have the power to grab objects from afar.

The reverse effect is easy to apply, so there's no need to edit for hours, but it's not a flawless process. You can't reverse the audio and the effect is applied to the entire video, but there's a solution to both of the issues.

In this article, I’ll cover how to reverse a video on TikTok three different three ways.

  • How to reverse a video in TikTok
  • How to reverse video and audio
  • How to reverse one clip for TikTok

How to Reverse a Video in TikTok

The process to reverse a video in TikTok is simple and can be applied to an uploaded video or a video made within the app. I'll cover how to use this feature in a few steps. Let's get started.

Tap the plus sign, then record to film a video, or tap upload to add a video from your device. The maximum length of a TikTok video is 60 seconds and the minimum length is three seconds. Upload videos with a 9:16 aspect ratio to fit the dimensions of a smartphone.

Tap the red checkmark and next to go to the next screen, then tap effects.

Select time at the bottom right corner of the screen, then tap reverse to apply the effect. If you're happy with the results, tap save, then next to fill out the last screen.

That's it! Keep scrolling to watch a few reversed videos to gather inspiration.


Haters will say it’s in reverse.

♬ original sound - Daniel LaBelle


TUTORIAL: reverse effect ✨ #tiktokpartner #learnontiktok #tiktokeffects #tiktoktips #tiktok101

♬ original sound - Jera Foster-Fell


Tutorial on how I did my last video! Check it out 🥰 #tutorial #transition #bananadrop #MakeSomeoneSmile #anthusiastic #reverseeffect

♬ Banana (feat. Shaggy) [DJ FLe - Minisiren Remix] - Conkarah

The reverse effect gets the job done, but an external editor gives you more options. With an online tool like Kapwing, you can reverse someone else's TikTok video, reverse audio, or reverse one clip. This could even be an option when reverse is not working on TikTok.

How to Reverse Video and Audio

Reversing audio may be essential for the context of a video. Sometimes this effect is used to pick up subliminal messages or to make a unique sound effect. In this example, I'll show you how to reverse the video and audio using Kapwing.

Kapwing is a a free browser-based video editor you can use on any iPhone, Android, PC, or tablet. Head over to Kapwing, click tools then scroll down until you see the reverse video tool.  Upload a video or paste a link to any TikTok video.

You can choose from three different speeds and there's an option to mute the audio. After you select a speed, click create to begin processing your video.

When the video has been processed, click download to save it to your device or create a free account with Kapwing to remove the watermark before downloading.

How to Reverse One Clip for TikTok

In Kapwing Studio, you can cut out a section from the original video and replace it with a clip from the reversed video. Head over to Kapwing, click start editing, and upload the original and reversed video.

To keep the audio the same, right-click the video and select detach audio. You can mute the reversed video by dragging the circle next to volume all the way to the left.

Use the split tool above the timeline or type "s" on your keyboard to cut out a section from the reversed video. Delete any extra clips from the timeline, then, split the original video to insert the reversed clip. You can drag the ends of track to trim it. Continue editing your clips until the reversed video is in sync with the original video. We want to achieve a seamless reverse effect!

When you're finished editing, watch the video a few times to make sure it's exactly how you want it to appear. Click export video at the top the studio, then click download to save it to your device.

I hope this article showed you how to reverse a video on TikTok and provided a helpful alternative for more creative edits. Stay tuned for even more content by subscribing to Kapwing App on YouTube and follow us on Twitter at @KapwingApp. Reach out if you have feedback and tag us on social media so we can see what you make!  

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