December 26, 2016 at 5:23AM


How to reverse a video with the person still talking "normal"?


I've been wondering how to properly pull off an effect, where the video is reversed but the person in the frame still lip syncs with the audio which is in real time. What would be the best method?


You will have to record it all backwards. The person will have to "lip" the sentences backwards. When you reverse the footage it will come out right.

December 26, 2016 at 5:32AM

Herman Delgado
Filmmaker, Editor

Two similar effects:

-- OK GO's The One Moment: . The band members had to yell out gibberish at high speed that looked normal when slowed down.

-- Coldplay's Yellow. Chris Martin had to sing at double speed, so that he'd be singing in time to the song when it was slowed down, with everything else in slow motion:

December 27, 2016 at 9:35PM

Adrian Tan

I think a better example would be The Scientist by Coldplay:

December 28, 2016 at 9:56AM

Prem S

Yes, it is a better example! Haven't seen that before. Though I wish Martin also walked backwards, like the guys in the Shorewood Lip Dub ( -- backwards, and slow motion).

Adrian Tan

December 28, 2016 at 11:36PM, Edited December 28, 11:36PM

We did that in this music video below.
(starts at 1:11 till 1:18)

It was a brief part of the song (only for 7 seconds) since reverse singing and playing an instrument at the same time is difficult. But anyway, before production we extracted the vocal track and reversed it. The singer studied it for a few days. Then, just for an example, we recorded it to see if lip sync was correct. It was not completely correct so he had to study it again. Once it was ready, he studied the guitar part by himself and so on.

December 28, 2016 at 9:58AM


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