What video player in Linux allows to play backwards?

Following answer is incorrect: https://softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/a/19236/18701 - KMplayer or VLC do not allow this.

  • Play backward as in play in reverse can be done by avidemux in linux. Reverse Movie FX in android.
    – Manu
    Oct 13, 2015 at 17:20
  • It is an editor - need player. Do not see such option in it either, also hanging every time on play. Oct 13, 2015 at 17:43
  • Do you need the audio to reverse at the same time as the video? Oct 14, 2015 at 3:05
  • No, video is enough. Oct 15, 2015 at 12:33

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Video editors can do this. OpenShot has a Seek Backward button that can run at -1X, -2X, -4X, -8X, etc. Kdenlive has the same feature, but the button is called Rewind. Neither of them play sound backward, though.

(Video players like VLC or Kmplayer are designed to work in situations like live streaming. To be able to run backward, they would have to either write everything to disk or store it all in memory, neither of which are desirable for streaming.)


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