The Backwards Video Task by @primaryideas

Reversing video easily for an amazing effect

Last year, we wrote about ‘Television – Beaming Ideas into your Livingroom!‘ Well, the TV watching has come up trumps once again…

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While watching Taskmaster on DaveTV, I saw the following task being carried out by the contestants (audio not appropriate for a primary school classroom):

The concept is brilliant. Film something, that is impressive when watched in reverse. Below is the video we came up with…

As part of our start of year; group work, English teaching and getting to know equipment activities we gave the children in Year Five this same task. They worked in groups, thought about and planned their video before then going through the technological steps to complete the task.

An example of the planning sheet is below and some of the finished examples can be viewed here.

For our implementation of it, we used iPad devices to film, iMovie app to edit and Reverser – Backwards Video Maker with Reverse Cam app to reverse the video. If we find other ways of reversing videos, we’ll update this post.


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