Quicktime Easter Egg - Play Quicktime Movies Backwards

1. Open a QuickTime Movie
2. Hold down shift.
3. Keep holding shift and double click the movie image
4. Sit back and laugh at how funny The Phantom Menace trailer sounds backwards

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Contributed By: Geoff Gordon on 07-24-1999
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RavenWorks writes:
It doesn't have anything to do with RAM. Certain filetypes play in reverse, others play short clips in reverse order. It has to do with how the audio track is encoded; for example, if you try it with a WAV file then an MP3 file, a WAV file will play in true reverse, and an MP3 file will play short clips in reverse order.
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PLAYSTNLVR writes:
Collin, Trp. You're both wrong. RAM has nothing to do with it, and it doesn't matter where you play it from. It just matters which version of quick time you use. Early ones don't play in reverse at all. Newer ones play in reverse video but the audio is confused because it wants to play forward but the position keeps moving backwards so it keeps correcting itself by moving back (whether this was accidently overlooked or they just didn't feel like coding it (which is what I think), i don't know). In the newest versions it plays backwards video and audio (unless they just made the audio update faster so you don't notice as much; I would have to unencode the executable to find out). P.S. By my repetitive use of parentheses, can you tell I program in BASIC?
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Trp writes:
You just have to put the tracking lever all the way to the end of the movie and then do it, it will play it in true reverse.
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TechHeads writes:
I just tried a .mov file with Quicktime 6.5.1, in Windows, and it was perfectly reversed audio AND video. And I had 4 other windows open too.
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This is not an easter egg. This is a standard feature of Quicktime. You can also do it by typing Open-Apple (Control for PC) -left. Also, if you have enough RAM, it DOES play the movie in true reverse. If you don't, it plays half-second snippets in reverse order.
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<.> writes:
it worked for me, i had my friend to record a funny film and i played it backwards, i was lol and hyper. Thx alot
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L10N writes:
weird, its not true reverse. it slices the entire film into sequences about half a second long and plays those in reverse order, you can still pick up words (said forward in reverse order) very entertaining :)
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Mightyvik writes:
RAM doesn't help the audio (if 512 megs of ddr won't do it, I don't know what will), the newest version doesn't do it right either. I have quicktime 5, which is the newest version (at least it was a few minutes ago when I checked their website), and it still chops up the audio into little bits. The video, however, is not chopped up, as it seems some people here are saying. Only the audio is screwy.
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