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How to Rotate Your Video

Edited by Pat Bitton

March 19, 2020

When you record video on a phone or a compact camera, you sometimes find out (after the fact) that you held the device the wrong way, so the video is recorded as vertically oriented instead of horizontal and you can’t see it properly. If you want to keep this footage, the only way to rescue it is to rotate the entire movie (or the part of it that was wrongly shot).

In this article, we’ll highlight several ways to rotate a video.

How to Rotate Video on a PC or Mac

If you are looking for a way to rotate a video on a computer, we have a solution for you. Movavi Video Editor can rotate video files in almost any video format including MOV, MP4 (MPEG-4), AVI, 3GP, WMV, MPEG, FLV, HD video, and many more. Download this software and learn how to rotate your video in any direction: you can go 90 of 180 degrees clockwise or anticlockwise – whatever you need to correct the orientation.

How to rotate a video with Movavi Video Editor?

Install the Video Rotating Program

Download the program file and install Movavi Video Editor on your PC or Mac following the installation instructions.

Import Files for Rotation

Open the program and choose the New Project option. Click Add Media Files to add the videos that need to be rotated. The files you’ve uploaded will be added on the Timeline board at the bottom of the program window.

Isolate the Fragment to be Rotated (optional)

If you only need to rotate part of your movie, place the red marker on the beginning of a wrongly-shot scene, select the video on the Timeline and click the Split button. Then move the red marker to the end of the scene, and repeat this again.

Rotate Your Video Clip

There are two ways you can rotate your video. To rotate a clip by 90 degrees clockwise, select it on the Timeline and press the Rotate button as many times as you need.

If you want to rotate a video by an arbitrary angle, click the Crop and Rotate button and move the Angle slider until you achieve the desired result. You can also enter the rotation angle value in the field to the right of the slider. When you’re ready, click Apply.

Save the Rotated Video

Click Export and select one of the saving options from the tabs in the left part of the pop-up window. To export the video click Start. And that’s all there is to it! With Movavi Video Editor, you can fix any video that was accidentally shot in the wrong orientation in just a few minutes.

 

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How to Use an Online Video Rotation Tool

To rotate a video online, you can use one of the online video rotating services, for example ezgif.com. With an online service, you don’t need to download anything to rotate a video. But this advantage has a cost: the size of the file you can rotate is usually limited, and uploading your video to the website may not be secure. Also, the upload speed depends on the speed of your internet connection, so if your internet connection is slow, rotating your video may take a while.

If you want to avoid these disadvantages, try using a desktop app, for example Movavi Video Editor. But if you only want to rotate a small clip, online video rotation services can be useful. Let’s look at how to rotate a video with ezgif.com.

Go to the online video rotator web page

First, choose the video you want to rotate by clicking the Choose the file button. Then click the Upload video button. Mark the appropriate rotation option in the checkbox and choose the output format and encoding. Finally, click the Rotate video button and download the output video.

How to Rotate Video in VLC Media Player for Free

If you need a free tool for rotating videos, VLC Media Player can help you. This media player lets you rotate videos by 90, 180, or 270 degrees clockwise and by other degrees in between. Download the program and follow the instructions below to rotate your video.

Go to the VLC Media Player official page

Open VLC Media Player. Open the Tools menu and select Effects and Filters. In the window that opens, go to the Video Effects tab and then to the Geometry sub-tab. Check the Transform checkbox and choose the desired angle for rotation.

Video in VLC Media Player is rotated only for the purposes of playing. If you want to save the changed video, you need to go to the Media menu and select the Convert / Save option after executing the instructions above. Click Add and choose the current video, then click the Convert / Save button. In the Convert window, click the Settings icon. In the window that opens, click the Video codec tab and then Filters. Activate the Video transformation filter and click Save. Go back to the Convert dialog, choose a name and destination for a new file, and click Start. Finally, click Play to begin the transformation.

And that’s it! However, if you want to rotate videos without these kinds of complicated instructions, we recommend using Movavi Video Editor. This simple and powerful video editing software lets you rotate, trim, and resize your videos in just a couple of clicks. You can download a trial version for free.