How to Rotate or Flip Your Video

By Aug 24,2017 14:04 pm

Have you ever captured video with a cell phone or compact camera only to find it's vertically oriented and you can't view it properly? Before you go straining your neck or flipping your monitor in order to watch your video, we'll show you a few easier methods.

If simply want to rotate the video while you watch it, you can simply accomplish that within your media player. If you want to rotate the video permanently, try Wondershare Filmora (originally Wondershare Video Editor). It enables you to rotate video files in almost any video format including MOV, MP4, WMV, MKV, MTS, FLV, 3GP and more. Here you can download this software and learn how to rotate your video in any direction: you can rotate your video in 90 or 180 degrees clockwise or anticlockwise- whatever you need to correct the orientation. Let's check the tutorial first.

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Part 1: How to Rotate Video File

1.Import video files for rotation

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You can either click "Import" on the primary windows and select files from your computer, or simply drag and drop files to the User's Album. Then drag the files using the left mouse button and drop them onto the timeline video track in the lower part of the window.

2.Separate the fragment to be rotated (optional)

how to rotate or flip video

If you only need to rotate part of your video, place the red maker on the beginning of a wrongly-shot scene and hit the "Split" icon above the timeline. Then move the red marker to the end of the scene, and repeat this again. You can use the Timeline Zoomer for precise location.

3.Rotate or flip your video

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Double click the video on the timeline to bring up the editing panel. The Rotation options are located on top, including 4 buttons:

  • Rotate video 90 degrees clockwise and continuously so that you can also rotate video 180 degrees, 270 degrees and rotate back to the original position.
  • Rotate video 90 degrees anticlockwise and continuously, similar to Rotate 90 degrees clockwise but in anti-direction.
  • Flip video horizontally, upside down.
  • Flip video vertical, left to right, like looking at yourself in a mirror.

Click the button to rotate or flip your video and check the result in the preview window. When you get satisfied with the orientation of your video, hit "Return" and your clip will be rotated in the chosen way. Now you can turn to saving your video or continue editing.

4.Export the rotated or flipped video

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When your video turns out perfectly, you can click "Export" to save the rotated video. You can export video in any popular formats by choosing "Format". If you want to play video creation on iPhone, iPad and iPod, click "Device" and select a device from the list. You can also directly upload your finished videos to YouTube or burn to DVD discs for watching on TV using home DVD Player.

Tips: What's the differences between "Rotate" and "Flip"?

Rotating a video is to spin around on its axis, while Flipping is to turn the object over. The rotation doesn't change the shape of the video, but will change the position. Flip do change the shape and the side which originally faced upwards will face down, like reflection.

Why choose Wondershare Filmora to Rotate/Flip Video?

Using Wondershare Filmora, you can easily achieve the following editing features:

  • Easily rotate or flip your video files in just one click.
  • Edit video/audio/photos with go-to features like trim, split, crop, etc.
  • Make a picture-in-picture video,change the voice for fun with animated titles.
  • Control the action with speed up and slow down effects.
  • Share your video anywhere: TV, YouTube, Facebook, iPhone, PSP, etc.

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You liars. The program saves a watermark covering most of your video frame and you have to upgrade to the paid version to remove the watermark. This highly misleading article made it sound like everything was free, there was no mention that you have to pay for the software if you actually want it to work. This is not a how to, this whole wasted page is nothing more than a bait and switch advertorial.
Would be great if you had a function to rotate an image a few degrees to straighten the horizon!! Any help appreciated...
Nice tips! I use this tool: to rotate videos on my PC , but I needed an alternative for my Mac computer. Thank you very much, I think I found what I was looking for :)
Great! I use this tool: to edit and rotate videos on my PC but I couldn't find a decent editor for my Mac computer until I ran across this tutorial. I think I might found what I was looking for. Thanks :)
Will this software allow you to rotate a clip just a few degrees to straighten a crooked horizon?This is standard editing software with Final Cut Pro. Heck, even my iPhone allows for rotation just a few degrees. I've downloaded your software, and I do not want to purchase the full version if it can not do this basic task.
Hard to say from the pictures alone.. Maybe you need to crop black sidebars before rotating?
I'm very disappointed that you can't rotate the video by an arbitrary angle, only 90 degree steps. And the stabilizer function is quite useless given that you for some reason are given no choice of export quality, just a "Save" button with no options.. Bummer :(
Hey everyone , i need some help here , i'm working on a video . When i flip the video the right way , the video loses it's quality , and it goes to the size of a credit card. DOES ANYONE KNOW HOT TO FIX THIS ????????
Hi John, just export the video to preview the result with a windows player. The built-in players in video editors(not just Filmora, but almost all kinds of video editing programs do have such a lagging problem). But the actual video is fine.
So when I import a video it shows up as upside down. When I drag it down and rotate it the audio gets a delay of maybe 5 seconds and I don't have any clue how to fix it. I tried searching but not one trust worthy website showed up for suggestions.
• How-to tips for basic video editing
1.1 How to join video files
1.2 How to edit video frame
1.3 How to rotate video
1.4 How to crop video
1.5 How to trim video
1.6 How to reduce video size
1.7 How to compress video
1.8 How to improve video resolution
1.9 How to change aspect ratio
1.10 How to reverse your video
1.11 How to resize videos