Filmora Video Editor
Best video editing tool to rotate and flip video footage
  • Horizontal and vertical flipping available
  • Clockwise and anticlockwise rotation ability
  • Edit and enhance videos easily
  • 300+ built-in filters and overlays to make transition more smoothly

How to Rotate or Flip Your Video on Windows (with 2 Methods)

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 like VLC. If you want to rotate the video permanently, try Wondershare Filmora. 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 a Video with Filmora

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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If you are looking for some more tools to rotate and flip your video clips, you can check the list Top 5 Free Tools to Rotate or Flip Videos .

Part 2: How to Rotate a Video with VLC

VLC is a totally free to use software. Normally, people tend to think it is a media player, but if you look into deeper, VLC is also a video editor. Also, it can run on almost all platforms like Windows/Linux/Mac/iOS/Android as an open source player. More importanly, you can use it to rotate or flip video easily. Below are the steps on how to rotate a video easily.

Step 1: Open VLC and the video that you want to rotate.

Step 2: Click Effects and Filters under Tools. Then select Video Effects tab where you can rotate video.

Step 3: Then go to Geometry under the subtab Video Effects. Check Transform to select a dirction that you want to rotate. You can rotate by 180/90/270 degrees. Here, you can also flip your video. Besides, you can also rotate video by a certain angle.

Note: When you open up a new video, this settings are still saved, so remember to uncheck the rotation.


Above are the solutions that you can use. You can use VLC to rotate video. However, if you want to have more video editing options and have a better editing experience, we strongly recommend Filmora. Download to have a try!

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Sep 07,2018 16:14 pm

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How to do that? can you make a video tutorial of that
Hi Irene - thanks for your comment! Will try this and get back to you. Saludos...
You can place the video to the second track (or other PIP track), and then you can rotate it in any angles.
You can put the image to the second track (or other PIP track), and then you can rotate it causally.
In my experience, you can change the settings at exporting, then you will find that there is a custom option under the Resolution field, click it and input the value. You can try it and check if it works.
I think you can put it to the second track (normally the PIP track), and then you can rotate the video as you like. You can try it.
Wake up Man, do you think there is any thing really free in the world? If you have used other software like Premiere Elements, which cost $99, you will find the watermark is haunting on the preview window even when you edit your video. Also!!! It has only a 30-day free trial period. Welcome to the "Pay-to-XXX" era.
it rotate video of 90 degree, great! but it looks that filmora actually is missing the feature to export videos in portrait mode, I mean for example to export 1080x1920 (portrait) instead of only 1920x1080 (landscape).
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...
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