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How to Rotate or Flip Your Video on Windows/Mac [3 Methods]

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Jun 24, 2021• Proven solutions

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 by rotating videos.

If you 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 when making a video, try Wondershare Filmora9, which allows you to rotate a video and save it on Windows and Mac. It enables you to rotate video files in almost any video format including MOV, MP4, WMV, MKV, MTS, FLV, 3GP and more and rotate it at any angle. 

Here you can download this software and learn how to rotate your YouTube video in any direction on Windows and Mac. You can rotate your video in 90 or 180 degrees clockwise or anticlockwise - whatever you need to correct the orientation.

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Part 1: How to Rotate a Video with Filmora9

Filmora9 is PC-Mac cross-platform compatible. In the tutorial below, we will show you how to rotate a video in Windows 7/8/10 with Filmora9 step by step. You can now rotate the upside-down video. Let’s go on.

Why Choose Wondershare Filmora to Rotate/Flip Videos?

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

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

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To rotate a video with Filmora9, you can follow these steps:

Step 1. Import video files for rotation

To rotate videos, you need to import and load the video clips you need to rotate to Filmora9 first. You can either click "Import" on the primary windows and select files from your computer or simply drag and drop files to the media library.

Then drag the files using the left mouse button and drop them onto the timeline video tracks in the lower part of the window.

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Step 2. Separate the fragment to be rotated (optional)

If you only need to rotate parts of your video, you can select the desired rotating parts with the split feature in Filmora9. Just place the red playheader maker at 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 to select the rotating part. You can use the Timeline Zoomer to zoom in the timeline for the precise location.

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Step 3. Rotate or flip your video

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

    • Rotate: Rotate videos upside down, rotate left, rotate right, or 90 degrees clockwise, 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. You can move the Rotate Slider or enter the rotating value directly.
    • Flip: You can flip the video clip horizontally left to right or vertically upside down, just like looking at yourself in a mirror.
    • Scale: Adjust the size of the rotated videos from 0 to 4X.
    • Position: Adjust the position of the rotated video clip to anywhere you like in the video footage.

Select any of the Transform effects you like to rotate left or right or flip your video and check the result in the preview window. When you get satisfied with the orientation of your video, hit "OK" and your clip will be rotated in the chosen way. Now you can turn to save your video or continue editing.

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Step 4. Export the rotated or flipped video

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 the 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 a home DVD Player.

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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 Media Player is a totally free-to-use software. Normally, people tend to think it is a media player, but if you look 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 importantly, you can use it to rotate or flip videos easily. Below are the steps on how to rotate a video with VLC Media Player.

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

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

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

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

Part 3: Rotating Videos with Windows Movie Maker for Free

If you are using Windows 7 and having Windows Movie Maker installed on your PC, you can rotate video clips on Windows for free. Here is a brief tutorial about how to rotate a video on Windows with WMM.

Note: Windows Movie Maker has been discontinued and can’t be downloaded from the Microsoft official website. If you want to download a copy of WMM from a third-party website, please make sure the website is trustable.

The steps of rotating videos on Windows with Movie Maker is similar to that in Filmora9: Import video clips to Windows Movie Maker, preview the video clip, and then apply the Rotate feature to rotate videos left or right.

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Tips: What are 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. Flipping does change the shape and the side which originally faced upwards will face down, like reflection.


Above are the solutions for you to rotate or flip your videos. You can use VLC or Windows Movie Maker. However, if you want to have more video editing options and have better editing experience, we strongly recommend Filmora. Download it right now to have a try!

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Liza Brown
Liza Brown is a writer and a lover of all things video.