How to Rotate Video in Windows Media Player

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Back in 1991, the first version of the Windows Media Player came out, along with Windows 3.0. Then it has been the built-in media player in every version of Windows, since Windows 98 SE. The current release, version 12, is bundled with Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, and Windows 11.

Even though designed as a media player, Windows Media Player can bring user with more fun. However,

Windows Media Player

Windows Media Player Cannot Rotate Video

Windows Media Player enables users to view photos, play music from CD or music file, and watch video. Moreover, it also allows users to rip CDs and DVDs. But unfortunately, it does not provide the video image rotation option.

If you want to play your video file in the right angle or position in Windows Media Player, we need to ask for help from third-party tools. In the following, we have prepared 2 such tools for you to finish the job. Check them now.

How to Rotate Video for Windows Media Player

1. VLC Player

For VLC Player's rotation feature, it is kind of very secretive. There will be a bunch of operations needed. Firstly, what you need to do is having this VLC on your Windows 7/10 computer, if you have not yet. Then you can follow the steps below.

Step 1. Open VLC, choose Media located in the menu bar, and then click Open File to import your video file.

Step 2. Now find another feature, naming Tools in the menu bar. Under it, choose Effects and Filters. Then in the new pop-up window, choose Video Effects and Geometry, which will show you two options to change the video file orientation. They are Transform and Rotate. Here we simply choose Transform.

Check Transform and then you can pull down its options for how you can change the orientation. After choose one, just click the Save and Close buttons. VLC would start playing your video file as you set. However, the job has not finished yet.

Tip: The settings which we have operated in VLC above would be saved forever. So do not forget to restore the settings when you play a video file which has no need for rotation.

rotate a video in VLC

Step 3. Now find Convert / Save option under the Media option.

Step 4. Click the Add button to load the video file. Choose Convert / Save button to continue.

Step 5. In the new page, find the setting menu, wrench-like icon.

Step 6. In the setting page, choose Video codec, then Filters, and lastly check the Video transformation filter. Click the Save button.

VLC Video transformation filter

Step 7. Choose your destination file name for the video file and click the Start button. VLC would start processing. After it finishes, you can play the video file in Windows Media player with its new orientation.

2. VideoProc Converter

VideoProc Converter is a powerful media transcoding application, with a bunch of funny skill. And rotating a video is one of them. In VideoProc Converter, it would much easier to change a video orientation, compared with VLC. Besides, the whole process would be much shorter, no matter how long and large your video file is, since it supports hardware acceleration technology. It will help your computer get the best of its performance for processing. So why not download it now and follow the steps below to check how to use it for video orientation switching on your Windows 7/10 computer?

Step 1. Install and run it. Choose the Video tab.

choose Video menu from VideoProc homepage

Step 2. Click on the +Video button to import the video file, or the +Video Folder for multiple files. Then move down to its bottom. There you first need to choose the export format under the Video column. If there is none you prefer, you can click the Target Format for more options. Then find the Rotate feature in the Toolbox. Double-click on it.

choose Rotate in VideoProc Toolbox

Step 3. Now you are in the exact VideoProc Converter rotation page. To change the video orientation, you just need to click on the Rotate Left or Rotate Right button, until you find the perfect angle. Then you can click on the Done button back to the main screen.

roate Video in VideoProc

Step 4. In the right of the interface, change a destination folder that you prefer to save the edited video file, if you want. Tick on the Hardware Acceleration Engine option for faster processing speed. Lastly, click the RUN button to start.

The Bottom Line

Windows Media Player mainly allows users to do stuffs about media playing. It does not support rotating a video. And to make it, we need to apply some other applications, like VLC and VideoProc Converter. Compared with VLC, VideoProc Converter would be much more easy to operate and faster to process video file. So why not free download and give it a try now?

About The Author

Cecilia Hwung is the marketing manager of Digiarty Software and the editor-in-chief of VideoProc team. She pursues common progress with her team and expects to share more creative content and useful information to readers. She has strong interest in copywriting and rich experience in video editing tips.

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