5 Easy Ways to Rotate a Video in Windows & Mac | Quality Lossless

By Cecilia Hwung | Last Update:

Have you ever had yourself in this kind of trouble: you import a video into a Windows 10/8/7 computer or a Mac which was shot by your iPhone, Android mobile phone, action camera, or other devices, but then you just find that the clip is sideways or upside down? Well, if you are suffering from such trouble, don't worry, because in the following content we will just show you how to rotate a video, or turn it upside down, and save it as an independent video file in the way you like.

How to Rotate a Video without Losing Quality in VideoProc

Guess some of you guys have found tools like online services, iPhone/Android apps, and FFmpeg (to name just a few) claim that they can rotate videos without re-encoding and quality loss. However, we are sorry to tell you that the quality loss is unavoidable when we rotate and flip videos.

But don't be upset, because, with a solid video rotator VideoProc, we can get a much better result. Thanks to its high quality algorithm applied to video processing, the original quality can be reserved after change video directions. You are also enabled to enhence video quality by dragging the quality slide bar and setting the video bit rate.

VideoProc - Rotate a Video in Windows & Mac without Losing Quality

  • Rotate videos by 90/180/270 degrees and flip footages in a simple click.
  • Compatible with videos of MP4, MKV, MOV, WMV, HEVC, H.264, 4K, and 370+ formats.
  • Run smoothly on all recent Windows and Mac without file size limits.
  • Level-3 hardware acceleration speeds up the video rotation process 5x faster than online tools.
  • Also capable of merging, trimming, compressing, resizing, converting, etc.

Step 1. Import one or multiple videos to VideoProc.

Click the download button above to download VideoProc for Windows or Mac. Launch the software and click " Video" and "+Video" to choose one or more clips you want to rotate in bulk. You are free to rotate any video recorded by iPhone, Android, drones, GoPro, camcorders, and more.

Load a Portrait Video to VideoProc
Load a Video to VideoProc

Step 2. Set an output format.

Before editing, you should choose a target video format for exporting. Click "Target Format" in the lower tab, and choose a desired format, MP4, MOV, FLV, whatever. If you have no idea how to pick the right format, choose it according to your device or sharing platform. VideoProc has preset this for you.

Choose a Target Format for the Landscape Video
Choose a Target Format for the Video

Step 3. Rotate and flip the video.

Click "Rotate" in the tab of video editing features. Click "Rotate Left" or "Rotate Right" to adjust the angle of rotation. Right below the rotation feature, you can also click either the "Vertical Flip" or "Horizontal Flip". Here you can easily turn your video upside down, convert the video from portrait to landscape, fix crooked footages, etc.

Rotate a Video in VideoProc
Rotate/Flip a Video in VideoProc

Option: Use the Rotate/Flip feature in the Toolbox.

The toolbox also offers the "Rotate" and "Mirror & Flip" options as you may have noticed. With these features, you can trim your video during the process of rotating and flipping.

> Double click "Toolbox" at the bottom of the Video window to open the Rotate screen.

> Drag the slider bar or set the video start/end time to trim off unwanted parts. On the right side of the screen, click "Rotate Left" or "Rotate Right" to alter the orientation of the clip. Hit "Done" to close the screen and save the changes.

Rotate & Flip in Toolbox
Rotate & Flip in Toolbox

Step 4. Export the rotated/flipped video.

Then you will get back to the Video page, and in the right corner, click the "RUN" button to export the video quickly.

How to Rotate a Video in Windows Movie Maker

Before diving into the detailed tutorial of rotating a video using Windows Movie Maker, we have to tell you that this software has been officially discontinued, which means you cannot download and install it from Microsoft's official website. But it is included in the Windows Essentials 2012 installer, which has more other applications, not just the Windows Movie Maker. Please note that it is not 100% safe to download from such sources.

Operating System: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10

Supported Video Formats: MP4, MOV, WMV, AVI, MTS, M4V, etc. Note that MKV files are not recognizable on Movie Maker.

Step 1. Open Movie Maker on your Windows PC. Navigate to "Home" > "Add videos and photos".

Step 2. When the video is loaded to Movie Maker, hit "Rotate left" or "Rotate right" to change the direction of the video until you are satisfied.

Step 3. You can do other edits as well. When it is done, click "Save movie".

Step 4. Choose the output settings according to your needs in the drop-down menu. Then you are guided to choose a folder to save the video. Finally, wait for it to export the rotated video for you.

Rotate a Video in Winodws Movie Maker
Rotate a Video in Winodws Movie Maker

Note: Windows Media Player cannot mirror or flip videos.

How to Rotate a Video in VLC

Another most concerning tool for rotating videos is VLC. This media player is widely used by most Windows and Mac users for its wide range of compatible video formats, MP4, MOV, MKV, FLV, etc. It comes with a hidden but multifunctional video editing toolkit in which you can of course rotate a video into different directions as you like.

Operating System: Windows 10/8/7/XP, Mac (32bit/64bit), iOS, Android

Supported Video Formats: AVI, FLAC, FLV, MKV, MP4, ASF, QuickTime File Format, TS, WAV, WebM, etc.

Step 1. Open VLC, and click "Medi"a in the upper tap. Choose "Open File" in the drop-down menu to import your video.

Step 2. Go to "Tool"s > "Effects and Filters" > "Video Effects" > "Geometry".

Step 3. Enable "Rotate", then drag the knob to rotate the video at different angles. You are also allowed to rotate the video by certain degrees via enabling the "Transform" feature above Rotate.

Step 4. Close and save the video to your computer.

Rotate a Video in VLC
Rotate a Video in VLC

How to Rotate a Video in Premiere

For more accurate video rotation, you can try professional video editing software Adobe Premiere Pro. Besides 90/180/270 degree rotation, it empowers users to change the direction at different angles. In its Video Effects panel, rotation is completed by changing the tilting parameter. If black borders bother you after rotating, you can go to Scale to expand the footage to the whole screen.

Operating System: Windows 10/8.1/7 (64 bit), macOS X 10.11 and later (64 bit)

Supported Video Formats: MP4, MPG, M2V, MTS, MOV, FLV, AVI, M4V, etc.

Step 1. Create a project in Premiere Pro, and import the video to it. Then drag the video onto the timeline to start editing.

Step 2. To rotate the video, you need to select the video on the timeline. Go to the "Effect Controls" tab, and find "Rotation", then drag your mouse on the tilting parameter to change the direction of the video. To avoid black borders after rotating, you can scale the video to fill the full screen.

Rotate a Video in Premiere Pro
Rotate a Video in Premiere Pro

Step 3. If you want to change the video direction upside down, you can search "flip" in the "Effects" tab, and choose to flip vertically or horizontally.

Flip a Video in Premiere Pro
Flip a Video in Premiere Pro

Step 4. Save the changes and export the video.

How to Rotate a Video in iMovie

For Mac users who aren't willing to download any third-party software, iMovie comes to help you rotate a video either clockwise or counterclockwise. Go explore iMovie, you'll find the rotate feature in Crop, and flip in Filters.

Operating System: macOS, iOS

Supported Video Formats: MP4, MOV, AVCHD, DV&HDV, etc.

Step 1. Launch iMovie. Create a new project and load one or multiple videos to it.

Step 2. Drag and drop the video to the timeline, then you can start rotating the video.

Step 3. Click the crop icon above the preview window, then hit the rotate icon to rotate the video by 90 degrees.

Rotate a Video in iMovie
Rotate a Video in iMovie

Step 4. If you want the mirror and flip effect, go to the filter icon positioned in the same tap of Crop. Choose the Flipped filter, then go back to preview the video.

Flip a Video in iMovie
Flip a Video in iMovie

Step 5. When you finish the edits, click the Export icon to save the rotated and flipped video on your Mac.

Can I Rotate a Video in Windows Media Player

Since the Windows Media Player is the built-in multimedia playing application, and there are hundreds of users asking us about how to use it turn the video 90 degrees or upside down, we specifically write this column.

However, before we answer you the how-to question, we think we need first figure out "Can you rotate a video in Window Media Player?". And unfortunately, we have to tell you that Windows Media Player cannot rotate nor flip a video.

And there are many posts telling people how to use Windows Media Player to do the job, but it is just about using Windows Movie Maker instead of Windows Media Player. About the Windows Movie Maker, it truly works. Keep reading the following part.

Sum-up

Besides, there are also online video rotators. Honestly, these tools are quite user-friendly considering that they require no downloading and installation. You can just drag the MP4 video into it and start its orientation changing. Quite simple. But why we did not recommend them? Because all of these online tools have limits on the video size (generally the maximum size is 100MB) and video formats. MP4 is supported by all of them, but many other formats, like the MOV, MKV, WMV, etc. probably are not on their lists.

So as you can see, no matter for the easiness, or the expertise, VideoProc can be the better option. Because it can rotate videos 90 degrees or upside down in just 4 steps, no complex and bothersome settings required. And during rotating, it will also try its best to keep the original image quality, due to its high quality algorithm applied to video processing. There is nearly no quality loss visually. So for such a powerful video rotator, why not give it 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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