How to Rotate a Video in 2021 (5 Quick Ways)

Smartphones have basically made digital cameras obsolete for the average person. The Samsung Galaxy S21 boasts a 108 megapixel camera with 30x optical zoom, and the ability to shoot 8K video – all with a device you can slip into your pocket! 

The problem with most of us shooting videos from our phones is that sometimes you don’t think about the orientation until it’s too late. 

Samsung is tackling this issue, too. The new Sero TV is a first-of-its-kind, mobile-mirroring television with a rotating screen. No, seriously: 

But you can’t assume everyone has this technology at their fingertips – at least not yet. 

Sometimes, you need to rotate a video in post-production. In this article, we’re going to show you 5 quick and easy ways to do just that…

1. How to rotate a video in iMovie

Rotating a video in iMovie is very simple. All you need to do is open the application and find the video that you want to rotate.

How to rotate a video in iMovie

Then click on the video (make sure it is highlighted in yellow) and drag it down onto the timeline: 

How to rotate a video in iMovie

From there, click on any scene of the video (from the timeline), then click the crop icon above the video. 

When you do this, two rotate icons will appear and you can click on these to rotate your video clockwise or counter-clockwise, as seen below: 

How to rotate a video in iMovie

And that’s it! Your video is instantly rotated. You can play it through to make sure you’re happy with it and then hit the button in the top-right to share it with the world:

How to rotate a video in iMovie

2. How to rotate a video in Windows Video Editor

Like Apple’s iMovie, Windows has its own software pre-installed on most devices. It’s linked to the Microsoft Photos app.

It’s called Video Editor and looks like this when first opened. Click the “New Video Project” button:

How to rotate a video in Windows Video Editor

And then “Add” to import your chosen video:

How to rotate a video in Windows Video Editor

Now, similar to iMovie, drag your video onto the timeline below:

How to rotate a video in Windows Video Editor

You’ll notice a “Rotate” button on the right-hand side. Click this as many times as required to achieve your desired video orientation:

How to rotate a video in Windows Video Editor

And you’re done! 

How to rotate a video in Windows Video Editor

3. How to rotate a video in VLC

To rotate a video in VLC Player, first open the application and drag in the video that you want to edit:

How to rotate a video in VLC

The video will automatically start playing. From there, click on the “Window” button at the top of the page and select “Video Effects” from the dropdown:

How to rotate a video in VLC

A pop-up window will open. Click “Geometry” and then check the box that says “Transform” (on the left-hand side). Your video will automatically flip 90 degrees:

How to rotate a video in VLC

Close the pop up and enjoy your rotated video! 

How to rotate a video in VLC

4. How to rotate a video on Android

If you have an Android device, there are a couple of different ways to rotate a video. You can use Google Photos or download a third-party app.

Using Google Photos, all you need to do is find the video you want to rotate and select it:

How to rotate a video on Android

Tap the edit icon along the bottom and then select “Crop”:

How to rotate a video on Android

From there, tap the “Rotate” icon above (it’s a diamond with a circular arrow next to it): 

How to rotate a video on Android

And you’re done! Don’t forget to hit “Save Copy” to save your changes.

If you don’t use Google Photos, you can download a free app called Rotate Video FX from Google Play. 

Upon opening the app, you’ll see a big “Start Rotate” button:

How to rotate a video on Android

Click on this and then select a video from your folders:

How to rotate a video on Android

From there, use the slider to cut the video (if needed) and then hit the appropriate rotate button to change the orientation of the video. When you’re happy, click “Start” and then the app will work its magic:

How to rotate a video on Android

And, in just a few seconds, your video will be rotated:

How to rotate a video on Android

5. How to rotate a video on iPhone

To rotate a video with your iPhone, you don’t need any external apps. All you need to do is open the Photos app and select the video you want to rotate, then hit “Edit” in the top-right:

How to rotate a video on iPhone

Followed by the “Crop and Straighten” icon at the bottom of the screen: 

How to rotate a video on iPhone

From here, simply tap the rotate tool in the top-left to change the orientation of your video: 

How to rotate a video on iPhone

When you’re happy, hit “Done” to save it out! 

Final thoughts

According to our video marketing statistics, 60% of people say their natural instinct is to film horizontally, with 40% saying vertically

And when it comes to viewing, 75% of people prefer to watch horizontally vs. 25% vertically – so it’s a mixed bag!

With these tools, you’ll easily be able to rotate your videos whenever the need arises! And if you’re looking for help creating a video, we’d love to hear from you.