How to Rotate a Video Clip While Editing Video

Hi there! Did you ever need to rotate a video clip while editing video? I get asked his question a lot and I thought I'd share some thoughts about it here.

Rotating a video clip is not an obvious edit to do - in most video editing programs you don't see an obvious menu choice for rotating video.

In this article, I'd like to share with you how you can rotate video using a free video editor - Microsoft Windows Movie Maker.

I've written about other great video editing software over here - but let's talk a bit about Movie Maker here. As a video editing software, Movie Maker has a lot of good, solid basic functionalities. If you need to do basic edits and produce videos with a minimum of fuss, then it's the perfect software tool.

Lets take a look at how to rotate that video in Microsoft Movie Maker.

1. Install Windows Movie Maker

The first thing you want to do is to install Movie Maker. What you should do is to press the Windows “Start” button and select "Getting Started". Next, choose "Get Windows Live Essentials" and then “Download” and then install Windows Movie Maker.

Windows Movie Maker should work on all versions of Windows XP and beyond. It has a very small footprint and can be installed on any desktop or laptop of your liking.

2. Launch Windows Movie Maker

Ok, once you've got the program installed, you should launch Movie Maker. Choose “All Programs” in Start menu and then scroll down till you find the "Windows Live" folder.

Click on it and then select "Windows Live Movie Maker" from the folder. The program window will open up.

3. Add Video

The next thing to do is to add your video to the Movie Maker timeline. Press the "Add Videos and Photos" button on the toolbar. Then you navigate to the folder where your video file is, then drag and drop it onto the right side of the screen.

You should be able to see the video in a window on the left side of the screen.

4. Rotate Video

After opening the desired video in Movie Maker, you can now rotate it as per your choice. Simply click on the "Rotate Left 90 degrees" or "Rotate Right 90 degrees" until the video file that you see on the left is orientated that way you want it.

At any time, you can preview the video in “Preview” window.

5. Save Video

To save the rotated video, what you do is to select the Movie Maker tab, left of the Home tab. Then select "Save Movie" from the drop-down menu. Next, choose your desired resolution type and then press "Save".

6. Other Approaches

Now, the above step poly to Movie Maker. What other video editing programs? Well, some of the other programs I like to use (e.g. CyberLink PowerDirector and Corel VideoStudio) also provide the ability to rotate videos.

You should check the documentation for those programs to see how to do it.

7. Things To Try

A last point about rotating video clips while editing video. It concerns when you actually need to rotate video. Most of the time, you'd be shooting videos in the correct orientation, so why would you need to rotate videos anyway?

Well, in my opinion, rotating videos comes in handy when you shoot Ono mobile devices. You know when you shoot a photo or video on your iPhone or Android device?

You often end up shooting in an orientation that you I didn't intend to use. That's where rotation of the video comes in.

And speaking of video rotation, within your smartphone or tablet, you already find appsto do it.

So you may not need to import the video into a desktop program at all. Apps like Rotate Video HD and Video Rotate do all the necessary stuff for you.

Wrapping Up ...

Alrighty then! I hope the above helps you understand a bit more about rotating video while doing video editing. The next time you have a video to rotate on your desktop or laptop, go with Microsoft Movie Maker or some similar program.

I hope this article has been helpful to you - until next time, have fun doing your video edits!

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