To rotate the video 90 degrees

Users wonder how to rotate a video 90 degrees in two main contexts: how to rotate it when played in Windows Media Player, Media Player Classic (including Home Cinema), or VLC, and how to rotate a video online or in a video editing program. video and then save it reversed.

In this tutorial, I will show in detail how to perform a 90 degree video rotation in the main media players (in this case the video itself does not change) or change the rotation using video editors or online services and save the video for then play normally on all players and on all computers. But the rotation is not limited to 180 degrees, just rotate 90 degrees clockwise or counterclockwise. You may also be interested in reviewing Best Free Video Editors.

How to rotate videos on media players

First of all, on how to perform video rotation in all popular media players - Media Player Classic Home Cinema (MPC), VLC and in Windows Media Player.

With this rotation you only see the video at a different angle, this option is suitable for a single viewing of a poorly shot or encoded movie or recording, the video file itself will not be modified or saved.

Classic media player

To rotate the video 90 degrees or any other angle in Media Player Classic and MPC Home Cinema, the player must use a codec that supports rotation and have hotkeys assigned for this action. This is the default value, but just in case, on how to check it.

  1. In the player, go to the menu option View - Settings.
  2. Under "Playback" select "Output" and check if the current codec supports rotation.
  3. In "Player", open the "Keys" option. Find "Rotate Frame X", "Rotate Frame Y". And see what keys you can use to change the rotation. By default, it is the Alt key + one of the digits on the numeric keyboard (the one found separately on the right side of the keyboard). If you don't have a numeric keyboard (NumPad), you can assign your keys to change the rotation by double clicking on the current combination and pressing a new one, for example Alt + one of the arrows.

That's it, now you know how and you can rotate the videos in Media Player Classic when playing them. The rotation is not 90 degrees at a time, but one degree at a time, smoothly, as long as the keys are held down.

VLC Player

To rotate the video when you see it in VLC media player, go to Tools - Effects and Filters in the main menu of the program.

Then, in the "Video Effects" - "Geometry" tab, check the "Rotate" option and specify how exactly you want to rotate the video, for example select "Rotate 90 degrees". Close the settings: the video will be rotated as you want when played back (you can also specify an arbitrary rotation angle in the Rotation item).

Windows Media Player

The standard Windows Media player in Windows 10, 8 and Windows 7 lacks the video rotation function when watching it and it is usually recommended to rotate it 90 or 180 degrees using a video editor and watch it later (we will see this option more go ahead).

However, I can suggest a way that seems simpler to me (but also inconvenient): you can simply change the rotation of the screen while watching this video. How to do it (I'm writing a long way to the correct configuration, so that it works equally well for all recent versions of Windows):

  1. Go to the Control Panel (put "Icons" in the "Viewer" field at the top right), select "Display".
  2. On the left, select 'Display resolution settings'.
  3. On the screen resolution setting screen, select the desired orientation in the "Orientation" box and apply the settings to rotate the screen.

The screen rotation functions are also present in the utilities of the NVidia GeForce and AMD Radeon graphics cards. Also, on some laptops and computers with integrated Intel HD graphics video, you can use the keys to quickly rotate the screen. Ctrl + Alt + one of the arrows. I wrote more about this in the article What to do if your laptop screen is upside down.

How to rotate a video 90 degrees online or in an editor and save it

Now, the second rotation option: change the video file itself and save it in the desired orientation. You can do it with almost any video editor, including free ones, or in special online services.

Rotate video online

There are more than a dozen online services that can rotate a video 90 or 180 degrees, as well as mirror it vertically or horizontally. As of writing this article, I have tried several of them and can recommend two.

The first online service is, I indicate it as the first for the reason that it does well with its list of supported formats.

Just go to the specified site and drag and drop the video into the browser window (or click "Upload your movie" to select the file on your computer and upload it). Once the video is uploaded, a preview of the video will appear in the browser window, as well as buttons to rotate the video 90 degrees to the left and right, mirror and reset the changes made.

Once you have set the desired rotation, click the "Transform Video" button, wait for the transformation to complete, and when finished, click the "Download Result" button to download and save the rotated video on your computer. (and its format - avi, mp4, mkv, wmv, etc) will also be saved.

Note: Some browsers, when you click the download button, immediately open the video for viewing. In this case, you can select "Save As" from the browser menu to save the video after opening it.

The second of these services is. It is also easy to use, but it does not offer preview, it does not support some formats, and it only saves the videos in a couple of supported formats.

But it has its advantages: you can rotate not only the video from your computer, but also the one from the Internet, specifying its address. There is also the possibility to set the quality of the encoding (Encoding field).

How to rotate a video in Windows Movie Maker

Video rotation is possible in almost anything, from a simple free video editor to a professional video editing program. In this example, I will show the simplest option: use the free Windows Movie Maker editor, which you can download from the Microsoft website (see How to download Windows Movie Maker from the official site).

Once you start Movie Maker, add the video you want to rotate, then use the menu buttons to rotate it 90 degrees clockwise or counterclockwise.

Then, if you are not going to edit the current video in any way, just select "Save movie" from the main menu and specify the save format (if you don't know which one to choose, use the recommended options). Wait for the saving process to finish. Done.

That's all. I have tried to describe exhaustively all the variants of the decision of a question, and to the extent that I have succeeded, it is you who must judge.