How to Rotate video on Windows and Mac?

Last updated on April 5, 2016 by

You might forget “orientation” when you are capturing a precious instant with your smartphone. The resulted video turns to be rotated or inverted. Usually we’ll employ a video rotate app to make it become upright. Learning how to rotate a video is not as easy as you think unless you get the most appropriate desktop software or online apps to use. Here based on the consideration for usability, practicability and versatility, I’ve prepared top 5 awesome video rotators for you who’d like to change video direction.

4 of the best video rotate apps to change video direction

I. Video Converter Studio

It has been developed remarkably easy to use. Rotating a video in it is hardly a difficulty. Once you’ve opened your original video file in the software, which can be done by either using the “+ Add Files button” or via drag and drop. Simply click “Edit” button from the ribbon of the loaded video, and you’ll be directed to a “Video Editor” window in which you are able to rotate video 90 degrees clockwise or counter-clockwise while checking the resulted effect from the left media player.



  • Supports a wide range of video formats.
  • Lets you flip video horizontal and vertical.
  • User-friendly interface and well-organized functions.
  • Other tools: video converter, downloader, editor, screen recorder and mv maker.


II. Windows Live Movie Maker

Windows Live Movie Maker is the upgraded version or successor of the Windows Movie Maker. It has been improved a lot and has become an indispensable tool for beginners who are running Windows OS to start their editing tasks. If you haven’t installed on your PC yet, go to download it from Windows Live Essentials. After you prepared your video in this video rotator software, click the rotation button from the tool bar on top of the screen and choose a way to export the file to the right.


  • Supports windows-friendly video, photo formats.
  • No flip 180 degrees option is available.
  • Provides multiple ways to save the changed file.


III. iMovie

Suppose you’re running a Mac or iOS, iMovie would be the best video rotation software for you. It can be downloaded from Mac App Store but generally speaking, it is pre-installed to your device already. You do not need to download any plug-in for rotating videos. Use “File” > “Import” to select the movie you wish to rotate. The video will appear in the preview viewer and the video editing timeline. Once you open the “Crop” window, you’ll see the “Rotate” buttons. When you are pleased with the result, press Done button. Again go to “File” > “Export” to save the changes you made.


  • Natively supported by Apple devices.
  • Supports stunning 4K resolution video.
  • Ready-made movie themes and templates are available.
  • Sharing options let you upload your projects to many other online sites.


IV. Rotate video

Rotate video is a web-based video rotator that can help you rotate video stored on your computer or via a video URL. As long as you access the online service, and you uploaded your file to it, you can set the output video format, select a way to rotate the video by 90 degrees or just flip 180 degrees. Supported video formats include MP4, AVI, MOV, MKV, WMV, M4V, FLV, MPG, MPEG, 3GP and M2V.


  • Maximum file size for uploaded files is 16MB.
  • Rotates video for free and online.
  • Output formats are limited to MP4, MKV and M4V.


Bottom Line

Based on the test or experience on the above tools to rotate video, the Video Converter Studio ranks the best in terms of its features and design, compared to other three apps which are focused on assisting people in editing video. As it combines so many helpful functions into one, we can use it to do as many things as we want with a video. Do you have any other tips or tricks on the video rotate apps you’ve tried? Share it with us if you have suggestions in the comment section below. We’re glad to add it to our recommendation.

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