Top 5 Ways to Rotate Videos

Diana Joan

Aug 04, 2017 03:44 am / Posted by Diana Joan

Did you ever meet this situation that you have recorded a video on your smartphone but found it sideways or upside down? When you played it, then you knew how frustrating it could be to watch it. Fortunately, if you use Windows, there are a couple of excellent ways to fix this problem. To help you solve the problem, we’ve got 5 ways to show you how to rotate a video in Windows. 

Method 1: Rotate Video with Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate

Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate is a user-friendly application that can help you rotate or flip large numbers of video files in one go. It is designed with simplicity in mind, and it is very easy to use and allows you to customize the encoding parameters like video bitrate, video resolution, audio codec, audio bitrate, video aspect ratio and more. It accepts wide range of video formats even protected Blu-ray and DVD. You can rotate MP4, MKV, WMV, MOV, ISO, VOB, Blu-ray and DVD and more video with it.

If you find yourself having to rotate or flip numerous videos, this application could provide the solution because this Video Rotator supports to batch rotate video files. Once the files have been added to the processing queue, you can determain what video format to output before start to rotate them. Then after you rotated video files, you can play on them on any video player and multimedia device.


Step 1: When you start up Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate, the main interface pops up. You can click “Load file(s)” button or “Add video” button to import source files. You also can directly drag and drop the files you want to rotate to the software.

load video files

Step 2: Click “Format” bar, from its drop-down option, select one of your device playable file formats. Here, we chose to select one of the popular device compatible file formats “H.264 HD Video(*.mp4)” under “HD Video” main category. If you don’t want to change your video formats, you can ignore this step.

Output one of the common file formats

Step 3: Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate is not only a converter program, but also a simple and easy video editor. By default the “Edit”icon is grayed out. To activate the “Edit” menu, you have to select an item first. When a video file is selected, you can click the “Edit” icon  on the tool bar of main interface to edit selected file. On the “Video Editor” Window, you can play and preview the original video and output effects. Also you can flip video, trim, rotate, and reset. Click to rotate the image 90°towards left or right.

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Step 4: Then you can click "Convert" to start to convert and rotate video files. When the process ends, just open the output folder to locate the video.

Method 2: Rotate Video with Free Video DVD Converter Ultimate

Pavtube Free Video DVD Converter Ultimate is free video rotate app. It can rotate video files and convert them to another format without watermark output. The only drawback is that it can’t convert video to MP4 video after rotated them. Besides rotating video, it also can flip video, trim video, merge video, split video and adjust video aspect ratio. In conclusion, Free Video DVD Converter Ultimate is a straightforward application designed to help you rotate or flip batches of video files. The program does its job and allows you to customize encoding settings and features a uer-friendly interface.

Step 1: Click “Add Vide/Audio” or “Add from folder” button to load video or audio files.

free video dvd converter ultimate load dvd video

Step 2: Click on the Format bar and you can choose any video and audio format like MOV, MKV, WMV, AVI, FLV, MP3, M4A, WMA, WAV, etc for output.

free video dvd converter ultimate output format

Step 3: Click "Edit" button and open video editor window. Then you can find many logos at the bottom the video viewing window. Find the rotate button and click it to roate video 90°towards left or right

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Step 4: After above settings, click the big “Convert” button to start to rotate videos. Once the conversion is done, simply click the “Open output folder” button, find the created file and watch it freely.

Method 3: Rotate Video with VLC

VLC not only can play video but also can rotate video files. You can follow the steps below to start to rotate video files with VLC.

Step 1: Download and install VLC Media Player from:

Step 2: Find and choose the video that you want to rotate and press your mouse’s “Right click“. From the “right click” menu , choose: “Open with” > “VLC Media Player”

Step 3: Press the “Stop” button to stop playing the video and from VLC Media Player main menu go: “Tools” > “Effects and Filters”

VLC effect

Step 4:  In “Adjustments and Effects” window, choose the “Video Effects” tab.  In “Video Effects” tab, choose “Geometry“.


Step 5: Check on the check box besides the text that says “Transform”. There you will find options to do the following to your video:

  • Rotate by Fixed Angle: Click on transform, to rotate a video by a certain fixed and standard number of degrees: 90 , 180 and 270 degrees. Those can be selected from the drop-down after you check the transform button.

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Step 6: Now you can view and play your rotated video with VLC Media player (only) in the specified angle..

Method 4: Rotate Video with Windows Movie Maker

If you are using a Windows with Windows Movie Maker, you can rotate video files with WMM.

Step 1: Open Windows Movie Maker. Drag and drop your video into the program or use the “Add videos and photos” option in the Home toolbar.

add videos

Step 2: Once added, scroll to the right to the Editing options within the Home tab.

rotate video

Step 3: Click on “Rotate left” or “Rotate right” depending on the original orientation of your video.

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Step 4: These changes will take effect immediately. You can continue rotating until you find the right orientation for your video. When you’ve rotated your video properly, click on the “File Icon” in the top right-hand corner of Windows Movie Maker. Now, click “Save movie.”

Method 5: Rotate with Online Video Rotator

Apart from Video Rotator apps, you also can use some online video rotator to rotate video online.

Step 1: Open the site:

Step 2: Click "Pick Video" to upload the video files you want to rotate to the website.

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Step 3: Once the video was loaded, the window will be like below. You can click Rotate button to rotate the video to fix its orientation. You also can adjust the video aspect ratio here.

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Step 4: Then click Rotate Video to start to rotate video online. After the process, you can download the video files that was rotated to your PC.

Rotating a video can come in handy if you shot it wrong to begin with and want to watch it comfortably. If you were going for an artistic effect, you may want to leave it the way it is but if you want to change it permanently, using any method in this article will be an excellent way.