How to Rotate the View on a Movie From Vertical to Horizontal

by Sondra Hubbard ; Updated September 22, 2017

Many people turn their camcorder sideways and record video vertically. This may be necessary to fit all of your subject into the video. However, you will then need to rotate the video from vertical to horizontal in order to watch it. Many free video-editing programs have tools that will allow you to rotate a video. After you choose a program and download it onto your computer, you can rotate your videos in a matter of minutes.

Windows Live Movie Maker

Download and install Windows Live Movie Maker (please see the Resources section). Open the free program when the installation process is complete.

Click the "Add videos and photos" button, which is at the top of the screen. Navigate to the video file you want to rotate. Select the video file and click "Open." The file will be imported to the program.

Click either the "Rotate left" or "Rotate right" button (both are at the top of the screen).

Free Video Flip and Rotate

Download and install Free Video Flip and Rotate. Open the program, which is indeed free, when the installation process is complete.

Click the button to the right of the empty box, under "input file." Navigate to the video file you want to rotate. Select the video file and click "Open." The file will be imported to the program.

Click one of the seven flip or rotate option arrows at the bottom of the screen.

VirtualDub

Download and install VirtualDub. Open the free program when the installation process is complete.

Click the "File" button at the top of the screen. Select the "Open video file" button from the drop-down menu. Navigate to the video file you want to rotate. Select the video file and click "Open." The file will be imported to the program.

Click the "Video" button at the top of the screen. Select the "Filters" button from the drop-down menu, then the "Add" button on the right side of the screen.

Select the "rotate" button from the list. Click "OK" on the right side of the screen. Click the circle next to the degree to which you would like to rotate your video, then select "OK." Your choice will be added to the Filters menu. Click "OK."

About the Author

Sondra Hubbard started writing professionally in 2009. She is knowledgeable in many subjects, including pets and pet supplies, photography and parenting. She currently writes online for Luxurious Pet Supplies, and Cat Trees and Pet Supplies. She studied towards a Bachelor of Science in business management at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

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