How to Rotate a Video on Windows Movie Maker

By Kevin Lee

The scene you film may look better rotated 90 degrees.
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If your Windows Movie Maker video is upside down, or you simply want to rotate it for special effects purposes, use Windows Movie Maker to perform the rotation. Movie Maker is a free video editing program that comes with Windows. It is useful for editing, and tweaking videos. Videographers also use the software to convert other media types into the Windows Media Video (WMV) format. You don't have to edit a video to use the program. Simply import your file and apply a rotational filter to rotate the video.

Step 1

Click the Windows "Start" menu and type "Windows Movie Maker." Press "Enter." The program will open.

Step 2

Click "Import Media" at the top of the screen to open the "Import Media Items" window.

Step 3

Navigate to the video file hat you to rotate and double-click it. This will open the video and place a thumbnail image in the work area.

Step 4

Press "CTRL+D." Movie Maker will add the thumbnail to the timeline at the bottom of the screen.

Step 5

Right-click the thumbnail and select "Effects." The Effects window will open. You will see three rotational effects: "Rotate 180", "Rotate 270" and "Rotate 90." These effect numbers determine how many degrees the software will rotate the video.

Step 6

Click one of the effects to highlight it and click "Add." Movie Maker will rotate the video.

Step 7

Click "Publish Movie" to open the publishing wizard. Click "This Computer" and click "Next."

Step 8

Enter a name for the video in the "File Name" box and click "Next" to view the Settings window.

Step 9

Select a quality setting. The default setting is "Best quality for playback on my computer." Click "Publish" to publish the video.