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How to Rotate a Video Using VLC

by Christine Smith • 2022-11-08 16:50:22 • Proven solutions


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With an increase in the number of smartphone users, many of us have found ourselves clicking pictures and making videos of our special moments. If you too have used your cell phone to capture a video, it is quite possible that when you tried playing it on your computer, you found it rotated and left scratching your head. This is an error observed in many smartphones as most of these phones are not designed to consider the orientation while video capturing.

Well, we are going to tell you a free way out on how to use VLC player to rotate a video.

Part 1. How to Rotate a Video Using VLC Media Player on Windows and Mac

Yes! Known as a free media player, VLC Media Player also helps to rotate the video to the right orientation and save it that way. To know how to do that, follow the steps below carefully.

Step 1 To begin with, download and install VLC Media Player on your computer via the link:

Step 2 Now, run VLC Media Player and open the wrongly-rotated video from your computer.

Step 3 Go to the main menu and select Tools > Effects and Filters.

rotate video via vlc

Step 4 A new window called Adjustments and Effects will open. Select the Video Effects tab.

rotate video via vlc

Step 5 Once the Video Effects tab is open, click on the tab named Geometry.

rotate video via vlc

Step 6 Geometry is the tab where we get the video rotation right. Once the Geometry tab is open, tick the box Transform to enable it and select "Rotate by 90 degrees" below. Then click on Close to get out of this window.

Note: You can also rotate your video to different angles by choosing the corresponding angle instead of Rotate by 90 degrees option.

rotate video via vlc

Step 7 Now, you're able to play the rotated video at the right angle with VLC Media Player. And to save the correctly-rotated video, you need to return to VLC main interface and select Tools>Preferences.

rotate video via vlc

Step 8 Go to the bottom left-hand side of the interface, and select the "All" option under the Show settings sections.

rotate video via vlc

Step 9 Now, find the section Stream Output in the left pane and expand to Sout stream>Transcode. After that, select the Video transformation filter under the option Video filter and click "Save" to save these settings.

rotate video via vlc

Step 10 Go to the main menu and select Media>Convert/Save.

rotate video via vlc

Step 11 Under the File tab, click on "Add" to add the recently corrected video file, and then click on the drop-down arrow towards the right-hand side of the Convert/Save button to select Convert.

rotate video via vlc

Step 12 Now, click on Browse to select the destination folder (i.e., Desktop), enter the new name for the converted file (i.e. "Video_1_Rotated"), and select the output type (i.e., ".mov").

rotate video via vlc

Step 13 On the same page select the profile output as "Video– + MP3 (MP4)", then click on the button Tools towards the right-hand side to edit this profile.

rotate video via vlc

Step 14 Once the profile settings form, click on the Audio codec tab.

rotate video via vlc

Step 15 Click on the drop-down arrow for Codec, select MP3, and hit Save.

rotate video via vlc

Step 16 Now you should return to the Convert window, and click on the Start button to begin the conversion.

rotate video via vlc

Step 17 When the conversion completes, you'll see a screen similar to the one below.

rotate video via vlc

Now you can play your converted video in any media player you like.

Important: After the above-mentioned rotating and saving operations, you'd better reset the VLC Media Player to its default settings: go to Tools>Preferences and press Reset Preferences.

Part 2. What if VLC Media Player is Unable to Open the Video

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