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How to Rotate Video with iMovie?

How to Rotate Video with iMovie?

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With non-destructive editing, effects and audio controls, we can get pro-level results with this free Mac app. In this article, we will mainly talk about how to rotate video with iMovie with greate details.

Why need to rotate video like iMovie?

Before showing how to rotate video with iMovie, we will first show you how to why we need to rotate videos?
– Sometimes footage ends up in an unintended orientation when shot on a mobile device if the phone was tilted a little before recording.
– Rotated footage can be disorienting, but can also be used in a stylized way to evoke a feeling or just to look cool!
– Some footage, like backgrounds and top-down shots can work horizontally or vertically
– Sometimes a person is looking off the screen in the wrong direction, or a hand is entering the frame from the wrong side. Whether due to using stock footage you didn’t shoot, an error in production or a last-minute change – a rotation or flip could be just the fix.

How to Rotate Video with iMovie on iPhone/iPad or Mac

Rotate video with iMovie on iPhone/iPad

You can rotate any movie on your iOS device 90 degrees, 180 degrees, 270 degrees or if you feel like going back to the default view you can rotate the video 360 degrees as well. This isn’t particularly obvious, but it’s easy, so here’s how to do it:

1. Open iMovie on the iPhone or iPad.

2. Choose the video you want to rotate from the video selection list, then tap on the “Share”/Action button, but it looks like a box with an arrow flying out the top of it

3. Choose “Create Movie”

4. Place two fingers about an inch apart on the video in iMovie, and rotate them like you’re turning a dial to the direction you want to flip or rotate the video to, a little white rotate image will appear on the display

5. When the video has been rotated to the orientation you’d like to keep, tap on the “Done” button in the upper left corner

6. Now tap the Sharing button again (it’s the box with the arrow flying out of the top)

7. This time choose “Save Video” (optionally, you can share it on Facebook, YouTube, iCloud, etc, but we’re saving the rotated video here)

8. Select the video resolution you’d like to export the movie as: 360p, 540p, 720p or 1080p

When finished, iMovie will alert you the video has been saved to your Photos Library, so you can open the Photo app to look at your rotated video

Rotate video with iMovie on Mac

If you are a Mac user, you can import your iPhone video to Mac via iTunes and then rotate it with the iMovie installed on your Mac computer by following the steps below:

Step 1: Launch the software iMovie and then click import to import the iPhone video.
Step 2: Click “crop” menu to open the crop window, you will find the rotate icon above
Step 3: You can click the rotate left or rotate right icon to rotate your iPhone video 90 degrees clockwise or anticlockwise
Step 4: Click share menu and then click “export using quicktime”

Best iMovie alterantive to rotate video

The video converter (get Mac version) software from Pavtube Studio is not only a powerful video conversion tool, but also offers some beneficial customization tool for you to get your desired video without using a third-party video editing tool. As for the video rotation function, you can easily rotate the video 90 degree either clockwise or counter-clockwise. With perfect formats compatibility, you can rotate video with virtually any file formats (H.265, XAVC, AVCHD, MXF, Prores are all included) with the file resolution of 4K/2K/HD/SD. Step by step guide to rotate video with Pavtube Video Converter.

Step 1: Load the video files that you want to rotate into the program.
Step 2: Select output file format for the rotate video, you can choose the same format as the original file format.
Step 3: Select an item on the main file displaying list to active the “Video Editor” window, in the pop out “Video Editor” window, click the clockwise or counter-clock wise icon to rotate your video 90 degree towards right or towards left. Click right-bottom “OK” button to apply the adjustment.
Step 4: Hit-right bottom convert button to complete the video rotation process.


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