How Do I Rotate a Video on My Camera?

Do you often find yourself taking videos with your camera or smartphone but realizing afterwards that the orientation is incorrect? It can be frustrating to see a video recorded vertically when it should have been horizontal.

Fortunately, rotating a video on your camera is a simple process that can save you from this inconvenience. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps to rotate a video on your camera.

Step 1: Transfer the Video to Your Computer

The first step is to transfer the video from your camera to your computer. You can do this by connecting your camera to your computer using a USB cable or by removing the memory card from your camera and inserting it into your computer’s card reader.

Step 2: Open the Video in Video Editing Software

Once you have transferred the video to your computer, open it in any video editing software of your choice. There are many free software options available such as Windows Movie Maker and iMovie.

Step 3: Rotate the Video

After opening the video in the software, look for an option that allows you to rotate it. This option is usually located under “Effects” or “Transform”. Click on it and select how much rotation you want – either 90 degrees clockwise or counterclockwise, or even 180 degrees for upside-down videos.


  • Be careful not to over-rotate: Rotating too much may cause some parts of the video to be cut off.
  • Preview before saving: Always preview the rotated video before saving it to make sure it looks as expected.
  • Save as a new file: We recommend saving the rotated video as a new file so that you don’t accidentally overwrite the original.

Step 4: Save the Rotated Video

Once you have completed the rotation to your satisfaction, save the video in your desired format and location. We recommend saving it in a universally compatible format like MP4 or MOV.


Rotating a video on your camera is a quick and easy process that can save you from frustrating orientation mistakes. By following these steps, you can easily rotate your videos and ensure they are correctly oriented for viewing. Remember to preview and save the video as a new file to avoid any accidental data loss or overwrite of the original footage.