How to Rotate a QuickTime Movie

By Andrew Schrader

QuickTime Player--in tandem with the QuickTime Pro component--supports movie rotations of 90, 180 and 270 degrees, depending on your needs, by editing the movie's properties. You may also want to try one of many video conversion/rotation programs, including MPEG Streamclip and Free Video Flip and Rotate, both of which are free for download. Please note that when rotating movies, your video's height and width dimensions will change accordingly. For instance, rotating your video 90 or 270 degrees will result in a longer height than width, unless you change your video's aspect ratio and dimensions to accommodate the rotation.

QuickTime Rotation

Step 1

Download and install the QuickTime Pro component from Apple QuickTime's download page (see Resources). Run the installation file after the download is complete, accept the terms of use and open QuickTime Player.

Step 2

Open your video in QuickTime by clicking "File," "Open Files." Browse your computer's contents in the pop-up Windows Explorer window for the QuickTime movie, select it and click "Open."

Step 3

Click the "Window" tab at the top of the screen and select "Show Movie Properties."

Step 4

Highlight the "Video Track" field and click the "Visual Settings" tab. Click the proper "Flip/Rotate" button, depending on how much you want your video rotated.

Step 5

Exit out of the Movie Properties window. Click "File," "Save As." Rename your file and click "Save" to save your rotated movie.

Free Video Flip and Rotate

Step 1

Visit Free Video Flip and Rotate's main download page (see References). Click the "Download" button to download the program. Double-click the installation file, agree to the terms of use and open Free Video Flip and Rotate.

Step 2

Click the "..." on the left side of the screen to open a Windows Explorer window where you can search for your input QuickTime movie. Highlight your QuickTime movie and click "Open."

Step 3

Click the "..." button on the right side of the screen to choose a location on your hard drive where you want the rotated movie saved.

Step 4

Locate the seven flip/rotation icons in the lower-left part of the screen. Click the rotation buttons as needed. Click the "Convert" button in the bottom-right corner of the screen to begin exporting your rotated QuickTime movie.

MPEG Streamclip

Step 1

Visit Squared 5's website (see Resources) and click the download link for the latest version of MPEG Streamclip. Wait until the download is finished. Double-click the .exe file to install the program. Accept the licensing terms and launch MPEG Streamclip.

Step 2

Open your QuickTime movie in MPEG Streamclip by dragging and dropping the video's icon directly into the program's interface. Let your video load.

Step 3

Click "File" and select the "Export to QuickTime" option to enter the Movie Exporter window.

Step 4

Click the "Rotation" drop-down box near the bottom of the screen. You may choose to rotate it 90 degrees, 180 degrees or flip (mirror) the entire image. (Rotating it 90 or 180 degrees will preserve its aspect ratio, but will crop and letterbox the picture. For 4:3 pictures, you may click the "Zoom" box and make a 133.3 percent zoom to get rid of the letterboxing).

Step 5

Click the "Make Movie" button at the bottom right of the window. When prompted, name your file and choose an output (save) location on your computer's hard drive. Click "OK" to export and save your rotated movie.

Tips & Warnings

  • Please allow up to several minutes for your video to export and save to the proper location on your hard drive.