How to Rotate a QuickTime Movie Clip

By Marshal M. Rosenthal

More people are shooting videos with their cell phones than portable video camcorders. But what isn’t being taken into account is that the video movie clips are being shot vertically, and so they look strange when played since they’re not in the normal horizontal position expected by the viewer. Rotating a QuickTime movie clip shot by a cell phone can be done using the QuickTime Pro Player on a Mac or PC. The original video clip is left undamaged and can be archived or deleted.

Things You'll Need

  • USB cable

Step 1

Attach one end of the USB cable to the cell phone. Attach the other end to a USB port on the computer. Copy the QuickTime video clip to be rotated from the cell phone to the desktop of the computer. Drag the QuickTime video clip from the cell phone icon’s window on a PC by going to “Start,” “My Computer,” “My Devices,” or on a Mac using the “Image Capture” program inside of the “Applications” folder.

Step 2

Go to the Apple QuickTime website. Download and install the Mac or PC version of the free QuickTime Player. Restart the PC once the installation has been completed.

Step 3

Run QuickTime Player. Go to "QuickTime" if on a Mac or "File" if on a PC and select "Registration." Leave the window that appears on the desktop and go back to the web browser.

Step 4

Purchase the QuickTime Pro registration code from the Apple QuickTime website. Enter the registration code in the "Registration code" column of the QuickTime Player window that is open on the desktop. Enter your name in the "Registered to" column above the "Registration code." Close the window by clicking the red button at the upper left on a Mac or the "X" at the upper right if on a PC. Quit QuickTime Player.

Step 5

Run QuickTime Player again. The application now is transformed into QuickTime Pro Player. Drag the QuickTime video clip from the computer's hard drive into the QuickTime Pro Player's icon, on the desktop or in the Dock to the left or at the bottom of the screen on a Mac. Wait as the QuickTime video clip loads into the QuickTime Pro Player and presents itself as a video window on the desktop.

Step 6

Go to the "Window" menu and select "Show Movie Properties" from the drop-down menu. Highlight "Video Track" that appears under the "Name" column in a new window. Select the "Visual Settings" tab at the middle of the window by clicking it once with the mouse.

Step 7

Press the right arrow icon in the "Flip/Rotate" control panel to rotate the QuickTime video clip clockwise. Close the window by clicking the small red button at the upper left.

Step 8

Go to "File" and select "Export" from the drop-down menu. Name the rotated QuickTime video clip in the top column of the window that appears. Select "Movie to QuickTime Movie" from the drop-down menu next to the "Export" tab. Press the "Save" button at the lower corner of the window to save the QuickTime video clip to the computer's hard drive.

Tips & Warnings

  • Rotating a QuickTime video clip that doesn’t need to be corrected can give you a whole new perspective on the scene that was recorded when you watch it.
  • Always rename a QuickTime video clip that you have altered so that you never overwrite the original.