Having a video play in Windows Media Player in the wrong orientation can happen particularly with videos made on a smartphone. The person might have recorded the video in portrait mode, but the player tries to show it sideways in landscape mode. While some players like VLC and Media Player Classic can rotate videos, Windows Media Player doesn't have this option. However, you can use free video editing applications and websites to rotate the video to the right orientation and enjoy it properly in Windows Media Player.
Try Freemake Video Converter
Freemake Video Converter can help you rotate a video on Windows and supports many common video formats like MP4, WMV, MOV and AVI. It offers a free version that will let you rotate videos, although you'll need to purchase the paid version to avoid having a logo on the exported video.
Video of the Day
After you install this tool, launch it and select the "Video" button to choose the video you need to rotate. This will add the video to the editing pane where you can click the scissors icon to the far right to access the editing tools. Click the green "Rotate" button to rotate the video 90 degrees to the right at a time. Once the video looks good, click "OK."
You can then click the "Convert" menu and select the format you want to use for the edited video. You can then click "Convert" to save the updated video to the same folder as the original, or you can update the preferences. You're now ready to play the video in Windows Media Player.
Use Video Flip and Rotate
You can also rotate a video on Windows if you use the Free Video Flip and Rotate app from DVDVideoSoft. After you install and launch the app, just drag the video you need to rotate to the main video pane, or you can click "Add file" to select the video from File Explorer. You'll see a set of lines and arrows below the video that are buttons you'll use to rotate the video.
To rotate the video to the left by 90 degrees, you'd click the first arrow that points down to the left. To do a 180-degree left rotation, select the second curved arrow that looks similar to a "G" shape. The third arrow pointing down to the right rotates the video by 90 degrees to the right, while the other options flip the video vertically or horizontally. You can use multiple buttons to rotate the video until it looks right in the preview area.
Select a format to save the updated video from the bottom-left list and then click "Save." You can then open the rotated video in Windows Media Player.
Try Kapwing's Online Video Rotator
To avoid the hassle of installing apps on your computer, you can rotate a MOV file or other formats such as MP4 and AVI using the Kapwing website. You can sign up for a free Kapwing account and avoid having any logos on your exported video. After making your account, visit the site's "Tools" page to find the option for its video rotator. You can then click the "Upload" button to select the file from your computer and open a video editor page with a live preview of your video.
Use the three buttons under the left "Rotate" pane to rotate your video 90 degrees at a time to the left (button one) or right (button two). The third button will flip your video horizontally. The online app will show your video's current rotation and dimensions below the buttons.
Once you're satisfied, click "Create" for the Kapwing server to process the video. You'll soon see a page where you can download the edited video and then play it in Windows Media Player.