How to Rotate a Video in Windows Media Player

By Craig Witt

Windows Media Player is a free digital media application developed by Microsoft. It allows Windows users to play audio and video files, and view digital images. Though the program offers many helpful playback features, it lacks one notable option: the ability to rotate a video. You can solve this problem by downloading Windows Movie Maker, a free editing program also created by Microsoft. Rotate your selected video in Movie Maker, then view it at the desired orientation in Media Player.

Step 1

Download and install Windows Movie Maker. Movie Maker is available for free at Find the version designed for your operating system and download it to your computer. Double-click the downloaded file, then follow the provided prompts to install the software on your machine.

Step 2

Open the file you want to edit. After the installation process completes, launch the Movie Maker application. Click the "Start" button, then "Programs" > "Windows Live" > "Windows Live Movie Maker." With the program open, click the "File" menu near the top-left corner of the screen and select "Open Project." Find the file you want to edit. Open it by double-clicking its icon.

Step 3

Rotate your video. Find the tools on the menu at the top of the screen labeled "Rotate left 90 degrees." Click this button as many times as necessary to rotate the movie to the desired orientation. When finished, click the "File" menu, select "Save Movie," then choose your desired quality level. Choose the location on your computer where the Movie Maker should save the file, then click "Save."

Step 4

View your video in Media Player. Open the file you just edited in Windows Media Player. The video will now play with the correct orientation.