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Alternative to Rotate a Video in iMovie

By Elsie Wesley, Tuesday, April 9, 2019

To make a vertical video horizontal or vice versa in iPhone/iPad/MacBook/iMac, you can use iMovie. However, without iOS or macOS device, you may be looking for an alternative for iMovie in Windows PC. Therefore, today in this tutorial, we are going to cover not only how to rotate a video in iMovie on Mac and iPhone, but also an iMovie alternative for Windows to rotate video without iMovie 

Rotate a Video in iMovie for Mac

iMovie 11 comes free on new iPhone, iPad, Mac devices. If you have an older device, you can download iMovie from the App Store. iMovie can rotate a video clockwise and counterclockwise 90 degrees to convert a portrait video to landscape or fix upside down video. 

However, you cannot rotate a video in iMovie slightly or less than 90 degrees. To do that, you can use iMovie alternative, which can rotate a video in custom degree.  

Step 1. Import a Video to Project Media

Launch iMovie on Mac, click "Import Media" to import the video in wrong orientation to the program. If the video has been added to the program, click "Project" and choose the video from the project.

Import Video to iMovie

Step 2. Rotate Video in 90 Degrees

Press the C key or click the Crop button and you'll see two Rotation buttons appearing on the top of the viewer. Click the Rotation buttons to rotate the video clockwise or counterclockwise in 90 degrees.

Tip: If you import video clips to "Project Media", a rotation applies to all clips, even if you select just a part of the clip to modify.

Step 3. Crop Video If Necessary

When the video is adjusted to a new orientation, for example, a vertical iPhone video is rotated horizontally, its image might not fit the iMovie's aspect ratio, and black bars might appear on one edge of the viewer. Click "Crop" to crop the video or simply click "Fit" to make the entire image to show.

Rotate Video on iMovie

Tips:

  • iMovie supported video formats (importing): MPEG-4/MPEG-2, DV & HDV, AVCHD(Advanced Audio Coding), MOV (QuickTime Movie).

  • iMovie supported video formats (exporting): MOV (QuickTime Movie), AVI, Image Sequence, DV, AIC, AAC, JPEG.

There should be additional file formats that iMovie supports if you have some advanced research. But still, iMovie supports a limited amount of video formats. 


Rotate a Video in iMovie for iPhone, iPad

There is also iMovie for iOS to rotate a video. If you take a video upside down with iPhone or would like to turn a portrait video to landscape, iMovie for iOS can help you to turn the iPhone video right side up.

iMovie works with iOS 11.4 or later on iPhone XS/XR/8/7 or earlier. Get iMovie from App Store if you don't have one on your iPhone/iPad.

Step 1 Open a project in iMovie.

Step 2 Add a video clip into the project and scroll the timeline to play the video clip in the viewer.

Step 3 Rotate the video 90 degrees in the viewer. Put two fingers on the screen and twist the video clockwise or counterclockwise.

Step 4 After the video is changed to the right orientation, export the video clip to your photo albums on iPhone, iPad.

Rotate Video in iMovie for iPhone


iMovie Alternative for Windows to Rotate a Video

If you have a Windows PC, you can use PawEditor, an iMovie alternative for Windows, to rotate a video clip to any orientation you like. Better than iMovie, the editor not only supports rotating video 90° but also rotate a video slightly or less than  90°, which can't be done by iMovie. Also, unlike iMovie which can't make a vertical video, PawEditor supports video creation in the aspect ratio of 9:16, 1:1, 16:9 and more.

You can use PawEditor to flip, mirror, clip a video and more.

Download and install PawEditor on your Windows computer.

Download

Step 1 Open a new project in PawEditor.

Step 2 Add the video that needs to change orientation to the project and add it to the Timeline.

Step 3 Right-click the video in the Timeline and click Position, scale, rotate.

Rotate Option

Step 4 Navigate to the Rotate column, enter a figure and hit Enter key to rotate the video by specific degrees. For example, you can input 90° or less than 90°.

Rotate A Video

Or in the preview window, click the white point in the top middle of the video and rotate it clockwise or counterclockwise to the orientation that fits you.

Rotate Video Manually

Step 5 After the video is turned to the right side, click Export to save it.

You can use PawEditor to do more editing to the video. Like iMovie, it is easy-to-use and creates pro-level videos.

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