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How to Convert Portrait Video to Landscape (or Vice Versa)

By Carrie Murray, Thursday, May 09, 2019

If you have a video taken in the wrong orientation, you may need to change the video orientation, for example, converting landscape video to portrait or converting vertical video to horizontal.

It is not difficult to make a vertical video horizontal or vice versa. There are many video editing applications can do that. You just need to choose the right tool according to the device you are using.

PawEditor: Portrait to Landscape Converter for Windows

As a versatile video editing software, PawEditor can be a portrait to landscape converter that can not only turn vertical video to horizontal but also crop landscape video to portrait. More than just rotating videos, it can remove the black side bars on your portrait or landscape videos.

Also, you can make square videos with PawEditor and use its built-in effects, colors, transitions to decorate your videos.

Just import a landscape or portrait video that you want to change orientation, then you can use PawEditor rotate the video 90 degrees, 180 degrees, 270 degrees, etc.

The editor is compatible with Windows 10/8/7 computers. Download PawEditor to start converting portrait videos to landscape or vice versa.


Step 1: Install PawEditor.

Step 2: Launch the editor and choose "Create a New Project". 

Create A New Project

If you need to get a vertical video, select Mobile in Resolution; to get a horizontal video, select other dimensions with aspect ratios of 16:9 or 4:3.

Set up A Project

Step 3: In the video library, import the vertical/horizontal video you want to rotate, and drag the video file onto a track in the timeline.

Add Video to Timeline

Step 4: Right click the portrait/landscape video on the timeline track and select "Position, Scale, Rotate". This will open the editing window for rotating and scaling video.

Click Rotate

Step 5: Navigate to the Rotate column. To convert portrait video to landscape or landscape video to portrait, input 90 degrees and hit Enter. The video will be converted to landscape or portrait.

Convert Portrait Video to Landscape

Step 6: If there are black side bars after turning the video to landscape or portrait, continue to crop the video.

Crop Video

Step 7: Click Export Video Button to save the converted video.

iMovie: Convert Portrait Video to Landscape on Mac & iPhone

iMove is a free video editing software for Apple users. You can get it from the App Store on Mac or iPhone/iPad. You can convert a video from portrait to landscape in iMovie. However, since iMovie only supports horizontal videos in 16:9, you can't convert a landscape video to portrait with iMovie.

Step 1: Open iMovie. Click the "+" icon to create a new project.

Step 2: Import a portrait video to the project media library.

Import Portrait Video

Step 3: Select the portrait video, click the Crop button, select Fit mode.

Step 4: Click "Rotate Clockwise" or "Rotate Counterclockwise" to rotate the video 90 degrees.

Convert Portrait Video to Landscape iMovie

Step 5: When the portrait video is converted to horizontal, click Share > Export Movie to save it.

Google Photos: Convert Portrait Video to Landscape on Android

How to convert vertical video to horizontal in Android? If you are using an Android phone, you can use the Google Photos app to rotate a video on Android. One great thing about using Google Photos to rotate video is that it is free.

Step 1: Install Google Photos on your Android phone if you haven't.

Step 2: Once you're done setting up the app, click on the vertical/horizontal video you want to convert. The video will automatically start playing after clicking.

Step 3: Tap the video again to reveal the editing button. Tap the editing button, which is the pencil icon.

Step 4: Tap "Rotate". The video will start to rotate 90 degrees.

Step 5: Once the video is converted to portrait or landscape. Click on "Save" in the top right corner to save the change.

Rotate Video in Google Photos

Google Photos can do no more than just trimming or rotating a video. If you want to make more editing to the video, such as add subtitles, combine videos, add animation effects, add background music, use a professional video editor like PawEditor on a computer.

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