How to Rotate Videos in Windows Media Player

Use VLC media player to fix your video's orientation

Sometimes when you play videos taken with your phone on your PC, the video appears in the wrong orientation in Windows Media Player. The program doesn't offer a built-in way to rotate videos, so you'll need a separate tool to do the job. Here's how to rotate a video in Windows Media Player using a third-party media player tool called VLC.

VLC is available on multiple platforms (Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, and Windows Phone). These instructions are specifically for Windows PCs.

How to rotate video in Windows Media Player
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How to Rotate a Video With VLC

The VLC media player is a frequently updated program by an active open-source developer community. Download and install VLC for Windows from the VideoLAN website.

To rotate videos using VLC:

  1. Open the VLC application, select Media > Open File, then choose the video you want to rotate.

    The Open File command
  2. Select Tools > Effects and Filters.

    Alternatively, use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+E to open the Adjustments and Effects window.

    The Effects and Filters item under Tools
  3. In the Adjustments and Effects window, go to the Video Effects tab and select the Geometry tab.

    The Visual Effects and Geometry tabs in Adjustments and Effects
  4. Select the Transform check box, then select the drop-down menu underneath and choose the option you want. The video automatically rotates as you make a selection.

    The Transform box and options
  5. When you're satisfied with the rotation, select Save, then select Close to return to the main VLC interface.

    The Save button

How to Save Your Rotated Video in VLC

To save the rotated video in the appropriate format:

  1. Select Tools > Preferences.

    Alternatively, use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+P to open the Advanced Preferences window.

    The Preferences command under the Tools menu
  2. Go to the lower-left corner of the Advanced Preferences window and select All.

    The All option in Preferences
  3. Scroll down the left menu pane to the Stream output section, expand the Sout stream entry, then select Transcode.

    The Sout Stream and Transcode sections
  4. On the right side of the window, select the Rotate video filter check box, then select Save.

    The Rotate Video Filter option and Save button
  5. Select Media > Convert/Save.

    Alternatively, use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+R to open the Open Media window.

    The Convert/Save command
  6. In the Open Media window, select Add, choose the file you rotated, then select Convert/Save.

    The Add and Convert/Save buttons
  7. In the Convert window, go to the Destination section, select Browse, then choose an existing file to overwrite or enter a new file name.

    The Browse button
  8. Select Start to begin the conversion process and save the video file.

    The Start button

Using an Online Video Rotator

If you don't want to download and install an application to rotate videos, several online, ad-supported options are available, including:

Most of these cloud-based solutions have limitations, however, including the inability to rotate lengthy videos.