How To Rotate a Video

How to rotate a video

Whether you’re bringing in vertical footage from your phone, looking to create a unique perspective, or just want to fix a crooked clip, it’s good to know how to rotate a video. It’s easy.

  1. Open a video editing program
    Choose one that is simple to use. Rotating is a straightforward task, even if you’ve never edited a video before. Camtasia lets you try editing videos for free.
  2. Find the video you want to rotate
    Click “Import Media” and browse to find the video you want. You can grab a clip from your computer, camera, or network. Click “Open” to add it to your media bin. Hint: Need to get large video files from your smartphone? The free TechSmith Fuse app can send them directly to Camtasia via your wireless connection.find the video you want to rotate
  3. Get it ready to edit
    Drag your video from the media bin to your timeline.
    Drag the video you want to rotate
  4. Rotate it
    Click on the video in the large preview pane. In the center of the video you’ll see two hollow circles. Hover over the circle on the right until your cursor turns into a rotation symbol. Click this symbol and move your mouse to tilt your video.
    how to rotate your video

That’s all! Pretty quick, eh? If you want to get fancy, try these tips:

  • For more precise rotation, click-and-hold the rotation symbol and move your mouse near the outer edge of your video. Now you have a wider radius for more accuracy in your rotation movements. This is especially helpful when you are rotating video from a smartphone or ipad/tablet that was taken just slightly askew from horizontal.
  • Have a specific angle in mind? Type in the degrees (no need to rotate by hand!). Select the video in the preview pane, then click the “Properties” button on the right. Under the “Rotation” heading, the “Z” axis is where you enter the number of degrees. Hint: Put in 90 or 270 if you want to rotate vertical footage to be horizontal, or 180 if you want to rotate it upside down.
    Rotate by typing in degrees
  • Especially if you’re turning a horizontal video into a vertical one, you might want to crop your clip after rotating it. Learn how in this video tutorial.

Ready to start rotating? Camtasia lets you rotate videos horizontally, vertically, and everything in between, not to mention ‘flip’ them upside down and backwards. Download your free trial and start editing your video clips today.