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How to Rotate a Video on iOS and Android

Last Updated on Jul. 29, 2021 – by David Morgan
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How to Rotate a Video on iOS and Android

As someone who regularly records videos using your phone, you may be familiar with the frustration of finding that your video is in the wrong orientation. Like photos, the videos you record from your mobile device either have a landscape or portrait orientation. So this can mean no matter how you turn your phone, your video is never on the right side up.

When you discover a video is sideways when playing it back, don’t worry. With the right app, you can make it the correct orientation. 

Changing the orientation of a video only takes a few seconds if you know what you are doing. In this guide, we take an in-depth look at correcting the wrong orientation of a video clip.

Cyberlink’s PowerDirector is the most effective software for all your video editing needs, especially if you want to edit your videos on your phone

Download PowerDirector for all the video editing tools you’ll ever need. 

How to Rotate a Video 

Various options are available to rotate videos, depending on your device’s operating system and the editing software you have available. Below, we look at how to rotate a video on iPhone and Android. We also provide a step-by-step guide for rotating a video using PowerDirector

How to Rotate a Video on iPhone 

If you record a video on your iPhone, you can use the built-in Photos app to correct its orientation.

Start by opening the Photos app on your iPhone. Then, tap All Photos under the Photos menu and select the video you want to correct. After selecting the file, tap Edit in the top right corner of your screen.

Next, tap Crop at the bottom of your screen. This icon is square with two round arrows surrounding it. The rotate button will appear at the top left corner of your screen. Your file will rotate 90 degrees with every tap, and you can tap it until your video is in the correct orientation. 

How to Rotate a Video on Android 

If you’re using an Android device, you can correct the orientation of your file using the Google Photos app. Unfortunately, not all devices have this app, so you may have to download it from the Google Play store.

To change a video’s orientation, open Google Photos. Then, tap on Library in the bottom right corner of your screen and select the video you want to edit. After choosing the video, tap on Edit in the bottom toolbar. Now, tap on Rotate until the video has the correct orientation. 

How to Rotate a Video Using CyberLink PowerDirector 

PowerDirector is a robust video editing software offering a wide range of video editing features for beginners and professionals alike.

powerdirector rotate video interface

To correct the orientation of your video with PowerDirector:

  1. Add your video to the editing timeline.
  2. Tap the pencil icon at the bottom left of your screen to open the editing toolbar.
  3. Drag the slider at the bottom of the toolbar to the right until the Rotate tool appears.
  4. Tap on Rotate until your video has the correct orientation. With each tap, the video will rotate left 90 degrees. 

Use PowerDirector for all Your Video Editing 

If you are looking for a professional editing app to change your videos’ orientation, we recommend CyberLink PowerDirector. This app is compatible with all popular video formats, and it has a highly intuitive and user-friendly interface. You can also use PowerDirector with iOS, Android, Mac, and Windows.

A few editing tools you get with PowerDirector that basic apps don’t offer include video speed adjustment, video stabilizing, and skin smoothening.

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