How To Rotate A Video In VLC And Save It

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rotate a video in vlcMany people search on google and ask in different forums that how to rotate a video in vlc, how to rotate and save a video in VLC and etc If you are also looking for the same thing (Ofcourse you are), then this guide will help you rotating your video.

Maybe you have captured a video in your cell phone or camcorder and when you want to play it in your computer (PC), you see it is rotated 90 degrees. In this case, what most people do is they flip their monitors to watch the video. But instead flipping your monitor, you had better go with an easier option and that is rotating your video.

In this post we will show you How To Rotate A Video In VLC And Save It. So first you will learn how to rotate a video in VLC then we will learn how to save your rotated vodeo using VLC.

How to Rotate A Video In VLC

Follow the step by step guide to rotate a video in VLC Media Player.

  • Download and install VLC media play from here
  • Open the Player once you have installed it.
  • Open your video that you want to rotate by clicking  “Media >> “Open File… (Or Press Ctrl+O)
  • After you have opened your video, go to “Tools >> “Effects and Filters (Or Press Ctrl+E)

VLC media player tools

  • You will see a new pop-up window. Choose “Video Effects” tab from this here.

Video Effects in VLC

  • Switch to the “Geometry” tab from “Video Effects” tab.

Geometry in VLC

  • Click the “Rotate” box to enable rotation. Now  click on rotating point and move it right or wrong untill you specify the angle in which you want to rotate. Then click “Close

rotate video in vlc Now you can play the rotated video in VLC in your specified angle. But if you want to save the video and play it in any other player then keep on reading.

How to Save A Video In VLC

  •  Go to “Tools>> Preferences” (Or press Ctrl+P).

VLC tools

  • A new window appears, click “Show All Settings” from the bottom of the left side.

Simple preferences VLC

  • Expand “Stream OutPut” the expand “Sout stream” and then click Transcode. And from the right side, under “Video Filter“, select “Video Transformation Filter“. Then click “Save” to save your settings.

transcode stream output

  •  Click on “Media>> “Convert / Save“.

conver save in vlc

  • Under file selection, click on “Add…” to add your video that you want to rotate and save. And click “Convert” from the drop down at the right of Convert/Save.

convert in vlc

  • A new convert window appears, Click browse and choose your destination folder (e.g. “Desktop”) and give file name  (e.g. “Converted video”).
  • Now press “Start” to start the conversion. It may take few minutes to convert your video (Time depends on video size).

Once the conversion process is completed, you can play your rotated video in any player you like.

You can find your rotated video on the destination folder you selected.

This is how to rotate a video in VLC.

P.S: You may see all the videos rotated after you rotate a video. To avoid this, you have to reset your VLC media player to it’s default setting by going to “Tools>> “Preferences” and press the “Reset Preferences” button at the bottom side of Preferences window.

Hope this helps. If you have any question on how to rotate a video in vlc and save it or you are still getting some problems converting your video, let me know in the comment below.

P.S: If you want more than just rotating your video, you may need a third party video editor such as Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate. Using this you can edit, enhance, download, capture, burn and convert your videos in up to 150 formats.

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  • An excellent tutorial on use of VLC
    Thank you

    S.Reddi August 14, 2014 6:33 pm Reply
  • Thanks for the quick info. With it being so easy to unknowingly record video upside down on your mobile device, you’d think this feature might be in the toolbar.

    massiveloop October 20, 2014 9:24 pm Reply
  • That was such awesome help, however, it rotated movies I didn’t want rotated as well. I didn’t reset preferences in VLC because I wasn’t sure if I was going to mess anything up. If you canhelp me with that that would be amazing. Thanks

    Helen November 14, 2014 12:39 pm Reply
    • Try resetting preferences as guided above. If you are still afraid then ask me, I will do it for you. :)

      Muhammad Irshad November 15, 2014 6:02 am Reply
  • thanks, but this has been repeated many-many times. what is needed is how to continuously rotate to correct for continuous camera rotation. the fixed angle is not always the solution.

    dave November 14, 2014 2:27 pm Reply
    • It seems that you haven’t read the whole article. I admit that fixed angle is not the solution but saving your video in your desired angle is.

      Muhammad Irshad November 15, 2014 6:03 am Reply
      • I have succeeded in turning the video from on its side to being vertical but when I try to save it, it saves as the same two vertical videos, one above the other.

        What is going wrong?


        Nigel November 16, 2014 11:49 pm Reply
        • Hi, im having the same problem as well. Been searching for some clues to undo it. REALLY NEED SOME HELP HERE!!

          pl November 20, 2014 6:03 pm Reply
  • Hi Muhammad
    When I download the VLC it seems that I cannot see the same toolbar menu as you show….no ‘tools’
    I see the standard “file, edit, view, playback, audio, video, subtitles,window, help” no “media’ or ‘tools’.
    Thank you !

    Carrie November 17, 2014 2:22 pm Reply
  • VLC crashes why i try this ….

    DG November 26, 2014 3:32 pm Reply
  • It saved the rotation alright, but gave me two copies of the video/split screens. wtf??

    Sonja Rademaker November 28, 2014 3:00 am Reply

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