How to Rotate a Video Without Using Windows Media Player6 min read

Looking to rotate a video in Windows Media Player?

Sadly, you can’t rotate a video using Windows Media Player. 

However, if you’re on Windows 10, you can use the built-in Photos app to rotate your videos.

Or if you’re using the earlier versions of windows such as Windows 7 or 8, you can use VLC or Windows Movie Maker to rotate your videos.

In this article, we’ll show you how to rotate your videos using some of the best free Windows Media Player alternatives.

Here’s everything we’ll cover, please feel free to jump around:

How to rotate a video using a built-in, free Windows Media Player alternative

How to rotate a video using Windows Movie Maker

How to rotate a video using VLC

How to rotate a video the simple way on Windows

How to Rotate a Video in Windows Using Photos, a Windows Media Player Alternative

Photos is the app that’s used to open your images by default on Windows 10. It comes preinstalled on Windows 10, and you can use it to edit and rotate your videos. Here’s how to rotate a video using the Photos app:

  1. First, open the Photos app. You can find it in the start menu. If it’s not in your menu, simply press start and type Photos into the search bar.
    click photos app
  2. Then, create a new project. To start a blank video project, you can either click on the big blue box with a plus icon that says New video project, or click on the New video button in the top right corner of the app window and select New video project from the dropdown menu.
    click new video project button
    click new video and select new video project
  3. In the next window, click on the blue button that says Add to import the video you want to rotate.
    click add button
  4. Once the video’s been imported, click on the Place in the storyboard button in the top right corner to add the video to the storyboard.
    click place in the storyboard button
  5. Now, you can find the Rotate button right below the preview window in the bottom right corner of the app screen. Click on the button to rotate your video by 90, 180, or 270 degrees.
    click rotate button
  6. Once you are done rotating your video and are happy with your video’s orientation, click on the Finish video button in the top right corner of the app window. Then pick a resolution for your video. Finally, click on Export.
    click finish video

Optionally, you can also open it using Windows Media Player. You’ll then see that the video’s orientation has been fixed.

How to Rotate a Video Using Windows Movie Maker [Free Windows Media Player Alternative for Windows 7 and later]

If you have the Windows Essentials Suite installed, then you should already have Windows Movie Maker on your computer. Microsoft ended the support for Windows Essentials Suite in 2010. But there’s a way to install and use Windows Movie Maker on your Windows computer in 2021. We’ve written an article on how to download and use Windows Movie Maker to rotate your videos.

How to Rotate a Video Using VLC

Most people don’t use Windows Media Player. Instead, they use VLC to play videos and songs on their Windows PC. if you happen to be one of them, you can use it to rotate your videos. You have to have a lot of patience to rotate a video using VLC as it involves numerous steps. Check out our article on how to rotate a video in VLC on your Windows computer.

An Easier Way to Rotate Your Videos on Windows

If you’re a Windows user, you can use Animaker’s video rotator to easily rotate your videos 90, 180, or 270 degrees for free! All it takes is 3 simple steps to rotate and download your videos using our super-simple video resizing tool. 

For those who are unaware of Animaker, it is an all-in-one DIY video-making app designed to help non-designers make professional-quality videos from the comfort of their browser.

Our video rotating software works on Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, etc., and if you use one of these browsers, you can easily rotate your videos on your Windows computer. 

If you’re looking to quickly rotate your videos for Instagram, YouTube, or Facebook, then Animaker’s video rotator is the best tool for the job. Also, you can rotate videos in MP4, MPG, WebM, MOV, and more formats.

Step 1: Sign Up/Login and Pick the Dimensions

Sign in to your account or create a free one. Now pick the dimensions for your video. Want to turn vertical video horizontal? Then pick Horizontal from the Create a video section in your dashboard. Want to turn horizontal video vertical? Then pick Vertical from the same section.

pick the dimensions

Step 2: Upload the Video and Rotate It

Now upload the video you want to rotate. Animaker lets you upload videos up to 20 GB in size. Go to the Upload tab in the main navigation bar and click on the Upload button at the bottom of the tab window.

go to uploads tab and click upload button

Once the video’s been uploaded, click on it to set it onto the canvas.

set the video to rotate

Now click on the Rotate button in the top right corner of the canvas to start rotating your video. Animaker lets you rotate your video in the anti-clockwise direction. To rotate your video to 90 degrees, click on the Rotate button three times. The first time you click on the rotate button, your video will be rotated to an angle of 270 degrees, then to 180 degrees the second time, and to 90 degrees the third time.

rotate video in any angle

When you set it onto the canvas, your video will be filled to occupy the entire space. You can change this with our video resizing tool. You can adjust how your video should fit the chosen dimensions by clicking on the Resize button.

click resize or fit

drag the corners to make it fit

Optionally, you can also flip or mirror your videos using our video flipper. Click on the Flip button in the top right corner of the canvas to flip your video horizontally and/or vertically.

flip video horizontally or vertically

Step 3: Preview and Download the Video

You can preview the video by clicking on the play button beside the Publish button. You can then download the video to your computer by clicking on the Publish button and then selecting Download Video from the dropdown menu. Or share it directly to various social media platforms from within the app.

download rotated video

Apart from letting you easily rotate your videos, Animaker’s online video editor offers various other video editing tools.  

You can use Animaker’s video editor to:

And the list goes on… feel free to check out these tools and learn why it’s the go-to video editor for marketers and content creators.

Got any questions about rotating your videos on Windows? Any interesting tips or tools to rotate videos on Windows that we seem to have left out? Please let us know about them in the comment section below.

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Pragadeesh N

Pragadeesh is a developer turned marketer, currently working as a content marketer at Animaker - a drag-and-drop video making tool that lets anyone create engaging animated videos using pre-made templates and ready-to-go assets with zero technical skills.