How to Rotate a Video in QuickTime (With Pictures)5 min read

Looking to rotate a video in QuickTime Player?

QuickTime 10 makes it incredibly easy to rotate your video. In this article, we’ll show you how to rotate your video using QuickTime 10 on your Mac computer.

Also, we’ll show you another quick way to rotate your videos online.

Ready? Let’s dive in.

How to Rotate a Video in QuickTime Player

QuickTime is a free tool that comes preinstalled on Mac OS. You’d have probably already used it to record your screen on your Mac computer.

Here are the steps to rotate a video in QuickTime:

  1. First, open QuickTime. Then click on the File menu from the menu bar at the top. Now select Open File to open the video you want to rotate using QuickTime.
    select file and open file
  2. Once you’ve opened the video in QuickTime, click on the Edit menu from the menu bar at the top. And select Rotate Right or Rotate Left from the dropdown menu. To rotate your video clockwise, select Rotate Right. And to rotate your video anti-clockwise, select Rotate Left.
    select rotate left or rotate right
  3. Optionally, you can also flip the video if you want to. To flip the video, simply select the Flip Horizontal or Flip Vertical from the same dropdown menu to flip the video vertically or horizontally.
    select flip horizontal or flip vertical
  4. Once you’re done rotating the video to your desired angle, you can now save the video in this angle on your computer.  To save the video, click on the File menu from the menu bar, then select Export As, and finally, pick the resolution you want to export the video in from the resulting dropdown. You can export the video in 480p or 720p.
    go to file and export as and pick a resolution
  5. Next, you can enter a name for your video using the export as input field and then choose where you want to save your video. Finally, click on the Save button to save your video.
    enter a name and destination and click save

Your video will be saved in MOV format. If you’d rather want your video to be in MP4 format, we show you how you can easily rotate and export your video as MP4 using a simple tool below. 

How to Rotate a Video Online On Your Mac Computer

The one huge downside to using QuickTime is that it saves your rotated video in MOV format. If you want your output video file to be in MP4 format, then you can use Animaker’s video rotator.

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.

It’s a simple tool that lets you 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 rotator. 

It 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 or Mac computer.

If you’re looking to easily rotate your videos for Instagram, YouTube, or Facebook, then Animaker’s video rotator can make your job a lot easier. Also, you can rotate videos in multiple formats such as MP4, MPG, WebM, MOV, and more formats. Follow the steps below to rotate a video using Animaker:

Sign Up/Login and Pick the Dimensions

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

pick the dimensions

Upload the Video and Rotate It

Next, upload the video you wish to rotate. You can upload videos up to 20 GB in size. Navigate to the Upload tab in the main menu bar and click on the Upload button at the bottom of the tab window.

go to uploads tab and click upload button

Now that the video’s been uploaded, click on the video to set the video onto the canvas.

set the video to rotate

To rotate the video, click on the Rotate button in the top right corner of the canvas. Animaker allows you to rotate a video in the anti-clockwise direction. To rotate your video to 90 degrees, you’re going to have to 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 an angle of 180 degrees the second time, and finally to an angle of 90 degrees the third time.

rotate video in any angle

Once the video is set onto the canvas, it’ll be filled to occupy the entire dimensions of the canvas. You can now change the way how it fits these dimensions with our video resizing tool. It lets you quickly adjust how your video should fit the chosen dimensions. To get started resizing your video, simply click on the Resize button in the top right corner.

click resize or fit

drag the corners to make it fit

Optionally, you can flip your videos using the video flipping tool. 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

Preview and Download the Video

Now preview the video by clicking on the play button next to the Publish button. Then, you can download the video to your computer by clicking on the Publish button and then selecting Download Video from the dropdown. Or you can share the video directly to various social media platforms from right within the app.

download rotated video


While QuickTime lets you rotate and flip your videos, it lacks in its video editing capability. It does not have all the editing tools you need to quickly create videos for your social media channel and website.

Apart from letting you easily rotate your videos, Animaker’s video editing suite offers all the video editing tools you’d need to edit and fine-tune your video footage.

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 in QuickTime or on your Mac computer? Any interesting tips or tools to rotate videos on Mac that we haven’t covered? 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.