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I was recording a video on an iPhone and I had it "upside down" by mistake, meaning the camera was in the bottom-right corner rather than the top-left.

When I watch the video on my Mac in Quicktime, the orientation is fine, anyway, but when I watch it in VLC, then it is upside down. I want to fix the orientation because I want to convert the video from MOV to MP4, and this would also make it upside down (because it loses the orientation/rotation metadata that the MOV file contains, to properly orient the video).

How can I properly rotate the video so that it looks correct?

I tried a few methods already, but none worked. For instance, I tried this (Can HandBrake flip/rotate a video?), but that didn't work for me. I also tried this ( video captured from iphone gets rotated when converted to .mp4 using ffmpeg ) but I got a few errors in Terminal when running the commands, like regarding experimental features, etc.

  • Do you by any chance have Photoshop? If I remember correctly, it is very easy to do with PS. – bassplayer7 Oct 18 '14 at 23:35
  • Photoshop does video now? Never knew that. But no, I don't have Photoshop. That would be a very expensive solution to something that seems relatively simple, at least with the right tools. Often free open source tools can do it, but I just can't get the right combination to work. – Gary Oct 19 '14 at 3:32
  • Yes, certainly not worth getting Photoshop just to work with the videos. But if you had it I know it works nicely. And yes, it does have some video functionality. Nothing incredible but something. – bassplayer7 Oct 20 '14 at 0:14
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I opened iMovie, and imported the upside down video (which only appears upside down in non-Apple apps, like VLC). Since iMovie is an Apple app, it is able to read the rotation metadata, so it showed the video correctly. I then simply exported the video as an MP4 from iMovie, which resulted in a video with the correct orientation.

No manual rotation was necessary in iMovie since it already was able to read that metadata, as I mentioned.

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iMovie & VLC can both do it

I'm not sure VLC can export the result, but iMovie can.

There's also RotateMyVideo which will do it online

iMovie from Crop...

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VLC from Effects & Filters > Video Effects > Geometry > Transform

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Source : http://www.wikihow.com/Rotate-a-Video

  • Although neither method worked for me (and a few of the ones listed on that page are Windows-only or upload-only), it reminded me of iMovie, so that helped. Thanks! – Gary Oct 19 '14 at 19:50

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