How to Rotate a Video on Windows 11

Want to learn how to rotate a video on Windows 11?

We live in an era of visual media, be it on TV, social media apps, downloaded content, or streamed videos. For your convenience, the uploader provides multiple quality options, playback speeds, frame size, and more. Of all, your viewing experience depends greatly on the orientation of the video. 

While the landscape view enables you to indulge in the content completely, the portrait mode brings you closer to the action. One may simply prefer one and not the other. This demands a feature that will allow you to adjust the orientation as per your liking, and luckily, Microsoft has provided exactly that in the new Windows 11.

If you want to learn the different ways you can rotate the video on Windows 11, you’ve landed on the right page. But before we get started ensure that the video is already downloaded on your computer. 

Now, let’s dive right into the methods!

1. Using the Media Player App.

If you have a video that you wish to rotate on Windows 11, one way to do it is by using the Windows Media Player. It is an in-built application on Windows 11 which allows you to play audio and video files. Along with that, users can make changes to these files and store them for later use. 

Here’s what you need to do: 

  1. First, open File Explorer and locate the file you want to rotate.
Rotate a Video on Windows 11
  1. Then, right-click on the video and go to Open with to view more options.
  2. From there, click on Windows Media Player, and your video will start playing in the app.
open video with Windows media player
  1. On the bottom right corner of the app screen, click on the three dots icon for additional settings.
Rotate a Video on Windows 11
  1. Go to Video settings and select Rotate video from the options that appear to rotate your video by 90 degrees. Keep clicking Rotate video until you achieve the desired position of the video file. 
Rotate video option in Media player app

2. Rotate Video With Video Editor. 

Windows 11 comes with Photos, a pre-installed application that lets you view and edit images and videos. So, if you’re thinking about editing a video but don’t wish to install any third-party apps that may compromise your privacy, the Video Editor feature in the Photos app can be used to modify them.

Follow these steps to rotate a video on Windows 11 by using the Video Editor:

  1. From the taskbar in Windows 11, click on the search icon.
  2. Then type in Video Editor and select the app that is shown in the results.
Video editor app in start menu
  1. After the app opens on your screen, click on the New video project button.
New video project in Video editor
  1. A pop-up box will appear asking you to name your video. After entering a title, click OK.
  2. The project’s timeline will appear on the left side of the screen. To import the video, select the red button that reads Add.
  3. From the options that appear, you may either click on Select from PC or Select from web, according to the location of your file.
  4. After finding the desired video, select the option Open.
  5. The thumbnail of the video will be visible on the left. In order to start editing, drag the video from the project library column to the timeline at the bottom of the app.
Add option
  1. Then, select the video at the bottom and click on the Rotate icon on the toolbar above the selected video.
  2. Your video will rotate by 90 degrees. Once you’ve reached the desired view, click on the Finish video option.
Rotate a Video on Windows 11
  1. A pop-up will appear. Select High for the video quality and click Export.
Export video option
  1. Decide the location where you want to save the video and click on Export. Your file will be exported.

3. Using VLC Media Player. 

Other than the Media Player and Photos app, you can also rotate any format of video file in Windows 11 through the VLC Media Player. It is known as one of the oldest public media players that were introduced in Windows XP. 

By using this video player, you may either rotate your video and watch it from there or even save it to your PC for later use. Here are all the steps you need to follow:

  1. Launch the VLC media player app using the Start menu.
  2. From your keyboard, press the Ctrl + 0 shortcut keys.
  3. Locate the file you wish to rotate from the device’s local storage and select it.
  4. Then click Open. The video will appear on the screen.
  5. Now, go to Tools on the menu bar at the top and select Effects and Filters.
Effects and filters in VLC media player
  1. The Adjustments and Effects window will appear, and from there, click on Video Effects.
  2. Then go to the Geometry tab and click the box next to Rotate.
  3. Right-click and drag the angle wheel until you reach the desired rotation, then select Save.
Rotate a Video on Windows 11
  1.  Click on the Close button.
  2. To export the modified video, go to Tools and click on Preferences.
Preferences in VLC media player app
  1. An Advanced preferences window will appear. At the bottom of the window, under Show settings, Select All.
  2. From the left pane, click on Stream output, then Sout stream.
  3. Select Transcode from the options that appear below.
  4. On the right pane, check the Video transformation filter and Rotate video filter box, then click Save.
Rotate a Video on Windows 11
  1. Then, click on Media, and select Convert/Save.
Convert/save in VLC media player
  1. A new window will appear. In the File tab, select the Add option. 
  2. At the bottom of the window, click on the downward arrow next to Convert/Save, then select Convert.
File tab in VLC media player
  1. Click on Browse at the bottom left corner of the window and choose the location where you want to save the file.
  1. Next, click on the gear icon beside Profile.
Browse option in VLC media player
  1. Then, go to the Audio codec tab, check the box next to Keep original audio track, and click Save.
Keep original audio track in Profile edition

4. Using Windows Movie Maker.

Another way to rotate a video on Windows 11 is by using the Windows Movie Maker. Although it doesn’t come pre-installed in Windows 11, you can still download it by following the method mentioned below. After which, you’ll be able to edit your video in any way you want. 

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Start by downloading and installing Windows Movie Maker.
  2. Launch the app using the Start menu.
  3. Once the app opens, click on the empty space on the right side of the app screen.
  4. Then, select your desired file from the device storage.
choose file in Movie Maker
  1. From the toolbar, click on Home and use the option Rotate left and Rotate right to rotate your video file to the desired angle.
rotate left or rotate right in movie maker
  1. Once done, select File.
  2.  Then, go to the Save movie option and click on Recommended for this project.
save movie option in movie maker
  1. After choosing the location to save your rotated video, provide a suitable title, and click Save.

This brings us to the end of our guide on how to rotate a video on Windows 11. If you have any other queries or confusion, use the comments section below. We’ll make sure to assist you further. 

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  • Aimen Choudhry

    Aimen Choudhry is an architecture student who has always been fascinated by science. She now finds her therapy researching and writing about the latest technology and the issues that come alongside. Otherwise, you’ll find her playing video games, listening to music, or watching fantasy/sci-fi movies.

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