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2. iMovie Alternative
3. iMovie Import
4. iMovie Export
5. iMovie Troubleshooting
6. iMovie Tutorial
7. iMovie Resources

Many video editing tools will provide you with advanced features that may come at handy. But let's be honest, most of these advanced products will charge you for functions that most of the time you will not really use. Video rotation, however is a very basic features, that you can easily find available in most tools.

Part 1: When is it useful to rotate video?

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Video rotation on multimedia editors can be quite useful in specific scenarios. For example, in many shopping malls or stores, you will find screens that display useful information or even ads. You may notice many of these screens are actually placed vertically, to fit on a stand for instance. If you place a video on it horizontally you will see most of the space will go unused as a black space or the video will simply not look good.

Another scenario in which video rotation might be useful and is quite common is when video is not correctly recorded on a Smartphone, for example when the phone is held vertically rather that on landscape mode. In both cases, the issue can be fixed by using the rotation feature on the video editor you are working on.

Part 2: How to Rotate Videos using iMovie in Mac OS X

iMovie for Mac is one of the easiest and most known applications to edit video, supporting video rotation along many other basic and advanced options. While using iMovie, you can easily rotate your video in three steps.

  • rotating videos in imovieStep 1. Import videos to prepare for cropping:If you have your video already imported and working already on iMovie, all you need to do is select it and press the Crop button to your right, at the bottom of the video viewer. Remember you can import the video by going to File > Import and use the letter 'C' on your keyboard to crop/rotate.
  • imovie rotate videosStep 2. Start to crop video using iMovie: After clicking on Crop on top of the viewer you will find two arrows pointing left or right at the top of it. You can use them to rotate the video in the direction you need
  • can imovie rotate videosStep 3. Make some settings:Now that you have adjusted the video just like you need it you need to keep in mind that the video may not fit the screen, so you might have to crop it in order to adjust to the new aspect. You can do this by just clicking on the "Crop" button below the video.

Part 3: iMovie Alternative to Rotate Video

imovie rotating video in mac os x

Other than iMovie, there are many options that will offer several extra features that are very helpful and even compatibility for non-Apple devices. One of these tools is Filmora Video Editor which is a video editor that will allow you to access even more capabilities and major support for video formats and devices.

If you want to find out how much better can it get while still making it easy, you can give it a try for free on your Mac by clicking here. But how much easier could it be to rotate video on any tool different to iMovie? To find out we will see exactly the same rotation process using Filmora Video Editor for Mac:

  • As it happens on iMovie, the first thing that you need to do on Filmora Video Editor is to add the source video files that you will use in your production. To do it, simply drag the files into the application or click on Import at the top of it. Then you need to drag the imported files to the Video timeline at the bottom.
  • On the Video timeline, you can click on the video and a small Edit button will appear upon it. You can also right-click on the video and select Edit from there.
  • A new section will appear at the top left side of the application. From here you will be able to rotate the video, flip it, adjust other settings like its brightness or even change its speed

  • Filmora Video Editor

    While on iMovie all of these settings are found in different sections of the application, on Filmora Video Editor you can have access and edit them right from the same window, and if you think it is not that much of a difference between both, keep in mind that Filmora Video Editor also allows you to operate under Easy Mode, which will let you create new amazing videos within a few clicks. And when the time comes to bring your creations to the show, you can easily export them to Blu-ray, DVD, or choose from the presets for iPad, iPhone, iPod, Android devices and many more.

    Video Tutorial: Rotate Videos with Filmora Video Editor

    Part 4: Rotate video with iPhoto

    Many video editing tools will provide you with advanced features that may come at handy. But let's be honest, most of these advanced products will charge you for functions that most of the time you will not really use. Video rotation, however is a very basic features, that you can easily find available in most tools.

    iPhoto is another preinstalled application. Think of it as an iMovie for photos! It doesn't let you rotate video clips, only photos, but you can export them to be rotated in iMovie (via the above steps) or in another video editor of your choice, such as QuickTime Pro.

    Step 1: Open iPhoto from your Applications folder. If you deleted it, or for some other reason you don't have it on your Mac, you can download it here: download iPhoto application.

    Step 2: Select the video clip you want to export by opening the "File" menu, and then click "Export".

    Remember to set the Export option as ":to Original", otherwise all you'll get is a shortcut to the iPhoto video, which you can't upload or copy to another source.

    Step 3: Navigate to the exported video on your Mac, and open it in iMovie, QuickTime Pro, or the video editing software of your choice. For steps to rotate the video in iMovie, see above.

    how to rotate videos with imovie



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