Have you just opened a video with VLC but can't view it properly? Is the shot inexplicably upside down? Most likely it is a video shot with a smartphone by a person who, carelessly, held the phone upside down.
These are inconveniences that can happen. However don't worry, using VLC you can rotate the movie in any direction without having to convert it first. Just a couple of clicks on the “right” settings and that's it: the movie is rotated in real time and you can watch it in its correct orientation without waiting for long conversions.
Do not you believe it? Then try it for yourself. Take five minutes of free time, practice the directions above how to rotate video with VLC you find below and prepare to be amazed by the results obtained! The procedure is valid for all file formats supported by VLC (MP4, MKV, AVI etc.) and all operating systems for which this formidable free player is available, namely Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Happy reading and have fun!
How to Rotate Videos with VLC on Windows
To rotate (or mirror) videos with VLC under Windows you must start the program and open the video you want to rotate by selecting the item Open file from the menu Media (top left).
When the movie has started playing, call up the window with the advanced VLC tools by selecting the item Effects and filters from the menu Means and, in the window that opens, click on the tab first Video effects e poi su quella denomtata Geometry.
At this point, put the check mark next to the item Transformation and select from the drop-down menu below the type of rotation you want to apply to the video being played: 90 degrees, 180 degrees, 270 degrees, horizontal mirror (to flip the video horizontally), vertical mirror (to flip the video vertically), transposition or anti-transposition (i.e. transposition in the opposite direction).
Alternatively, you can put the check mark next to the item Rotation and use the wheel located at the bottom of the window to freely rotate the movie in various positions. This option also allows you to "straighten" videos that have come out slightly crooked.
When you are satisfied with the level of rotation reached (you can view the changes in real time directly on the VLC playback screen), click on the Close and enjoy your video correctly oriented.
Please note: VLC stores all settings related to filters and video effects. This means that all the videos opened in the player will be rotated according to the changed settings in the program. To disable the filter related to the rotation of videos, go to the menu Tools> Video Effects and Filters, select the scheda Video effectswhy are you cheating? Geometry and uncheck the item Transformation and / or the voice Rotation.
How to Rotate Videos with VLC on Mac
The procedure for rotate video with VLC on Mac OS X it is very similar to what we have just seen together for Windows. The first step you need to take is to start the app and open the movie to rotate by going to the menu File> Open File.
When playback has started, it calls up the panel Video effects from the menu Window. Then select the tab Geometry, put the check mark next to the item Transformation and select from the drop-down menu below the type of rotation you want to apply to the video: mirror horizontally, mirror vertically, 90 degrees, 180 degrees or 270 degrees.
Unfortunately, the Rotate function is not available on Mac which, through its "knob", allows you to straighten crooked videos in the Windows version of the program.
How to Save Rotated Videos with VLC
As widely pointed out at the beginning of this tutorial, video rotation with VLC happens in real time. This means that the change affects only the playback phase of the movie, the original file is not changed and therefore in other players the video will result in its original orientation (the wrong one).
If you want to rotate a movie permanently, so that it has the same orientation in all players, you have to resort to the conversion function of VLC or to external editing software. To take advantage of the VLC conversion, follow the steps below.
- Go to the Pref Renze of VLC by selecting the appropriate item from the menu Means program (or from the menu VLC, if you are using a Mac);
- In the window that opens, click on the item All / Show all which is located at the bottom left to view all VLC settings;
- Select the items Stream Exit> Stream sout> Transcoding from the left sidebar and put the check mark next to the item Rotation video filter (Or Rotate video filter if you use a Mac);
- Click on the button Save to save the settings;
- Select the items Video > Filters> Rotation from the left sidebar and specify how many degrees to rotate the video in the text field Angle in degrees;
- Click on the button Save to save the settings;
- Go to the menu Media> Convert / Save of VLC, or File> Convert / Stream if you use a Mac;
- Nella finestra che si apre, click on your button Add and select the video you want to rotate in VLC. When the operation is completed, press the button Convert / Save located at the bottom right, select the format in which you want to save your video from the drop-down menu Profile and choose the folder in which to save the output file using the button Shop by Department. Finally, click the button starts and wait patiently for the video conversion to finish. It will take as long as the length of the video, if not longer.
- If you're using a Mac, the steps you need to follow are slightly different. After selecting the video to rotate, you have to choose the file format in which to save it via the drop-down menu Choose the profile and you have to start saving by clicking on the button Salva eats file. The conversion of the video will have a duration equal to or greater than the actual duration of the video.
If VLC seems a little too limited in its conversion functions and / or a little too slow (it actually is!), You can rotate your videos permanently using third party software.
On Windows you can rely on the converter Freemake Video Converter which includes editing functions to cut and rotate movies of any format, while on Mac you can use QuickTime o iMovie which are included "standard" in the operating system. I explained to you in detail how to use Freemake Video Converter in my guide on how to rotate a video and how to make the most of QuickTime in my tutorial dedicated to how to rotate a video on Mac. Check them out and you shouldn't have any problems.