How to rotate a saved video on your iPhone with a simple edit – Business Insider

Rotate a video saved to your iPhone with a simple edit on the iMovie app.
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  • You can rotate any video that’s saved to your iPhone or
    iPad with a simple, two-fingered gesture in editing.
  • You need to install iMovie from the App Store, though
    this is a free app from Apple.
  • Rotating a video can eliminate black bars that happen
    when you record a video without rotating the phone into the
    landscape orientation, though
    the resulting video may appear

iPhones and
other smartphones have, in the span of just a few years, rendered
consumer video cameras nearly obsolete.

After all, when you always have
the ability to capture high resolution and high-quality video in
your pocket, why would you lug around a dedicated camera just to
shoot a home movie? Indeed, we shoot more video now than ever,
thanks to how easy and accessible iPhone
video is.

That said, one of the most common
mistakes in video recording is unique to smartphones: We
sometimes record video holding the phone vertically, which
results in ugly black bars on the sides of the clip. You can
rotate the video and eliminate those bars with iMovie, a free
Apple app. Of course, you can also rotate video for any creative
reason with this procedure.

If you don’t already have

installed, do
that using your iPhone‘s
App Store before trying to rotate video.

How to rotate a video saved on your iPhone

  1. Open the Photos app and choose
    the video that you want to rotate.
  2. Tap “Edit,” which you’ll find
    in the upper right corner of the screen.

    iphone rotate

    Tap “Edit” to make changes to your video clip, including rotation.
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  3. Tap the circle icon with three dots
    inside, to the right of the “Play” button. This lets you choose
    any available activities.

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    The Activities button is found to the right of the Play button. It lets you “plug in” extra features to the video editor.
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  4. Tap the iMovies icon.
  5. Using two fingers, make a
    twisting gesture in the middle of the video, as if you were
    trying to rotate the video. Twist your fingers in the direction
    that you want the video to rotate.

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    When you twist two fingers on the video, you’ll see an arrow that shows the video is being rotated.
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  6. Tap “Done.”
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The video will be re-saved to
your Photo Library (replacing the original video), rotated to the
desired orientation. If you don’t like the results, you can
re-edit the video and rotate it in the other direction to revert
to the original orientation. In fact, you can always rotate the
video over and over in 90-degree increments – turning it to
either side or upside down.

Troubleshooting: If you don’t see iMovie in the list of

If you tap the circle icon with
three dots and don’t see iMovie, it might simply be turned off.
Tap More and, if iMovie is installed on your iPhone, you
should see it in the list. Be sure it’s turned on and then tap
Done. Now it should appear in the list of activities and you can
rotate video.

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The iMovies plug-in might be turned off. Turn it on to rotate videos from the video editor.
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If you’re running an older iOS

If you have an iPhone that can’t
run iOS 10 or later, you can still rotate video, but the process
is slightly more cumbersome.

  1. Open iMovie and then tap
    “Video” at the top of the screen.
  2. Choose the video that you want
    to rotate.
  3. Tap the Share icon and then
    choose “Create Movie.”

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    Tap “Create Movie.”
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  4. Tap “Create New Movie.” This
    will open the video clip in iMovie’s editing mode.
  5. Using two fingers, make a
    twisting gesture in the middle of the video at the top of the
    screen, as if you were trying to rotate the video.
  6. Tap “Done” when you are
    satisfied with the result.
  7. Tap the Share icon
  8. Tap “Save Video,” and then
    choose a resolution to export the finished video.
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Choose a resolution for the edited video.
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When you save the finished video,
iMovie gives you the option to save it in a variety of
resolutions. Unless you’re short on memory, just choose the best
resolution available.

After a moment, the newly rotated
video will be saved back to your Photo Library – leaving a copy
of the original video in the library as well.



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