How to Rotate and Flip a Video in VLC Media Player

VLC Media Player can do a lot more to videos than just playing it. We know that it can convert videos or stream them from online sources. Those are some of the good uses of VLC Media Player. Now comes the time to share an interesting use of VLC Media Player. This interesting use of VLC Media Player is to rotate videos while playing them.

Videos can be rotated, flipped and even transposed for different purposes. Videos can be simply rotated by clockwise 90 degrees, 180 degrees and 270 degrees. You can also rotate the video by arbitrary angles such as 1 degree, 27 degrees and so on. Besides rotating, videos can also be flipped horizontally and vertically. Finally, videos can also be transposed or anti-transposed, which flips and rotates the videos at the same time. You will be surprised on the number of things that VLC media Player can do with videos.

To rotate, flip or transpose videos in VLC Media Player:

  1. From the VLC Media Player menu, go to Tools > Effects and Filters [Shortcut: CTRL + E].
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  2. From the Adjustment and Effects, go to the “Video Effects” tab.
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  3. Go to the sub tab of Video Effects that says “Geometry”.
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  4. Check on the check box besides the text that says “Transform”. There you will find options to do the following to your video:
    • Rotate by Fixed Angle: Click on transform, to rotate a video by a certain fixed and standard number of degrees: 90 , 180 and 270 degrees. Those can be selected from the drop-down after you check the transform button.
    • Flip Videos: From the drop-down select on “Flip horizontally” or “Flip vertically” to flip the videos in those directions.
    • Transpose: Click on “Transpose” and “Anti-transpose” from the same drop-down to flip as well as rotate the video. Transpose is when your video is rotated 270 degrees clockwise and flipped horizontally. Anti-transpose is the result when your video is rotated by 90 degrees clockwise and flipped horizontally.
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    • Rotate by Certain Angle: Check on the check box besides the text that says “Rotate”. Move the angle dialer around. Your video will be rotated by a certain arbitrary degree.
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Note: Remember that this rotation settings is saved and when you open a new video, it will still be rotated. You will have to come to this section to uncheck the boxes to disable rotation for playing other videos.

To Make the Rotation Permanent

The steps that you followed above just rotated the video for playing only. If you want to make the rotation permanent, follow these instructions after the above steps:

  • From the menu bar, go to Media > Convert / Save. [CTRL + R]
  • Click on Add, and browse and add the current video.
  • Click on Convert/Save.
    Converting Media in VLC
  • In the next step, don’t forget to choose a Destination file.
  • The default Profile should be fine. So, press Start to begin the process.
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The video will be rotated and the changes will be permanently saved in the destination file.

Some Uses of Rotating a Video

  • Correcting a video that has been taken in the wrong way or angle. For example: the person who took the video decides to rotate the camera device while taking the video. One way to watch it normally is to rotate it by VLC.
  • Watching the video in style by rotating it in a certain angle.
  • Filling up a portrait video to the entire area of a wide screen. When a video’s height is longer than the width, the screen displays black areas on the left and right. In such a case, rotating the video by 90 degrees or 270 degrees will help fill up the entire monitors which have more width then height normally.

22 thoughts on “How to Rotate and Flip a Video in VLC Media Player

  1. I have a use case for this that doesn’t seem to be mentioned in the discussions I’ve encountered. If this is unusual, hopefully it will at least be amusing
    – I like to watch videos in bed
    – I want to lie on my left side, and watch on my laptop as it rests on its right edge on my bedside table (laptop power input is on left)
    – I don’t want/need to edit the actual video
    – This isn’t about EXIF information in the video
    – Sometimes I watch videos upright, so would prefer the default to be normal vertical orientation

    I can install a third party app to flip the whole OS, or use the menu to get to “video effects -> geometry -> etc” but this seems sub optimal when:
    a) the feature exists to flip
    b) VLC has configurable hotkeys

  2. still looking for a way to rotate with keyboard shortcut without having to go through the menus with the mouse.

  3. Thanks! I’m using VLC player to learn a dance, and if I put the computer in the best position to see the screen throughout the dance, I end up facing the opposite way from the woman in the demo video. Now I’ll be able to practice more easily by flipping it. I’ve already been helped by the option to slow the playback, for which I’m quite thankful!

    1. The option is present in VLC > Preferences (Click Show All) and you will find it under Video > Filters > Rotate. Then you can choose it from Window > Video Filters.

  4. VLC rotated ALL the videos on my computer, NOT just the one I had selected. That is SO STUPID !!!!!! And there is nowhere / no information about how to UNDO this HORRIFIC STUPIDITY …. nor is there ANY WARNING that changing ONE video changes ALL videos !!!!!!!.

    1. Go to Tools > Effects and Filters > Video Effects > Geometry and check off the Transform option to play the videos in their original form.

  5. Hey! After i rotated my video the video seems to lag real bad and it stops at one frame although the sound plays normally. Can someone help me fix this , why is this happening?

  6. I downloaded the first ep of Finding Jesus about the shroud and for some readon the video is flipped horizontally. I know how to use the this feature, but the CNN logo is backwards and on the wrong side of the screen and the Finding Jesus is backwards and on the wrong side of the screen as well. I thought that flipping it horizontally would fix it? Nope. Made it worse. How do I fix this?

    1. VLC is not a video editor and the effects that you use will just effect the video for the current session only. If you want a video editor that can rotate a video permanently use other software like: HandBrake.

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