Rotate an .mov video image 90° in Windows Media Player or similar video player

Hello,

Is there a way to rotate a video image 90° in Windows Media Player (WMP)?

I periodically receive video files of my 18 month-old grandson. The files generally arrive as an attachment to an email. However, when I double-click to play the video (either directly from the email or after saving the video file to a folder on my hard drive), it plays sideways in WMP. In other words, the video image needs to be rotated 90° in a clockwise direction to be appropriately oriented.

The video files have an .mov extension which I looked up and found to be Apple QuickTime — but my system is a PC running Windows 7. By the way, the sideways display is not an occasional occurrence but happens every time I open one of these files.

The best solution and my preference would be to find a way to rotate the image and then re-save the file in its rotated configuration. However, if that's not possible, what is the best solution to at least watch the videos in the correct orientation?

Thanks
WeThotUWasAToadAsked:
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Hi Steve,
I use Movie Maker to rotate video. There are two buttons on the ribbon — Rotate left and Rotate right. You can then save it in rotated format via the Save movie menu pick. You should find Movie Maker in the Microsoft program group on a W7 system. Regards, Joe
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dbruntonCommented:
Try playing with VLC http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-windows.html and see if the problem stays or disappears using VLC.
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Btw, Steve, the reason is probably because the video was shot sideways. Happens to me all the time with my Casio Exilim camera. When I hold it in landscape position to record, the video plays fine; but when I hold it in portrait position to record, the video comes out rotated 90 degrees. First time that happened, that's when I discovered Movie Maker. Works a charm! I save the video rotated and then play it in VLC, which is my media player of choice, although I'm sure it will play fine in WMP (or any player that supports the saved format). Regards, Joe
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
And VLC has a rotate option on playback too - it's in Tools > Effects and Filters under the geometry tab
Remember to switch it off after you've finished - or turn your monitor on its side!
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WeThotUWasAToadAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the responses.

I do have Windows 7 but I could not find Movie Maker.

VLC did the trick though. I didn't even have to adjust any settings. It just played the videos in the correct orientation right off the bat.

Thanks again
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WeThotUWasAToadAuthor Commented:
Thanks
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
You're welcome. As always, happy to help. You may download Movie Maker (free!) here:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-live/movie-maker

It will allow you to save the video rotated, which VLC will not (but I still prefer VLC for playback). Regards, Joe
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dbruntonCommented:
I suspect Media Player is interpreting the orientation of the images wrongly and VLC is getting it right.

I don't know if I'd recommend reorienting and saving the files using Movie Maker.  Any sort of changes to the file could mean a loss (a slight one most likely) to the quality of the file.
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
> I suspect Media Player is interpreting the orientation of the images wrongly and VLC is getting it right.

Maybe, especially since he said that he didn't have to adjust any settings (it played the videos in the correct orientation right away). But I can tell you that in the case of video from my Casio Exilim camera, VLC does not get it right. The only way it will play right in VLC is if I use the technique mentioned by MASQ (which works a charm, btw).

> Any sort of changes to the file could mean a loss (a slight one most likely) to the quality of the file.

Good point! I've been pleased with the quality of the video it created by rotating (right 90) the files from my Casio, but the quality isn't great to begin with (640x480). It might degrade a higher res video, such as a 1280x720 or 1920x1080, significantly (I don't know). Regards, Joe
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