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I recorded a video (on iPhone) in portrait mode. Now I need to rotate it. Right now I have a MOV file. I'm using Windows. What program can I use to rotate and save this video without losing quality?

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Google Picasa can rotate videos and save them into a new file. Picasa converts the video to VFW I think, at least it won't be MOV afterward.

For this to work, you need to have Quicktime installed, otherwise Picasa will not open/edit .MOV files

Just install Picasa and QuickTime if you haven't already, then find the video and click the rotate button just as you would for a photo.

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omg. i had picasa all along and assumed it wouldn't do it. thanks.hubpages.com/hub/How-To-Edit-Videos-With-Picasa-3 –  meddle Sep 10 '10 at 20:15
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I can't open .mov files in Picasa. –  Jonas Nov 16 '11 at 23:46
    
+1. Picasa, at least on OS X, opens the movs and saves the rotated movs flawlessly (and losslessly!) –  GJ. Jun 22 '12 at 21:12
    
It works on Windows as well. At least as of Picasa 3.9 (QuickTime player also installed) –  Euro Micelli Jun 29 '12 at 11:59
    
@sarat: what do you mean? –  Torben Gundtofte-Bruun Sep 3 '12 at 8:26

Instead of Movie Rotator or MPEG StreamClip (from squared5.com), which are limited applications, I would recommend AVIDemux. It's an open source video editor that can, among other things, open MOV files and save them as AVI losslessly, or process them and apply filters such as rotation.

AVIDemux is useful, for example, when you have a video that was rotated only during part of its duration, for example when the camera operator switched from portrait mode (e.g. recording a person's speech) to landscape mode (e.g. to record the audience's reaction).

But above all, I'd recommend avoiding Apple products that output videos in .MOV format.

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AviDemux works pretty well, but took me a few minutes to figure out how to do it. See opensourceisbetter.com/rotate-a-video-with-avidemux-gtk-2-5-2 for step-by-step. –  Wade Hatler Dec 27 '13 at 0:55
    
Picase did not work for .mov files (even qith QuickTime installed, which seems to be broken on Windows 8). It worked with AVIDemux like a charm with this 5 easy steps: cwl.cc/2012/04/how-to-rotate-video-in-5-easy-steps.html –  Alexander Taubenkorb Aug 15 at 7:22

Try using VirtualDub with a MOV VfW codec or via AVIsynth.

Alternately, install mencoder and use that from the command line.

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Windows Movie Maker is the way to go as its Free for Windows 7 and super easy to rotate. You just drop your movie into the program and then you can click "Rotate right". It also lets you upload direct to YouTube.

I saved my file as a WMV beforehand so that it didnt take as long to upload.

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Windows Movie Maker turned a 2M file(Mov) into a 26M file when I tried to rotate it –  DevDave Jun 5 at 18:01
    
The size of the file depends on the format/options you choose when saving. –  HeavyE Jul 14 at 12:30

This requires QuickTime Pro to do (and works on Mac OS X using QuickTime Player 7 with Pro as well):

  1. Open the movie with QuickTime Player
  2. Choose Show Movie Properties from the Window menu
  3. Click on the video track, then click on the Visual Settings tab
  4. Clip the button to rotate your video.
  5. Save your movie. No transcoding required.

A free option is MPEG Streamclip (awesome program) where you can just choose "Rotate Video" from the Edit menu. If saved as a QuickTime movie it won't require transcoding.

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cool. is there an iPhone app that can do that(like iMovie on iPhone)? –  meddle Aug 10 '10 at 14:01
    
@meddle: Never used or heard of it before today: Rotate Video ($.99) –  Chealion Aug 10 '10 at 14:32
    
THANK YOU!!! so much –  Zade Sep 24 '12 at 5:52
    
Great app you recommended there! Sweet! –  motto Oct 1 '12 at 21:25

Was able to do it with http://www.squared5.com/ Program rotated it when I opened the video. Then I selected Export to AVI (did not selected rotate because it already rotated the video) and saved it.

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