Not sure if this is the right place to ask this, but often when I take a video on my iPhone, it will open correctly in VLC, but will be rotated 90 degrees in Windows Media Player. I'd like to make the video play in the correct orientation in all players. (I know how to rotate video in VLC, but obviously this by itself doesn't solve my problem). Any ideas?

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    Apparently it's WMP that's too stupid to read the rotation flags. Google says it's been an issue for a decade - maybe try lifewire.com/rotate-video-in-windows-media-player-4164055 though you didn't say what OS you're on, so it may have been fixed since, if you're still on Win 7 or 8. – Tetsujin Jul 12 at 16:19
  • Thanks. It looks like that link just tells you to use VLC to rotate the video and save it, but since my video plays normally in VLC, that doesn't help. I'm wondering if there's a way to remove any rotation flags so that at least it plays in the same orientation in all players, and then I can just rotate it the way I want. I'm still on Windows 7. – Steven Linden Jul 12 at 17:10
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    If you remove the flag, all players will play it incorrectly, unless you make sure to always hold the phone the "right" way up. That's why the 'answer' is to actually re-encode the video in the 'correct' orientation... which of course is a stupid thing to have to do to 'fix' one dozy media player that can't read a simple flag. ;) – Tetsujin Jul 12 at 17:14
  • Right, but I'd have to re-encode it in the correct orientation and remove the flag, right? Otherwise I'll end up with WMP playing it right but VLC now rotating it. – Steven Linden Jul 12 at 18:00
  • Basically, the only way to persuade WMP to play it properly is to re-encode it, so the flag is no longer required. You'd think in this day & age MS might want to make recognising the flag a priority... though apparently it hasn't reached them yet that lots of people take videos all ways up on their phones... some platforms even encourage them to shoot in portrait <shudder> – Tetsujin Jul 12 at 18:12

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