Question: Can you rotate videos in the Photos app?

Rotate video on iPhone

Today there is an answer to a question that I asked myself yesterday: Can you shoot a video in the Photos app that you accidentally took in portrait format?

The background to the story is that yesterday I wanted to quickly make a video while I was working in the garden when my son drove the lawn tractor for the first time. I pulled out the iPhone and pressed the record button while it was still moving so that I could get as much as possible on it. Unfortunately, at the time, the iPhone could not have guessed whether the video should be filmed in portrait mode or in landscape mode. Unfortunately, it opted for portrait mode and recorded the video in portrait format.

Rotating a video is much more convenient on the iPhone than on the Mac (Photo: Placeit).

Rotating a video is much more convenient on the iPhone than on the Mac (Photo: Placeit).

Update: Rotating in the Photos app (iOS 13) works!

My reader Michael has just pointed out to me in a comment that rotating in the photos app on the iPhone and iPad (contrary to my first statement) does work. I don't know exactly why yesterday the turning function wasn't in the machining area, but of course it's so much easier:

Select video> Edit> at the bottom right symbol "Crop and rotate"> at the top the second symbol "rotate to the right"

Sorry for the halfway nonsensical contribution, but if someone has an old iPhone and can't find the rotation function for films, then they might be happy about my instructions. Otherwise: choose the short way. : D

It works: With iOS 13 and the photos app, videos can also be rotated.

It works: With iOS 13 and the photos app, videos can also be rotated.

Rotating videos in the Photos app is not possible up to iOS 12

When we looked at the snapshots of the day in the evening, I wanted to quickly shoot the video to match, but unfortunately I couldn't find a function in the Photos app (neither on the iPhone nor on the Mac) - because the function simply does not exist. That would already answer the original question: You can't shoot videos in the Photos app - unfortunately.

Editing in a nutshell: trim, rotate, split - this is how it works with iMovie on the iPhone.

Editing in a nutshell: trim, rotate, split - this is how it works with iMovie on the iPhone.

Detour: Rotate the video in iMovie on the iPhone

In order to get the matter done quickly anyway, so that the family video evening doesn't fall through, you can join without further ado iMovie help, which is free to install on any iPhone.

I would also recommend iMovie on the iPhone or iPad and not on the Mac, because on iOS you can save the video back to the Photos app more quickly, while on the Mac you have to do a few more steps to get the rotated video into the camera -Get role.

If you click the share button, you can save the video in the photo library and then find it as an independent, new video in the photos app.

If you click the share button, you can save the video in the photo library and then find it as an independent, new video in the photos app.

Instructions for rotating under iMovie on the iPhone

To shoot a video, proceed as follows:

  1. Open the "iMovie" app on the iPhone (install it beforehand if necessary).
  2. In the view you go to the plus symbol to start a new project.
  3. In the selection "Film" or "Trailer" choose "Film".
  4. Now you get a view of the camera roll and select the film that you want to shoot and then tap on "Create film" at the bottom.
  5. In the following view you can see the film at the top and place two fingers there and make a turning movement in the direction in which you want to turn the film.
  6. iMovie acknowledges this with a 90 ° turn in the corresponding direction.
  7. Now you can trim the film below to move the beginning and end if you need to.
  8. Now click on "Done" at the top left and you will be taken to a view in which you tap the share symbol at the bottom (box with arrow pointing up).
  9. In the following selection you select "Save video" and then the corresponding resolution (for me "HD - 1080p").
  10. IMovie will now export the new video to the photo library, which will then also appear in the camera roll and the photos app.
  11. Since the rotated video is created as a new file, you have to delete the old, misaligned video in the Photos app.

The instructions look longer than the process actually is. Once you've done it, the next time you can do it within a few seconds - we promise! ;-)

 

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6 comments

  1. Michael Bach says:

    I find it surprising that it doesn't work because it works for me.
    Photos> Edit> (bottom right square with rotating arrows)> (top third from the left: clockwise rotation).

    But thanks for always helpful information!

    • sir appleot says:

      Hi Michael! Thanks for the hint. In fact, it seems to work with the current iOS. So my tip was a bit "pointless", but maybe it will help people with an old iPhone. : D I add above that it also works with the photos app.

  2. Wolf says:

    However, nowadays videos are turned upside down for users on mobile devices. I'm also from a generation in which the width of the screen mattered most.
    Old landscape sack, stop.
    Your filius will surely ask you at some point how to turn it upside down again

    • sir appleot says:

      Yes, the kids always look at me with big eyes when I talk about rotary telephones. :) It's funny what kind of technological things you've been through when you're as old as me. ;-)

  3. Chris says:

    The tip helped me a lot, despite my new iPhone, because a video rotated to landscape format in the photo app is not recognized as such by iMovie, but rotated back to portrait format ???? but if I rotate the video via iMovie and save it, I can then process it normally in landscape format. Now I'm still looking for a solution for photos ???? because here too I have the same problem: A portrait format photo that was rotated in the photo app is still recognized and inserted as portrait format in iMovie ????

    • Jen Kleinholz says:

      Hello Chris! Oh, I honestly would have thought that iMovie would get that and display the photo rotated. Maybe if you rotate it with another photo app and save it as a new photo?

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