It is very handy to capture videos using your iPhone or iPad, as you might carry it anywhere you go. The iPhone camera (especially those iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 6) shoots high quality 1080p videos that can be played on many different devices, like DVD players with a TV, computers, etc. But once you have gotten your iPhone video or iPad videos onto your Windows computer, Windows 7 or the latest Windows 8 PC, you may find that some iPhone videos are not orientated correctly. Some iPhone videos are displayed sideways on PC, or even worse upside down. You can refer to this article see why iPhone iPad videos are Upside Down or Sideways when played on Windows?

However if you export the same iPhone video to a Mac, you will find it can be displayed just fine. If you have iTunes or Quicktime player installed on Windows PC, you will find all these video players are compatible with the iPhone videos or iPad videos captured. It is not strange, as Microsoft product not to be compatible with Apple’s.

Fortunately there is a program on Windows PCs, Windows Live Movie Maker or Windows Movie Maker, that is free with your Windows OS and can be used to rotate iPhone videos.

Latest update:
Filmora is a more powerful and professional video editor for both Windows and Mac users. If you have audio out of sync issue with video after rotation in Windows movie maker or Live movie maker as mentioned by several users in the comment section below, check out this guide to rotate videos on PC, Mac and mobile phones for more details. It is a video editor developed with beginners in mind, very easy to use. You can use it to edit videos on computer easily, like rotating videos, reversing videos, merging videos, trimming videos, etc. Note that you can download and try this video editor for free. However there will be watermark on converted movie if you use the free trial version of this video editor.

Rotating iPhone Video or iPad Video Using Windows Live Movie Maker

Step 1: Add iPhone or iPad videos to Windows Movie Maker

Find the iPhone or iPad videos on your PC and open it with Windows Movie Maker or Windows Live Movie Maker.

Rotating iPhone Video Using Windows Movie Maker

On Windows computers, you can right click on the video file, then select Open with option from the jump down menu list, select Windows live movie maker. This is the quickest way to open the iPhone video with Windows Movie Maker.

Step 2: Rotate iPhone or iPad videos in Windows Live Movie Maker

Now you should see the Rotate Left or Rotate Right button in the Editing section of the ribbon. See below screenshot.

Rotating iPhone Video on Windows PC

Click the Rotate Left or Rotate Right button in Windows Live Movie Maker or Windows Movie Maker to orientate your iPhone video on your computer.

Step 3: Save iPhone or iPad videos

You have rotated iPhone videos, it’s time to save the change now. Go to the top of the Windows Movie Maker window, click the Movie Maker tab >> Save Movie, then you will get the save options. It’s a great chance to optimize iPhone videos for your target device and players. So do not miss it out.

Here you are offered with video settings for HD display, computer display, email sending, mobile devices display and so on.

Additional iPhone video rotating tips

1. If you do not have Windows Live Movie Maker or Windows Movie Maker on your computer, you can download it from here.

2. There are a number of options available to get the iPhone video off of your phone. You can plug in your phone to computer and copy the video from iPhone to computer, you can also sync your phone through iTunes, upload videos to Dropbox, Evernote or other cloud storage program, then download the videos from cloud hosting to your computer, transfer videos using a chat app for mobile like WeChat, WhatsApp, etc.

3. If you are preparing to share your iPhone videos, such as uploading to a video sharing service, like YOUTUBE, or send the iPhone videos to your friends though email, etc. It is necessary to optimize the iPhone videos on your computer at first. With Windows Live Movie Maker, you can not only rotate the iPhone videos, but also export videos optimized for different devices and players. See more instructions to optimize and share iPhone videos on websites..

4. Many users asked me how to rotate iPhone video with Windows Media Player on PC, unfortunately it is impossible to use Windows Media Player to rotate iPhone videos at present. It is a good feature though for Microsoft to add in the future.

5. Other than rotating iPhone videos one by one, you can also add multiple videos to Windows Live Movie Maker, select them all in Windows Live Movie Maker and rotate multiple videos at the same time.

iPhone video rotating and audio sync problem & troubleshooting

We have received some feedback about the audio and video out of sync issue after the rotation of source video. If you have this trouble as well, you can contact Microsoft for technical support. A workaround for now is to split the audio from video in Window Movie Maker first, then rotate the video and mute the video in Movie Maker, finally add the extracted audio track as background music back to the rotated video and export as a new video using Windows Movie Maker. Alternatively you can also scroll up to find and use the third party video editor above. This video editor and movie maker is more powerful than Windows Movie Maker.

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40 thoughts on “Rotate iPhone iPad Video in Windows Live Movie Maker

  1. Lucy

    When i save the video they flip back and stretch out

  2. Nick Panos

    Filmora is not free. They superimpose an advertisement on your converted movie if you try to use the so-called trial version. It is not helpful for you to promote Filmora and waste my time, only to have to uninstall it. And Movie Maker has a serious audio sync problem.

    • Matt

      thanks for the feedback. we have updated the post accordingly.

  3. grownbetterwe

    I use VideoGo to rotate iPhone video files, QuickTime video files and other video files

  4. Anna

    Didn’t work for me either! 🙁 Nothing’s happening when I hit Rotate left or right

    • Matt

      try the alternative ways as included in the “Additional iPhone video rotating tips” section at the lower section of above article.

  5. Abraham

    I tried to locate the video file on the iPhone but only “Open” available, no “Open With” option to select. So, I copied the file onto the local C:drive which then gives me the option to select “Open With”. I then followed the instruction to open the file from the local C:\drive with Windows Live Movie Maker, but the “Rotate” buttons are shaded out so I cannot perform the task. My phone is 6Plus and the windows is Windows 7 Professional. Please help.

    • Matt

      When you have loaded off a video from iPhone to computer hard drive, you can simply drag and drop the video from your folder to the opened Windows live movie maker to add the video.
      How big is the video file size? For big files, it may take a while for the movie maker to process.
      When you added a video to the Movie Maker, you will be able to play the video with the built-in player in the left side. Try to play the iPhone video see if it can be played in Windows movie maker.

  6. Debbie Tripp

    I followed all your instructions and I was able to rotate my video’s after they were transferred to my PC. The problem I have now is, is there a way to make the video fill the entire screen?

    • Matt

      What’s your output video width/height and iPhone model? Have you played the output video on iPhone after rotation? This is the easiest way to find out the answer.

  7. Louise Gurney

    hi. I would really appreciate some help. Ive downloaded vids from my iPad mini iPhone 5 to windows live. Now I’m trying to make a movie with windows movie maker, but the sound is gone! Please help!!

    TIA, Louise

    • Matt

      Try to use a video player, such as the Windows video player, to play the videos on your PC to verify the sound track is still there or not.
      You can get the video converter from the “Additional iPhone video rotating tips” part from the lower section of above article. Then use this video converter to play and convert the videos at first before adding them to Windows movie maker.
      Alternatively you can also try to rotate videos using Filmora video editor other than Windows movie maker. I am sure you will like this video editor which is built with features and extremely user friendly.


    I see the option of rotating and saving, but my video comes out with sound only and no picture. how do I correct this

    • Matt

      What is your iphone model and video saving option in windows movie maker you selected? windows movie maker offers various settings you can choose to save movie, you can try different options see if any update. For example, you can choose to save movie for computer in windows movie maker and play it with a movie player such as windows media player.
      Alternatively, you can also download the professional video converter from above article and use it to rotate the videos see if any update.

  9. Lea

    Hi. I just uploaded all my videos I took using my iphone 6. The ones I shot horizontally uploaded perfectly…no changes need to be done to them. BUT the ones I shot vertically on my iphone are greyed out in windows movie maker and it will not let me rotate them. FRUSTRATED!! HELP! thanks!

    • Matt

      What’s the version of your Windows Live Movie Maker? Can you please send us some screenshot through email?
      Alternatively, you can also refer to this guide to rotate iPhone videos on computer using a professional video editor.

  10. Katy

    Thanks for this tutorial. I am trying to rotate multiple videos at once but Windows Live Movie Maker is combining all the videos into one. I can’t figure out to flip a bunch of videos and then save them separately.

    • Matt

      Hi Katy,
      You are welcome and thanks for the feedback.
      Windows movie maker or Windows live movie maker is designed to create movies from multiple photos and videos, thus you can’t save videos separately. It could be a nice feature to add to Windows live movie maker though. The easier way to rotate or flip a bunch of videos is to use other professional video editors, such as the Video converter ultimate recommended in above article.

      • Katy

        Thanks for the suggestion. I downloaded the software you recommended but only 1/3 of my videos converted over. If I want the full video, I have to pay. I would rather just edit each video individually on windows video maker so I get the full version.

        • Matt

          You are welcome.
          It is a premium video converter which feature rich and can do a lot of things except rotating videos. you have to pay to get full version. If you only want to rotate some videos sometimes, then windows movie maker is good to go.

  11. Linda

    In live movie maker, my audio was out of sync from the video, once I did the rotation. Help

    • Matt

      If you read the feedback from @Bob above, you may find the Windows live movie maker does not work well for all iPhone videos.

      Was the video taken using any third party camera apps or under any special photo shooting mode on your iPhone? What’s your phone model & iOS version pls?

    • Matt

      Hi Linda,

      I have just replied your email about the iPad 3 videos upsidedown issue. please check.

  12. Linda

    Matt, I rotated a couple of videos using live movie maker, and the sound was now out of sync with the video. Help.

  13. Bob

    When I rotate a video, the sound is gone. Please help.

    • Matthew

      Does it happen to all videos you rotate using Windows Live Movie Maker? You can try different videos, such as iPhone videos, other videos from different sources.

  14. Danka

    Perfect! It works! Thank you!!!

    • Matt

      You are welcome. Really happy to know this guide can be helpful to you.

  15. Gwenda

    Thank you Thank you Thannk you Maat… you are awesome…. I can now correct all my precious videos of my daughters.
    your newest fan.

    • Matt

      Hi Gwenda,
      I am very glad to know this guide can help you solve the problem.
      I will keep adding more useful tutorials.

  16. Taylor

    my iPhone 5 video just shows up in Windows Live Movie Maker as exclamation points and tells me I have to remove the video. Am I missing something?
    Windows 7

    • Matt

      What’s the video format you have, a *.mov file or else? Can you play it using any video player on your PC? If not, you may not have the required video codec installed on your PC.
      You can also try to download the video converter as suggested in the above guide, try to load your video into it see if you can play, rotate or convert it.

  17. Gordon

    I am able to rotate the image easily, but after storage, the icon of the video shows an icon of the player rather than an image of the video

    • Matt

      Do you see the player icon on the video on a PC or other device? Any change of the format of the video before and after the rotation? If you saved the video to a different format, it may happen.

  18. Lone

    I would like to point out that the title says Windows Movie Maker but the program you show in the picture is Windows Live Movie Maker and there is a big difference between the two programs.

    • Matt

      Thanks Lone,
      the issue has been corrected.

  19. Jesse

    Worked perfectly for me on Windows 7, Bill.

  20. Bill

    Doesn’t work

    • leanne

      Worked perfectly – used movie maker to rotate iphone videos – thanks very much !!!

      • Matt

        You are welcome.
        Thanks for the feedback. It is great to know it can help you.

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