Editing can make your video more appealing and can convey the message more effectively to the audience. Rotating is one of the tools used in editing the videos to make it more presentable and easier to comprehend. Besides, iMovie has been welcome when it comes to edit videos. This article will walk through various ways by which you can rotate your video in iMovie.

Part 1: How to Rotate Video in iMovie for iOS/iPadOS

iMovie is the video editing software that is designed by Apple only used for iOS/iPadOS. It is a very simple and easy software to edit your incredible high-resolution videos. While it doesn't offer many advanced features, it is extremely useful for basic editing such as rotating and flipping. Let's find out more about this feature and learn how to effectively rotate your video in iMovie for iOS/iPadOS.

Step 1: Download iMovie from the AppStore. It is almost 700MB so make sure you have enough storage before you install the app.
Step 2: After it is installed and running, navigate and open the video you wish to rotate in Photos;.
Step 3: On the top right corner, click Edit and tap the circle with three dots shown.
Step 4: After that click on the More icon and toggle iMovie to green and tap Done.
Step 5: Now click on iMovie and you should be all set to start rotating your video.

iMovie rotate video iOS iPadOS step 5

Step 6: Now you can simply rotate using two fingers to the orientation you wish to.

iMovie rotate video iOS iPadOS step 6

Part 2: How to Rotate Video in iMovie - Mac

Step 1: Download and open iMovies.
Step 2: Import the media you wish to rotate from your Mac. You can also drag and drop from your desktop if you want, otherwise, you can browse through the files.

iMovie rotate video macOS step 2

Step 3: You should see the imported media in the iMovie library. Go ahead and select it.

iMovie rotate video macOS step 3

Step 4:After you select the media, you will see the editing tools on the right-hand side of iMovie. These will include audio, crop, and most importantly the rotate buttons.

iMovie rotate video macOS step 4

Step 5: Go ahead and rotate it in the correct orientation. This should be very easy and shouldn't take any time at all. You can simply rotate the video by clicking the clockwise or anti-clockwise button.

Step 6: Once you are done with the rotating and another editing if you wish to do, you can choose to save the file or share it on various social media platforms.

iMovie rotate video macOS step 6-1

You can choose the format, quality, and compression of the video.

iMovie rotate video macOS step 6-2

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Part 3: Pros and Cons of Rotating Video on iMovie

No doubt iMovie is excellent software. It is simple, easy, inexpensive but there are certain reasons why it is not an ideal choice. Its exclusiveness of the OS and video files makes it far less convenient than any other video editing software. Let's talk about some other pros and cons of rotating video on iMovie.


yes Good for beginners: It is very user-friendly; therefore, beginners can use the software without any inconvenience.

yes It has the ability to fix shaky videos: iMovie can fix shaky videos which are incredible considering how frustrating can this be to shoot a video again just because of a shaky part in a video.

yes It can edit each clip close: With iMovies, you can rotate or edit each clip instead of using a standard edit or orientation for the whole video. This gives the user more control over the quality and the editing of the video.

yes Autosave feature: Your effort in making the changes is not lost so you can go ahead rotate and edit each clip without the worry of constantly pressing command + S.


no Limited files supported:iMovies can edit very selective format files, therefore, using this software can increase the work of the user because they will need to convert the media to a supported file format.

no The rotation feature is a little imprecise:iMovies cannot rotate it exactly as you would want in some circumstances. It only allows you to rotate your video in 90 degrees increments and cannot rotate your video slightly which makes the software imprecise to some extent.

no Limited editing options and issues in exporting:iMovies compared to other editing softwares, has limited editing options, and takes longer time exporting files especially to social media platforms.

Part 4: Some Best iMovie's Alternatives to Rotate Videos

Maybe the result of rotating video on iMovie is not what you want. No worries and here are some other powerful alternative tools that you can try, whether you are using Windows, Android or iOS. Take a look at the content in the following.

1 iMyFone Filme (Windows)

As mentioned earlier, iMovies is exclusive for Apple users so there is another tool we will talk about which the Windows users can use to rotate their videos which is Filme.

iMyFone Filme is a very user-friendly software to edit your videos for school projects or businesses. Filme can move the video clip during the rotating, or even rotate the video clip slightly which is the main issue faced by the users of iMovies.

So, let us have a look at how to use one of the most important feature-rotating the video.

Step 1: Launch iMyFone Filme on your computer.
Step 2: Import the media file onto you wish to rotate.
Step 3: Select the media from the timeline.
Step 4: Press Ctrl+E and a menu will open up in the right.

Filme rotate menu

Step 5: Move the slider or input a number you want how the video rotates.

Filme rotate video

Step 6: Click "Save" or "Save As" under "File" to save the project and export your file.

Filme save file

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2 Quicktime (Mac)

Another video editing software for Mac users is QuickTime Player. This is a very similar software to iMovies but provide a little flexibility and few additional features. Here is an overview of its abilities.



yes Can edit your videos while maintaining HD quality.

yes Let's convert images to different formats.

yes Can save the videos from the web as well.


no Does not support file formats such as AVI and FLV.

no Doesn't work with common subtitle files.

3 Rotate Video FX (Android)

Similarly, for Android users, we have Rotate Video FX which is again a simple video editing software. This app is a video 90 degrees, 180 degrees, 270 degrees rotation editor tool. Here are some pros and cons for your reference before you decide whether or not to download and use it.

Rotate Video FX (Android)


yes Free of cost.

yes Easy to use.

yes Also offers to trim your video.


no Can only rotate to specific angles like iMovie so not precise.

no Limited features (just rotate and trim).

4 Video Rotate and Flip (iOS)

iPhone and iPad users can use Video Rotate and Flip which is available on the App Store for a little price. It also provides almost the same features as software discussed earlier but is compatible with iOS.

Video Rotate and Flip (iOS)


yes It has an extension so you can directly edit your media in the Photos app, just like iMovies.

yes Edited media can be exported to camera roll or any other app.

yes Cheap. Its price is just $0.99 making it an affordable choice for iOS users.


no Limited features (just rotate and flip).

no Imprecise: cannot rotate to exact requirements.

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