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Many compact point-and-shoot digital cameras can now shoot high-quality video, with some approaching the quality of a DV video camera. This is great, but there are a few snags that can arise. In particular, people who are using to shooting stills may mistakenly rotate the camera and shoot the video in portrait orientation. They'll get the shot, but the resulting video file will be sideways.

If you have one of these files and want to use it in a project, you'll have to download some software -- iMovie can't rotate. Using Google, I found some tips on using QuickTime Pro, but who wants to pay $30 just for this one function? Not me!

Short answer: use BitPlayer instead. Read on for the longer answer...

Here's a more detailed walkthrough, as I originally posted on my blog:
  1. Open the video in BitPlayer.
  2. Open the Info window by either:
    • In the Window menu, choose Show Info
    • Press Command-I
    • Control-Click or right-Click on the video in the playlist and choose Show Info
  3. Open the View tab
  4. Click one of the arrow buttons next to Orientation. This will rotate the video, but only in BitPlayer.
  5. Play the video for a few seconds to make sure it looks right.
  6. In the File menu, choose Export Movie.
  7. Choose a location for the new movie and options for the export.
    • The format options can be crazy-deep, so I can't really help you there, except: if you're planning to use the video in iMovie, and/or don't want to take much time for compression, choose DV Stream as the format. If you want to export for distribution (web, etc), choose QuickTime Movie.
[robg adds: I haven't tried this app...]
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Rotate video clips using a free program
Authored by: adrianm on Jan 24, '07 09:00:03AM
I do have QuickTimePro, but I use this applescript to do the rotation:

tell application "QuickTime Player"
	set m to (get movie 1)
	rotate m by -90
	save self contained m in (choose file name with prompt "save self contained movie")
end tell
I don't know if you need Pro to be able to script it... but if not, this rotates the movie -90 degrees and asks for a place for the movie to be saved.
The good thing about this is that it doesn't change the format of the image in any way so is completely lossless.
You can also use any angle, so can, in a crude way, be used to 'straighten up' movies :-)

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Rotate video clips using a free program
Authored by: grillohill on Jan 24, '07 01:18:24PM

The applescript works on my Mac without Quicktime Pro



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Rotate video clips using a free program
Authored by: DylanMuir on Jan 25, '07 12:18:08AM

This script works, but with an MPG file from my camera the image is rotated but the movie retains the overall (landscape) proportions where it should become portrait. In other words, the picture becomes stretched.

Any suggestions for rotating and fixing the image proportions?

D.



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portrait
Authored by: airdrummer on Jan 25, '07 09:14:05AM

turn screen sideways;-)



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Rotate video clips using a free program
Authored by: adrianm on Jan 25, '07 09:56:49AM

When I run the script, it looks squished when you run it, but when you save, it's ok.

Also, I don't usually have the save line when I run it... preferring to go to the player and cmd+S.

Maybe that's significant?



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Rotate video clips using a free program
Authored by: pcurtner on Jan 24, '07 11:13:20AM

open in Preview.app - Tools menu -> Rotate Left (cmd-L) or Rotate Right (cmd-R). save and finito.



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Rotate video clips using a free program
Authored by: jaysin on Jan 24, '07 01:27:22PM

Preview can't open video files.



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Rotate video clips using a free program
Authored by: meikokun on Jan 24, '07 05:58:49PM
or you could be a slob like me and use TransformMovie (http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/21859 - see, I'm such a slacker I can't even be bothered with the html ;)
It ain't free, it's donationware, but it's drag and drop, and does all my movies in seconds.

Just so you know there are alternatives. I think I even sent this guy pizza money for it, and I'm as stingy as they come.
Cheers

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importing rotated clips in i-movie (rotated using bitplayer)
Authored by: lili1702 on Jun 21, '07 02:23:06PM

The rotating part works fine (from landscape to portrait). But, when I import the rotated file into i-movie the movie is squished flat (from portrait to landscape).
Is there any way to 'crop' the image into the correct proportions??



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Rotate video clips using a free program
Authored by: lowbatteries on Jul 05, '08 03:52:19PM
I'm on Leopard, WITHOUT QT PRO, and I use this nice little script to rotate my videos:

http://scriptbuilders.net/files/rotatemovieright1.1b.html

Also, Photoshop CS3 Extended can rotate videos, for those who have it.

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Rotate video clips using a free program
Authored by: Clarky_X on Jul 18, '10 01:40:50PM

I am on OS X 10.6.4 and have QT Player 10 (114) (not pro), the above script is at v1.2 at this link http://scriptbuilders.net/files/rotatemovieright1.2b1.2b.html but it doesn't work for me. It gives an error when dropping a video file to the applet, upon selecting the desktop as the save location, it says can't set the QT iapl class to True.

Any clues or any other advice?



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Rotate video clips using a free program
Authored by: amourlis on Apr 11, '10 07:43:23AM

Hi,
This worked perfectly. Thank you. I exported it and saved it as an .avi file to my desktop.



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Rotate video clips using a free program
Authored by: ozlady on Aug 11, '10 08:32:45PM
I'm sure everyone has worked this out by now, but I didn't know and perhaps others can benefit from it if they come to this post.

You can now rotate in iPhoto.

See the link below, which I found when search for this topic.

http://www.wonderhowto.com/how-to-crop-and-rotate-videos-imovie-09-278610/

Cheers / Stephanie

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