How to Rotate Videos in Windows Media Player Downloaded from Smartphone

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When we watch videos on computers, we often get the video with wrong direction, partly because we increasingly use our smartphones to take videos. Actually our smartphones have the ability to rotate the screen automatically when the videos in wrong direction. But that does not mean the video will change direction automatically. Therefore, when you transfer the video to your computer or share online, you will find out that it is upside-down or left and right reversed. At this time, you may want to rotate the video in media player. Therefore, this article will introduce several Windows media players with the ability to rotate videos and the details.

Part 1. Reverse videos with VLC Player

VLC Media Player is a free cross platforms media player. The video player supports Windows, Mac, as well as Linux, BeOS, BSD, Pocket PC and Solaris. In addition to playing videos, this program also provides some simple video editing features, like video rotation, video stabilization and more. It should be the most versatile video rotator to meet your requirement. Let's look at how to rotate videos with this Windows media player.

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  • 1. Open the video to rotate windows media player with the option of Open File…. It belongs to Media menu. Of course, you can simply drag and drop the video into this Windows media player.
  • 2. Locate to the top menu bar and select Tools. Click on Effects and Filters in the drop-down menu to open the Adjustments and Effects window.
  • 3. Select Video Effects tab in Adjustments and Effects window and then Geometry tab. Then you can see the settings related to video rotation.
  • 4. There are several options in the drop-down list. You can select to rotate video in windows media player by 90, 180 or 270 degrees, flip the video horizontally or vertically, or transpose or anti-transpose it.
  • 5. Then you can get video with right direction in this windows media player.

Part 2. Rotate videos in KMPlayer

KMPlayer is another free windows media player with the capacity of video rotation. This windows media player could support almost all the media formats, including video files, audio files and images. Therefore it is the ultimate media player solution for many users. When you rotate video windows media player, you can follow the steps below.

  • 1. Launch KMPlayer and open the video to rotate windows media player with hot key of Ctrl+O.
  • 2. Right click on the current video to open the editing menu.
  • 3. Select Video (Basic) and then Screen Rotation (CCW). Then you get the options related to rotation. This windows media player allows user to rotate the video by 90 and 270 degrees clockwise, 90 degrees with mirroring, or 90 degrees plus flipping.
  • 4. If you want to save the changes, you should locate to Control box on the bottom left corner that is a gear icon.
  • 5. Open it and check the option of Sore settings to KMPCfg.ini in the Preferences tab.
  • 6. Reopen the video and rotate video windows media player. Then the original video will be changed. And the next time you open the video, it will play in the right direction.

Part 3. Best windows media player alternative to rotate video on Mac and Windows PCs

Tipard Video Enhancer enables users to rotate the video permanently without lost quality. It is more than a video rotator, you can also fix the shaky videos as well as enhance the quality of the original video. As the video quality of the smartphone might not as good as the cameras, Tipard video Enhancer just make everything into consideration. Just learn more detail about the excellent features of the program as below.

  • 1. Encode the video to 3D mode.
  • 2. Crop or add effect and watermark on the video.
  • 3. Divide the videos into fragments according to time range accurately.
  • 4. Enhance the color balance and resolution of the video.
  • 5. Convert the video to 4K video or 1080p HD video.
  • 6. Support Windows and Mac OS.

How to rotate the video with Video Enhancer

When you need to rotate video files with Video Enhancer, you can learn more detail about the process as below. What is more important, the program supports most of the video formats. Besides the WMV file of Windows Media player, you can also import MP4, MOV or AVI files to the program to get the desired results.

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  • 1. Locate to Add File to load the video on your computer.
  • 2. After import, you can watch the original video in the player on the right side. And you can change the folder in Destination option on the bottom to save the rotated video windows media player.
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  • 3. Click on Video Enhance to activate the editing panel.
  • 4. Select Rotate tab on the top menu and the video to rotate on the left.
  • 5. Then you can set the rotation direction, including Rotate 90 clockwise, Rotate 90 counterclockwise, Horizontal flip and Vertical flip.
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  • 6. After setting, you can preview the reversed video in Output Preview player.
  • 7. Click on Apply to confirm the changes when you get the perfect result. Video Enhancer will save the reversed video automatically.


Since Windows Media Player is just a media player, which is not able to rotate video files in Windows Media Player for you automatically. You have to choose another program to change the video orientation instead. There are multiple solutions to get the video taken by smartphone to the right direction. Based on the recommendation above, you can enjoy a perfect video on your computer, even though the video is reversed.

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Although the windows media players rotate the video to right direction when you are watching the video, it is actually change the screen of the rotated video windows media player, but not the original video file. Therefore, if you open the video next time, you have to rotate in windows media players again. And quality of video may be lost when the media player rotate and encode the video. Therefore, you might need a professional tool to rotate the video permanently. Tipard Video Enhancer is better application to reverse videos on computers. And even the beginner could rotate the video easily with this application.