How to Rotate MP4 Videos on Windows 10 and Windows 11

This page introduced three simple and effective ways to rotate MP4 videos on Windows 10 and Windows 11 PC.

Thursday November 4, 2021 9:51 AM PDT by Karen Greene

In the era of UGC content, the MP4 format is widely used by us all. MP4 video file format earned its popularity with its impeccable compatibility with practically all video sharing platforms and media player programs/apps. And with its small file size and acceptable video quality, thanks to the advanced H.265 coding technique, MP4 files are ideal for sharing on the internet as well. 

On the other hand, rotating video is one of the most used video editing skills since it expresses ideas from a unique perspective. If you haven‘t noticed, we see that a lot in YouTube videos. In this post, we’ll talk about how to rotate MP4 videos, we have gathered the best three solutions to rotating MP4 videos on Windows 10 and Windows 11 PC. All methods are free and easy, now let’s delve into them.

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Method 1. How to Rotate MP4 Videos with FilmForth Video Editor

FilmForth, a completely free video editing software that offers all basic video editing features, is one of the best free video editors without watermark, it’s small in size but it processes videos very fast. FilmForth is compatible with Windows 10 and Windows 11, get it now.

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For: Entry-level video editing software with extensive video editing features such as trimming video, splitting video, adding text/subtitles, etc.

Against: Lack of professional video editing functionalities.

Step 1. Create a New Project in FilmForth

Download and install FilmForth from Microsoft store, then launch FilmForth from Windows start menu, and hit New Project button in the middle.

Create a New Project

Create a New Project

Step 2. Import the MP4 Video into FilmForth Program

Drag and drop the video into the program or click ADD VIDEO/PHOTO CLIPS button to load the MP4 video you intend to rotate to into the program. Then you’ll be led to the video editing screen with your video in the timeline. 

Aside from MP4, FilmForth supports a wide scope of media formats including JPG, JPEG, BMP, GIF, WebP, MP4, WMW, AVI, WebM, TS, 3GP, 3GPP, M4V, MOV, MKV, MTS, M2TS, WMV, WAV, M4A, and MP3.

Load MP4 Video into FilmForth

Load MP4 Video into FilmForth

Step 3. Rotate and Export MP4 Video on Windows

Click to select the added MP4 video in the timeline, and locate the Rotate button from the operation panel below, click on it to rotate your MP4 video.

For each click on the Rotate button, the video will be rotated by 90 degrees, and you can preview it from the upper window. As you can see, you can use the Flip button beside Rotate button to flip your MP4 video as well.

When ready, click Save video button from the lower-right corner, customize video parameters, and then define a destination path and export the rotated MP4 video. 

Rotate and Export MP4 Video

Rotate and Export MP4 Video

A Trick for Rotating MP4 Videos with FilmForth

Trick: The latest version of FilmForth now offers a shortcut for rotating videos, now you can rotate your MP4 videos with Rotate Video shortcut from the lower-left side of FilmForth home screen. Click on the shortcut, you’ll be asked to import your MP4 video and then a small window will pop up for handy rotating operations.

Rotate MP4 Shortcut

Rotate MP4 Shortcut

Method 2. How to Rotate MP4 Videos with Windows Photos

Photos is the built-in media player application on Windows 10 and Windows 11. It can also help to edit videos, like changing video playback speed.

For: Rotate MP4 video with Photos which is already installed on your Windows PC.

Against: Not as multifunctional as other programs.

Step 1. Open Photos program from Windows start menu, select Video Editor and create a new video project.

Create a New Video Project

Create a New Video Project

Step 2. Click Add button to import a video from your computer, and click Place it in storyboard.

Step 3. Click the rotate button from the lower-right side to rotate the video in Photos.

Step 4. Click Finish video button to save and export your rotated video.

Rotate and Export an MP4 Video in Photos

Rotate and Export an MP4 Video in Photos

Method 3. How to Rotate MP4 Videos with VLC Media Player

VLC Media Player, developed by third parties, is a free and open-source video player program that supports a variety of video formats and offers many video editing tools.

For: VLC is free, it works on multiple platforms, and it’s multifunctional.

Against: Some features can be hard for inexperienced users.

Step 1. If you haven’t had VLC already, free download and install it from VLC official website.

Step 2. Open VLC Media Player, go to Media > Open File to import MP4 video.

Step 3. Go to Tools > Effects and Filters, then a small new window will pop up. 

Go to Effects and Filters

Go to Effects and Filters

Step 4. Go to Video Effects tab, then click on the Geometry tab, and tick on Transform, and you can customize the degree you want to rotate your MP4 video.

Step 5. When ready, go to Media Convert/Save to export your rotated MP4 video.

Rotate MP4 Video

Rotate MP4 Video

To Sum Up

Since I’ve gathered three working methods to rotate MP4 video on Windows, and they all work great for me, I really hope you have found a method that suits you, and you’ve successfully followed this guide to rotate your MP4 videos. Please share this post if so!And if you still have questions rotating MP4 videos on Windows, don’t hesitate to drop us a line.


Karen is a professional writer with a background in column writing who enjoys resolving complex topics and explaining them in interesting ways.

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