How to Rotate MOV Videos on Windows and Mac for Free

On this page, you’ll find an illustrated guide on how to rotate MOV video files on Windows 10, Windows 11, and Mac for free.

Wednesday July 20, 2022 11:58 AM PDT by Karen Greene

MOV file format is a computer file format natively used by the Apple QuickTime application, it’s one of the not many video formats that allow more than one track in the video. Beyond QuickTime, MOV is widely used for social media sharing, owing to the good compatibility with most web media players and extensive support for advanced video codecs.

As we’re seeing ample MOV videos, shot or downloaded, stored on our PC, it would be great if we can find a way to edit them for better social media sharing. Thus in this post, I’ll introduce the free and easy ways to rotate MOV video files on Windows 10/11 and Mac PC.

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How to Rotate MOV File in Windows 10

FilmForth is one of the top must-haves for users looking to edit their videos without cost, it offers a variety of video editing options while keeping everything as simple as possible. With FilmForth, you can easily rotate videos, trim/crop videos, adjust video volume, change the video background, and more.

To get started, you can quickly get FilmForth from the Microsoft store with the button below, FilmForth is compatible with both Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Step 1. FilmForth Quick Tools to Rotate MOV Videos

When FilmForth is fully installed, launch FilmForth from the Windows start menu. The left Quick Tools column offers a handy shortcut to rotate videos, click on the Rotate Video button from the Quick Tools section.

Click Rotate Video Button

Click Rotate Video Button

Step 2. Import the MOV Video into FilmForth Program

To import MOV videos into the program, click Select a Video File from the pop-up dialog, then select to import the MOV video from your PC local storage. Aside from MOV, FilmForth supports most industry-standard video/image/audio formats including MP4, WebM, JPEG, MP3, etc.

Load MOV Video into FilmForth

Load MOV Video into FilmForth

Step 3. Rotate MOV Video on Windows

To rotate a MOV video, click on the buttons from the bottom of the video rotating interface. You can click the corresponding buttons to rotate MOV videos left by 90 degrees, rotate right by 90 degrees, flip horizontally or flip vertically. Press the play button so you can preview your video from the upper screen.

Rotate the Video

Rotate the Video

Step 4. Export Video on Windows

When ready, click the Save button, then customize parameters for your MOV videos, and then define a destination path to export the rotated MOV video.

Rotate and Export MOV Video

Rotate and Export MOV Video

To make it more intuitive for you to understand how to rotate your MOV video 90 degrees on Windows 10/11, here is a video tutorial for you.

How to Rotate A Video on Mac

To rotate MOV video on Mac, the quickest and simplest method is to use the QuickTime player on your Mac computer. QuickTime is an extensible multimedia player available on your Mac computer.

Step 1. Open the MOV Video with QuickTime

First, open your MOV video with QuickTime. If QuickTime is not the default video player for your Mac computer, you have to manually open the MOV video you intend to rotate with the QuickTime player. To do so, right-click on the MOV video and select, Open with, then QuickTime.

Open the MOV Video with QuickTime Player

Open the MOV Video with QuickTime Player

Step 2. Click to the Rotate the MOV Video

Go to the upper-right side of the QuickTime player interface, and click on the Edit tab. From the drop-down list, click on the corresponding options to rotate your MOV videos left/right or flip horizontally or vertically.

Rotate MOV Video on Mac

Rotate MOV Video on Mac

Step 3. Save the Rotated MOV Video

Now that the MOV video is already rotated, click on the File tab from the menubar, then click Export as and select the preferred resolution.

Save the New MOV Video

Save the New MOV Video

Name your video file, define the destination path and choose a video format, then click Save to save your rotated MOV video.

How to Rotate MOV Videos: FAQs

How do I rotate a .mov video 90 degrees?

In addition to the two methods described above, you can also use the default app Photos in Windows 10 to rotate a MOV video by 90 degrees. Open the Photos app, click “New Video Project” in the upper left corner > upload the MOV video you want to rotate from your computer and drag it from the project library to the timeline at the bottom > press Ctrl + R to rotate the video 90 degrees clockwise and Ctrl + L to rotate it 90 degrees counterclockwise > or rotate your video by clicking the corresponding button under the open video editing window on the right.

How do you rotate a video in iMovie on a Mac?

Select a clip or photo in the browser or timeline > To display the crop controls, click the Crop button > Tap the Rotate Clockwise button to the right of the crop controls, tap the Rotate Counterclockwise button to the right of the crop controls > To apply the change, click the Apply button.

How to rotate a video in Windows Media Player?

Unfortunately, Windows Media Player does not provide the feature of rotating videos. But you can still rotate MOV videos with the help of some professional video editors, FilmForth is a good choice.

After All

MOV is a preferable video format nowadays, and a good fit for social media sharing and YouTube uploading, I’ll be glad to know you’ve acquired basic editing skills from this guide and have successfully rotated your MOV videos on Windows 10, Windows 11, or Mac. If you still have any questions on rotating MOV videos, 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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