When people record videos on their phones, they film both vertically and horizontally, or switch between the two. This can create awkward angles and sideways clips that are virtually unwatchable, since they change camera orientation halfway through.

In this tutorial, I’ll walk you through the steps you'll need to rotate your videos online using a free tool called Kapwing. You’ll need just four steps to rotate your video:

  1. Upload Your Video to Kapwing
  2. Rotate the Video
  3. Export & Download

Step 1: Upload Your Video to Kapwing

Start by heading to Kapwing.com in your browser and clicking Start Editing to enter the Studio. To upload a video from your device, select the button that says “Click to upload” and find the file you want to edit in your file browser. You can also find the video in your file browser and simply drag & drop it into the Studio window.

A screenshot of the Kapwing uploader.

If you want to rotate a video you found online, you can also paste a link from YouTube TikTok, Google Drive, or most social media sites into the URL bar. The video will immediately upload to the Studio.

Step 2: Rotate the Video

Now that you’re in the Studio, rotating your video is simple. Simply click on your video layer and find the rotation button along the bottom edge of the video. Click & drag this button to rotate your video to any angle you’d like. If you want to rotate 90, 180, or 270 degrees, your video will automatically snap into place at these angles.

A screenshot from the Kapwing Studio, pointing out the layer rotation tools.

Using the Rotate options in the lower left, you can also perform quick 90° rotations or flip your photo over the X-axis or Y-axis.

Step 3: Export & Download

Now that your video has been rotated and edited to perfection, just click Export Video in the upper right-hand corner. Kapwing will immediately start processing your video. Once your video is done processing, you’ll go to a page where you can download or continue to edit. Just click Download and Kapwing will save the video to your device.

If you're not signed into a Kapwing account, sign in or sign up using your Google or Facebook account – once you've signed into a Kapwing account, the watermark in the lower right corner will be removed from your final image.

A screenshot of the Kapwing download page.

I hope this article helps you find the right angle for any video. If you're looking for more tips and tutorials on digital content in 2021, take a look at our YouTube channel Kapwing App. In the meantime, read through some related articles on flipping, rotating, and moving videos online: