People are recording videos on their phones more and more – it's so easy to capture an important event, share a funny moment, or get a message out on social media. And while this has made video creation much more convenient, it can also cause some issues. Often, when people record videos on their phones, they film both vertically and horizontally, or switch between the two. Since iPhones, for example, don’t let you rotate your videos in the Photos app, you may think that you need to upload your videos to an editing app, or pay money for a video editing software.

But you have a better option! In this article, I’ll walk you through the steps you'll need to rotate your videos online using a free tool called Kapwing. Kapwing gives you the video editing functionality of a high-powered editing software, without any of the large app downloads or fees! And it’s easy to use on your computer, phone, and tablet, so you can edit your videos on the go! You’ll need just four steps to rotate your video:

  1. Find the Video You Want to Rotate
  2. Upload Your Video to Kapwing
  3. Rotate the Video
  4. Publish & Download!

Step 1: Find the Video You Want to Rotate

First, you’ll need to know where you can access your video. If it’s a video you recorded yourself, or one that you have downloaded onto your device, make sure you can find it in your file browser!

Find a video that seems a little askew.

And if you want to rotate a video you found online, just copy its URL! You can use videos from Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, and pretty much any major video sharing platform on the internet! Just right-click on the video while it’s playing and select “Copy Link.” Now you’re ready to upload your video!

Step 2: Upload Your Video to Kapwing

Uploading your video to Kapwing is just as easy! First, go to Kapwing.com and click “Get Started.” This will take you to the Kapwing Studio, where you can use all of Kapwing’s photo and video editing tools in one convenient place.

To upload a video from your computer, phone, or tablet, you can 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!

Wrong direction, Kitten! 

And if you want to upload a video you found online, click on the field that says “Paste an image or video URL.” Now, right click (or just tap one more time if you're editing on your phone or tablet) on the field and select “Paste.” Kapwing will work its magic and upload your video to the Studio.

Step 3: 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!

You can also perform the same rotation with any shapes, text, images, or other videos that you want to add to the Studio! Just click & drag the rotation button along the bottom edge of the box.

*Note: If you want to “flip” your video, you can do this in the “Rotate Video” tool from the Kapwing Products page. However, in this tool, you are only able to rotate your video in units of 90 degrees.

Step 4: Publish & Download!

Now that your video has been rotated and edited to perfection, just click “Publish” 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 using a phone, you’ll need to download the Kapwing mobile app to download your YouTube video. The mobile app is a really small download, doesn’t require any login whatsoever, and is only meant to help you download your videos to your phone. Simply search for “Kapwing” in the App Store and you’ll be able to download the videos you make on Kapwing in no time!

Remember to tag us @KapwingApp whenever you share your content on social media – we love to see what our creators are passionate about! And be sure to check out the Kapwing Resources page! We’re constantly writing new tutorial and features to help you make the most out of Kapwing.

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