How to Change Vertical Videos on iPhone/iPad using iMovie

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Video is the recording and broadcasting of moving visual images with sound associated in it. It is very effective medium to reach the minds of the people, as it is made up of visual and sound effect combination. Everyone is their own photographer, as this new generation is equipped with a cutting edge technology which can capture images or videos in almost any weather and temperature with any kind of illumination present in the vicinity. 

Apple has got the tremendous success and huge number of fans, just because of their advance features and decent look. Shooting video using iPhone is an amazing experience. As iPhone has such a great ability to shoot video in any orientation. We love to capture our special moments from the past to recall in future. Capturing beautiful video is always the favorite task of most of the users. In this new world of smart phone, it is quite handy and comfortable that everyone can easily shoot their special and exciting moments. iPhone lovers never miss to take great advantage of this remarkable feature provided by Apple.

How to Change Vertical Videos on iPhone/iPad using iMovie


How to Change Vertical Videos on iPhone/iPad using iMovie
How to Change Vertical Videos on iPhone/iPad using iMovie


In the pleasure of artistic moment sometimes you doesn’t consider that in which orientation you are shooting the video. Accidentally many of the times we shoot video vertically and later on we are not happy with it when we view it but still it doesn’t mean that we need to delete the videos of our special moments. manya times iPhone users make this mistake but there is a solution of every mistake, we can change vertical videos on iPhone/iPad using iMovie.

The only problem with the vertical videos is that, it looks annoying on the big screen while playing this vertical videos it displays large black bars on the sides and it take up over the 2/3rd of the screen. When you upload the vertical videos to YouTube or Facebook your friends will also see the black bars, so it is preferable to shoot video in portrait orientation when you need to film something tall like Christmas tree or full figure of a person on your iPhone or iPad.

Luckily there is an easy way to rotate the video clips in iPhone or iPad devices. Vertically aligned videos can be fixed, by converting it to horizontal or flip a video upside down, so that you can rotate it. Even also we have quite good option of using iMovie app, this is quite helpful app that will allow you to change vertical videos easily and efficiently.

Rotate or Flip portrait iPhone/iPad videos with iMovie

You can change any of your vertical video on your iPhone or iPad by 90 degrees, 180 degrees, 270 degrees and to 360 degrees as well if you want to go back to default view. Here is a quick trick to rotate vertical videos on iPhone or iPad. The simple thing you need for the process is iMovie app installed in your iPhone or iPad and if it is not installed in your device than you have to download iMovie on your iPhone or iPad from apple store. Its a free to download app for all those who purchased or activated new iPhone, iPad or iPod touch and if it is not in your device than you need to pay $4.99 for this application.



The guide for how to change the vertical videos on iPhone or iPad is given below after the installation of iMovie app.  

Step 1: Open the iMovie app

Open the cropping and rotating tool from the iMovie project. 

Step 2: Import your media file

You can go to the file and import media or even you can just drag and drop to the media file to the new location in the timeline and release, which you want to fix from the video selection list. 

Step 3: Tap on share in iMovie iPhone App

Tap on the ‘Share’ / action button, it looks like a box with an arrow flying out the top of it.



Step 4: Select create movie

Click on create movie in Share sheet in iMovie.



Step 5: Create a new movie

After selecting the create movie tab, you will get to see another option of create new movie, just click on that. Start creating by selecting the specific portion of the clip that you want to rotate. 



Step 6: Rotate video

The correct orientation for changing the vertical video is 90 degree. Place two fingers about an inch apart on the video in the iMovie and rotate them like you’re turning a dial to the clockwise or counterclockwise direction as you want to rotate the video. At each click you will be able to change the video to 90 degrees.



When white arrow appears, the video clip have been rotated 90 degrees. Sometimes it take a moment for the clip to be appear rotated. You can repeat this gesture as many times as necessary to achieve the orientation you want. 

Step 7: Preview and done 

When the video has been rotated to the orientation you would like to keep, click the play button in the viewer to preview the video. When you are happy with the results, just tap on the done button at the upper left hand corner.



Step 8: Tap on share button and save the video

Now tap the sharing button (the box with the arrow flying out of the top) and then select the save video option to save the fixed video of the changed orientation again to the photo library.



  •  Select the video resolution of your choice to export the movie as: 360p, 540p, 720p or 1080p.
  • After completion of the process, iMovie will send you alert, ‘the video has been saved to your photo library. Then after you can check the changed vertical video in the photo app.


That’s all! Your video has been successfully rotated and saved as separate movie file into your iPhone or iPad. Now no need to worry if you have taken video in the portrait orientation, because apple has now launched a wonderful application, that will definitely help you to solve the issue relating to videos recorded at an angle you didn't want it to appear.

*Note: - Don’t get confused relating to the destination of the changed video, as your iPhone and iPad videos are stored in the photo app, not in the Videos app.

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