How to rotate, turn and flip video in iMovie on Mac and iOS

How to rotate, turn and flip video in iMovie on Mac and iOS

September 3, 2019 0 By admin


When you’re creating your movie in iMovie, you may want to do something unique and flip your clip. This can add some cools effects to your creation. Or perhaps you have to rotate a clip in order for it to appear correctly.

Whatever the case, you can easily rotate, turn, and flip video in iMovie on both Mac and iOS. This tutorial shows you just how simple it is to do.

Rotate or flip video in iMovie on Mac

You can rotate a clip left or right as well as flip it vertically or horizontally. So pop open iMovie on your Mac and follow the steps below.

Rotate a clip

1) Select your clip in the Timeline at the bottom. This will highlight it in yellow.

2) Click the Crop button in the Browser toolbar above the Viewer.

3) Use either the Rotate the clip counterclockwise or Rotate the clip clockwise button.

Rotate Clip iMovie Mac

If you want to flip your clip vertically, you’ll use the steps above, clicking the Rotate button twice.

Flip Clip Vertically iMovie Mac

Flip a clip horizontally

1) Select your clip in the Timeline at the bottom.

2) Click the Clip filter and audio effect button in the Browser toolbar above the Viewer.

3) When the Choose Clip Filter window opens, pick Flipped.

Flip Clip Horizontally iMovie Mac

Rotate or flip video in iMovie on iOS

You can rotate a clip left or right as well as flip it vertically on iPhone or iPad. Open iMovie on your device and do the following.

Rotate a clip

1) Select your clip in the Timeline at the bottom. This will highlight it in yellow.

2) Tap the Crop button (scissors icon) in the toolbar at the bottom.

3) Using your thumb and index finger, rotate the clip in the Viewer at the top. You’ll see a white circular arrow appear as you do this indicating the direction.

Rotate Clip iMovie iPhone

If you want to flip your clip vertically, use the steps above, rotating your clip until it’s upside down.

Flip Clip Vertically iMovie iPhone

Wrapping it up

Rotating or flipping your clips may be necessary in some cases or create a nifty effect in others. Either way, this is a handy function to keep in mind when using iMovie.

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