How to Rotate a Video Clip Using iMovie 08

How to Rotate a Video Clip Using iMovie 08

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Often video taken by a cellphone or digital camera needs rotating to viewed on your computer. You can do this quickly in iMovie 08. Follow these instructions to get started.

Step One
Launch iMovie by clicking its icon in the dock.
How to Rotate a Video Clip Using iMovie 08

Step Two
Select Import Movies... from the File menu.
How to Rotate a Video Clip Using iMovie 08

Step Three
If prompted select the video format you would like to use and then click the Ok button. Note: In most cases it is fine to use the Large video format.
How to Rotate a Video Clip Using iMovie 08

Step Four
Select the movie you would like to import from the popup window. Then choose to either Add to existing Event or Create new Event. I created a new event and called it Upside Down Video. Now click the Import button.
How to Rotate a Video Clip Using iMovie 08

Step Five
You will now notice your new Event added in the Event Library. Select the event.
How to Rotate a Video Clip Using iMovie 08

Step Six
Select the portion of video you would like to work with. You do this by clicking at the start point and dragging your mouse to the end point, then release. Notice a yellow box will outline the clip you selected. To fine tune your selection you can use the edges of the yellow box as handles. Drag these handles to fine tune your selection.
How to Rotate a Video Clip Using iMovie 08

Step Seven
Drag your selection to the empty filmstrip above.
How to Rotate a Video Clip Using iMovie 08

How to Rotate a Video Clip Using iMovie 08

Step Eight
Select the clip you just added to the filmstrip.
How to Rotate a Video Clip Using iMovie 08

Step Nine
Click the Crop Tool on the toolbar.
How to Rotate a Video Clip Using iMovie 08

Step Ten
Notice the preview window now shows your video clip with some controls overlaid. To rotate your video clip you simply click the left or right arrow to rotate.
How to Rotate a Video Clip Using iMovie 08

Once the video clip is oriented correctly, click the Done button.
How to Rotate a Video Clip Using iMovie 08

Step Eight
Now select Export using QuickTime... from the Share menu. NOTE***: You could also use any of the other Share methods and your output will be your newly rotated video clip.
How to Rotate a Video Clip Using iMovie 08

Step Nine
Give the movie a name using the Save As field then click the Save button. Your exported movie will now be rotated correctly!
How to Rotate a Video Clip Using iMovie 08

How to Rotate a Video Clip Using iMovie 08

Papasandy - October 16, 2013 at 9:24pm
The rotated clips look fine in iMovie but when played in quicktime only the middle third shows - off with their heads and feet! What am I missing? Thanks Papa Sandy
FGHHRJKFHJF - July 13, 2013 at 9:34pm
LOL what the hell it works right after i get mad
FGHHRJKFHJF - July 13, 2013 at 9:29pm
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Mrs Toad - June 16, 2013 at 9:02pm
Wow, I don't know how long ago you posted this, but I just followed the directions today and it worked perfectly. Thanks!!
vrddho - July 2, 2012 at 6:03pm
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