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How to Flip or Rotate Videos using Handbrake?

Sometimes when we take video on smartphone or tablet, it's easy to turn our devices just slightly sideways in order to capture something. Unfortunately, if you do this before you start recording, it may result in a sideways captured video which makes viewing difficult. Is there any way to rotate the video so it plays back at the proper orientation? As we all know, Handbrake is a video converter program intended to both rip and convert video files to work on a number of supported devices. But you may not know that it can also rotate or flip your video 90/180/270 Degrees with ease. Please follow this guide to learn how.

How to use Handbrake to Flip or Rotate Videos?

The steps below show how to rotate the video being processed with Handbrake:

Before beginning, you need to download and install HandBrake.

Step 1: Open HandBrake and click "Source" button to load the video you want to rotate or flip.

Step 2: Choose where to save the rotated video by clicking on the "Browse" button.

Step 3: Open the "Filters" tab. Under the "Rotate" box, there are four options for you to flip or rotate videos.

1. 0 – do nothing

2. 90 – rotate to the right

3. 180 – turn upside down

4. 270 – rotate to the left

Just choose the rotate option you require.


Step 4: Finally, click "Start Encode" to begin the rotate process. And at the bottom of the window you will see the progress.

You can also try the manual way of rotating, by applying manual filters:

Open the "Video" tab, you’ll be working with the "Extra Options" setting.


1. To rotate 90 degrees clockwise, enter ", --rotate=4" command into the "Extra Options" setting.

2. To rotate 90 degrees anti-clockwise or process 270 degrees rotate, enter ", --rotate=7" command into the "Extra Options" setting.

3. To rotate 180 degrees so that the video is upside down, enter ", --rotate=3" command into the "Extra Options" setting.

4. If you want an x flip in Handbrake, please enter the command ", --rotate=1" into the "Extra Options" Window.

5. For y flip in Handbrake, just enter the command ", --rotate=2" into the "Extra Options" Window.

6. To do a 90 degrees rotate plus y flip, put the command ", --rotate=5" into the "Extra Options" Window.

7. To do a 270 degrees rotate plus y flip, put the command ", --rotate=6" into the "Extra Options" Window.

Alternatives to Handbrake to Flip or Rotate Video with Ease

Feel it too complicated to flip or rotate video with the command option offered by Handbrake? Don't worry, here are comes Pavtube Video Converter for Windows /Mac, which can rotate and flip video much easier than Handbrake. It offers an easy to navigate interface that allows you to rotate video clockwise or count-clockwise 90/180/270 degrees, flip video horizontally or vertically with ease.

This is not even the full story. Apart from rotating or flipping video, you can also use this software to do some video editing work, such as trim video length, crop unwanted black bars, add watermark, apply special rendering effect, deinterlace interlace video, add external art/ass/ssa subtitles to video, etc.

Follow the next step-by-step guide to rotate video with Pavtube Video Converter:

Step-by-Step to Flip or Rotate Video with best Handbrake Alternative

Step 1. Add videos

Launch and start the program on your computer, click "File" > "Add Video/Audio" or "Add from Folder" to import source files to the program. Or you can drag-and-drop from local drive directly.

add video

Note: After you load the video, you can go to "Format" drop-down list, select one of your desired file format to output. If you don't want to loss any file quality, just select to output the same video as original file format. Users can also hit "Settings" button (right besides format list) to change video frame rate, bitrate, solution, etc. if necessary.


Step 2: Enter edit mode

Tick and check the video you want to edit, hit "Edit" icon (the pencil-like button) on the top to open Video Editor window. In the "Video Editor" window, under the video preview window, click the flip arrow to flip video horizontally or vertically, click the rotate arrown to rotate video clockwise or count-clock wise 90/180/270 degree to the correct display orientation. Finally, click OK to confirm the adjustment.

: You can move all the video effect and go back to the original video.

video converter edit video

Step 3: Flip or Rotate video

Kick off "Convert" button to start using the Handbrake alternative to rotate or flip video.

After completing, hit "Open" or "Open output folder" to find converted files. Now you can enjoy your videos at the proper orientation.

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