Apple developed the MOV file format to store digital video that has been encoded especially for their proprietary media player, QuickTime. As a result, all QuickTime movies are distributed as MOV files. If users wish to flip their MOV files 180 degrees, they must first upgrade to QuickTime Pro. The licensed version of the media player enables users to modify the properties of their MOV files, including rotation of the video. Users can also complete this task with a free alternative like MPEG Streamclip.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Launch QuickTime Pro. Go to "File" and select "Open File..." Browse for the MOV file in the file selection window. Select the item and click "Open" to load the video into the program.
Go to "Window" and select "Show Movie Properties." A program window will load. Click the "Video Track" listing.
Click the "Visual Settings" tab. Go to the "Flip/Rotate" section and click the "Flip Vertically" icon to rotate the video 180 degrees. Exit the "Movie Properties" window.
Go to "File" and select "Save" to permanently flip the MOV file 180 degrees.
Launch MPEG Streamclip. Go to "File" and select "Open Files..." Browse for the MOV input file in the file selection window. Select the item and click "Open" to load the video into the program.
Go to "File" and select "Export to QuickTime." A "Movie Exporter" window will load.
Open the "Rotation" pull-down menu and select "180 degrees." Click the "Make Movie" button. Select a storage location for the rotated MOV output file in the file saving window.
Click "Save" to convert the file. A confirmation message will display when the MOV output file has been created. The rotated video will be accessible from the selected storage location.
Tips and warnings
- To upgrade to QuickTime Pro, launch the basic version of the media player and go to "Help" on the program menu. Select the "Buy QuickTime Pro..." option and follow the on-screen instructions to purchase the license.
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