Rotate Video

Recording videos using handheld devices, depending on the orientation of the device upon recording,  can occasionally result in an upside down video. Your device and computer will, in most cases, auto-rotate the video so that it plays correctly. Unfortunately, this means that you will not realize that the video is upside down until it has been uploaded to a website, like Chalk & Wire.

While tools to rotate videos are not available in Chalk & Wire, there are many free options available for download.

Our recommendations are listed below for both Mac and Windows users:

Quicktime™ (best for Mac users)

Step 1: Download Quicktime

Most Mac computers come with Quicktime™ installed. If it is not installed on your computer you can download it here.

Step 2: Open Quicktime™ & Select Your Video

Open Quicktime™ on your computer. Quicktime™ should automatically open a browsing window for you to select the video file, but if not:

1. Click on the File menu and select Open File.

2. Locate the file in the browsing window.

3. Click Open.

Step 2: Ensure that the Video Displays Correctly

Make sure that the video is displaying right-side up in Quicktime. If the video is displaying correctly, continue to Step 3. If it is not:

4. Use the Edit menu to select Rotate Left or Rotate Right. Continue to rotate the video until is oriented correctly.

Step 3: Export Video

5. Use the File menu to select Export.

6. The export options available will depend on the current size of the file. We typically recommend using the 720p option. If it is not available, however, the 480p option will also work.

7. Enter a new Name for your video.

8. Select the Location at which you'd like to save your video.

9. Click Save.

Step 4: Upload Video to Chalk & Wire

Once the file has been exported, it will be saved in the correct orientation and will be ready to upload to Chalk & Wire.

Shotcut™ (best for Windows users)

Please note that we no longer recommend using Windows Movie Maker™ for trimming videos as Microsoft stopped supporting the program as of January, 2017. We now recommendation Shotcut™ for trimming videos on Microsoft computers.

Step 1: Download Shotcut™

Shotcut™ is our official recommendation for Windows-based users who do not have access to Windows Movie Maker™ (Microsoft stopped it in January 2017). You can download Shotcut™ for free here.

Step 2: Open Shotcut™ & Select File

1. Use the Open File button to open the file browser.

2. Select the video file that you would like to trim.

3. Click Open.

Step 3: Ensure that the Video Displays Correctly

Make sure that the video is displaying right-side up in Shotcut. If the video is displaying correctly, continue to Step 3. If it is not:

4. Click on the Filters icon to reveal the filters panel.

5. Click on the + icon to reveal the various filters.

6. Select Rotate.

7. In the Rotation field, manually enter 180.0 to flip the video from upside down to right-side up.

Step 5: Export Video

When you are done rotating your video,

8. Click on the Export button.

9. Ensure that the export format is MP4.

10. Click Export File.

11. Enter a File Name for the video.

12. Choose the Location for saving the video.

13. Click Save.