Rotate individual frames in a movie clip - HELP

I am an elderly user (70ish) that has been through a lot of challenges in the last couple of years (Harvey flooded my home) and my brain cells are scrambled. Used to, I could do this stuff in my sleep, but now I can’t seem to manage unless I have a step by step tutorial, preferably with pictures. Before I give up on this one project, I thought I would appeal for a kind soul out there to help. I am trying to find a basic, EASY tutorial on how to rotate individual frames in my mp4 clip on my Windows 10 laptop. I have a precious video clip of my deceased father-in-law that is ruined when I somehow turned the video one rotate to the right. I really would like to save this priceless memory of our sweet Albert for my husband, but I just can’t seem to do it… or perhaps Shotcut doesn’t do it?

Is there anyone out there who would have mercy on this grandma who used to be good at technology but suddenly find PTSD (per doc) had ruined my tech skills?

I would be forever grateful.

Donna in Texas

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Hi Donna from Texas,
First I’m sorry to hear of your troubles. Welcome to the forum.

You can rotate a video easily in Shotcut. In a nutshell you apply a “Rotate and Scale” filter to your video. I’d like to make a short tutorial step-by-step guide for you but unfortunately the timing of your post is such that I have a busy day and won’t be able to find time to do this right now.

Rest assured, though, you’ve come to the right place for help on how to rotate your video. There are plenty of kind souls on this forum who will be posting a response to you very soon.

In the meantime you might like to search Youtube for a useful tutorial video on how to rotate a video in Shotcut.
Good luck - one point though - how can an age of “70ish” be “elederly”!! No way!! You are 70 years YOUNG!! :smiley:

Are you saying here that you rotated in the middle of the recording? This happens frequently to people with smart phones. They start shooting in portrait orientation, then think “hey, this is video; it will be better wide” and then rotate the phone to continue recording in landscape mode. Is that similar to your situation? If so, that makes it more complicated but still doable and more steps needed in the tutorial.

Yes, I got overly enthusiastic about getting such a priceless video and I turned the orientation in the middle of the video! Thank you SO much for trying to help me! Donna

Here is my tutorial. It covers a few things. Hopefully, if it does not match exactly your situation you can still figure it out from what I provided. Since this is a YouTube embed, look for the fullscreen button on their player or click through the link:


Hi @Donna77642 ,
I just made this short tutorial (no commentary, just subtitles) about how to rotate a video using keyframes. Actually it shows a video starting in Landscape and ending in Portrait. I hope it helps you to understand how it can be done so the person remains in one orientation. Good luck!

[EDIT] Hey Dan, looks like we were making similar tutorials at the same time! I just went to post mine, and saw you had beaten me to it! Yours is brilliant - I’ve picked up lots of tips from it. Thought I’d continue posting mine too to give @Donna77642 some possible additional options.

Thank you so much! I marked the video and will watch it tomorrow. It is 2 in the morning in Texas, but I checked my laptop to see if some kind soul had taken mercy on me. I will let you know by the weekend if it worked for me. Thank you for being so generous with your time and energy! Donna

Thanks to both of you for being incredibly, amazingly generous to share your talents/skills with me! Of all the losses from the hurricane, I don’t miss my furniture and clothes (and car) the most–I miss my technology skills. I used to be able to figure anything out or at least get it easily if someone explained it or I saw directions. Now, my ONLY hope is step-by-step tutorials! It is so embarrassing…and sad. To think, 3 years ago, I used to be the ones on our campus that everyone came to for computer help. Nope, not any more. And I had to retire. Well, enough of that, no looking back, God is good, and He placed wonderful people in this forum who are kind enough to try to help–thank you!

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I did it, I did it!!! Thank you all so much! It only took me about 3 hours, LOLOLOL (seriously, it did), but I finally got it. My husband was so pleased.

I tried the tutorial with the letter A first because it looked like it would be so much easier, but I finally had to go with the tutorial by Shotcut Leader (the one with the cars) because I was able to duplicate the exact software version used. It’s crazy, but I can still follow complex directions if I have a step-by-step video that uses the exact same version of the software I have so that I can watch a second or so, hit pause, do it on my Shotcut video, then go back and watch a second or two of the tutorial and repeat that strategy over and over until I can struggle through to the end. No wonder it took me three hours, huh?

Guys, for everyone who reached out to me, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I now have a priceless video that we will cherish and pass down to my grandkids. My deceased father-in-law is laughing and cutting up, mock complaining about having to carry a purse for an elderly lady when they went to play dominoes, agreeing he was going to get a hernia it was so heavy. He just howled with laughter in the video and I can’t tell you how it brought him back to us, even if only for a little while.

I am so sad my computer skills have mostly left me after a year and a half struggling when our home flooded and we were displaced for a year and a half after Hurricane Harvey, but with your generous and patient help, you let me save a memory that we thought would be lost.

God bless you all and thank you so very, very much!



Hi @Donna77642 ,

Wow, I am so so pleased that you sorted it out and that you managed to repair and salvage your priceless video. Woo-hoo, this good news has made my day! :grinning::+1:

Thanks for reporting back the news of your success - I was wondering how you were getting on. That tutorial by Dan was spot on!
Best wishes from the UK!

That’s awesome! :sunglasses: And that story is great.

Have a great weekend! Much appreciation is sent your way!

Donna from Texas

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