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Rotate a video?

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Rotate a video?

Can I rotate my videos? If so, How? Thanks!

10 Comments
Level 1

Yes, many video editors will allow you to do that.
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However, DB is not a video editor so it cant do it.

Level 1

I uploaded videos from my desktop and they look perfect. When I check my DropBox on my lap top all of the videos were rotated 90 degrees.  Why did that occur? And what can be done to correct?  Thanks for any help...

Level 1

Yes, my videos are rotated 90 degrees too even though they are ok offline.

Need them straight.

Level 1

When is drop box going to make this change?  This is horrible for people who take a lot of videos.  Is this even on the roadmap for Dropbox in 2016?

Super User II

When is drop box going to make this change?  This is horrible for people who take a lot of videos.  Is this even on the roadmap for Dropbox in 2016?

Probably never? Dropbox is a file sync utility; not a photo/video editor. There are plenty of third-party options already that you can use to edit your files. Dropbox just stores and syncs your files. You need to use another program to edit them.

Level 1

yeah but the problem is, the originals don't need editing. It's the dropbox version that is messed up.  We have tons of recordings that are correct when viewed on the phone, but 90 degrees or even upside down when viewing on the PC.  There has to be some sort of recoding process dropbox is doing in order to sync back and forth?  I've even seen some videos (pictures too but not as often) that are the correct orientation on one PC but rotated wrong on another.  Both synced from dropbox.  Can we get a dropbox admin to respond on this?

Super User II

There has to be some sort of recoding process dropbox is doing in order to sync back and forth

Dropbox does not alter files at all. It is no different to using a USB pen or email to share. 

If they are displaying differently on different devices you need to be looking at what you are using to view them - and what EXIF and META DATA is in those files to tell the application how to open them and how to process them. 

Level 1

My videos were displayed correctly on the phone that I took them, but rotated 90 degrees to right after being uploaded to drop box.

I had to provide these instructions when I shared them.

After you click on the View Video link below, click Open in Windows Media Player to see the video horizontally.

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I would just like to add a further comment - as a paid Dropbox account holder, its dissapointing that Dropbox takes it upon itself to re-orientate videos, and offers no solution to rotate them back to where they should be. It's simply not good enough, please do something about it. 

Super User II

Dropbox IS NOT changing the orientation of your videos. When you record a video and don't hold the phone as intended, the video is recorded with the wrong orientation. Your phone knows this because the orientation is recorded in the metadata for the video. When playing the video on your phone, your phone is able to read this data and rotate the video so it appears the same way as when you recorded it. This happens a lot when you hold your phone vertically while recording (Seriously, STOP doing that. It's wrong!).

 

Now, when you play this video on a device or in an application that cannot read the metadata, it won't know what the orientation should be so it just plays the video without correcting it. In these cases, your video will appear rotated 90 or 180 degrees, depending on how you were holding the device that recorded it.

 

This has nothing to do with Dropbox, and there's nothing that Dropbox can do or should do to correct this.