Most cameras sold today have some sort of movie mode. They take decent movies with sound, but what about if you had the camera turned on its side while you took the movie?
None of the programs I’ve see that handle photos will rotate movies like they rotate photos. I was trying to show my parents how to do this with their movies recently and it’s way too complicated. Here’s the steps, assuming you have an AVI file somewhere on your hard drive you need to rotate.
- Click Start > All Programs > Accessories > Windows Movie Maker
- Import Video
- Drag movie clip to first slot in timeline at the bottom
- Menu: Tools – Video Effects
- Scroll down to Rotate 90 or Rotate 180 or Rotate 180
- Drag the Effect onto the movie in the timeline
- Menu: File – Save Move File
- Select My Computer
- Save to wherever you want
- Use the default for a small-size video. Select Other settings: DV-AVI for a big, high quality movie
- Hit Next, wait for the movie to finish saving
- Close Windows Movie Maker. Don’t save the project.
- Run Adobe Photoshop Album (or whatever photo management program you use)
- Menu: File – Get Photos – From Files and Folders
- Find and Open the movie you created
Besides this being incredibly cumbersome, it doesn’t preserve the original format or quality of the original AVI file. There must be a better way. Anyone know of one?