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Is it possible to rotate (90 degrees) already uploaded videos on YouTube?

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It is not possible to rotate existing videos without re-uploading.

As of 22 August 2018, most of the video editing features were removed from YouTube. You are expected to use a separate video editing tool for most things.

If you have uploaded a video and afterwards decide you should have rotated it, you will need to use a video editor to rotate the original and re-upload. If you no longer have the original you can download the video from your YouTube account and follow the same edit/re-upload process.

You can view the full post from Jordan on the YouTube Help Forum, but here are the relevant details:

As of August 22, the following will no longer be available in Creator Studio Classic:

Note: Any videos published with enhancements before August 22 will not be affected. Also, we’re not planning to bring the below classic Enhancement features to YouTube Studio beta.

  • Auto-fix
  • Stabilize
  • Fill Light
  • Contrast
  • Saturation
  • Color Temperature
  • Slow Motion
  • Timelapse
  • Filters
  • Rotate

Features that will still be available in Creator Studio Classic (and coming soon to YouTube Studio beta):

  • Trim
  • Blur faces
  • Custom Blurring
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    Can you save changes back to the original video? or do you have to save the rotated video as a new video? – Trevor Boyd Smith Feb 6 '13 at 0:18
  • At this point you can make a copy of your video as one of the options... – CrandellWS Mar 15 '17 at 23:08
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    It seems this option has been removed. I see only two options for Enhancements: Blur faces and Custom blurring. – Hong Sep 3 '18 at 22:46
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    The rotate feature was removed from YouTube's Creator Studio on August 22, 2018: productforums.google.com/forum/#!msg/youtube/TU6r2I0o1CI/… – Moustafa Elqabbany Sep 7 '18 at 17:37
  • this answer is no longer "the answer" as of 7.sep.2018 – user0 Sep 7 '18 at 20:04
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Seeing how rotation has been stripped from Creator Classic, I thought this would be helpful here. I found a way to enable the native rotation buttons by modifying the element in Creator Classic.

Here are the steps:

  1. Go to YouTube's Creator Classic
  2. Go to Video Manager
  3. Go to Enhancements
  4. Right click on the "Trim" button and choose "Inspect"
  5. A new window will popup highlighting the element you selected. Just below the line that's selected, you'll see this tag with this element: hidden="true"
  6. Double click to enter edit mode.
  7. Simply delete hidden="true" and press enter.
  8. Done!

The rotate buttons will appear and now you can use them as normal. I suspect this will no longer be possible once YouTube completely switches over to the new Creator Studio in 2019, but...works for now!

If that explanation was not detailed enough, see it in action in my quick tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDFNQiGZTKY.

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    2018-12-11: I'm confirming this hack still works; it brings back the "rotate 90 left" and "rotate 90 right" buttons. After clicking rotate and 'Save', the video will be processed (on their servers), and eventually the edit will be live. – HenrikB Dec 11 '18 at 18:27
  • Still works in October 2019, thanks! – level1807 Oct 2 at 16:40
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Now you can rotate your video using the video enhancer: in My videos, select Enhancements from the menu below your video, then use the rotation icons.

  • previous answer was updated with screenshots included – CrandellWS Mar 15 '17 at 23:08
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    Rotation no longer exists. – Herohtar Sep 11 '18 at 23:53
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Yes, it's possible even without re-uploading the video:

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  • I suppose this answer is valid if you assume the thought behind the question is "I found a video on YouTube and it's rotation is wrong; is there a way to rotate it so I can watch it in the correct orientation?" rather than "Can I change the rotation on a video I have already uploaded to YouTube so everyone sees it in the correct orientation?". – Herohtar Sep 7 '18 at 20:13
  • @Herohtar all I can read from OP question is: Can I rotate already uploaded video's on YouTube? Is it possible to rotate (90 degrees) already uploaded video's on YouTube? - there is nothing specific which explains if OP wants to rotate OPs' already uploaded videos or videos OP found uploaded on YT – user0 Sep 8 '18 at 13:53
  • This really should be the answer to this question, which recognizes this one as being about rotating your own uploaded videos. – Herohtar Sep 11 '18 at 23:35
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    But WHY would you rotate only for yourself and not for others?!! If a video is rotated wrong it's always wrong...! (Unless user has a really odd scenario which he then would have mentioned in a properly asked question as he would have realized people needed that piece of information to give a valuable answer.) So this answer makes no sense in real life. – TheStoryCoder Sep 24 '18 at 9:04
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you can use an extension for that:

or you can use brute js force (works for any site):

  • press CTRL + SHIFT + C
  • paste the following code, depending on your browser, into the javascript console

  • Chrome:

javascript: document.body.setAttribute( "style", "-webkit-transform: rotate(-90deg);");

  • Firefox:

javascript: document.body.setAttribute( "style", "-moz-transform: rotate(-90deg);");

  • Opera:

javascript: document.body.setAttribute( "style", "-o-transform: rotate(-90deg);");

  • press ENTER
  • You already have an answer on here suggesting an extension, why not just edit it and update with this info? – Herohtar Sep 11 '18 at 20:58

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