After importing my footage in to the Movie Clip Editor, I find that it is not oriented the way I would like.

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What is the easiest way to rotate this in Blender?


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You could add a transformation strip (effect) in the VSE and set the rotation. See the documentation for further details on available settings.

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    $\begingroup$ OK, but will this also rotate the movie that I see in Movie Clip Editor? As I need to add my track markers there. $\endgroup$
    – Neil
    Dec 9, 2013 at 17:05
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    $\begingroup$ @Neil You could try rendering the video out to a file from the VSE, then loading it into the movieclip editor. I don't know of any way to go directly from the VSE to the movie clip editor, but I don't use these much so I may just be missing something. $\endgroup$
    – gandalf3
    Dec 9, 2013 at 21:03
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    $\begingroup$ This seems to be the only way to do this IN blender, just need to remember to change the Resolution settings after rotation, this isn't done automatically. $\endgroup$
    – Neil
    Dec 10, 2013 at 9:51
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    $\begingroup$ The vse also has x and y flip states in strip properties. Better quality than a rotate effect. Would be nice if movie clip editor had this as well as the aspect ratio controls. $\endgroup$ Dec 11, 2013 at 23:23
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    $\begingroup$ @Rob I sure understand the whole link only thing (and I'm one that is constantly reminding people of it). However, in this case don't you think it was a bit overkill to flag it? You may or may not know that blender changed its manual, breaking all the links. This is normal, and pretty easy to fix the link. But aside from that, even without the link I still understood what to do. There was still an answer here; and that is the difference between a link only answer and an answer with a dead link. $\endgroup$
    – David
    Oct 20, 2017 at 23:54

In Blender 2.9

  • Select Video
  • Shift-A --> Effect Strip --> Transform

Add Transform Effect to VSE Clip in Blender 2.9

  • Strip Tab --> Rotation --> 90

Add Rotation Transform to VSE in Blender 2.9

To "Flip" the footage, use TRANSFORM --> MIRROR --> X & Y like so:

Blender 2.8 Transform Mirror on X Y axis

Transform footage mirroring X & Y turns it "right side" up:

Blender 2.8 Transform Mirror X Y axis

  • $\begingroup$ This will only flip the source, not rotate it 90deg which is what I needed. $\endgroup$
    – Neil
    Jul 5, 2020 at 19:09

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