How to rotate sideways vertical videos in ProPresenter

How to rotate sideways vertical videos in ProPresenter

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Vertical videos are a fact of life. As a videographer, I hate them. But, sometimes they do show up at church and I need to get them into ProPresenter. Ideally, you’d open them up in Premiere or Final Cut and fix them, but if you don’t have time, here’s how to do it in ProPresenter and the trade-offs for when you do.

You might think you know how to rotate sideways vertical videos, but it’s a little trickier than you might think.

First, you’ve got to know that you can’t rotate a video 90 degrees if it’s either a foreground or a background video. Media properties will rotate 180 degrees or mirror a video, but not rotate it 90 degrees.

So, to do this, you’ll have to bring it into the slides layer. Once you do, you can use the rotating tool in one of the tabs to rotate it 90 degrees.

This does come with some trade-offs, though. First, you lose transport control, so the video plays when you go to the slide and stops when you leave the slide. There’s no way to trim the video (like you can in media properties of foreground or background videos) either, so if it’s too long, you’re stuck.

For more about how to format the video so it looks a little better, watch the tutorial above.

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Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div.

Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div. has been a tech volunteer with Lexington City Church (formerly Quest Community Church) in Lexington, KY since 2000 and is the founder of, llc. He became part of the technology in ministry team when his church’s attendance was around 200 in one Sunday service and has witnessed it’s growth to a peak of 5,200 average weekly attendance in one Saturday service, four Sunday services in one online and two physical campuses. He literally wrote the book on podcasting in churches, twitter in churches, & servant-hearted volunteering, as well as writing various articles for publications like “Church Production” and “Technologies for Worship” magazines. He has thousands of members of his ProPresenter Users' Group on Facebook and thousands of subscribers to his YouTube channel.