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How to Rotate a Video in DaVinci Resolve

Rotate a video in davinci resolve
Published 23 February 2021

Last updated on 5 July 2022

DaVinci Resolve is one of the most popular video editing software in the world. It has the necessary tools for complicated color grading, video editing, audio post production, and many more. Therefore, you can rotate a video in DaVinci Resolve without breaking a sweat.

In this tutorial, given the simplicity and the straightforwardness of this action, alongside rotations, I will also show you how to flip a video on the vertical and horizontal axis. In addition, we will play a little with the keyframes of this parameter and make a simple animation.

So let us learn how to rotate a video in Davinci Resolve!

Rotate a Video in DaVinci Resolve

You might not find any use for this in a video editor, but don`t jump to hasty conclusions yet. Rotations can help you change the perspective of a shot, or realize simple animations and transitions. Just let your imagination run wild.

Set DaVinci Resolve to Edit mode and press on Inspector. You can find the Inspector drop-down menu in the upper right corner of your workspace.


After that, a menu with different types of parameters will drop down, look for the Transform section and find Rotation Angle, afterward just set whatever value you desire. As a result, you will notice your video spinning according to the value you set.

Rotate a video in davinci resolve

In my screenshot, you can see that I changed the value from 0 degrees to 180 degrees and my video got turned upside down.

This is all you have to do to rotate a video in DaVinci Resolve!

Horizontal and Vertical Flip in DaVinci Resolve

Flipping is mostly used to create a mirror effect, an abstract shot or simply to change the direction the actor is looking if you feel like it.

Just like before, this can be easily done by going to the same Inspector drop-down menu. Look at the bottom of the Transform section and select what kind of flip you want, it can be horizontal or vertical.

Rotate a video in davinci resolve

Make your first simple animation in DaVinci Resolve

Now that you know how to rotate a video in DaVinci Resolve, we can play a little with the keyframes too. You can`t do animations without keyframes.

The keyframe system is really easy to learn! You have to choose a place in time on your Timeline and choose the parameters you want to animate, simply clicking the small diamond next to each parameter’s value.

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After that, move forward in time, on the Timeline, where you want the animation to stop and insert new values for the parameters you chose. As a result, the animation will take place between the 2 points in time.

Rotate a video in davinci resolve

As you can see I went forward in time almost 2 seconds on my Timeline, modified the Zoom, Position, and Rotation Angle parameters with new values. Therefore, in that small interval of time, my earth video will rotate, zoom and move to that position.

And this is pretty much it. Now you know how to do simple animations, flip your video horizontally or vertically, and rotate a video in DaVinci Resolve! I hope this information will help make your projects cooler!

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After spending 6 years in the post-production studio, Mihai decided to share his insights on video editing and computers.

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