Rotate a MP4 file while preserving codec and quality attributes with FFmpeg or Avidemux

With Avidemux

  1. Open Avidemux
  2. Press Ctrl+Alt+F (for Windows)
  3. Select Rotate
  4. Save

With FFmpeg

Rotate 90 clockwise:

ffmpeg -i -vf "transpose=1"

For the transpose parameter you can pass:

0 = 90CounterCLockwise and Vertical Flip (default)
1 = 90Clockwise
2 = 90CounterClockwise
3 = 90Clockwise and Vertical Flip

Use -vf "transpose=2,transpose=2" for 180 degrees.

Note that this will re-encode the audio and video parts. You can usually copy the audio without touching it, by using -c:a copy. To change the video quality, set the bitrate (for example with -b:v 1M) or have a look at the H.264 encoding guide if you want VBR options.

Source: Stack Overflow

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