You shot some videos in landscape mode and want to make these videos vertically. How do you make horizontal videos vertically? Don’t worry, this post gives you 3 solutions to convert landscape video to portrait without distortion.

Now, vertical video is preferred by most short-video platforms like TikTok, Snapchat, etc. So how to convert landscape video to portrait? In this post, I’ll teach you 3 methods to optimize landscape videos for vertical viewing without black bars and distortion. (MiniTool MovieMaker is a simple video editor to edit landscape videos!)

Method 1. Change the Orientation of Video

When you shoot a vertical video, it may appear in the wrong orientation. In this case, you just need to change the orientation of the video. Here’s how to rotate a video on Android and iOS.

On Android

  1. Open the video you want to rotate in the Google Photos app.
  2. Click the Edit button and choose Crop. Then find and click the Rotate icon to adjust the video’s orientation.
  3. Once done, click Save copy in the lower-right corner of your screen to save the vertical video.
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On iOS

  1. Launch the Photos app, find and open the desired video.
  2. Click Edit in the upper-right corner and it will bring you to the Editing screen.
  3. Tap the Rotate icon next to Done and click the Rotate icon at the top to rotate the video.
  4. Lastly, press Done to save the video.

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Method 2. Change the Aspect Ratio and Fill in the Vertical Space

Changing the video aspect ratio must be the best method to convert landscape video to portrait without distortion. Here recommend InShot. It’s a free and powerful video editing app that allows you to optimize your video for TikTok (9:16), Instagram (1:1/4:6), YouTube (16:9), and change the video’s background color.

Additionally, InShot can be used to add music, text, filter to video, crop video, flip video and rotate video.

Here’s how to turn a horizontal video to vertical with InShot:

Step 1. Open the InShot app.

Step 2. Click Video and add the video you want to use.

Step 3. After importing the target video, click the CANVAS button and you will see various aspect ratio options. Select 9:16 or 4:5 and click the checkmark to change the aspect ratio of your video.

Step 4. If you’re not happy with the result, click the Background button and choose the wanted color, blur effect, or gradient.

Step 5. When you are done, click SAVE.

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Method 3. Crop Video

Another quick way to make a horizontal video vertically is to crop it. FreeConvert is an online free video cropper. It offers you preset aspect ratio options like 1:1, 4:5, 5:4, 16:9, 9:16, and a freeform tool. You can use the preset aspect ratio or customize the width and height of a video.

Step 1. Go to the FreeConvert website.

Step 2. Hover your mouse on Tools and choose Crop Video under Video Tools.

Step 3. Tap Choose Video to upload the desired video.

Step 4. Select the aspect ratio “9:16” or set the width and height values. Then adjust the crop area.

crop video in FreeConvert

Step 5. The default output format is MP4. If you want to change the output format, click the down arrow next to MP4 and choose the wanted format. Press the Crop Video button.

Step 6. After finishing the cropping process, click Download MP4 to save the cropped video.


This post introduces the top 3 methods to convert landscape video to vertical. Choose the method you like and have a try!

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