rotating & cropping videos in adobe premiere pro

Why vertical? I see that often in the forums. People that are longtime filmmakers that don’t get why we’re filming in portrait / vertical direction. If you’re not active on Social Media, and up to date with the latest trends I get the curiosity (though to be honest a lot of the chatter sounds more like sneering than actual curiosity, but who cares, right?). 

The answer to why shooting vertical is so popular is simple —social media. I use my videos in Instagram Stories & Reels, Twitter Fleets, LinkedIn Stories, Pinterest pins, my website and much more. 

When I shot video last fall to add to my Pexels account I kind of freaked out (a bit) when I sat down to edit. I uploaded a video and it had to each side a dark empty area. This wasn’t at all what I wanted! I thought OMG all of those videos were shot using something I don’t have or ???? So I did some research. Aren’t we so lucky to have the knowledge of others right at our fingertips?! 

I’ll admit it wasn’t easy to find one tutorial on just editing videos to use on e.g. Instagram Stories. Often it was how to get the video blur background on vertical videos shown in a horizontal window. 

Below are examples of a LinkedIn post (not story!) and an Instagram Reel. You can see that in the post LinkedIn has a standard viewing field, and they place your vertical video on top of a blurred version of the video. This as opposed to a single solid color trim on the side. It’s much more appealing and an excellent solution if you’re assembling vertical and horizontal video into one reel. It isn’t however the best option for using in your website, or stories. 

Like the video above in this post, the Instagram Reel is clean, and simple with no distractions. If you shoot horizontally you’re video will have distracting empty spaces to the side.

rotate & crop in just 5 clicks

So you’ve got an entire collection of videos shot horizontal that could still work if they were rotated? Like the examples I’ve used above? You can easily edit them in Adobe Premiere Pro. 

I’m sorry, I don’t have any experience with other editing software. My experience with Premiere Pro is also very limited!

I’ve made a screen capture video with no sound, and have provided the step by step instructions below. 

This example is using a horizontal / landscape video. See below image.

Rotating & Cropping Vertical Videos in Adobe Premiere Pro
tutorial using this horizontal video

step 01

create + name project & import video

Start a new project in Adobe Premiere Pro. Simply select ‘New Project’. Give your project a name.

Import the video you want to rotate & crop.

Rotating & Cropping Vertical Videos in Adobe Premiere Pro
create + name project & import video
Rotating & Cropping Vertical Videos in Adobe Premiere Pro
add video to project timeline

step 02

add your video to the project timeline

Select and drag the video that you want to rotate to the project timeline.

video of steps 1 + 2

step 03

edit video in the effects tab

Select the video in the project timeline. Then select Effect Controls in your Effects tab.

Rotating & Cropping Vertical Videos in Adobe Premiere Pro
create + name project & import video
rotate the video 90 degrees

step 04

effect controls tab

In the Effect Controls tab you’ll find the option Rotation.
You’ll need to add the degrees in which you want to rotate your video. For this tutorial we are wanting to rotate a horizontal video to vertical. You’ll need to add ‘90’.

 

 

You’ll now see that your video has partially disappeared in the view box. We’ll fix this in the next step!

No worries! We'll scale it!
Rotating & Cropping Vertical Videos in Adobe Premiere Pro
sequence settings

step 05

change the frame size

You’ll now see that your video has partially disappeared in the view box. We’ll fix this in the next step!

Rotating & Cropping Vertical Videos in Adobe Premiere Pro
this are the edited settings
Rotating & Cropping Vertical Videos in Adobe Premiere Pro
it's ok!

viola!

Rotating & Cropping Vertical Videos in Adobe Premiere Pro
this are the edited settings

video of steps 3, 4 & 5

need to scale it?

step 06

the scale slider

Scaling the video. If you want to scale your video you can do that using the Effects Controls. In the tab you can go to Scale and using the slider, scale your video.

sequence settings

video of step 6

want to mute the audio?

Using the Audio tab, go to ‘music’ in the options and toggle to and select mute. 

video of muting before export

finished!

the result is worth it and it only took a few minutes to do!

I hope the tutorial wasn’t difficult to follow. Let me know if you have any questions. You can ask me other questions too

xoxo,

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