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How to flip video in Adobe® Premiere® Pro

Alma Elliott
2021-10-21 12:46:03 • Filed to: Other Creative Tips

Adobe Premiere Pro is a timeline based professional-grade video editing software. Launched by Adobe Inc. in 2003, it is a part of the Adobe creative cloud licensing program. This video software boasts a dazzling array of features, including high resolution video editing, high-definition audio support, an immense array of editing tools and effects, and everything else needed to produce broadcast quality, high-definition video. The software has been used to edit multiple notable feature films as well.

Of course, such a refined level of editing and customizability doesn’t come cheap. A trial period of seven days is offered, followed by a monthly plan of about $28 per month.

Part1. When to flip a video

Flipping a video means creating a mirror image of the video (as in horizontal flipping) or turning the video upside down (as in vertical flipping). You may need to flip a video in order to maintain consistency in your shots. If a subject is to the right in one shot, and to the left in the next one, this might pose difficulties for the viewer in maintaining track of the subject or the orientation of the video. Flipping lends you an easy means of maintaining that consistency and ease of view in your content.

Part2. How to flip a video

In Adobe Premiere Pro, you can use the horizontal or vertical flip effects to orient the video to your liking. Most video formats, whether high-definition, or low-definition are supported by Adobe Premiere Pro, including MP4, MOV, FLV, MKV, and WMV files. Use the horizontal flip to mirror your video, whereas the vertical flip will turn your video upside down. To flip your video, the following steps will be in order:

1. Import your footage to the project

Import your footage to the UI window using the Import or Upload button. After that, you will need to decide how you want to flip your video.

2. Flip an entire video

If you want to flip the entire video, go through the following procedure:

  • Go to the Effects menu
  • Click the Transform tab
  • Select the vertical or horizontal flip from the drop-down menu
  • Drag the effect onto your video, which should apply the desired effect to your video
  • You can then export and save your project

3. Flip a section of a video

You might want to create the flipping effect for dramatic purposes, or to disorient the user. Or maybe, you just want that one shot to line up with the rest of the video. To flip a part of footage, you will need to:

  • Press C. This will activate the razor tool
  • Click to select the point where you want the flip effect to start
  • Click again at the ending point you want for the flip effect. Bear in mind that the razor tool still needs to be selected
  • Go to the Effects menu, and find the Transform tab
  • Choose whether you want a vertical flip or a horizontal one
  • Drag the flipping effect to the segment you just chose on the timeline

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Part3. How to create a mirror effect

You can also use Adobe Premiere Pro to apply the mirror effect to your video, so the video appears as if one half of the screen is a mirror reflection of the other one. This effect can be useful in creating a cinematic flair in your content.

To generate the mirror effect, you will need to go through the following steps after you’re done importing your video to the editor:

1. Find and select the effect you want

  • Go to the Effects menu and find Video Effects from the sub-menu. From the video effects, choose Distort and then choose Mirror.
  • Drag and drop the mirror effect onto your clip. Note that the effect won’t take place right away, not until you complete these steps.

2. Adjust and tune your effect

  • In the Effects Control Panel, find the Mirror Effect.
  • For a side-by-side mirror effect, the Reflection Center will need to be adjusted. You can type in a pixel location, or just the arrows at the left to place the central axis of the mirroring effect to your liking.
  • To create an up and down or top to bottom mirror effect, find the Reflection Angle
  • To make the top half of the video reflect the bottom half, slide the arrows left to -90o
  • To make the bottom half of the video reflect the top half, slide the arrows right to 90o

3. Save your changes

Once you are done making changes to your video, you can export and save your new, edited video.

Part4. How to rotate video

You can also rotate your video with Adobe Premiere Pro. Rotating is different from mirroring or flipping in that it simply changes the angular orientation of your clip along the x-axis. This can help you change portrait-oriented video to landscape style video or vice versa, or just allow you to align the horizon better.

To rotate your video:

  • Open the Effects Control Panel
  • Select Motion
  • Type your desired angle of rotation, or simply use the arrows to rotate the video to your liking
  • Your video will be rotated and is now ready to export

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Part5. Alternative: DemoCreator

DemoCreator is a free-to-use video editing software that allows you to edit various aspects of a video, as well as boasting a screen recorder function. What’s more is that a game mode, as well as a webcam recorder, is included in this free software. If you don’t require a highly advanced and complicated video editing software, and only need one for personal use, DemoCreator can be simpler and easier to use, while still having most of the basic to intermediate video editing tools such as trimming, audio editing, mirroring, flipping, cropping, resizing, and rotating etc.

Part6. How to create a mirror effect with DemoCreator

To apply the mirror effect using DemoCreator, you will need to go through the following steps:

1. Open the video editor

Open the video editor. When launching DemoCreator, the software will bring you to a window with options to access various functions of the application.

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2. Add your video to library

Click on Edit Video. This will take you to the video editing window. If you are using DemoCreator for the first time, you will be given a brief tour of the basic controls which you can skip if you’d like. To the left of the preview window will be your library window (outlined in red in the screenshot below) which will let you source the video you want to add the mirror effect to. You can choose to import a file or a folder or record one at that time. Click the plus to add a video from the media files on your computer.

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3. Add your video to the timeline track

Once you have added the video to your media library, drag the video to the track area or the timeline area to enable editing for it.

4. Find and add the mirror effect

To the left of the library will be a list of icons for different editing options. Click on Effects. From effects, click and drag Mirror to the track on the timeline. Add another copy of the original video to the timeline track on top of the first (now mirrored) video.

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5. Size-match and align your frames

In the preview window, adjust the size and position of both sides of the playback to match each other. Align the two sides to match. Playback the preview to make sure the mirroring effect has been properly added.

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6. Export and save your video

Click Export to export the new edited video in a format of your choice. The editor will prepare your file. Choose where you want to save the new file.

Part7. How to rotate video with DemoCreator

You can use DemoCreator to rotate your video as well. To do so, follow the steps listed below:

1. Open the video editor

Open the video editor. When launching DemoCreator, the software will bring you to a window with options to access various functions of the application.

2. Add your video to library

Click on Edit Video. This will take you to the video editing window. If you are using DemoCreator for the first time, you will be given a brief tour of the basic controls which you can skip if you’d like. To the left of the preview window will be your library window (outlined in red in the screenshot below) which will let you source the video you want to add the mirror effect to. You can choose to import a file or a folder or record one at that time. Click the plus to add a video from the media files on your computer.

3. Add your video to the timeline track

Once you have added the video to your media library, drag the video to the track area or the timeline area to enable editing for it.

4. Use the slider to rotate the video

To the right of the preview window will be a menu with a slider to adjust rotation. Use the slider to adjust the rotation of the video.

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5. Export and save your video

Click Export to export the new edited video in a format of your choice. The editor will prepare your file. Choose where you want to save the new file.

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Conclusion

We have looked at the different ways we can alter the orientation and rotation of a video using Adobe Premiere Pro. DemoCreator is another option we can use to edit videos to our liking, especially for personal use.

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