Use PS/FFMPEG To Bulk Rotate Movies

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So I have this certain family member that always seems to record videos 90 degrees clockwise and it drives me crazy when trying to import them into Plex. I tried various software to rotate the videos and nothing could do it in bulk without paying. So I hacked together the following solution using Powershell and FFMPEG.

Example: I want to bulk rotate (90 degrees COUNTERclockwise) the following files “c:\temp\vid.mp4″,”c:\temp\vid2.mp4”, and “c:\temp\vid3.mp4”
NOTE: This assumes you have the ffmpeg executable at c:\temp\ffmpeg\bin\ffmpeg.exe.

To Resolve:

  1. Get a video file from somewhere and copy it three times to c:\temp where the ffmpeg folder lies. Rename to match above (vid.mp4, vid2.mp4, and vid3.mp4).

  2. Create a file called “files.txt” in C:\temp and paste the following:

  3. Create four files in C:\temp called run.bat, run.ps1, run2.bat, and run.ps1. For the .bat files, just copy, paste, save, and close the following:

     pushd "%~dp0"
     @ECHO OFF
     PowerShell.exe -NoProfile ^
     -Command "& {Start-Process PowerShell.exe -ArgumentList '-NoProfile -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -File ""%~dpn0.ps1""' -Verb RunAs}"
  4. For run.ps1, copy and paste the following:

     $Log = "$PSScriptroot\FilesToProcess.txt"
     If (-not(Test-Path $Log))
     New-Item -Itemtype File -Path $Log | Out-Null
     $FilesToProcess = Get-Content "$PSScriptroot\files.txt"
     ForEach ($File in $FilesToProcess)
         $FilePath = $File -Split "\\"
         $FileFullName = $FilePath[-1]
         $Extension = $Filepath[-1].Split('.')[-1]
         $Filename = $Filepath[-1].Split('.')[-2]
         $Command = "$PSScriptroot\ffmpeg\bin\ffmpeg.exe"
         $Arguments = "-" + "i" + " " + $File + " " + "-vf transpose=2"  + " " + $PSScriptroot + "\" +
         $Filename + "-" + "rotated" + '.' + $Extension
         $Run = $Command + " " + $Arguments
         Write-Output $Run | Out-File $Log -Append
  5. For run2.ps1, copy and paste the following:

     $Files = Get-Content "$PSScriptRoot\FilesToProcess.txt"
     ForEach ($F in $Files)
     Start-Process PowerShell.exe -ArgumentList "-NoProfile -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -Command $F" -Verb RunAs
  6. That’s it! When you want to bulk rotate movies, you just have to:

    • Edit the original files.txt and put in the full path of the movies you want to rotate.

    • Double click run.bat to launch the first powershell script. It will dump a file to the given directory called “FilesToProcess.txt”. This file is simply a command that will be ran using FFMPEG in the next script for each video file.

    • Double click run2.bat and it will launch separate processes to bulk rotate your videos.