Reels, TikTok, Shorts, etc. enable us to connect with the audience in a more entertaining and immersive way. But as a new video content creator, you started off shooting your video in the wrong direction – horizontal/landscape (16:9). To share that video to these social platforms, you have to make the video vertical/portrait (9:16) first. In this article, we offer three simple and free apps to convert horizontal video to vertical easily. Just read and follow.

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Michelle Michelle | Updated on Jun 21, 2023

How to Make Video Vertical with a Free & Flexible Video Editor?

WonderFox Free HD Video Converter Factory is a feature-rich program with free and practical functions to convert, download, compress, and edit videos. It provides a variety of video editing tools, including crop, which can effectively help you make a horizontal video to vertical, turn vertical to horizontal, change video to square, etc. It has simplified editing steps, no skill is required, and you can edit all videos with this freeware. Now, download download the free app to convert horizontal video to vertical with the instructions below.

Tips. This free app can rotate videos. By rotating your horizontal video (16:9) 90 degrees, you can also get a vertical video (9:16). All the video information is kept, but it will be somewhat inconvenient to view, especially on a computer.

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Step 1. Add the Horizontal Video to the Program

Open Free HD Video Converter Factory and enter the “Converter” module. Next, drag and drop the horizontal video into the conversion list. Or, you can use the center “+” button/the upper-left “Add Files” to import the source video into the program.

Optional. Click the bottom ▼ button to set an output folder in advance.

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Step 2. Edit Video Horizontal to Vertical

Select the “Crop” button below the video task to bring up the Video Crop window. Now, to turn your video into vertical, choose the “Free Aspect Ratio” and drag the dotted lines to crop the video to 9:16 portrait/vertical (including 1080*1920, 720*1280, 607*1080, 576*720, etc.) or change the video into other free resolutions. You can check the “Crop Area Resolution” over the lower left to know if you are editing properly. Use the right-side “Fine Tuning” to crop the video more accurately.

When you are done with the editing, click “Ok” to save the changes.

Note. Changing video from horizontal to vertical by cropping will lose video information on the sides.

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Step 3. Export the Vertical Video

Click the big format image and select an output format, preferably the original format. But you can choose another format, like the preset profiles for YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, etc. if you want.

Finally, hit “Run” to finish the process. You can view the vertical video in the output folder you set before.

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More than a Horizontal to Vertical Video Converter

1. Convert all mainstream audio & video formats;

2. Download HD/4K/8K videos from YouTube;

3. Modify video/audio bitrate, codec, resolution, etc.;

4. Cut and join audio/video, compress large videos.

How to Turn Horizontal Video into Vertical with Windows Photos?

The Photos app in Windows 10/11 has a built-in Video Editor that can convert video from horizontal to vertical, too. It has two portrait modes – 9:16 and 3:4. And by making the video vertical, it adds black bars on the top and bottom so it won’t cause any video information loss. It also comes with a video rotator that can make the horizontal video into a vertical position easily. Follow the steps below to turn a horizontal video into a vertical now.

Note. The Windows Video Editor does not support HEVC/H265 videos, 4K videos, and some others.

Step 1. Open the Photos app on your Windows and click “Video Editor” from the top menu.

Step 2. Click “New video project” and name your video (or skip it).

Step 3. In the Project library, click the “Add” button to import a video. Then drag the video to the Storyboard below.

Step 4. Click the three-dot button on the top-right corner. Click the Landscape option > “Make portrait” to convert wide video to vertical. Then, click the Portrait option and choose a portrait mode between 9:16 and 3:4. You can see the real-time effect on the right preview window.

Tips. If you want to rotate the video, you can click the Rotate button from the storyboard and rotate the video 90 or 270 degrees to get the video shown vertically.

Step 5. Finally, hit “Finish video” next to the three-dot button to export the vertical video.

Change Video from Horizontal to Vertical Windows 10

How to Convert Horizontal Video to Vertical Online Free?

If you are on your phones or tablets, you can try using the horizontal to vertical video converter online without any software installation. And most of these online services are completely free. Take Clideo as an example. Clideo is one of the most popular online video editors that can cut, join, rotate, loop, reverse, resize videos and do so much more. In the video resizer, it can help you turn horizontal video into vertical and vice versa to make your video fit for Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, etc. perfectly. A simple tutorial of how to make a video vertical online in Clideo is given below.

Note. Clideo allows maximum upload file size up to 500MB and a Clideo watermark will be left on the video.

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Step 2. Click “Choose file” to upload your horizontal video.

Step 3. On the right-side panel of the workplace, you can choose what you are going to resize the video for, like Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat, and more. Then, at the profiles below, choose the target aspect ratio.

Step 4. Go to the Crop options below and choose “Fill” or “Fit”. You can see the difference between the two options in the preview player.

Tips. The buttons below the crop options can help you further edit the video more accurately, such as zoom in/out the video and move the crop area.

Step 5. After all the editing, you can choose an output format at the bottom-left and click the big blue “Export” button to save the final video.

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Comparison of the Three Horizontal to Vertical Video Converters

The three apps mentioned here have their own advantage in converting video from horizontal to vertical.

Free HD Video Converter Factory is an all-in-one program that can offer users more useful features to deal with a video or an audio file besides video cropping. And it has excellent format support, no restrictions on the file size or length, and no watermark. It is suitable for users who often need to edit videos. Try Free HD Video Converter Factory Free HD Video Converter Factory (click to download).

Windows Video Editor is the default program on Windows 10 and 11 and allows users to do video editing very simply and quickly. And it exports video in very high quality.

Clideo has the most perfect solution to turn a horizontal video into a vertical with its advanced editing options. It is also very easy and convenient to use Clideo as long as we can access the internet. Visit the Clideo website.

At Last…

Now, these are the three horizontal to vertical video converters we want to share with you. They are all free tools and can help you make a video vertical and more efficiently. Choose your preferred program and start editing your video easily. Hopefully, you get your video with the desired result.

Thanks for reading till the end. Have a nice day!

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