How to rotate a video in OpenCV using C++?

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Rotating a video is similar to rotate an image. The only difference is instead of load a still picture into an image matrix, we have loaded a video or take video stream from the camera.

Here, we are not loading the video but taking a video using the camera. If you want to use a video file, just put the address of the video file properly.

The following program demonstrates how to rotate a video in OpenCV using C++.


using namespace std;
using namespace cv;
int main(int argc, char* argv[]) {
   VideoCapture loadvideo(0);//capture video from default camera//
   namedWindow("OriginalVideo");//declaring window to show original video stream//
   namedWindow("RotatedVideo");//declaring window to show rotated video stream//
   int rotating_angle = 180;//initial rotation angle//
   createTrackbar("Rotation", "RotatedVideo", &rotating_angle, 360);//creating trackbar for rotation//
   while (true) {
      Mat before_Rotating;//declaring matrix for image before rotation//
      bool temp =;//load frames from video source to matrix//
      imshow("OriginalVideo", before_Rotating);//show image frames before rotation//
      Mat for_Rotation = getRotationMatrix2D(Point(before_Rotating.cols / 2, before_Rotating.rows / 2), (rotating_angle - 180), 1);//affine transformation matrix for the 2D rotation//
      Mat after_Rotating;//declaring matrix for image after rotation//
      warpAffine(before_Rotating, after_Rotating, for_Rotation, before_Rotating.size());//applying affine transformation//
      imshow("RotatedVideo", after_Rotating);//show image after rotating//
      if (waitKey(30) == 27){ //wait till Esc key is pressed from keyboard//
   return 0;


Updated on 10-Mar-2021 08:47:25