Lightroom Classic 2018: iPhone movies wrongly rotated

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After installing the Feb 2018 update yesterday, portrait movies imported from my iPhone (6S) are strangely rotated 90o to landscape orientation. Previously, no problem with such files.

As part of my weekly collation of images from my phone, I export originals from Apple Photos, then import them into Lightroom. The specific files I am now having problems with, but didn't have before, are portrait movie files that are part of "live photos". The associated jpegs from live photos are all rotated correctly, and landscape "live photos" have no problem.

I tested and this extends to all portrait movies, not just the .mov parts of "live photos". The problematic imported .mov files look fine in Quicktime and Finder.
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Benjamin Timney

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Jim Camelford

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yup, got the same problem with movies from my iPhone, yesterday.

jc
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Peter Shi

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I've had this issue for 3 years.
Portrait movie of live photo from iPhone 6s are rotated when imported
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Benjamin Timney

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I checked, and these files were correctly oriented when viewed by the previous Lightroom version.
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KANDALAM ANIL KUMAR

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This is a known issue with the 7.2 version and you have two options now. either you need to rotate the mobile the other way to take video or rollback the version to 7.1. Ref:
https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/after-update-to-lr-classic-cc-7-2-my-iphone-l...
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I have the same issue. Quicktime movies (.mov) files are rotated in Lightroom Classic CC 2018 (Windows 10 pro 64bit), when viewing the actual files in an explorer window, the orientation is correct. the amount of rotation is inconsistent. some movies come in fine while others are rotated 90 degrees or more. I don't see how rotating them manually is a solution since then the actual file will not be correct anywhere else outside of Lightroom, which I think is a poor solution since I will essentially need to double/copy any file that is having an issue in Lightroom. making a set of rotated movies for lightroom is unacceptable, please fix this soon.
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Dave Hutchinson

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Is this issue likely to be fixed at some point? It's affecting all my old movies from many years ago as well as current iPhone movies.
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DAVID KOTZ

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I'm having this problem only with the most recent update, Adobe Lightroom Classic 7.3 [1164630], and it is affecting even a landscape video (which was rotated 180 degrees).
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Richard Todd

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled LR Classic CC 7.2: After update my iPhone Live Photos .MOV videos are upside down....

My 3 sec videos imported fine. They played correct orientation. Now after update to LR Classic CC7.2 all .MOV videos are upside down yet the stills (jpgs) are rightside up.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled iPhone video displays sideways.

Iphone 7 video files will import but will not display correctly. Within the library module all video shot in portrait orientation displays upside down in portrait orientation when vide a thumbnail. If I click on the thumbnail to make it full screen then the video rotates to landscape orientation and plays on its side. The files play correctly in finder outside of Lightroom.
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m4fi3ux

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I'm having the same problem with Samsung S8 videos since 2 months. It's really annoying, please Adobe fix this ASAP !
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Hunter Haugen

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The Adobe Application Manager has a downgrade option until it is fixed. I downgraded from 7.3.1 to 7.1 and it's back to the correct orientation.
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Smit Keniya, Employee

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Official Response
Hi,

We have been able to reproduce this and have logged a bug for the same.

Thanks,
Smit Keniya
Lightroom Classic CC Team
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SF Bart

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Commenting here with the same issue using 7.3.1 (prior comment by KANDALAM ANIL KUMAR) said 7.2 caused this issue, but clearly it was not fixed in a roll-forward version.  Like others I have thousands of videos I can't preview correctly although they are correct natively.
thanks -
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Patricia Pierret Schaefer

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I am also having this problem using an iPhone x and importing in LR Classic.  There are some inconsistencies but usually, if  I take the photo holding camera vertical they will show as upside down in the view but rotate to the right when I click on the video. The same happens with any live view photos. However, if I have edited and selected a new key photo, the still photo is usually ok. Very frustrating. I don't think it is happening with a horizontal picture but I am not sure as I don't often take a horizontal video or live view. All very frustrating.
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Patricia Pierret Schaefer

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I upload the photos directly to Lightroom classic from my iPhone X. I do not take that many videos and only occasionally use live view but it seems to be a problem most people f the time. Really hope for a fix before my summer trip or it will be useless to use my phone for these.
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John L

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This kind of bug is really unacceptable. This is not minor. I understand Lightroom is not a video editing program, but I mean, this should have been discovered in testing.
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Totally agree.  I'm paying for a Photoshop/Lightroom subscription to get updates, not to introduce bugs.  As it stands, it's been 4 months since this bug was introduced, and still no fix.  I've had to remain downgraded on a previous version of Lightroom for all that time.
By my math, that's currently 1/3 of a year's subscription that I'm paying and getting zero value.
Maybe Adobe should refund everyone affected by this bug 1/3 of a year's subscription fee (and counting...)?
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I already commented a few weeks ago and coming back to say this is really unacceptable.  As someone else said, this isn't minor.  This makes LR *unusable* after just a few weeks (as videos accumulate in anyones library).  Imagine if all the photos showed upside down.  For most of us, its the same.  @Adobe get act together!!!
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Fix is on the way and it should be available with a new updated releasing very soon. We would let you know once the update to Lightroom Classic with fix for this is available.
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Thanks Smit.
Good to hear that.
It has been months I stopped using the Lightroom to import from iPhone.
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Rikk Flohr, Official Rep

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Official Response
Lightroom 7.4 was released earlier today and should have a fix for this issue. Give it a try and let us know if you continue to see this problem. Thank you for your patience!
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Dave Hutchinson

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Movies now play correctly but thumbnails appear to still be incorrect
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m4fi3ux

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Thumbnails are still upside down :(
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Keith Bauer

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Thumbnails appeared wrong until I played a video, then the thumbnail was correct.  Video fix works fine.  Videos now play correctly.
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Rikk Flohr, Official Rep

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@Dave Hutchinson and @m4fi3ux , is your experience the same. Once played the thumbnail corrects itself?
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Keith Bauer

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Yes, the thumbnails are correct after playing.  Interesting thing though, when you just hover your mouse over the thumbnail, it is wrong, but when just looking at the thumbnails, they are corrected after playing.