Rotate Macbook Pro Screen via Software

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by CPOStudios, Jul 29, 2008.

  1. CPOStudios macrumors newbie

    May 21, 2008
    I am shooting a film using a 35mm adapter, which flips the image upside down. I'll be capturing directly to laptop. Is there any software solution (Nvidia video card) to flip the screen? Or is there capture software that can flip the image?

    I know you can flip in post, but we are using the Macbook Pro as a sort of makeshift video monitor, as well as capture device, to get accurate focus and to make camera work easier.

    Thanks in advance
  2. mozTom macrumors newbie

    Nov 30, 2007
  3. yamyeow macrumors newbie

    Jun 28, 2010
    rotating macbook screen

    You can rotate the macbook screen. I have my macbook pro 13" with the screen rotated 90° under 10.6.4

    Open System Preferences and hold down OPTION+COMMAND and left click on the Display icon. You will see a drop down menu on the right that will allow you to rotate the screen 90°, 180°, 270° or Standard.

    I'm using my macbook with 90° rotation right now.

    It seems you have to close the system preferences and reopen to activate the rotation. If you have system preferences open and option command click on displays, it doesn't seem to work. NOTE: The touchpad doesn't seem to rotate so it may be hard to navigate.

  4. GeekGrrl macrumors newbie

    Nov 29, 2007
    mpeg stream clip and quicktime pro will flip the image
  5. abhimat.gautam macrumors 6502

    Sep 16, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    This only works somewhat for my mid 2010 15" MBP. My screen is 1680 x 1050. The screen image is rotated to 1050 x 1680 after I followed this, but it still stays right side up. That is, it doesn't fill the screen when rotated, but keeps black bars around the image. Anyone know how to work around this?
  6. NYR99 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 30, 2007
    Try that. It works on my iMac but I never tried it on my MacBook Pro. On their website is says it isn't compatible on MacBooks but does not say anything about MacBook Pros. It's worth a shot.
  7. BeyondtheTech macrumors 68020


    Jun 20, 2007
    Hey, thanks for the link. I just tried this software on my 11.6" MacBook Air that I applied my custom skin to, so that it will look like I'm holding a composition notebook. (see my Flickr set here)

    But the mouse is not properly oriented, is there a way to rotate that as well?
  8. kcpenner macrumors newbie

    Apr 18, 2008
    Opt-Cmd left click requires MOUSE using a laptop!

    YES! Opt-Cmd left click on the Display icon in System Preferences DOES work on my mid-2009 Macbook Pro running 10.6 when I use a MOUSE to left-click (using trackpad doesn't work). And you have to restart System Preferences each time. I'm going to flip the screen 180 degrees to use the Macbook in a homemade teleprompter, so I can still access the keyboard.
  9. kcpenner macrumors newbie

    Apr 18, 2008
    You DON'T need a mouse with a Macbook

    I realized after I made the above post that you CAN use the Trackpad, by simply holding down the Control button at the same time as the Opt-Cmd buttons. However, if you use a mouse, it is easier to navigate the screen (upside down AND flipped); the Trackpad is backward/upside down regardless of which way you look at the screen.

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