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Why is video upside down after the last Skype update?

By Alexandra Bagratian | January 31, 2018 |

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‘I wear a necklace, cause I wanna know when I’m upside down’
Mitch Hedberg

Your life may take an unexpected turn at any moment: nothing is permanent in this world. For instance, one minute you are looking forward to a nice video chat – and the next minute your video is upside down in Skype! Well, we know this might come as a bit of a shock.

Obviously, there is always room for innovation and improvement. However, the last Skype update seems to have opened a Pandora’s box: today the app is seen as something of a loose cannon by its users. Therefore, if your webcam image is upside down in Skype, you have simply run into one of the multiple issues the app keeps generating these days. Fortunately, most of them are pretty fixable, and the ‘upside-down video’ nuisance is not an exception.

Just check out our 5 proven tips on how to flip video in Skype:

  1. Check Skype Camera Settings
  2. Check Your Webcam Software
  3. Uninstall and Reinstall the Webcam Driver
  4. Update Your Drivers
  5. Edit the Windows Registry

Now let’s try them out one by one:

1. Check Skype Camera Settings

Checking Skype webcam settings is the very first thing to do if your video is upside down. The thing is, the mirroring option might be at work.

Here is what you should do:

  1. Open your Skype -> Tools -> Options
  2. Video settings -> Advanced
  3. Search for the Image Mirror section -> If the Mirror Horizontal and Mirror Vertical options are ticked, uncheck them

If the solution above has not worked for you, do not get discouraged: just keep your chin up and move on to the following tip.

2. Check Your Webcam Software

If your Skype video is inverted, your webcam software might be the main culprit. Thus, check your webcam settings to see whether your video is set to be flipped or mirrored. Uncheck these options if they are enabled and initiate a Skype video call.

Does the ‘My video is upside down’ issue persist? If yes, your webcam drivers might have something to do with it.

3. Uninstall and Reinstall the Webcam Driver

Reportedly, uninstalling and reinstalling your webcam driver can fix upside-down Skype video.

Here is how you can do that:

  1. Win + X -> Device Manager
  2. Imaging devices -> Right-click on your camera -> Uninstall
  3. Go to your manufacturer’s website and download the driver for your webcam model
  4. Install the new driver on your computer
  5. Reboot your PC

Now check on your webcam image. If it is still inverted, the fix in question might not be enough. Proceed to the following methods in order to make your video look right.

4. Update Your Drivers

Old drivers have nothing to do with the ‘good old days’ of your PC – thus, drag yourself out of nostalgia and update them right now. The point is, such a decisive step is very likely to rid you of the ‘Skype video is upside down’ annoyance.

You are welcome to choose any of the following options:

Update your drivers manually

This method is for those who like to be in control: search for the latest drivers for your hardware and install them one by one on your PC.

If you cannot resolve the
problem yourself, you can
ask our certified PC technicians for immediate assistance in the chat right on this page.

Make use of Device Manager

Device Manager provides you with an opportunity to update your drivers automatically:

  1. Go to: Win + X -> Device Manager -> Imaging devices
  2. Right-click on your camera -> Update driver

Utilize Driver Updater

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Is your Skype video right side up now? If not, the time has come to tweak your registry.

5. Edit the Windows Registry

To bring your Skype video back to normal, you might need to change the registry values.
Bear in mind that you must be extremely careful when editing your registry: one tiny mistake сan mess your system up and make it turbulent. Therefore, it wouldn’t hurt to take some precautions.

First and foremost, back up your registry:

  1. Windows logo key + R -> Type ‘regedit.exe’ into the Run box-> Enter
  2. Registry Editor -> Select the registry keys and/or subkeys you wish to back up -> File > Export -> Choose the location and the name for the backup file -> Save

You can easily restore it later if something goes wrong:

  1. Windows logo key + R -> Type regedit.exe into the Run box-> Enter -> Registry Editor
  2. File -> Import -> Import Registry File -> Locate the necessary backup file -> Open

Creating a system restore point is another way to secure your PC’s future:

  1. Windows logo key + S -> Type ‘restore’ into the Search box -> Create a restore point
  2. System Properties -> Create -> Describe the restore point -> Create

You will be able to restore your OS to an earlier point if things go bad:

  1. Start -> Control Panel -> System and Security
  2. File History
    Recovery -> Open System Restore -> Next

If your precious files are not backed up, that might lead to real trouble. Thus, we strongly recommend you to
secure them against data loss by using one of the solutions below:

  • Cloud Drives (e.g. OneDrive, Google Drive, etc.)
  • Storage Devices (e.g. flash drives, CDs, etc.)
  • Backup Software (e.g. Auslogics BitReplica)

Now you can perform the following registry changes:

  1. Windows logo key + R -> Type ‘regedit.exe’ -> OK -> Registry Editor
  2. Go to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SYSTEM\\CurrentControlSet\\Control\\Class\\{6BDD1FC6-810F-11D0-BEC7-08002BE2092F}\\0000\\Settings key
  3. Search for a DWORD named Flip -> Double-click on it -> Properties
  4. Set the value to 0 if it is 1, or vice versa
  5. Click on OK to save the changes

We hope your webcam shows the world as it is now.

Do you have any ideas or questions regarding this issue?

We are looking forward to your comments!

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