How to Recover Damaged Video Files

You know me all too well now. I terribly hate wasting time, especially when things don't work out the way they should. For example, I would kill anyone after I download a movie from the Internet and the only thing I see is a terrible message, warning me that the file is corrupt and cannot be played. Who knows where I downloaded it from! Besides, I'm not going to recharge it! In such situations, the only thing to do is to roll up your sleeves and try to repair the corrupt video. If the question interests you too, continue reading my guide dedicated to the subject to find out immediately how to do it.

With this tutorial of mine today I have in fact decided to take the topic head on and therefore go and analyze how to do for recover damaged video files. To do this, I will advance it to you immediately, you need to use some special programs, available for both Windows and Mac (as well as Linux), capable of fulfilling the purpose in question. Before you can think of who knows what, I would like to make you aware right away that these are extremely simple resources to be used even by those who, a little like you, do not consider themselves a great expert in terms of new technologies. .

Then? May I know what are you still doing standing there? Position yourself comfortably in front of your trusted computer and immediately start concentrating on reading this guide. In the end, you will see, not only will you be able to repair your corrupt videos but you can also tell yourself very happy and satisfied with what follows, not to mention that if necessary you will also be ready to provide any explanations on what to do to all your friends interested in the topic . Happy reading and ... good "work"!

DivFix++ (Windows/Mac/Linux)

The first of the useful resources I want to tell you about is DivFix + +. It is a free program usable on Windows and Mac (as well as on Linux) capable of repairing .avi files that are corrupted in an incredibly simple and intuitive way. It is open source in nature, it is free and moreover it does not require installation. In short, try it now and you will see that you will not regret it.

To use it, the first thing to do is to download it to your computer. To do this, go to the download page of the program, click on the link Download DivFix++ that you find at the bottom and, in the new page that opens, presses the button Download. When the download is complete, extract the compressed archive obtained in any position on your PC, start the .exe file contained within it and press on Run.

If, on the other hand, what you are using is a Mac, once the download is complete, open the package in .dmg format obtained and drag the program icon into the Finder you see appear in the folder Applications of macOS. Next right click on the DivFx ++ icon and select apri twice in a row in order to start the application, however, going around the limitations imposed by Apple against the “blessed” developers.

Now, regardless of the operating system used, once the program window is displayed on the screen, click on the button add Files which is at the bottom to select the damaged video and then remove the index contained within the video file by unchecking the option Keep Original File e Cut Out Bad Parts and then pressing the button Strip index always placed in the lower part of the window.

At this point, there is nothing left to do but recreate the video by removing any damaged parts to have a smooth movie, without interruptions. To do this, click on the button Fix and wait patiently for the program to do its job.

At the end of the procedure, you will be notified of this and you can also view the report of the operation through the section Log Windows present on the right.

Video Repair (Windows/Mac)

I also suggest you take a look at Video Repair. It is a commercial program (usable in demo version at no cost, the one I used, with which it is possible to recover 50% of the damaged file), no-install and usable on both Windows and Mac which, as it implies the name itself allows you to repair, through a completely automated procedure, the corrupt videos of different formats (.mov, .mp4, .3gp) that use one of the following codec formats: avc1, mp4v, MPG2 / xdvc / xd5d / xd5e , jpg, icod, dvc / dvpp / dvhp and apch / apcn / apcs / apco / ap4h. It is very easy to use and is practically infallible (or almost). The only thing that needs to be taken into account is that to exploit it you need to have two videos made with the same video camera, otherwise… nisba!

The first step you must take to use it is to download the programs connecting to its website, scrolling down the displayed page and clicking on the button Download “Video Repair Tool (Mac & Windows) – By clicking this download link, you are accepting the license below!”. When the download is complete, extract the compressed archive obtained in any location on your computer, and double-click on the file gs.exe contented to the internal suo.

If you are using a Mac, right click on the file gs.app (or alone gs) always contained within the compressed archive obtained, click on the item apri in the context menu that you see appear and then presses on apri in response to the warning that appears on the screen in order to start the application by going around the limitations imposed by Apple against unauthorized developers. If you see an error message appearing while doing this, first right-click on the file mac_start.command always present in the compressed archive, select Open with and then click on Terminal (default).

Now, regardless of the operating system in use, select, from the window that appeared on the desktop, the English language for the interface (unfortunately Italian is not available) and click on OK for two consecutive times. Now that you see the Video Repair main window, click on the button Choose movie… at the top and select the damaged video file on your computer that you want to repair.

Then use the button Choose reference movie to choose an undamaged video file (therefore perfectly readable by various multimedia players) produced with the same video camera. To conclude and therefore to start the repair procedure, press the button Scan placed at the bottom. Depending on the size of the file, it may take several minutes to complete the operation.

The recovered video will be saved in the subfolder repaired present within the same path where the program in question is located. If at the end of the procedure the folder remains empty it means that it was not possible to repair the video submitted to the process.

I also point out, if you are interested in this, that before starting the recovery you can click on the button Options which is on the left-hand side of the program window and adjust all the parameters relating to the recovery procedure and the final file, for example the overall percentage of video to be analyzed, the format of the final file, etc.

Stellar Phoenix Video Repair (Windows/Mac)

The above program was unable to recover your damaged video files and are you looking for a suitable alternative? If so, the advice I can give you is to put it to the test right away Stellar Phoenix Video Repair. It is a commercial software (but usable in a free trial version, the one I used to write this guide) available for both Windows and Mac that is able to recover corrupt files in WMV, ASF, MOV, MP4 format , M4V, 3G2, 3GP, F4Vo, MP4, MOV, M4V, M4A and F4V, restoring both images and sounds. It has a nice user interface and is also able to act on multiple elements simultaneously.

To serve, first of all connect to the download page of the program and then press the button Try it Free and wait a few moments for the software to download to your computer.

When the download is complete, open the executable file obtained and click on Si then presses the button Next. Adesso, select the voice I accept the agreement to accept the terms of use of the program and then press again on Next four times in a row, then up install and finally presses on Finish and Si.

If, on the other hand, what you are using is a Mac, open the package in .dmg format you just downloaded and drag the icon of the program that you find in the Finder that opens in the folder Applications annexed to it. Then go to the folder Applications of macOS, right click on the Stellar Phoenix Video repair icon and click on apri twice in a row in order to start the program, however, going around the limitations imposed by Apple against unauthorized developers.

Now, regardless of the operating system you are using, click on the button Add File which is in the center and "manually" selects the reference video file and then presses the button Repair at the bottom right to start the video repair procedure.

When the process is complete, click on Ok in response to the warning you see appear and if the corrupt video has been recovered in a short way, you can save the "working" copy on your computer by selecting the relevant box and then pressing the button Save repaired Files which is at the bottom right.

If, on the other hand, the video file you chose to act on has not yet been recovered, click on the link Advance Repair that you find in correspondence with its name in the list in the center of the screen and follow the guided procedure that is proposed to you to make a further repair attempt. Keep in mind that in this case you will need to have a movie made with the same camera at your disposal.

Digital Video Repair (Windows)

Another software belonging to the category in question that in my opinion deserves to be tried is Digital Video Repair. It is only available for Windows operating systems, it is free and is very useful for repairing videos in .mp4, .mov and .avi format damaged by viruses as well as those corrupted by system errors and / or crashes. It is extremely simple and intuitive to use, the repair procedure is completely automatic and the results are almost always guaranteed. In short, what more do you want?

To use it, first connect to the program download page and click on the link Download that you find at the bottom right. When the download is complete, open the .exe file obtained and click on Si and Next. Select the voice I accept the agreement and click to anchor your Next for three times. Then select the item Accept, awarded his Next, its install and to conclude complete the quick questionnaire that is proposed to you, click on Next and Finish.

Now, go to the Start menu and start Digital Video Repair by searching for the program in the list of installed software. Once the program window is displayed on the desktop, click on the button Input File and select the file you wish to act on. Then press the button Check & Repair! and wait a few moments for the software to analyze the selected video and repair it.

At the end of the procedure, you will find a copy of the repaired video in the same location as the source video file marked with the wording (copy) in the name. If you want to change the output position, before starting the analysis and correction process click on the button Output File in the program window and indicate the destination folder you prefer.