What to do if the video file is corrupted and does not open

VLC Media Player

VLC Media Player

This popular media player can, among other things, fix damaged video.

First, let’s try to just open the damaged video file in VLC. The player will display an error message.

Click on “Build an index, then play”. Building an index video file can take a lot of time. But in most cases, these actions are sufficient – the file will open.

VLC Media Player: Settings

If you have a lot of damaged video files and you do not want to open them one at a time, go to the player settings and in the “Enter / Codecs” section select “Fix if necessary”.

Note that VLC does not fix your file, but creates its temporary corrected copy, which disappears after the completion of playback. If you try to open a file in another player, it will not be able to play. To make a corrected copy of the damaged file, choose “Save” or “Convert” from the menu and convert the file to a different format. Or in the same.

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Stellar Phoenix Video Repair

Stellar Phoenix Video Repair

Effective tool for recovering media files for Windows and Mac. But the price bites, so you only need to buy it if you constantly work with damaged video recordings. Can recover files in MP4, MOV, 3GP, M4V, M4A, 3G2 and F4V formats. The free version allows you to restore files up to 10 MB. The full version costs $ 69.99.

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DivFix ++

DivFix ++

The program DivFix ++ has not been updated for a long time, but nevertheless works fine. It can only restore AVI, but it does it well. Just download and unzip the application, add corrupted files and click the Fix button.

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DivX Repair

DivX Repair

Another free program for recovering damaged media files. Its advantage is that it can restore several videos at a time.

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Get My Videos Back

Get My Videos Back

This is a free application that supports DivX, FLV, MP4, 3GP, AVI and MPEG files. In addition to restoring video files, it can fix files copied from corrupted CDs and DVDs.

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Video Repair

Video Repair

A good application for video recovery. True, it costs 99 euros. In the free version, Video Repair recovers only half of your video.

But there is an opportunity to deceive this application by slipping a double-sized file into it. To do this, right-click with the Shift key held down in the directory where the corrupted file is stored, and enter the following in the opened command line:

copy / b filename.mp4 + filename.mp4 double_file_name.mp4

A double video file will be created. Feed it to Video Repair. Since the application will only restore half, you will get the restored original file.

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It did not work to restore the file one way – try another one. If you know other ways to solve the problem, share them in the comments.