Gone are the days when shooting superior quality recordings required professional hardware, cameras, and skills. Technology advances in the digital video industry throughout the last decade have made it possible for anybody to shoot high-quality recordings with different gadgets, such as camcorders, DSLRs, drones, action cameras, dashcams and smartphones.
With such a rapid growth of video content, I often see people across the internet looking for ways to recover their unplayable or damaged video files. Technologies are still not perfect, while disasters will always happen. Anybody could drop their camera, accidentally turn it off while recording, or use some inappropriate flash card.
Luckily for us though, there are professional services for repairing corrupted video files online. In this post I’d like to cover this topic in detail.
Reasons behind video damage
Before we proceed with video repairing services, let’s first investigate the core reasons that can corrupt your video files. Knowing this can help define what type of video recovery software you need to look for and also prevent your videos from being damaged in future. Here we go:
- Shooting videos on a camera that is running low on power and a suddenly turns off while still recording.
- Using inappropriate or bad flash card
- An unexpected camera glitch caused due to firmware bugs
- A dropped/damaged camera while recording
- Crash of drone or car with a dashcam
- Or simply, you may accidentally turn off your camera while still recording. If the firmware of the camera is of low quality, you may damage the recorded video.
So, what’s common in all these cases that lead to corruption of video files? Each valid video file contains indices and metadata needed for the file to be properly defined and played back. While recording videos to the storage, cameras keep the metadata in their memory. If you stop your recording properly, the metadata is saved in the final video file. But if the recording was interrupted unexpectedly, its metadata along with indices may not be saved in the final video file. As a result, the video can’t be played back, even though the file is still there on the flash card.
No panic – we’re here to deal with the issue
If you’ve got a similar trouble – don’t panic. There are ways to repair such video files. All you need to do is to record a reference video with the same camera and settings, as you used for the damaged file. You need just a few minutes of such a valid video. Once you have it, simply upload your valid reference file and corrupted video to the Restore.Media website. This online video repairing service fixes such damaged video files in most of the cases.
Once processed, Restore.Media will provide you with a preview of the repaired video file, so that you can check if everything was fixed correctly. If not, you can try and run the tool with different settings, or submit your file for manual recovery.
Currently the tool supports all common video file formats, including mp4, mov, 3gp and mxf. It can repair video files shot from virtually any camera. There are also specific algorithms tailored to most popular cameras, including Canon, Nikon, Sony, Panasonic, Samsung, Xiaomi, iPhone and all Android-based smartphones.
Now that you know where to go when a video file needs to be fixed, please keep in mind: if you’ll ever happen to corrupt your video while shooting, make sure your camera is turned off, then take a flash card out of the camera and lock it into the “read-only” mode. Don’t record any new videos on the same card until you make a complete image (backup) of the card. This ensures the video file won’t be damaged even more, giving higher chances for its recovery.