Is it possible to repair .mov files?

boing

Senior member
Sep 13, 2001
340
3
81
I've got a video cam which had some files accidentally deleted and I'm trying to recover them but am encountering problems. I ran a variety of recover tools but the best result was Recuva which pulled a dozen files off. The camera normally records in MP4 format but the files recovered were .mov files, although Recuva listed the file condition as 'excellent' they won't play.

I've tried converting them to another format with Handbrake and VLC but they won't even load, same with After Effects.

I tried running Remo repair mov to fix them but it didn't work either. Even tried just changing the file extension to mp4 out of desperation but unsurprisingly that didn't work either.

Bearing in mind they were listed as being in excellent condition does anyone know of any way to fix these and make them playable?
 

ronbo613

Golden Member
Jan 9, 2010
1,237
45
91
Longshot, but you can try opening the files with VLC player. It seems to have the best track record for unplayable or damaged files.
 

ASK THE COMMUNITY