How to Fix Dash Cam Videos that Refuses to Play?

Trouble playing dash cam videos? Dash Cam videos corrupt? Learn how to fix Dash Cam video files that refuses to play, using Remo MOV Repair Tool in few easy steps. Download the software for free and make your unplayable dash cam videos play.

Written by Molly Owen, Updated on August 09, 2023

Dash cams are cameras that are mounted on the dashboard of your car to record happenings on the road. These devices are extremely useful in case of accidents or other traffic violation cases to identify who is at fault.

Dash Cams records videos in MOV/AVI format and store them on an SD card of a camera. They start recording when you turn ON the car and stop when you turn it OFF. This process continues until the SD card memory is full. Once it is full, they overwrite files starting from the oldest. This nature of dash cams makes their SD cards vulnerable to fragmentation and bad sectors, thus leading to corruption of the files.

Having an issue with corrupted video files.

I have the Rexing V1 and the Lexar 633x.

"For some reason when I pull the card to look at the video, 2/3 of the files will be unplayable. The only way to get them to work on my computer is go put the card back into the camera, hook it up to power and manually play every single file, sometimes multiple times because they appear corrupted to the camera initially as well.Is there something I can do to stop this?"

Source: Reddit

Besides this, there are also other reasons for corruption of these dash cam videos and some of the most common ones are explained as follows.

Reasons for Corruption in Dash cam videos

  • Interruption During Transfer: If the transfer of videos from a dash cam to a computer is interrupted, it can result in incomplete or partially written files, leading to corruption.
  • Virus Infection: Virus or malware infections on the SD card can corrupt the stored videos on your dash cam SD card.
  • Quality of SD Card: Using a cheap or low-quality SD card may increase the chance of data corruption and more prone to SD card errors.
  • Physical Damage: Physical damage to the SD card, such as bending or exposure to extreme conditions, can lead to video corruption on your dash cam.

Corruption in Dash Cam videos may show up in different forms such as dash cam not turning on, dash cam SD card is full, video won’t play, blurry or pixelated videos, audio or video missing and audio video sync issues. Whatever the symptom is, these dash cam videos can be repaired using powerful tool such as Remo Video Repair.

Remo video Repair can fix videos shot on any Dash cam including BlackVue, Garmin, GoPro, Halfords, Kenwood, Magnavox, Nextbase, Thinkware, Vantrue, Vava, Viofo, etc

If you found out that your dash cam videos are not playing and want to know how to repair and play dash cam videos. Then you are at the right place, in this article we will be talking through various ways using which you can make unplayable dash cam videos watchable.

4 Easy Ways to Repair Unplayable Dash Cam Videos

  1. Convert unplayable video file into a different format
  2. Try opening the video in a different video player
  3. Repair the unplayable video file using VLC media player
  4. Repair Extremely corrupt files using a powerful video repair software

So, the first thing one should do is find out where the problem actually exists. Whether the video file is corrupt or the problem lies elsewhere.

Why is your video file not able to play? At times the media player might be unable to read and present you the file that you want to view. The easiest way to find out if the video is readable by the video player or not, is by converting that particular file format into a different file format. Read the steps below to know how can you do that.

Method 1: Convert unplayable video file into a different file format

Step 1: Open VLC media player, Click on Media. Select Convert/Save option.

Step 2: Select and add the video that you want to convert, click on convert/save

Step 3: Click on Browse, to select the location you want to save a healthy file

Step 4: In the save as type: Choose All.

Step 5: Click on Save, then click on Start

Since, we just talked about converting and another media player, the next method is all about trying to play the video in a different player.

Method 2: Try Playing the video in a different Video Player

The easiest way to find out if the issue is with the video file or with codec, is by playing that video clip on another media player. If you are unable to play a video file on Windows media player, then try playing the same video on VLC media player. In case the video is getting played on another media player then the issue was incompatible audio or video codec. If the issue still persists then the reason is definitely corrupt video files.

Since, we have already discussed about corruption and how it makes your files unplayable the next methods are focused towards fixing corrupt videos files.

Method 3: Use VLC media player to repair your unplayable video

VLC media player is not only capable of playing various video file formats. It can also repair minor issues with the video file. Follow the steps below to make your video files playable

Step 1: Open VLC media player, Click on Tools, then on Preferences.

Step 2: Click on Input/Codecs

Step 3: In the damaged or incomplete AVI file section: Select Always Fix

Step 4: Click on Save

Method 4: Repair Extremely Corrupt Dash cam video files using a powerful video repair software

Remo Video Repair is designed to repair corrupt MOV & MP4 files. In addition to repairing unplayable videos, it can also repair all kinds of other corruption issues such as header issues, virus infected videos, audio video sync issues, and blurry playback issues.

How does Remo Video Repair repair your dash cam file?

The software separates the corrupt MOV file into audio and video. Then issues are identified and fixed. Finally the audio and video is combined to form a healthy MOV file. This method ensures that the original MOV file is not altered or damaged in any manner.

The main advantage of this software is that it can be used to repair MOV files irrespective of where it’s stored. Whether they are on SD cards, in your system or on external hard drive, they can be repaired by the software.

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Steps To Repair Unplayable Dash Cam Videos using Remo Video Repair

Repairing unplayable dash cam files using Remo Video Repair is a fairly straight forward process. Start with downloading and installing Remo Video Repair on your system. Then use the steps below as a reference to repair your MOV file.

Step 1: Launch the software and click on Select File to choose a corrupt dash cam video file to repair.

Click on Select File

Step 2: Click on Repair to begin the video repair process.

Select a healthy file

Step 3: Click on Preview to view the repaired MOV file.

Click on preview button to preview the files

Activate the software, and Save the repaired file to a desired location


In this article we have discussed about dash cam clips not playing. The major reasons are corrupt videos clips or damaged storage devices that makes those videos unplayable and we have also comprehensively talked about 4 easy ways using which you can fix unwatchable dash cam videos.
Hope this article has solved your problem.

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