Why My Video is Not Playing?
When I tried to open one of the videos that I took a few months back, to my shock, some looked terrible and some simply refused to play. Why can’t my videos just play? How to repair MOV files?
Yes, you can repair your videos and make them play again and that too without spending a dime. There are several ways to repair a corrupt .mov file. They can do pretty much well job depending on how damaged the video file is.
Before we go to the solution, let’s look at why videos do not play.
Three Common Reasons
Video Compression Issues: When you try to compress large video files, the video compressing tool inspects the pixels in each and every frame of the video file and compresses them by grouping identical pixels together. So, a bad video compression gives you patchy images without prominent details.
Broken Video Header: Video files have headers related to the movie and serve as route map with regard to giving directions to your computer. The header file has all the technical information to run the video smoothly. A video with a broken header will stop your computer from playing the video or even opening it.
Power Interruption While Recording Videos: This is the most common reason of all. While recording videos, the header file is the last element written to a video, and interruption in the power supply leads to an improper header write operation, making the video corrupt and unplayable.
There can be various other reasons that can cause damage or corruption to a video. The troubleshooting methods involved to repair a video file can completely depend upon the video format.
Now, let us see 3 different methods to repair a corrupt MOV file;
Option 1: How to Repair Corrupted MOV Video Files Using QuickTime 7 Player
QuickTime 7 player comes with a lot of new features editing, trimming, looping, saving, and reverting the video files. And yes, QuickTime 7 player can repair slightly damaged videos automatically. If a MOV or MP4 videos are severely damaged it throws a Black Screen error message.
QuickTime 7 has the feature to check the properties of the damaged video files. To do that:
Run QuickTime player and select Show Movie Inspector from Windows tab. This will let you know the details like – Movie FPS, Video Format, Playing FPS, Pixel Information, Duration, Data Rate, Data Size, etc. If the MOV video is damaged and QuickTime 7 shows a black screen error message, then the ‘Movie Inspector’ will show the details in the video file metadata.
Option 2: Repair Damaged MOV File Using VLC
We know VLC as a media player to just watch videos or movies. What we are unaware of is that it has features that are capable of mending your corrupted MOV or MP4 videos. Surprising, but true. Next time, when your VLC player prompts you of repairing corrupted or unplayable videos, click YES and follow the below-mentioned steps:
- Run VLC player and go to ‘Media’, and then select ‘Convert/Save’
- Click ‘Add’ to select the video that needs to be repaired.
- To edit or to check profile settings tick-mark the box ‘Show more options’ and hit ‘Convert/Save’ button
- Now, the Convert window opens. Under ‘Settings’ heading Select the preferred codec from the drop-down list provided.
- Give a name for the destination file and browse a location to save the file.
- Hit Start
Note: You’ll even have the option to Add a new profile or to Delete an existing one.
Option 3: Repair A Corrupt MOV File by Changing File Extension
- Start by creating a copy of the original MOV video and change the file extension to AVI
- Run VLC player, go to ‘Tools’ tab and select ‘Preferences’,
- In the Preferences window on the top ribbon select ‘Input/Codecs’
- In the ‘Files’ select ‘Always Fix’
- Click Save and follow the steps mentioned in Option 1
Bonus Tip: Remo Repair MOV
If you are still unable to fix the corrupted MOV file from the above-mentioned methods, your last resort would be using a Video Repair Tool - Remo Repair MOV. This MOV repair software can easily repair corrupted MOV files due to broken video header, compression problem, codec issues, etc. The software can repair videos and movies created on any digital camera, drone camera, CCTV, smartphone, QuickTime & so on. Expert in repairing MOV and MP4 files shot on GoPro, Canon, Nikon, and all other DSLR models, Apple devices, and more. It is available in both Windows and Mac versions and comes with technical support assistance if you need any help.
Download, install, and launch the free version of the software based on your operating system. Remo Repair MOV works well on Windows 10, Windows 8 and 8.1, Windows 7, Vista, XP, Windows Server 2003, 2008 & 2012, Windows 2000, and on all macOS including macOS Catalina, Mojave, High Sierra, Sierra, El Capitan, Yosemite, Mountain lion, Snow Leopard, etc.
Preview your corrupted MOV files using this free demo now.
Step 1: From the main screen select a healthy video by clicking ‘Healthy File’ (It can be a different video but should have the same codec i.e., the video should be shot from the same device) – a healthy video file acts a reference point to repair the corrupted MOV file.
Step 2: Now, select the path of the corrupted file by clicking ‘Corrupted File’.
Step 3: Click ‘Repair’ to start the repair process.
Step 4: Once the corrupted MOV is repaired, you can preview the repaired MOV video file by double-clicking on it.
The free version of the software lets you only to preview the repaired videos. To save it, you have to purchase the product.
With Remo Repair MOV, turns your unplayable and corrupted MOV videos into a smooth playing a healthy file. Did I mention that it repairs MP4 files as well? Yes, it can repair different video file formats shot from different sources like the DSLR, camcorder, smartphone, and digital cameras having avc1, mp4v, mjpeg codecs.
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