Repairing Corrupted Videos Straight From Your Mobile Device

Posted: Aug 19 2019, 9:52pm CDT | by , in Technology News

 

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Repairing corrupted videos straight from your mobile device

When it comes to repairing broken video files, there are quite a plenty of tools available on the market. Today, we explore one such tool that stands out from others, called Restore.Media.

If you shoot videos on your phone regularly, you may have experienced this before: your recorded video doesn’t play in media players, even though the file looks to be valid. The problem may be that the file wasn’t finalized properly due to a glitch, or as a result of interrupted recording. The good news is, you can now fix such corrupted video files thanks to Restore.Media – an online video repair tool that can be accessed right from your mobile device.

Common issues with broken video files

This is how it works. MP4, MOV and 3GP are the most common video file types these days. Apart from actual video and audio data, each file contains a so-called “header”. This is the section of the file where metadata about the recorded video is stored. For example, headers contain details about video size, resolution, bit rate, frame rate, length, orientation (vertical or horizontal), as well as what codecs have been used to decode the video and audio streams within the recorded file.

When trying to play a video, media players read metadata from the file first. If the metadata is empty or damaged, the file just won’t play

So, how do headers get damaged?

One of the most common reasons to this is when you haven’t stopped your video recording properly. Literally, this is when you haven’t hit the “stop” button and closed the camera app, or shut off the device. Or, your device’s battery may have died suddenly when you were recording a video. In this case, your camera may have not enough time to build the metadata and save it in the final video file. You may end up with a file that has the original size, creation date, extension and, overall, looks like a valid video file, but just won’t play in media players.

The right way to repair corrupted video files

To repair a corrupted video file, regardless of the format, you need to build a header along with metadata and then save it into the broken file. Restore.Media is a powerful online video repair tool that can do just that for you automatically. Here is how it works:

1. First, you need to create a free account at their site: https://restore.media/

Unlike other similar tools, Restore.Media works online. You can access it from any device with an Internet connection and a web-browser. There is no need to download or install anything.

2. Once you’re in, you will need to select your camera model from the list. Restore.Media has advanced video repair algorithms tailored to over a hundred of popular camera/device models, including iPhone and Android smartphones, action cameras, DSLR cameras, DJI drones, dash cams, professional camcorders, etc. If you can’t find you camera in the list, simply type your camera model in the appropriate field:

3. On the next step, you will need to upload a reference file. This must be a valid video file recorded with the same camera and settings as the corrupted video. The reference video must have the same resolution, orientation and quality settings (e.g. frame rate, bit rate, etc.).

Restore.Media will use the reference file to source the metadata from it and then save it in your damaged video file. You may use any video recorded just before the corrupted one as a reference. Alternatively, you may record a new sample video of around 5 minutes long. Just make sure to use the same settings as for the broken file.

4. Create a recovery task. On this step you can give your recovery task a name (whatever makes sense for you) just so you can find the repaired file easier during your next sessions.

5. Finally, upload the damaged video file. If the file is large, it may take up to an hour or more to upload it to the server. Once the file is uploaded, Restore.Media will start repairing it automatically.

6. Fixing the broken video may take up to an hour, depending on the video file size and complexity. Once done, you should see a full-time preview of the repaired video. This is another remarkable feature of Restore.Media, something you won’t find elsewhere. The tool provides you with a full-time preview, so that you can check if your video has actually been repaired. Compare it other tools where you have to pay in advance, or, at best, can preview just a few seconds of the video.

However, please note that the preview is in low resolution and quality, just so you can check if the video has been fixed properly. When downloading the repaired video, you will get it in the original resolution and quality.

Also, if you’re not happy with the results, there is an option to order manual recovery of your video files by Restore.Media’s engineers. There are cases when generic tools and algorithms just don’t work. This is where manual processing of your files can save your video from a disaster.

So, if you’ve got an unplayable or corrupted video, we highly recommend you to try this service. You can use it for free up till having a preview of you video file, so no risks here. And if you’re happy with the results, you can proceed and download the repaired video file after paying a small fee.

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