How to Fix Corrupt Video Files

Learn How To Prevent and Fix A Corrupt Video File

One of the greatest frustrations in creating the perfect video is spending hours of time and then receive a message that you now have a corrupt video file. Any number of errors can happen when trying to import a video file. For example, part of the frame is missing, lines obscure the footage or it may not open at all.

In an effort to prevent the problem before it occurs, be sure to back up the video files locally and on the cloud. This will allow you to access files before the corruption if needed.

How do video files end up broken or corrupt in the first place? There are a number of causes that can occur including:

  • A virus could infect the video file.
  • Corruption can occur during the conversion to other file formats.
  • Sudden power surge while playing, editing or transferring.
  • Server error or power failure.

These are just a few of the causes for corruption or damage to a video file. It may not be possible to fix every corrupted file. The good news is that there are some options you can try before deciding that all of the hard-earned footage is lost.

See a list of some of those options below:

Stellar Phoenix Video Repair 

When you work with multiple video files, Stellar Phoenix Video Repair is a tool that should be in your toolbox. It’s available for both PC and Mac. It can correct a variety of video formats, including .mov, mp4, .wmv and .asf. It aims to repair any major concerns related to the video such as audio breakage, format change, time lapse, fault with the header and movement error.

One of the great features of this software is that it lets you add multiple files for repair at the same time. In addition, is its ability to fix the video files on storage media devices, memory cards, and hard disks.  You are also able to preview the fixed video files and store the repaired videos at your desired destination folder. Another feature is the ability to repair both video and audio from a file. It will separate the data from each stream and then reassemble it.

Although it is not a free download, the free demo version allows you to preview repair videos up to 10MB. You are not able to preview F4V video files under the default viewer in MAC as it is not supported by Quick Time. The lifetime license of the software costs $69.99 for the standard version or $99.99 for the premium version that can also repair photos.

In addition to the many features included in this software, it offers a user-friendly interface that does not require you to be an expert.

VLC Media Player

Few of us may know that VLC Media Player, one of the leading applications to play video and audio files, also helps repair damaged video files. It is also free to use. It can assist with files in MP4, MOV, AVI and QTRM formats. If this is new for you, see below for details on how to use this feature.

Go to “Tools” and then select “Preferences” from the drop-down menu. A window will open to find and click on “Inputs/Codecs” option. Scroll down the sidebar and identify the section that says “Damaged or incomplete AVI file”. This has a drop down from where you need to select “Always Fix”. Now save your preferences and play the video error-free. The convenience makes this a valid option for corrupt video repairs.

Repair Video Master

Repair Video Master is a tool that was developed for Windows OS and aims to recover damaged video files that are unplayable. It can repair video files in multiple formats such as AVI, DivX, Xvid, MPEG-4, RM, RMVB, ASF, WMV, WMA.

One of the best features of this free software is that it retains the original video quality. It ensures no damage is done to the original and creates a separate repaired video file. This is a feature that is not included in all other software. In addition, you are able to repair multiple files at a time with this software. And it supports large video files that are over 2GB and edit the file during repair.

Repair Video Master focuses on fixing files that are unplayable, trimmed, corrupted, broken, damaged or unable to copy from CDs, DVDs or other media sources.

File Repair

File Repair is also a free download. The unique feature for this software is that it not only repairs video files in most formats but supports other file formats such as; word docs, excel spreadsheets, ZIP or RAR archives, images of JPEG, GIF, TIFF, BMP, PNG or RAW formats, PDF documents, Access databases, PowerPoint presentations and music files. It is able to scan the corrupted file to retrieve the most data that it can to create a file that is playable. For some simple instructions on how to use it, see below.

Select the damaged file from the list on the user interface and click on the option “Repair”. You can see the entire process in the log screen located beneath the browser. Once the repair process is complete the original video file is reinstated with the repaired video file.

Digital Video Repair

Digital Video Repair is a free alternative to Stellar Phoenix. It can fix corrupted .avi, .mov, and .mp4 files that have been encoded with Xvid, DivX, MPEG4, 3ivx or Angel Potion codecs. A few differences are that the software is only for Windows and only one file can be repaired at a time.

Although the software is not able to recreate any missing frames in a damaged file, it is able to repair the file so that it is not jittery or glitchy. Another excellent feature is that you can search through the video, which often isn’t possible when damage has occurred in a video.

The software is very user-friendly. Select the file you want, choose the output directory and click repair.

It contains more of a limited capability but the process is direct. For the simple mistakes and when you need to repair a single video, this software will save you some money over a more expensive, professional tool.


In this post, we have listed just a few of the most popular video file repair software. The true list of software available is extensive with many different options and features. The great news is that if you have created the perfect video and experience damage or corruption, all is not lost. The chances of saving your content are better than ever.


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28 thoughts on “Learn How To Prevent and Fix A Corrupt Video File

  1. out of all the mentioned above, stellar did a great job when I was panicked by the fact that I have to deliver a video to my client and it was not playing in sync. A reliable tool but it doesn’t support avi so had to convert to mp4.

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