Recovering a movie file with a corrupted header?
June 30, 2010 4:57 PM Subscribe
Using Quicktime X to make a recording, but the .mov file it created won't open in anything. I suspect a corrupted header. Is there anything I can do?
posted by mattkh to computers & internet (4 answers total)
Tried: Quicktime, Movist, MPlayer OS X Extended and VLC but none of them worked.
The file's over a 100MBs, and to check it wasn't just all 0s I opened it up in a hex editor. The first few 1012? bits are mostly 0s, but then the rest is data of some kind. I know very little about this, but I seem to remember .mov/.mp4 files have header information that is required to decode the rest of the movie, and this is usually written at the very end. Quicktime crashed at the end of the recording, which is probably why it's corrupted.
Is there any way I can recover this?
It won't ruin my life if I can't. I try not to get too attached to computer data, but I'd also be really quite happy if someone could help me out.
Failing this, if anyone knows somewhere else I can ask, I'd also appreciate that.