Challenges When Recovering Lost Video Files

September 27 22:47 2021

Since digital videos are more prevalent than ever before, it stands to reason that more users are experiencing issues when it comes to recovering lost or corrupted files. Given the sophistication of modern digital videos, these files are quite a bit different than other files found on their computers. As such, they require a specialized software solution when attempting to recover lost data.

Video File Compatibility

The first step is to identify the actual issue of corruption or inaccessibility. In some cases, the digital video format might not be compatible with any system. This will result in a file that appears corrupt although it’s actually not.

Some files, like those with the WMV extension, were meant to be played on a specific app. In this case, it’s Windows Media Player. Users can ensure that they are using the appropriate media player and try the file again. If the problem persists, it’s likely an issue with the file itself.

Other video files with limited compatibility include:

• FLV / F4V / SWF: These three file formats were designed by Adobe for use with their Adobe Flash Player. As such, there are very few third-party programs that will open and play these files.

• MOV: Developed by Apple and sometimes referred to as a QuickTime Movie, these files are often used for streaming online video. However, these files are compatible with most mainstream media players.

Once the users have verified that the issue isn’t due to compatibility, it’s time to move on with the rest of the troubleshooting steps.

Advanced Troubleshooting

Next, try to remember the events that led to the initial data corruption. What to do if the memory card becomes full in the middle of a video? If this is the case, the lost videos were probably never recorded in the first place. As such, it would be impossible to recover. If the device accidentally turns off while recording video, this means that the missing video was never recorded and, as a result, it cannot be recovered.

In some cases, the video file might become corrupted while transferring the data from the original device to secondary storage, like a hard drive. If the full video is in the memory card, then it can be easily copied again.

If the problem persists, trying it again is a good idea. In case anyone experienced this problem when trying to copy to multiple drives, then the issue is likely due to a fault with the video recorder itself or with their memory card. They can try plugging the memory card directly into a media card reader, if available, or try switching out the USB cord for another. If the problem still persists, it’s safe to say that the issue is with the memory card or the recording device itself.

Fixing the Problem

The steps outlined above should help narrow down the problem and identify the potential solutions. In the case of data corruption, people might be able to recover their videos with the help of R-Photo or other third-party software or professional services.

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