Having a broken MP4 video file can be annoying! The broken video file becomes inaccessible, and also malfunctions sometimes. When MP4 file is broken or corrupted, you would come across these scenarios – MP4 video file will fail to play on any media player; the audio and video will not be in sync; the video will freeze every now and then while playing, etc.
Under such circumstances, the very first thing to do is to repair corrupt MP4 video. But how to go about it?
Here are the easy ways that help you in repairing broken MP4 files...
Solution #1: Using VLC Media Player
It is possible to repair damaged MP4 video file using VLC player on Windows. Any Windows user must have a copy of this tool as it packed with various amazing features, including video file repair technique. Here’s how a corrupted MP4 video repair can be done using VLC...
When you try to open a damaged video within VLC, you’ll encounter with an error message dialogue box with an option Build index. Choose it and VLC do its thing. Further, if you have a series of MP4 files corrupt and don’t want to regularly deal with the on-screen message, you can make VLC automatically fix files when you open them.
Open the VLC app and navigate to Tools > Preferences. Then, click on the tab labeled Inputs/Codecs and scroll down the to the Files section. Within Files, locate Damaged or incomplete file and select Always fix from the drop-down menu. Click Save when you’re ready.
However, the VLC player temporarily fixes the video by saving a new index in the app’s memory while the file is in use. Chances are there that when you try to watch the file in another media player, you may still encounter an error or not able to play the file! If that is the case, then go to next solution.
Solution #2: Repair corrupt MP4 files using Remo Repair MOV Tool
Remo Repair MOV software will fix broken MP4 video file in an easy and simple manner. This Video Repair tool will scan the broken or corrupt MP4 video file, identify the issues, and repair the file in just a short while. It generates a healthy playable MP4 video after repair. The application also helps to repair corrupt MP4 video on Mac in addition to Windows. Moreover, it even fixes broken, corrupt, or inaccessible MOV videos apart from MP4 files.
Step 1: Download and Install Remo Repair MOV software on your Windows system and launch it. Browse the broken MP4 file to be repaired. Also, select a healthy MP4 file to act as a reference and click on "Repair" button.
Figure 1: Main Screen
Step 2: The MP4 repair process is intiated and it may take a while to complete.
Figure 2: Repair Process
Step 3: Preview the fixed MP4 by playing a portion of the video file using "Preview" option.
Figure 3: Preview MP4 Video
Step 4: Save the repaired MP4 file to any secure location using "Save" option.
Figure 4: Save Repaired MP4
Additional info - Few Causes for corrupt MP4 Video File and some precautions
The causes may include corrupt header file, improper download of MP4 video or interruptions during download process, interruptions while transferring video files from one storage medium to another, etc.
So to avoid these causes, avoid interruptions while transferring a file, safeguard your video file from virus infections. And most importantly, maintain a backup copy of video files so that you can recover it if something goes wrong.