"unfinished" .MOV files - how to access

Discussion in 'Computing' started by pedro, Oct 14, 2014.

  1. pedro

    pedro Guest

    We have a dashcam which records to MicroSD card in QuickTime .MOV
    format. After a pre-selected duration it closes the current file on
    the card and starts a fresh one, overwriting the oldest when the card
    is filled (loop recording). This all works fine except that when
    power to the camera is lost - which can obviously happen in an
    accident scenario - the part file which has been written is
    inaccessible.

    We have been using Windows Movie Maker to edit the files but it won't
    look at these aborted recordings, nor will anything else we have at
    hand. I am presuming that there is info written to the header when
    the file is closed and the problem arises from this step being
    completed. I base this on the fact that WMM startes off on a long
    process to import the files, but doesn't even sniff at the incomplete
    ones.

    Can anyone suggest a way to get access to the content of these
    interrupted recordings?
     
    pedro, Oct 14, 2014
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  2. pedro

    felix_unger Guest

    maybe you could try a good video editing program like Cyberlink Power
    Director, and see if that can do it. you can download a trial here:
    http://www.cyberlink.com/downloads/trials/index_en_AU.html
     
    felix_unger, Oct 14, 2014
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  3. Firstly, get a copy of the QuickTime CODEC and player from Apple;

    http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/

    The main reason for downloading this isn't so much the player, but the
    CODEC - having the proper Apple QuickTime CODEC installed on your computer
    will allow any media player to access QuickTime files.

    Check to see if the QuickTime player will open and play your file (note that
    with broken files, it's normal to not be able to skip forward).

    If the QuickTime player can see any of the video, you're in luck.

    Next step, download and install HandBrake;

    https://handbrake.fr/downloads.php

    HandBrake is somewhat fiddly, so you'll have to spend a little time working
    its facilities out - but it'll allow you to transcode a QuickTime file to
    either MP4 or MKV containers using a selection of CODECs, and once
    transcoded the resulting video file will be completely functional and
    readable on any computer which supports your chosen format and CODEC.
     
    Bob Milutinovic, Oct 14, 2014
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    Rod Speed Guest

    VideoRedo has a fix mode that fixes those unfinished files using
    its quickstream fix operation and does support MOV files.

    Not free, but is available on pirate bay etc.
     
    Rod Speed, Oct 14, 2014
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