If a video is severely damaged and can’t open/play, you can try to use a professional video repair tool to repair severely damaged videos (MP4/MOV) on your Windows or Mac computer. This post from MiniTool Software offers detailed guides to help you repair corrupted MP4/MOV video files.

Video corruption can sometimes occur in video recording, transferring, editing, converting, etc. Wonder how to repair severely damaged video files for free? You can check the guides below for how to repair all kinds of broken or unplayable video files (MP4/MOV) on Windows and Mac.

Repair Severely Damaged Videos (MP4/MOV) on PC

If a video is severely damaged, you can’t play it unless you use a professional video repair tool to fix it.

MiniTool Video Repair is a professional video repair software program that is compatible with Windows 7 or later.

You can use this application to repair corrupted MP4, MOV, M4V, F4V video files, etc. It provides an Advanced Repair function that lets you add a sample video file to repair severely broken video files.

With this free video repair tool, you can repair corrupt videos from GoPro, Sony, Canon, DJI drones, or any other devices. It supports batch video repairing. You can add multiple videos and let it repair the videos all at once.

If it succeeds in repairing the damaged video, you can preview the repaired video to decide if it is satisfying, and then choose a place to save it.

MiniTool Video Repair is 100% free and clean, with no ads or watermark. You can download it on your Windows 11/10/8/7 computer and check the detailed guides below for how to repair severely damaged videos with it.

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Step 1. Launch MiniTool Video Repair. Click Add video(s) and start repairing button in the middle. In the pop-up file selection window, you can select the damaged videos and click Open to load them into MiniTool Video Repair.

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Step 2. Next, you can click Repair button at the bottom-right, and this program will start repairing the broken videos in batch.

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Step 3. Then you can click Preview button to play the repaired videos with your media player. For those videos that are not successfully repaired, you can continue to check the steps below.

Step 4. If one video is severely damaged and failed to repair, you can click Advanced Repair button. In the pop-up window, you can add a sample video and click Next to repair the severely damaged video.

Please be noted that the sample video should be a good playable video in the same format as the corrupted video and created with the same device.

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Step 5. After it successfully repaired the video files, you can click Save button to choose a location to store the repaired videos.

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Tip: If the Advanced Repair feature doesn’t help to fix the severely broken video, you can contact our support team by emailing [email protected] or click the Menu icon at the top-right corner of MiniTool Video Repair and select Feedback to fill a feedback form to let us help you.

Fix Severely Corrupted Videos (MP4/MOV) on Mac

For Mac users, here we also introduce a professional video repair tool for Mac that can help you repair severely corrupt video files.

Stellar Data Recovery for Mac is a professional video repair program for Mac. It is not only a top Mac data recovery application but also a video/photo repair tool. You can use it to do the following things.

  • Repair not playing, blurry, frozen, grainy, and out-of-sync videos. Preview repaired videos.
  • Repair not opening, pixelated, distorted, or split photos.
  • Recover permanently deleted files, videos, images, audio, and emails.
  • Recover deleted/lost data from MacBook Pro/Air, iMac, Mac mini, etc.
  • Recover data from SSD, HDD, SD card, USB, Fusion Drive, etc.
  • Recover data from crash Mac computer.
  • Recover data from formatted/corrupted hard drive partition.
  • Provide Quick Scan and Deep Scan modules. Allow choosing specific file types to scan.
  • Let you create an image of a drive that has bad sectors to perform faster and secure data recovery.
  • Equips a Drive Monitor to help keep track of drive health.
  • Clone Disk feature lets you create a copy of the drive.

Download and install Stellar Data Recovery for Mac on your Mac computer, and check how to use it to repair severely damaged video files (MP4/MOV) below.

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Step 1. Launch Stellar Data Recovery for Mac. On its main UI, you can click More tools at the top-right corner and select Video Repair to open Stellar Repair for Video window.

Step 2. Click Add File icon in the middle to select and load the source damaged video files. You can add multiple videos.

Step 3. Click Repair button. This video repair software will start repairing the selected videos. Let it finish the repair process.

Step 4. If any videos failed to repair, you can click the Advance Repair link next to the video file. Then you can click Next to add a sample video of the same format shot with the same device. Select the Apply to all files of same format option and click Repair to repair severely damaged videos.

Step 5. After the repair process completes, you can click Preview link to play the repaired videos or click Save Repaired Files button to save the repaired files to a preferred location.

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How to Recover Mistakenly Deleted/Lost Videos from Storage Devices

Sometimes you may mistakenly delete some needed videos from your camera, phone, computer, or other storage devices. To help you recover the permanently deleted videos from your device, we also provide solutions.

For Windows:

MiniTool Power Data Recovery is a professional data recovery program for Windows. You can use this program to recover any deleted/lost videos, photos, files, etc. from memory card, USB flash drive, PC or laptop, external hard drive, etc. It helps tackle various data loss situations, e.g. mistaken file deletion, mistaken disk formatting, system crash, software bug, malware/virus infection, etc.

It is an easy-to-use program and even beginners can use it to recover data with ease.

Download and install MiniTool Power Data Recovery on your Windows PC or laptop, and check the simple guide below for how to recover permanently deleted videos from storage devices.

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Step 1. Launch MiniTool Power Data Recovery. On its main UI, you can click the target drive under Logical Drives and click Scan. Alternatively, you can also click Devices tab, select the whole disk or device and click Scan.

For an external USB flash drive, memory card, or external hard drive, you need to connect it to your computer first.

Step 2. Let the software finish the scan. Then you can check the scan result to find the needed files. Tick the wanted files and click Save button. Select a new location to store the recovered files.

Tip: To only scan and recover videos, you can click Scan Settings button in the left column on the main UI, and only select the target video file type like MP4, MOV to scan later.

MiniTool Power Data Recovery

For Mac:

For Mac users, you can use Stellar Data Recovery for Mac above to recover deleted or lost videos or any other files from your storage device.

Step 1. Launch Stellar Data Recovery for Mac. On the main interface, you can select what type of files you want to recover. You can select to recover everything or only select video, photos, etc. to scan and recover.

Step 2. After you select what to recover, you can click Next to select the drive or device and click Scan.

Step 3. Let the software finish the scan. After that, you can browse the scan result to find wanted videos, and click Recover button. It will ask you to select a location to store the recovered videos. Do it to save the recovered videos.

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Best Free Video Converter Software for PC

Aside from helping you repair severely damaged videos, here we also provide a 100% clean and free video converter program for you.

MiniTool Video Converter is a 100% clean and free video converter for Windows. It allows you to convert any video or audio file to your preferred format. It supports 1000+ formats and offers a quick conversion speed.

Still, MiniTool Video Converter also lets you record computer screen activities. You can use this program to record any area on your PC screen and choose to record screen with audio or not. Full-screen recording is supported. You can record screen in HD MP4.

This program also lets you download YouTube videos for free for offline playback.

Download and install MiniTool Video Converter on your PC or laptop, and check how to use it to convert the video format below.

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Step 1. Launch MiniTool Video Converter. Click the “+” icon in the middle to select the source video into the program.

Step 2. Then you can click Edit icon under Target section. Select Video tab and select MP4 or another video format. Also choose a video resolution.

Step 3. Click Convert button to start converting the video to the target format. After conversion, you can click Converted tab and click Show in folder button to check the converted video file.

MiniTool Video Converter

Best Free Data Backup Software to Keep Data Safe

In case the video is corrupted and can’t access anymore, it’s advised you always make a backup of important videos, photos, and files. You can store the media files onto free cloud storage services or back up them to another storage device like an external hard drive, USB flash drive, network drive, etc.

For PC system and data backup, here we also introduce free PC backup software for you to back up your computer system and important data.

MiniTool ShadowMaker is a professional PC backup tool. You can use it to backup and restore Windows system. Still, you can also use it to select files, folders, partitions, or the whole computer disk content to back up to an external hard drive, USB drive, etc. Schedule automatic backup, incremental backup, file sync, and some other backup features are also supported.

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Conclusion

This post introduces how to repair severely damaged videos (MP4/MOV) on Windows or Mac by using professional video repair tools.

If you have issues with using MiniTool Video Repair or any other MiniTool Software products, you can contact [email protected] For more computer tips and tricks, and solutions for various computer problems, you can visit MiniTool News library.

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