MP4 Repair Tool: How to Repair Corrupted MP4 Video File

Here you’ll learn how to repair corrupted Mp4 files, how does it happen and many other useful tips.

May 18,2020 • Filed to: Photo/Video/Audio Solutions • Proven solutions


How to Repair Corrupted MP4 Video File

Q: "I have an MP4 video that I took with a Flip camera. The camera froze up while I was stopping the recorder and now the video appears corrupt. Though can still download it off the camera, it won’t play. The video clip is very important and memorable for me. Does anyone know how to repair a corrupted MP4 video file?"

What should I do to fix my corrupted MP4 video? Mp4 is the most common video format today because it is lightweight and compatible with the vast majority of video players, however, as with other files and formats, there is a possibility that MP4 files get corrupted and this can be a serious problem if you don't have a backup. Here you will learn about the most common reasons for an Mp4 file to get corrupted and how to repair corrupted files easily with free software and in addition, you will also learn some methods to avoid future problems of this nature.

  • Part 1: Why MP4 Files Get Damaged?
  • Part 2: Repair Corrupted Mp4 with Professional Video Repair Tool
  • Part 3: How to Fix a Corrupted MP4 File with VLC Media Player?
  • Part 4: Some Safety Measures to Avoid Video File Corruption

Part 1: Why MP4 Files Get Damaged?

MP4, also known as MPEG-4 Part 14, is a digital multimedia container format most commonly used to store video and audio, and it allows streaming over the Internet. Both the MP4 and MOV formats make use of the similar kind of MPEG-4 Format so they can both conveniently work in QuickTime Environment.

But MP4 is more popular and used as compared to the MOV because it can be operated through various types of platforms in addition to MACs. These other formats include Linux, Windows and many other mobile devices. Most of the video related applications support MP4 video files.

What are the difference between MP4, MP3, MP3G4 and MOV. Check out the page and we will tell the difference: MP4 VS MP3 VS MOV VS MPEG4

For MP4 corruption, there are many possible reasons and here you will learn about them.

Error writing or reading data: When you edit a file, it has to redefine the internal architecture of the file in order to incorporate the changes you have made. Any unexpected eventuality during these operations could cause a failure that make your file to have problems related to poorly structured or missing information.

Damaged or lost information: Currently, the transfer of information is very common, for this we have a wide variety of options through tangible and intangible means such as:

  • Internet data transfer: Email and Hosting information on servers / Storage clouds
  • Data transfer by physical means: USB, CDs, DVDs and HDD / SSD
  • Non-tangible media may lose information due to an Internet connection failure that does not allow the adequate transfer of information to servers and there is a possibility that if your device or computer is infected with a virus or program that is not intended, may intervene during the sending or receiving of information, altering the result and generating errors that damage your files
  • The physical media can lose and damage the information if they present some physical damage or the intervention of a virus during the writing and reading processes.

Part 2: Repair Corrupted Mp4 with Professional Video Repair Tool

Perhaps you have the same problem with the above. MP4 provides high-quality and highly compressed digital video, but we usually experienced the corruption of our favorite or important MP4 videos. Actually, this often happens if the MP4 file gets corrupted. You will find that its audio & video are not synchronized or sometimes you are able to hear the audio but the video is not visible. That's why the Recoverit MP4 Video Repair Tool is here for you.

Thanks to the advanced MP4 Video Repair tool, helping you repair corrupted or damaged MP4 video files in any common causes that lead to corruption: changes in format, file header corruption, improper system shutdown, file read and write errors, virus attacks, improper download and compression issues.

MP4 Video Repair Tool

MP4 Repair Tool
  • Repairs corruptions in the MP4 video files header, the sound section, or movement of the MP4 video.
  • Repairs errors in MP4 video slider movement, frames corruption or corrupted data of MP4 video files.
  • MP4 Video Repair Tool for Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista and macOS 10.9-10.15(Catalina).

Step 1 Add MP4 Video Files to the Video Repair Tool. Add or drag the repaired MP4 Video files to the repair list.

add corrupted video files

Step 2 Select the damaged video files from the list and click the Repair button to start MP4 video repairing process.

select corrupted video files

Step 3 After a few minutes, you can find the damaged videos repaired. Before clicking the Save button, preview the video files to make sure the damaged MP4 video repair quality.

repairing corrupted video files

Step 4 What if the videos not repaired successfully? Move on to the "Advance Video Repair" mode which utilizes sample video files to incease the video repair rate. The sample video should come from the same device and with the same format as the damaged files.

preview repaired video files

Step 5 Finally, click the Save button to save the repaired MP4 video files on appropriate destination.

save repaired video files

Apart from MP4 video file, Stellar is also able to repair damaged 3GP video file

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Part 3: How to Fix a Corrupted MP4 File with VLC Media Player?

The VLC video player has an automated system for repairing damaged or corrupt videos with .AVI format, so that we can use this tool with an MP4 file you will first need to perform a format conversion and fortunately, the VLC player also offers the option of format conversion. Next you will learn step by step how to carry out this process.

Step 1 Open VLC and click on Media


This will open the format conversion tool.

Step 2 Add a corrupted video


Here you will have the option to add the damaged file that you will convert to .AVI, once added the file click on Convert / Save

Step 3 Choose settings


Choose a Codec and set a location for your video and click on “Start”

Step 4 Open VLC and click on “Preferences”


You can find the Preferences option in the drop-down menu of “Tools” or by pressing Ctrl + P

Step 5 Select "Always fix" in the “damaged or incomplete AVI file” option


This option is located in the Input / Codecs section, once you have selected the Always Fix option, click on “Save”

Part 4: Some Safety Measures to Avoid Video File Corruption

Here are some suggestions that will help you avoid future damage to your videos.

  • Make a copy of the information before making any changes that alter the content of the videos.
  • Consider using more than one backup method: USB, Cd, Dvd, cloud storage, etc., in this way, if your PC's hard drive is damaged, you would have more than one alternative to recover your information.
  • Keep your operating system and antivirus updated
  • Make sure your computer can work in optimal conditions, with a good and reliable electrical connection.

Eleanor Reed

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