15 Most Common Video Errors & How to Fix Them

15 Most Common Video Errors + How to Fix Them

Get to know about some of the commonly encountered video errors out there with easy solutions to fix them. The guide has also listed a one-stop video repair fix.

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Nov 23, 2020 • Filed to: Photo/Video/Audio Solutions • Proven solutions


From a blank screen to missing audio, there can be all kinds of video errors that you might encounter. While some of these errors are related to the video file, a few of them can be linked to the media player or your system's settings as well. These days, a lot of readers ask us about common video errors and how to fix them. To provide a one-stop solution to all these common video errors, I have finally decided to come up with this extensive guide. Read on and get to know about some of the most commonly encountered video errors with their easy solutions.

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Part 1: Common Video Errors and Solutions

There can be all sorts of video errors related to playback of the file, its transfer, or any other scenario. The following are some of these common video errors with smart suggestions to fix them.

Issue 1: File cannot be loaded

One of the most common video errors is when the file cannot be loaded by the player. This usually happens when the file is corrupt, has not been downloaded properly, or if it is being loaded to an unsupported player.

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Complete process on repairing corrupted video header.

Issue 2: Blurry or jittered picture

Sometimes, the picture in the video can get blurry, have jitters, or even have a distorted image. This can happen due to a corrupt video or even an issue with your system.

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Issue 3: Missing or Choppy Video

One of the most common video issues that users face these days is about the missing or blank picture component. Sometimes, even the entire video can have a black frame or missing picture.

  • Make sure that you have not tampered with its metadata or deleted its picture component while using a video editing tool.
  • Restart your system as there can be an issue with your computer's drivers as well.
  • If you use any anti-malware tool or firewall, then disable it as it can be blocking any important component.
  • If you think there is an issue with the system's display drivers, then just go to the Device Manager application and choose to update the display drivers.

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Here are why and how choppy videos can be repaired.

Issue 4: VLC Player can't load the file

This is a more specific video error that users face in which we are not able to load the file on the VLC media player.

  • You can try to open the video on any other media player.
  • Alternatively, launch the VLC media player and go to its Settings > Input/Codes settings. From here, you can choose to fix the damaged file before it would start playing on the media player.

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Issue 5: Video has missing or no sound

Just like the picture, your video can also have distorted or missing sound as well. This can be caused by a corrupt file, incomplete downloading, or processing via any unreliable application.

  • You can take the assistance of a reliable video repairing tool to fix the file.
  • Make sure that the speakers or headphones on your system are connected properly.
  • Simply restart the system and load the video file again.
  • Go to the Device Manager utility application on your system and update the sound drivers to fix this video issue.

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Issue 6: Codec video error

Codec is a vital component that is related to video coding and decoding. A slight codec error can make your file unsupported.

  • To fix the codec video error, consider downloading or copying the file again from its source.
  • Pass it through a reliable video repairing tool like Recoverit Video Repair that can fix all kinds of Codec issues with a file.
  • You can also use a free video inspection tool and understand or alter the current codec technique.

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Issue 7: Corrupt video header or metadata

A video header is one of the most important parts of a video file that depicts information about the file itself. If the header gets corrupt, then the video might become corrupt entirely.

  • Use a video repairing solution to fix any missing header component or metadata.
  • Make sure that the file has not been affected by an unreliable video editing tool.
  • You can also take the assistance of a hexadecimal code editor to manually fix the header. Though, you should know the hexadecimal coding to implement this solution.

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Issue 8: Can't play videos online on a browser

In the present age of video streaming, we all use different browsers (like Chrome or Firefox) to watch series and movies of all kinds. Though, a network or browser related issue can sometimes result in a playback error.

  • Go to the network settings on your browser and make sure you are connected to a stable network connection.
  • Simply reload the page and try playing the video again.
  • Go to the settings of the online media player and alter the video resolution to a more feasible format (like 720p or 360p).
  • You can also clear the saved data on your browser by visiting its settings. Most of the browsers give us an option to delete cache, browser history, download history, and other related saved data. Once the browser data is removed, restart the system, and try loading the video online.

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Issue 9: Unwanted errors with gameplay videos

If you are a gamer and create gameplay videos, then you might encounter that the recorded videos are not getting played. This can happen due to faulty software, media player, or system settings.

  • Make sure that the application you are using to record games is supported by your system and the game.
  • Go to the Device Manager and update the necessary drivers.
  • If you are using a Windows 10 PC, then go to its Settings > Game Mode and simply turn it off before recording a video.

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Issue 10: Video stopped playing in between

At times, users complain that the video they are playing has stopped in between. You can also get an error prompt on the system as well.

  • Firstly, make sure that the video has been downloaded completely and has no missing component.
  • The media player should support the video format as well. If not, consider playing it with another application.
  • These common video errors can happen when we convert a video forcefully, which should be avoided.
  • Sometimes, the firewall on your system can block certain components as well. To check this, go to Control Panel > System & Security > Windows Firewall/Defender. From here, you can either turn it off or allow the video app to run.

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Issue 11: Nvidia Graphics Error

If your Windows PC has an Nvidia graphics card, then you might encounter some issues while playing it. This can happen due to a heavy or unsupported application as well as the card itself.

  • While playing videos on a browser, go to the hardware acceleration feature and turn it off.
  • Make sure that the card is placed properly and is not physically damaged.
  • From the Start menu, go to the Nvidia Control Panel and manage its 3D settings. Under the Program settings, add the application (like a browser) which is causing the video problem.

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Issue 12: Frames are getting dropped while playing a video

In this case, you might encounter that some video frames are getting dropped while playing the file. You could have fast-forwarded the video or the file can have missing pieces.

  • Download the file again and make sure it has no missing components.
  • Use a video repair tool (like Recoverit Video Repair) to make sure the video won't drop any frames while playing.
  • If you are facing the issue with Windows Media Player, then go to its Settings > Option > Performance and buffer the content for 5-15 seconds. Also, correct the feature that allows the player to drop frames while playing a video.

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Issue 13: Audio-video syncing issues or slow playback

This is one of the most common video issues in which we encounter a syncing error between the audio and video component. Also, while playing the video, you might encounter a lag in the playback as well.

  • Close the media player and try loading the video once again to fix this.
  • If the issue is persisting, then try downloading the video again or pass it through a dedicated video repairing tool.
  • If you are facing the issue with a particular media player (like VLC), then go to its Tools > Track Synchronization and adjust the audio delay to an appropriate value.

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Issue 14: Video corrupted after recovering it

If the original video file has been deleted, and you have got it back after video recovery, then the video can encounter playback issues as well.

  • Make sure that you are using a reliable video recovery tool so that the video could be extracted intact.
  • If the video has a missing component or a damaged header, then you can take the assistance of Recoverit Video Repair to fix it.

Issue 15: Computer Shuts Down or Restarts while playing a video

In some cases, the entire system shuts down or restarts when we play a video file. This can happen due to a corrupt video, heavy file playback, or even a deadlock in the system as well.

  • Please be sure that the video you are playing is supported by the media player you are using.
  • If the file is too heavy, then you should close multiple applications that are running in the background.
  • In case of a deadlock, just launch the Task Manager (by pressing Ctrl + Alt + Delete or Ctrl + Shift + Alt) on your computer and forcefully end the processes in the background that are consuming a lot of memory.

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Part 2: An All-in-One Video Repair Tool

As you can see, there can be all kinds of scenarios in which a video file can be corrupted. The good news is that with the help of a reliable tool like Recoverit Video Repair you can fix almost all the above-mentioned errors. The video repair application by Recoverit supports all the leading video formats and the common video errors that we face these days. You can just load the corrupted video file and try to repair it with its quick repairing process. If you want, you can also load a sample video to try its advanced repair process as well.

  • The application can fix all kinds of playback errors related to a file like blank screen, blurry/grainy/pixelated video, missing picture/sound, audio-video syncing issues, and more.
  • It can also fix more serious issues with videos like a damaged file during data transfer, improper video download, missing or damaged video header, change in the video format, malware attack on the file, and so on.
  • Recoverit Video Repair supports all the popular formats like MP4, MOV, AVI, FLV, MKV, etc. so that you won't encounter any compatibility issues.
  • It can repair videos shot on drones, phones, digital cameras, camcorders, and almost any recording device.
  • The video repair application is known for its high success rate, is extremely easy to use, and features two different modes to repair any file.

If you want, you can just install Recoverit Video Repair on your computer and follow these steps to fix common video errors:

Step 1: Load the faulty video

To start with, just launch the Recoverit Video Repair application and drag-and-drop the video that you wish to repair. You can also load a browser window and manually browse to the location where the corrupt videos are stored.

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Step 2: Perform a Quick Repair

Once the video files are loaded, just click on the "Repair" button and wait as the application would try to fix the file. Try not to close the video repair tool in between to get better results.

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Step 3: Preview and save the repaired file

When the quick repairing operations are completed, you will be notified. You can now just save the repaired file to any location of your choice and play it freely. Before saving it, you can also preview the videos to check if they are what you want.

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Step 4: Perform an Advanced Repair (optional)

If the quick repair is not able to fix a video file, then click on the "Advanced Repair" option, which is located adjacent to the file. You will be asked to load a sample video at first (that should be of the same format and shot on the same device as the corrupt video).

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Wait for a while as the application would load the sample video and will display the same. Again, click on the "Repair" button, but this time, to run the advanced repair instead.

In the end, the application will let you know that the video repair process is completed so that you can save the files to a secure location.

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Part 3: Tips to Avoid Common Video Errors

I'm sure that after reading this guide, you would be able to fix all sorts of common video errors. If you don't want to encounter a similar situation again, then consider following these preventive measures:

  • Keep a backup of your important videos to any other location, device, or cloud storage.
  • Only play your videos on reliable players like Windows Media Player or QuickTime.
  • Avoid the forceful change of the file's extensions or pass them through online video converters.
  • Use a video editing tool wisely and try not to change its metadata, header, or drop any important frame.
  • Don't close or restart your system when the video is getting played or being transferred in the background.
  • Install an anti-malware tool on your computer and keep it active to make sure the downloaded or copied video is scanned on a real-time basis.
  • Keep the installed drivers (display and sound) on your system up to date.
  • Also, keep your operating system as well as media players updated to avoid any unwanted issue.
  • Overall, just make sure that you handle the video thoughtfully and would not do any intentional harm.

That's it, everyone! After reading this in-depth guide, you would be able to know more about the common types of video errors and how to fix them. To make things easier for you, I have also listed a tutorial of an all-in-one video repair tool that can fix all kinds of issues with a video file. Also, I would recommend following the above-mentioned suggestions to make sure your videos won't get corrupt or be damaged in the future.

By the way, another common video issue is file loss or deletion. Once you encounter the problem, this guide can help you - How to recover deleted or lost videos.
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