Videos Lost Due to Not Terminating Video Recording Before Turning Off

"I've lost a few potentially good videos in my early drone days due to forgetting to turn off the video before powering off the drone. When I've done that I get a load of data, but the message "Can't play the media file". I would have thought that with so much data there must be a way to make the data I have playable. Any suggestions?

In the old days when some computer data was 'unplayable', I was able to rescue it in those days with a marvelous program called "X-Copy". Anybody remember that?"

can i recover video file when power off before stopping recording

Videos are widely used for almost all purposes. Capturing once in a lifetime moment, recording wedding videos, recording lectures for some task, you can record anything to make it unforgettable.

Now, what if any of your important videos get lost? If you are hopeless about your lost video and are looking for means to recover it, this article is for you!

Will the Video Being Saved If the Battery Drains Out

Yes. If the battery drains out while recording, the camera will automatically stop recording and then turn off the battery, with the recorded video being saved. If the memory card runs out while recording, and the camera is not in Loop mode, it will automatically stop recording, with the recorded video being saved. However, if you pull out the battery or the battery powers off abnormally while recording, the recorded video will not be saved.

Thus, if your camera, Android phone, or iPhone died while recording videos, don't panic. You can charge your devices and start the device. The recordings will be saved in the Recent File folder or the Autosave folder. Take EaseUS RecExperts for example, you can find the folder under the Settings option. Then, you can open the lost recordings.

recover video file when power off before stopping recording

Recover/Repair Videos When Power Off Before Stopping Recording

Usually, your devices can save your videos automatically even you forget to stop the recording. But this file may display  This can also happen if you forget to stop recording and switch your bird off. It's a bummer when you realize you've lost that footage forever.

To make the video playable, you need video repair software. It's hard when it comes to selecting video repair tools. Most of them can bring other problems, such as non-synced audio and video. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard can completely recover and repair lost files, pictures, documents, videos, and more.

  • Repair corrupted MP4/MOV files, JPEG/JPG files
  • Repair corrupted Excel 2013 or Word document for various reasons 
  • Repair damaged files from PC, laptop, external hard drive, SD card, USB flash drive, etc.

Download EaseUS video repair tool and read the following step-by-step guide to repair your corrupted videos.

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Step 1. Add your broken videos

Open EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and click "Add Videos" to add corrupted or damaged videos, such as MP4, MOV, MKV, etc., to the repair list.

Add your broken videos

Step 2. Start repairing damaged videos

Select the damaged video files from the list and click the "Repair" button to start the video repair process.

Start repairing damaged videos

Step 3. Preview and save broken videos

After a few minutes, you can find the damaged videos repaired. Before clicking the Save button, preview the video files to ensure the damaged MP4/MOV/MKV/AVI video repair quality.

Preview and save broken videos

Step 4. Utilize the advanced repair option

If the videos are not repaired successfully after a quick repair, the videos are damaged severely. Move to the "Advance Repair" mode, which utilizes sample video files to increase the video repair rate. To begin, click "Advanced Repair" and then "Add" to select the sample video.

Utilize the advanced repair option

Step 5. Repair the video

The software utilizes advanced technology to scan and analyze the file structure and data of the sample video. Click "Repair Now" to initiate the repair process. Once done, view the repaired video if you wish.

Repair the video


Although you can recover video files when power off before stopping recording, it's always great to be aware of the common tricks you can use to prevent video corruption.

  • Don't let the video player shut down while the video file was still playing.
  • Always remember to save your recordings before you power off your device.
  • Don't leave your computer or any other device unprotected against virus attacks or malware.

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 Download for Mac Trustpilot Rating 4.6

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