Dash Cam Video Not Playing | Repair Corrupt Dash Cam Videos

If your dashcam is not playing videos, you can troubleshoot this issue here. This post provides you with a detailed guide on how to fix dash cam not playing videos. Then, you can use the EaseUS dashcam free video repair tool to repair corrupt dashcam videos with ease.

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Can't Play the Video File Right After the Accident

Source: reddit.com

I've got an A119 dash camera. I had a minor collision this morning, and once I got to my work, I was able to copy all the video files onto my Mac. for some reason, I'm able to play all the files except the ones, recoded during the accident. I've checked the file size, and it looks good (2 files actually - 430mb and 65mb). Is there a way to fix this issue? How can I prevent it from happening in the future?

A dashcam is an onboard camera that continuously records the view through a vehicle's front windscreen. It is often used to monitor the activities on the road. Dashcams play an important role in collecting evidence in road rage or traffics. There are times that dashcam videos get corrupted. Then, you are unable to watch your essential dashcam video. You need to repair corrupt dashcam videos. Before you are going to fix the corrupted dashcam video, figure out the causes first.

What Causes Dash Cam Videos Not Playing 

Dash Cam videos and other videos are vulnerable to corruption. The following things are the leading causes of a dashcam not playing videos.

  • The dashcam SD card is severely damaged
  • Using a poor quality card reader
  • Interruption during the dashcam video file transfer 
  • Still recording videos, even the SD card shows full
  • The camera shut down suddenly resulting in data loss
  • Bad sectors on the SD card because of read/write cycles
  • Using the same SD card in multiple devices
  • Connect your SD card to sn infected PC and more

Also Read: How to fix a corrupted SD card.

How to Repair Corrupt Dash Cam Video Files in Windows 10/8/7

What can you do to troubleshoot video not playing errors? You can use a free video repair tool, convert it to another format, or repair dashcam video with VLC.

Method 1. Repair Dash Cam Videos with a Free Tool

This method is the easiest way to repair damaged video files with an online recovery tool.

All you need is EaseUS RepairVideo. With the help of this best video repair tool, you can repair lost dashcam videos. This software also has many other highlights:

  • Repair MP4/MOV/MKV/AVI video files with simple steps.
  • Enjoy fast repairing speed.
  • Available on any corrupted or unplayable videos.

Use this free video repairing tool and restore corrupted dashcam videos

Steps to repair corrupt dashcam videos:

Step 1. Open EaseUS RepairVideo and Upload Problematic Video

Open EaseUS RepairVideo page: https://repair.easeus.com/, click "Update Video", or drag and drop a corrupted, broken, or not playing video to the right area to upload to EaseUS RepairVideo page.

Upload video

Step 2. Enter a Valid Email Address and Start Repairing Video

Enter a valid email address and click "Start Repairing" to upload and repair the malfunctioning video.

enter email address

Step 3. Wait for the Automatic Uploading and Repairing Process to Finish

EaseUS RepairVideo will automatically upload and repair the corrupted or broken video for you. You can leave the repairing page opened and continue doing other stuff.

  Uploading and repairing video

Step 4. Enter Extraction Code and Download Repaired Video

When the repairing process completes, you can preview the video at the right pane. Also, you'll receive an email with a video extraction code.

Go and find the code, reopen the EaseUS RepairVideo page. Then click "Download Video" and enter the extraction code, click "OK" to start downloading the repaired video.

Enter extraction code, download the repaired video

Also read: How to repair video on Mac.

Method 2. Repair Dash Cam Video by Converting to Another Format

Some specific devices can only play limited video formats. For example, QuickTime player that comes with the Mac OS X system of Apple Computer supports only a few video file formats. Sometimes, RMVB, AVI, FLV can not play in Apple QuickTime Play directly on the device. You can solve this issue by converting to another file extension or using a different video player.

If you change your file format by manually renaming it, this will cause further problems. Why not try a free video converter - EaseUS Video Editor. With this easy-to-use software, you can convert MP4, MP3, AVI, MPEG, WMV, MOV, RMVB, FLV, and more to wanted file types. 

Steps to convert a dashcam video to wanted formats:

Step 1. Import the source file

Launch EaseUS Video Editor. On the home screen, you can import the source file by either clicking the "Import" option or simply dragging the video to the appropriate area.

import file

Step 2. Add to project

You need to add the imported file to the track by choosing the "Add to Project" option, or you can drag and place the video to the track as you want.

add to project

Step 3. Export the source file

Now you can click "Export" on the main menu on the top.


Step 4. Save as MP4/AVI/WMV/MKV/MOV/GIF

Under the "Video" tab, choose a file format among the available options as the desired video file format. 

add to project

On the right pane, you can edit the file name, customize an output folder and settings and then click "Export".

add to project

Method 3. Use VLC to Repair Corrupt Dash Cam Video 

VLC is not just a video player, and it has an additional ability. You can repair minor video corruption issues with it. Here are the steps to repair the dashcam video with VLC.

Step 1. Launch VLC Player. Go to "Media > Convert/Save...".

Step 2. Next, add a corrupted video, and then press "Convert/Save".

Step 3. In the Convert window that appears, look through the destination file, and click on "Start". Open VLC and again click on "Preferences".

Step 4. Select "Always fix" in the "damaged or incomplete AVI file" option and click "Save".

repair dashcam video with vlc

Try to play this video again to see if you have solved this issue.

Extra Tips to Prevent Dash Cam Video from Corruption

Protecting your dashcam is also vital besides repairing damaged dashcam videos. Here are the practical tips for dashcam video protection.

  1. 1. Turn off your dashcam if you want to remove your SD card.
  2. 2. Use a card reader with a good quality
  3. 3. Carry a few extra SD cards in case any accident or event occurs that you want to keep.
  4. 4. Use a large-capacity SD card to store more data
  5. 5. Make a backup if the video is important to you. 


Now your dashcam videos will be repaired. Among these solutions, the assured solution that best repairs any corrupt dashcam videos are using video repair software. This video repair tool can fix damaged dashcam videos that won't play, have no sound, flicker, blackout problems. You can try it to get more help.

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