MP4 Repair| Repair Corrupted MP4/MOV File on Windows and Mac

What can you do if MP4 or MOV files get corrupted? Fix or repair corrupted MP4 and MOV video files using the best MP4 video repair tool - EaseUS MP4 file repair software and other methods. These top 5 methods could repair your corrupted video files, including MP4, MOV, AVI quickly.

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MP4 Video Gets Damaged, How to Repair It

MP4 files are one of the most common video file formats used for downloading and streaming videos from the internet. It is often used to store audio, subtitles, and still images. MP4 is a standardized file format for video, almost all video players support MP4. To open an MP4 file, all you have to do is double-click your video, and it will open with your default video viewer. However, things become difficult if you get a corrupted MP4 file. You cannot access the video. At the same time, you may get an error message that shows the file is broken, and the player cannot read it. How to repair MP4 files? Why do you receive this error message? What causes corruption in MP4 and MOV files? 

There are many possible reasons and here you will learn about them:

  • Sudden camera shutdown
  • Unstable internet connection
  • Improper system shutdown
  • Disturbed or incomplete media download or transfer, 
  • Error writing or reading data
  • Virus attack, etc.

Top 1. Repair Corrupted MP4/MOV with Video Repair Tool

If you are faced with a corrupted video file, you can turn to professional MP4 repair software. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard can recover and repair lost/damaged camera videos. The new version of Data Recovery Wizard comes with a lost video repair feature - repair all corrupt, damaged, and broken MP4 and MOV videos. It supports the most widely used camera brands, including Canon, GoPro, and DJI. It also supports to recover and repair camera photos and take them out.

MP4 repair video tutorial:

Let's watch the video to know how to repair corrupt or damaged video files using MP4 repair software.

Note: EaseUS Data Recovery Software can only repair lost MP4 and MOV files taken by Cameras.

A step-by-step guide to MP4 repair:

Step 1. Select a location

Choose the correct drive which contains the corrupted videos. It can be a removable disk or a local drive. Click "Scan".

select a location and click scan

Step 2. Scan for damaged and corrupt videos

This program will scan all over the selected drive and display all files(including lost and existing files). You can use "Filter" on the top right to quickly locate all the video files.

scan the selected drive for lost videos

Step 3. Repair corrupted videos

Double-click on a file lets you preview the file quality. Finally, if there is no problem at all, click "Recover". You should choose a different location to save the recovered videos.

recover videos

Top 2. Repair Corrupted MOV & MP4 Files with Free Online Tool

If you are looking for a free online tool, EaseUS RepairVideo is a good choice to repair corrupted  MP4 & MOV videos. Just upload your video and follow the step-by-step guide to complete video repairing.

Top 3. Repair Corrupted MOV & MP4 Files with VLC

VLC Player is an open-source app that can play video files that are only partially downloaded. It allows running slightly corrupt or damaged video files without the need to fix the corruption issue. This software also offers the option of format conversion. Next, you will learn the steps to fix corrupted MP4 files using this option:

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

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

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

Step 4. Open VLC and click on "Preferences".

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Step 5. Select "Always fix" in the "damaged or incomplete AVI file" option and click "Save".

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Step 6. Try playing the corrupt .mp4 video file with VLC, it should run.

Top 4. Repair MP4 - Replicate Video File to Gain Accessibility 

In addition to method 3, you can also replicate the video file to gain accessibility. Here's the step-by-step guide:

Step 1. Create a copy of the original MP4 or MOV files and change the file format to AVI by renaming the video file.

Step 2. Launch the VLC player and select "Tool > Preferences > Input or Codecs".

Step 3. Select "Always fix". Click on "Save" in the bottom section of the "Preferences" window.

replicate video file

Try playing the corrupt .mp4 video file with VLC to see if it works.

Top 5. How to Repair MP4 File on Mac

If you are a Mac user, you can also repair MP4 files or video files easily. All you need is EaseUS Mac data recovery software. With it, you repair and recover lost movies, TV shows, clips, camera videos, and other recordings. What's more, you can extract data from a Time Machine backup or iTunes backup with this software. Get more information on Mac data recovery software in this video:

Now, download the Mac version and repair Mac MP4 files:

How to Avoid MP4/MOV File Corruption

It is important to protect your videos in advance to avoid the complicated repair steps. No matter how effective the way is, the MP4 repairing process is always more difficult. To make things easier, here are some useful tips that will help you avoid future damage to your MP4/MOV files.

  • Make a copy of the information before making any changes.
  • Use more than one backup method: USB, Cd, Dvd, cloud storage, etc. If one of your storage devices is damaged, you would have more than one alternative to recover your information. You can also use backup and recovery software to help you.
  • Make sure your computer works with a good and reliable electrical connection when you are downloading videos from the Internet.
  • Keep your operating system and antivirus updated to stay away from the virus.


The five ways above can do you a favor with corrupt MP4/MOV files. With an advanced approach for fixing the issue of MP4 file corruption, EaseUS MP4 repair software is a one-stop solution for all multimedia troubles. You can not only repair MP4 files on Windows PCs but also on Mac devices. Moreover, start with a free online tool is also a wise choice.

MP4 Repair Related Questions

If you still have problems with repairing MP4 files, you can read these questions and answers to fix damaged MP4 or MOV files on Mac.

How do I repair a corrupt MP4 file?

The easiest way to repair a corrupt MP4 file is by using EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. With this software, you can recover and repair lost/damaged camera videos. Follow the steps below:

Step 1. Choose the correct drive which contains the corrupted videos under Devices and Drives, which can be a removable disk or a local drive. Click Scan.

Step 2. Scan lost videos.

Step 3. Recover corrupted videos. Double-click on a file lets you preview the file quality. Finally, if there is no problem at all, click "Recover". You should choose a different location to save the recovered videos.

Is there a way to fix corrupted video files?

Of course, yes. These five effective ways to repair MP4/MOV files. You can use EaseUS video repair software or VCL. Both of them can do you a great favor.

How do I fix a corrupted MP4 file on my GoPro for free?

You can use VCL to repair your corrupted MP4 files on your GoPro for free. Also, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free can repair corrupt, damaged, and broken MP4 and MOV videos on the most widely used digital cameras like Canon, GoPro, and DJI cameras. 

How do I play MP4 files?

To open an MP4 file, all you have to do is double-click your video, and it will open with your default video viewer.

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