How to Recover Unsaved/Deleted Quicktime Recordings

Jean updated on Sep 16, 2020 to Mac File Recovery | How-to Articles

This how-to guide offers full solutions for Mac users to recover unsaved Quicktime recordings from temp files and recover deleted Quicktime videos and audios with third-party Mac data recovery software.

Method 1. Recover Unsaved Quicktime Recordings on Mac
Method 2. Recover Deleted QuickTime Recordings
Tip: Where are the QuickTime Recordings in Mac

"Took a screen recording with Quicktime on Mac but didn't save it before stopping to record. Is there any way to recover unsaved Quicktime recordings?"

A user from Apple Support Communities is asking for help for a solution to recover his QuickTime recordings. In this article, we will introduce two methods about how to recover deleted QuickTime videos for you.

Method 1. Recover Unsaved Quicktime Recordings on Mac

Your hard work on recording and capturing screen on Mac might get lost midway while it is continuing with the Quicktime app. For example, a sudden power off, Quicktime crash, Quicktime window shut down unexpectedly. All these incidents will cause Quicktime recordings unfinished and unsaved. How to get back your work though it is not properly preserved? Follow the steps below to recover unsaved QuickTime videos.

Step 1. Go to /Users/[user name]/Library/Containers/ Information.

Step 2. Click in and find a bundle named Unsaved QuickTime Player Document.qtpxcomposition. Right-click on the .qtpxcomposition file, and there you can see the .m4a audio recording.

This way only works for recovering unsaved QuickTime videos. If you have deleted the QuickTime recordings, you can switch to Method 2 to have a try.

Method 2. Recover Deleted QuickTime Recordings

When you deleted the QuickTime Recordings, don't panic. Check your Trash bin first. All content deleted from the Mac will remain in the Trash bin for 30 days or until you empty the Trash. Find the wanted video in the Trash bin and click "Restore" to get it back.

While if you want to recover deleted QuickTime recordings after emptying the Trash bin, you might need help from some third-party software. Here we recommend EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac. Let's check what it can do.

  • Supports to recover deleted or lost files from the emptied Trash Bin, accidental deletion, or other causes.
  • Combine quick and deep scan into a straightforward process to help load files faster.
  • Enables users to preview all recoverable files and data.
  • Provide both Simple and Absolute protection to safeguard essential files.

Download EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac, and follow the 3-step guide to recover deleted Quicktime videos:

Step 1. Select the location where your important data & files were deleted and click the "Scan" button.

select the location where data was deleted and click scan

Step 2. The software will run both quick scan and deep scan and work hard to find as many deleted files as possible on the selected volume.

scan the selected disk to find deleted files on your Mac

Step 3. The scan results will be displayed in the left pane. Just select the file(s) and click the "Recover Now" button to get them back.

click recover now button to recover deleted files on your Mac

Tip: Where are the QuickTime Recordings in Mac

Going to the Application folder on your Mac's dock. If you have made a video recording before, open the QuickTime app, choose File to check the recording. If you do not have a screen recording before, you can also choose File > New Screen Recording from the menu bar to make a new one. Please note that the Scratch Disk is the default location where the files you create with QuickTime X are stored on Hamilton lab computers. The default for personal computers is the Movies folder. 

The Bottom Line

That's all about how to recover deleted QuickTime videos. Besides recovering lost and deleted files on Mac, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac can also help users recover unsaved Word files on Mac, reset Mac to factory setting without data loss, and recover files from the formatted USB drives. Have a try on this tool to better protect your Mac content.

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1. Why choose EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard?

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"Recover lost files, even after deleting a partition or formatting your drive."Macworld

2. Why cannot I recover 2GB data for free?

It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

3. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

4. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

5. How can I check whether my data is recoverable or not before purchase?

The Free version helps you save 2GB files, so verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

6. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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