Video Files Not Showing Up on SD Card Mac [with 5 Proven Fixes]

This article will show you 5 proven ways to fix video files not showing up on SD card Mac: Using EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac, unhiding the video files on the SD card, unlocking the SD card, checking the compatibility, and repairing the corrupted SD card.

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SD card storage is a convenient tool popular among camera users and generally used for photo and video storage. When you insert the SD card into the card reader and connect it to your Mac, you will find the "External Storage Device > SD Card" in Finder or Disk Utility.

However, many users reported that video files not showing up on SD cards on Mac.

I have a Lumix DMC-G3, and most of the time when I do video it works well and the Mac can read it. But I guess few times the settings were on something else, so it didn't record as a MOV, and when I try to import my videos, the Mac can't even recognize it... It's able to recognize all the photo files, just not all the video files. The video files won't even show up when I go through Finder to look at them in the folder. from Apple Community

Suppose the "video files not showing up on an SD card on Mac" error is happening to you; then this article is the answer to your problem. Read on to learn how to fix the video file not showing up on the SD card on Mac:

🏆Use Software The simplest and most effective method for most scenarios.
🎞️Unhide Videos Video files are hidden, and other files on the SD card can be read.
🔓Unlock SD Card The SD card is locked, and all the data stored on it cannot be read.
🍏Check Compatibility The video file format is unsuitable for cases incompatible with macOS, resulting in abnormal missing.
💾Repair SD Card The SD card is corrupted, causing the videos not to show on Mac.

Why Mac Won't Read Video Files from an SD Card

Losing important video data stored on an SD card is a nightmare for many people. But don't worry; just because your SD card doesn't show the video files, it doesn't mean that the video files are lost forever. Below are the possible reasons why video files disappear from an SD card:

  1. ⚠️Video files on the SD card are hidden.
  2. 🔒Some sectors on the SD card are locked.
  3. 🗑️The SD card video data is missing or deleted.
  4. ❌The SD card has been corrupted.

Sometimes, mounting errors, such as " error", will also prevent you from accessing files on the unmountable SD card. In most cases, the methods we describe below will restore the normal display and use of video files. Read on to learn detailed steps.

How to Fix Video Files Not Showing Up on an SD Card on Mac

Here are 5 fixes to solve this problem; whether your video files are hidden or deleted, we focus on the first method, which is also the most effective: using data recovery software, which is suitable for most data recovery scenarios, even if your SD has been corrupted resulting in the video files not being visible.

Fix 1. Recover Videos on an SD Card Using Software

The problem of videos on an SD card not showing up on a Mac can be solved no matter what the reason is, such as the video files being hidden or the video file being lost or accidentally deleted; this method can be solved by utilizing the professional and trusted video recovery software, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac.


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EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard has acquired an extensive technical base in data recovery and trusted by billions of users since 2005. Check out reviews on Trustpilot.

With the EaseUS Mac data recovery tool, you can fix the SD card not showing up on the Mac or files on the SD card not showing issues. It is a powerful SD card recovery tool on Mac, and here are the main features:

EaseUS video recovery tool can cope with most video loss or corruption situations on an SD card, and here are the steps of SD card recovery on Mac:

Step 1. Select the SD card

  • Correctly connect your memory card to your Mac. Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac.
  • Go to "SD Card Recovery", find your Canon/Nikon/Go Pro/DJI/Sony SD card, and click "Search for lost files".

Note: Before data recovery, you'd better click "Disk Backup" from the left sidebar to create a backup of your SD card to avoid further data loss. After backing up the SD card, the software can recover data from your SD card backup, and you can remove the SD card and use it again.

select a location and scan for lost SD card data

Step 2. Filter lost SD card data

After the scan, all files will be presented in the left panel in the scan results. Find wanted photos, videos, and other files.

filter lost data on your SD card

Step 3. Preview and recover data

Preview the SD card data and select the wanted files. Then, click the "Recover" button. Don't save the recoverable files to the SD card itself in case of data overwriting.

recover data from SD card Mac

Fix 2. Unhide Video Files on an SD Card

If you can view the photos or other files stored on the SD card, but only the videos can't be viewed on your Mac. It is very likely that your videos are hidden. Check out the following steps to access the hidden videos:

Step 1. Use Finder to browse the SD card, or type private in the Spotlight search box to locate a folder on your SD card called "Private".

Step 2. Double-click on the "Private" folder to open it, and perform the following two operations:

  • Right-click on the file "ACHD" and select "Show Package Contents"
  • Right-click on the file "BDMV" and select "Show Package Contents"

You will find a folder called "STREAM".

Step 3. Open the "STREAM" folder; all your video files should now be displayed.

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Fix 3. Unlock the Locked SD Card on Mac

If the SD card is locked, you will not be able to modify or delete the memory card's contents, including video files. In this case, you should unlock the SD card to check if the video files on it can be displayed as normal. There is a lock switch on the left side of the SD card. Make sure the lock switch is slid upward (unlocked position).

unlock SD card manually

Note: If the lock switch on an SD card is loose and can be easily moved, the switch may slide to the locked position when the card is placed in the host device. In this case, it is recommended that the SD card be replaced.

Fix 4. Check the Video Files Compatibility

If the video file can be viewed properly on another device, such as a camera or cell phone, but is not approachable on a Mac. Considering that the video file format is not compatible with macOS, try to change the video file format.

For example, find the MTS files extension by using Finder on your Mac, copy or cut and paste files on your Mac, and open them with the Quicktime app. And save them as MOV format video files.

Fix 5. Repair the Corrupted SD Card

The SD card has been damaged or stores the bad sectors on it, the SD card becomes RAW format, the file system is corrupted, etc., also may cause the video stored on it can not be read or disappear.

Apart from data loss caused by physical damage on an SD card, the file system crash and corruption are the main causes of unreadable SD card files. And all of the above cases can be repaired by formatting the SD card.

But as we all know, formatting an SD card on Mac will cause all data on the SD card to be deleted. So if you have important files on your corrupted SD card, you can make a backup first and then use the professional data recovery software mentioned before to recover them. Refer to the following steps to create a backup of the SD card before formatting it:

Step 1. Click "Disk Backup" > "Create Backup" > "Next" in EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac's main interface. You can create a drive backup image file in case the data is overwritten.

create disk backup with EaseUS

Step 2. Select an internal volume to back up, and click "Create Backup". If you want to create backups and recover data from an external hard drive, USB flash drive, or SD card, remember to connect the storage device to your Mac in advance.

choose a disk to back up

Step 3. Choose a place to save your backup files, and change the name of your backup file, then click "Save". It is not wise to save backups in the same storage device that you want to recover data from.

choose a destination to save disk backup

And then, you can use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac to recover the SD card data from the backup.


Many causes of video files not showing up on an SD card on Mac: the video files are hidden, the SD card is locked, the file format on the SD card is not compatible with macOS, bad sectors on the SD card, etc., and this article introduces 5 practical methods to fix all of the non-physical damage situations.

The most powerful and effective way is to use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac, which is a professional video recovery software that can recover SD card data quickly and safely!

Video Files Not Showing Up on SD Card on Mac FAQs

Here are questions people frequently ask when they search for how to fix SD card video files not showing up on Mac:

1. Why can't I see my videos on my SD card on Mac?

If you can see other types of files on the SD card connected to your Mac, or the video files can be viewed on a camera or phone, your videos may be hidden, or their format may be incompatible with macOS. In this case, you should unhide the video files or change the video file format to MOV.

2. How do I access videos on my SD card on my Mac?

You should connect your SD card to your Mac using a card reader or insert it into an SD card slot on specific models of Mac machines. Find the SD card in Disk Utility, open it, and you can access videos on the SD card.

3. Why does my SD card have nothing on it but is full on my Mac?

The "SD card shows as full, but there is nothing on it" problem is caused by either manually hidden files or files hidden by a virus attached to the card. Either way, you can make your computer display the hidden items to see if the lost files are restored.

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