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2 Ways to Repair a Video with a Broken Index

Updated by Gemma on Sep 22, 2022

When your videos mysteriously stop playing, chances are it's not the hardware that's broken; it's probably the index. It's a surprisingly common problem, and it's actually easy to fix.

If the index of your video is broken, you will be unable to play the full video. The video will not start. And, if it starts, you can't fast-forward or go to any other part of the video without fast-forwarding or skipping ahead to the next entry in the index. 

Why Videos Got a Broken Index

There are a lot of causes for your video not playing properly, at full length. If you are lucky, the damage is only to the index of the video, which means that you can still play the video once you fix its index, without having to modify the entire file.

Video index corruption is due to several common reasons. Here are some reasons your video file is with a broken index. 

  • While downloading the video from the internet
  • While sharing it over a network
  • When moving the video from one storage drive to another
  • When converting the AVI file to another video format

Repair video with a broken index using EaseUS RepairVideo

EaseUS RepairVideo is a powerful and easy-to-use video recovery software that can recover corrupt video files no matter what the reason for the corruption is. 

EaseUS RepairVideo is a free tool that recovers video files from any type of video file, such as MOV, WMV, AVI, MP4, and more. It also recovers video files from all kinds of devices, such as hard drives, memory cards, and mobile phones. 

You can go to the website of EaseUS RepairVideo and follow the guide below to see how to repair the video with a broken index.

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

Repair video with a broken index using VLC Media Player

If the file is not corrupted then you can use the VLC Media Player software to recover the index and rebuild it. The VLC Media Player is the most popular open-source media player for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, DVDs, and various streaming protocols are all supported. It can also be used to play video files via the network. It also has a built-in codec that will repair broken video files that are missing an index file. 

The tool offers a temporary solution in the case you only need to fix the index. It can automatically check if the video file you are playing has any issues with the index. It will not change the video file itself and its other problems with corruption. By repairing the video file index with this built-in codec, the video will play as if there was no problem, as long as it is your only issue.

Follow the steps below to repair the broken index from your video file.

Step 1. First, open the VLC Media Player. On the toolbar, you will notice the option Tools. Click it, then click on Preferences. It will open the Preference menu.

 vlc tools preferences

Step 2. Click on Input/Codecs. Scroll until you see the option Damaged or Incomplete AVI file. Click the option on the right side, it will show all the alternatives available. Select Always Fix.

vlc preferences always fix

Step 3. Now, just click Save. VLC Media Player will automatically check any damaged AVI file for you while playing.

vlc save preferences


We learned there are several reasons your video file is not playing properly, from the start to finish. 

Here, we checked one cause of the problem: videos with broken indexes.

Then we learned how to deal with it. For example, if the video file index is broken it is important to repair the index of the file so that it will play smoothly. You can do it with VLC Media Player. But VLC Media Player works directly with the AVI video, which may cause damage to the file.
For this reason, you may need a more complete tool for solving all problems with video files.

You can correct the video file index and much more with the help of EaseUS RepairVideo. The program is easy to use. You simply choose the location of the video, and with a few clicks, the program will repair the index file and allow you to play the video smoothly.

This is a great tool for people who want to repair their video files and the perfect gift for anyone who works editing media on a computer.

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Gemma is member of EaseUS team and has been committed to creating valuable content in fields about file recovery, partition management, and data backup etc for many years. She loves to help users solve various types of computer related issues.

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