I ran a deep scan of a Samsung digital camcorder for a movie I accidentally deleted, using Mac OS X 10.6.8. Most of my videos can be previewed just fine, but two of them, including the one I strongly suspect is the one I need, show only a VLC icon and some basic information about file size. Any input that experienced users can offer will help me decide whether to take an $89 gamble on a file I can’t preview.
Does this failure to preview mean it’s fairly certain those files are corrupted, or could there be another cause?
The file I’m focused on is an Mp4, as are the others that I shot in that series, which do preview. I also have .mov files on the camera, but I can’t preview any of them (player window opens up but won’t play). Is it possible that the camera recorded the same footage as .mov and .mp4 and there is a duplicate of the footage I want in the .mov folder?
If previewing is the problem, does anyone know of a preview plugin that will run on Mac OS X 10.6.8? I tried adding the QLVideo plugin but got a message that it could not be installed on my computer, no reason given.
If the file is corrupted, has anyone had luck recovering corrupted video files and then running another program to repair them?
Many times the video showing up as non-previewable in Disk Drill may recover correctly, but the chances are, it can also be unrecoverable in a readable manner. Note its size, the bigger the file, the lower are the chances of the flawless recovery.