Corrupt video file

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John H Jones
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My son filmed a wedding for a friend. Unfortunately the camera battery ran out which has left him with a large file which has been corrupted. After changing the battery he continued to film and the remaining files are fine. It therefore suggests to me that the camera somehow failed to "finalise" , if that is the correct expression, the  faulty file. 
 
Can somebody therefore suggest a way of recovering the video material.
 
John
 
 
 
bcrabtree
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Re: Corrupt video file
I'm presuming this was on a DVD camcorder; if so, then I think you'll find that ISOBuster will help fix the problem.
 
Please let us know how you get on.
 
Cheers
 
Bob C
 
 
John H Jones
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Re: Corrupt video file
Many thanks Bob.
I will send this information to my son and in due course let you know how he got on.
John
John H Jones
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Re: Corrupt video file
Bob,
My son has e-mailed telling me that what he has is a corrupt MPeg4 file on his memory card. He works in I.T and he goes on to say that it is the file structure that is faulty.
 
In your reply you referred to him using a DVD camcorder which of course records to disc and not to a memory card. Does ISO Buster cover the memory card problems, for the Company web site does not make this point clear to us.
 
John H Jones
bcrabtree
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Re: Corrupt video file
No, I think what he needs is PhotoRec. And it's free.
 
There's an interesting review of six data-recovery tools here.
 
Cheers
 
Bob
 
John H Jones
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Many thanks Bob. I have sent the information on to my son and will let you know in due course as to how he has got on.
John
John H Jones
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Bob,
 
I am presently waiting for my son to telephone ( he usually does on a Sunday night).
 
The only response that I have from him so far is that he is not looking for recovery software but software to read a corrupt MP4 file and re-render it. Does this make sense to you Bob for your suggestion to use PhotoRec seemed to me to be the right software to solve his problem.
 
 
bcrabtree
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John,
 
Yes, I think that PhotoRec will likely do what he needs to do.
 
And, since it works non-destructively - and is free - then he should give it a go.
 
Cheers
 
 
Bob
John H Jones
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Re: Corrupt video file
Bob,
 
I have now spoken to my son. He did try Photorec but it did not work. He did however find a company in Spain which specialises in video files repair work and through  uploading the  1.2 Gig file to their site they were able to carry out the repair. During our conversation my son  referred to the battery failure causing  MP4 problem. This type of file apparently does not finalised until the end and something to do with atoms, the technical jargon he used being beyond my understanding. !!, 
 
In any case many thanks for your help. The site my son used is shown below :
 
 
John