How to repair corrupted .MOV files for Mac

A .MOV file is a common multimedia file format developed by Apple and compatible with both Macintosh and Windows. MOV files could contain multiple tracks that store different types of media data, however .MOV files is mostly used for saving movies and video files.

A .MOV file is an Apple QuickTime Movie file that’s stored in a QuickTime File Format (QTFF) container file. Apple’s iTunes and QuickTime programs, VLC, Windows Media Player and Elmedia Player are all able to play MOV files. Google Drive is another way to open MOV files on a computer.

Films and videos in the .MOV file format can be uploaded to YouTube, converted to mp4 and so on, it is really a good file format.

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MOV files mostly use the MPEG-4 codec for compression. MOV files is considered a safe file format for storing multimedia like movies and video on both hard drives and devices, however, MOV files sometimes get corrupted.

Luckily you can fix corrupted .avi, .mov, and .mp4 files that have been encoded with Xvid, DivX, MPEG4, 3ivx or Angel Potion codecs.

Generally, .MOV video files get damaged due to a interrupted recording or deleting and recovering the .MOV file.

To repair your corrupted .MOV file you basically have two options:

  1. Buy .MOV repair software
  2. Repair the .MOV file online
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Software that repairs your .MOV files costs money, requires registration, downloading, installing, needs updates and so on, so this is not the best option for most users, that just want to repair a single file.

Repairing your corrupted .MOV file online is obviously the preferred method, because you do not need to download and install any software, you can just upload your file online and can download your fixed .MOV file later to your Mac.

There are a few sites that offer this option, but not all are recommended, for various reasons. File size limits is one of the biggest issues, also speed and success rate is important.

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The leading .MOV repair site is restore.Media. The site also offers a comprehensive guide to restore your .MOV file safely and fast.

Please note that the restore.Media tool is paid. You can repair a MOV file and get a full-time preview in low resolution and quality for free. But to download the fixed video file in the original resolution and quality, you will need to pay a small fee, which depends on the file size.

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