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I took a video from my Android phone (Sony Xperia P, if you need to know), and before I could stop recording it, the phone memory got full and the phone got hanged too. I rebooted the phone, the video was there, but I couldn't play it from any media player on Android. It's in mp4 format.

So I tried to open it on PC and Mac with different video player, like VLC, quick Time, Windows Media Player etc., but none of them can play it. I know that the video is corrupted, but I believe it's repairable, since it got more than a GB in size. Is there anything that I can try to repair the video file? The video is really important.

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If you have ffmpeg, from the command-line you can try:

ffmpeg -i input.mp4 -c copy output.mp4

If the problem is just with the container, this will fix it.

If that doesn't work, please post the complete terminal message, as it could give a clue as to how to fix the file.

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Sorry, I forgot about that video. I'll try your method tonight. Can you let me know of any link from where I can get to know how to install ffmpeg. They just give zip or tar archives. Thanks anyways – noob Jan 31 '13 at 9:32
@Creator - Look here, scroll down to 'Linux builds' or 'Windows builds' or 'OSX builds', depending on your OS. – evilsoup Jan 31 '13 at 14:34
Sorry for the late reply. This is the error I am getting while using ffmpeg command - [mov,mp4,m4a,3gp,3g2,mj2 @ 0x7f88f9018e00] moov atom not found input.mp4: Invalid data found when processing input – noob Mar 17 '13 at 20:31
Didn't work. But still thanks for the answer. – noob Mar 26 '13 at 20:52
did you ever resolve this? getting the same problem. Think it was caused by more or less the same thing too – Horse Oct 8 '14 at 16:19

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