Repair Broken and Corrupted Video Files with Yodot

Yodot Video Featured

This is a sponsored article and was made possible by Yodot Software. The actual contents and opinions are the sole views of the author who maintains editorial independence even when a post is sponsored.

For the average user, from beginner to expert, there is one file type that is universally used by everyone on a daily basis. Video files used to be specialist items, but daily they are now recorded, downloaded, shared, edited, sent as messages, posted on social media, and so on. One annoying problem that video users can experience in their daily video use is a corrupted, truncated or otherwise broken video file that won’t play.

Don’t panic, help is on the way.

Fight Corruption

Yodot Video Repair software is fairly self explanatory. If you have a broken video file, then Yodot can fix it for you. It does this by making a copy of the file and working on that copy, meaning there’s no risk to your original file. It also separates the audio and video frames and recombines them to make a playable version of the file. Any missing or corrupted frames are skipped, allowing the file to play without crashing.

Preserving the original file means you can operate on it in a variety of ways, even using different tools, but still retain the original asset. Some video repair software operates on the actual file itself, and this is a bit of a problem, as you really want to protect the original source file in case of any further corruption.

There are all kinds of routine reasons why video files get broken: damage to cameras, incorrectly installed firmware (because users hack them now to unlock features) and just plain ordinary file system screw ups. It happens.

Emergency Room for Video

Installation is a breeze. Run the downloaded file and follow the instructions. The program is compact and runs on any vaguely modern spec PC or Mac. When you’re done, there’s a shortcut right there on the desktop.

Yodot Install

The interface is simple and easy to understand.

There are two fields to be filled in, with the first being where you have to insert the filename and location of a file which you know to be healthy and working. The other file requires you to point to the location of the broken file.

Yodot Repair Main

Once you’re happy you’ve put the locations in correctly, hit the big REPAIR button, and the software makes an internal copy of the file and gets to work.

Yodot Repairing 2

As it uses a reference file, a working video, I’m guessing it uses that as source for segments of code to patch the broken file. This neatly gets around any problems of reusing Apple code in their software and reduces the footprint of the software by not having to store all parts of a healthy MOV inside the software to make the patches.

Once the software has patched the file so it will actually run, you can then choose a location to save it to, and the job is done. There are no controls to tweak or profiles to manage – it’s a one button fix. That’s literally all there is to it. It’s not complicated or flexible, but it does do its one job very well.

Video Health Insurance

Yodot video file recovery software is priced at $69.95, so it’s not exactly an impulse buy for super casual video users. However, in relative terms that’s inexpensive and a bit of a no-brainer for professionals and prosumers, the kind of users who may value their video assets more highly and want to take out a little insurance against losing footage they can’t otherwise replace.

Follow the link to download the trial version of the software and see if Yodot video repair is right for you. The software is cross platform, having versions for both Windows and macOS, and there are versions for AVI and MOV video recovery for both platforms. Any questions or comments? Please leave them below.

Phil South
Phil South

Phil South has been writing about tech subjects for over 30 years. Starting out with Your Sinclair magazine in the 80s, and then MacUser and Computer Shopper. He's designed user interfaces for groundbreaking music software, been the technical editor on film making and visual effects books for Elsevier, and helped create the MTE YouTube Channel. He lives and works in South Wales, UK.

Subscribe to our newsletter!

Our latest tutorials delivered straight to your inbox