How to Damage/Corrupt a Video File and Repair • TechRT

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Video files can be corrupted due to many reasons such as improper video file transfer, virus attack, technical hiccups in the storage drive, malware in the computer, sudden disruption during the video file writing or reading process, and physical harm to memory cards or hard drives of the system. Jerky video, no sound, black screen, flickering, color errors are some common signs of video file corruption. Sometimes, due to security reasons, users themselves want to damage videos without erasing them from the computer. For this, users need to know how to damage a video file manually.

Why and How Users can Corrupt Video Files on their Own

At times, users do not want anybody to view the video file or want to destroy it due to some reasons and at the same time, do not want to erase it from the computer. In such a case, users need to know how to damage a video file manually.

How to Corrupt a Video File

It is quite essential to know how to corrupt a video file so that contents of the video cannot be viewed, opened, or read by anybody. Users can use various corruption tools to make the video file inaccessible. Users can follow these steps to corrupt a video file.

  1. Go to To Corrupt A Video File
  2. Select Video files in the format of MP4, AVI, or MKV.Select Video File
  3. Choose the option ‘file to corrupt‘ to upload the video file from the Dropbox or Google Drive cloud.
  4. Click on the option ‘corrupt file‘.Corrupt Video
  5. It will take a few seconds and the tool will finish the damage process of the file. Later, users can download the corrupted file on the system. Damage In Process
  6. Consumers can download the file with help of a QR code as well. Users will see that the corrupted file that they have downloaded will not be read and will show an error message if they try to open it.Download Corrupt File

How to Corrupt a Video File Without an Internet Connection

Tech geeks can opt for a simple, easy, and traditional Notepad Method. This technique can be applied within a minute and it is quite effective.

  1. Right-click on the file that needs to be damaged.
  2. Open the video with Windows’ Notepad application.Open Video With Notepad
  3. Insert text randomly along with the text.Add Random Text In Notepad
  4. Apply changes.
  5. Save the file.Curropted Video File

After this method, if users try to open the video file, they will see a corrupted file. This method can be applied to PDF documents as well to corrupt them. Many consumers use a tool known as Miroware Corrupt as well to damage the file internally and structurally. There are many reasons why users might not want others to view their video files and go on to damage the video file to keep it safe and protected with the help of many other expert tools.

Methods to Recover Corrupt Video Files

Fortunately, video files that are corrupted do not vanish forever. Users can repair these damaged files provided they use the right tools and follow proper methods to recover corrupted files. Some video repair tools such as the VLC repair tool and Wondershare repair tool are quite efficient in repairing corrupted video files. However, users should know that if corruption of files is extensive, the odds of file repair are slim.

VLC Media Player

It is known that the VLC media player is versatile in playing videos; however, it is highly effective for recovering corrupted video files. Two ways can be applied to recover damaged files with the help of the VLC media player.

Method 1: Repair Corrupted Videos Using VLC Media Player

  • Open the VLC player and click on the tab.
  • Choose the Convert or Save tab.
Convert Corrupted Video
  • Select the add tab to insert the MP4/MOV file.
  • Click on the Convert/Save tab.
Play Corrupted Video
  • Choose Video -H.264 + MP3 (MP4) from the drop-down menu.
Select Video Profile
  • Click Browse to enter a filename for your converted file.
Start Convert Video

Method 2: Gain Accessibility Method for VLC Media Player

The Gain Accessibility Method is used to recover damaged files with the VLC media player. This method depends on replicating the file to recover the file.

  • Users need to make a copy of the original MP4 or MOV video file and rename it into AVI.
Copy File And Convert To Avi Format
  • After launching the VLC media player, users can hit on the Preferences tab.
Preference Tab
  • They can click on Input/Codecs selection and choose the Always Fix button that is available next to the Damaged or incomplete AVI file and then can save the file by clicking on the tab.
Input Codec Settings

Wondershare Repairit Online Tool

It is a useful tool that has proficiency in recovering damaged video files; it can make files accessible at no cost. This tool is safe for users and 100 percent protected.


Some Features of Wondershare Repairit Online Tool:

  1. Users do not need to sign up for recovering corrupted files.
  2. Around 10 videos can be recovered in a row using this tool. It is best for three formats of videos MOV, 3GP, and MP4.
  3. Users should choose Wondershare Repairit Online Website or Desktop edition wisely; it should depend on the details of the video files.
  4. The online tool works best if the length of the video is in any of the three formats and is less than 200MB.
  5. The desktop version of the tool can recover more than ten video formats of any length.

If users have tried everything and nothing works at all, there are some expert tools as well. Kernel Video Repair tool can solve many multimedia corruption issues. It can recover severely damaged movie files, music videos, and other multimedia format files.


The corruption of video files and documents has become a more common practice in modern computing. Nevertheless, file corruption turns users quite frustrated. Most users corrupt video files if they want to keep them confidential. With the help of many tools available online, they can easily recover it whenever they want to refer to it. Some tools can easily repair emails, audio files, text files, images, and other kinds of files from the system’s digital camera, hard drive, and flash drive.

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