How to Repair Broken MJPEG Files

recover broken mjpeg filesAre your MJPEG video files corrupt, not playing, or giving errors?

Whether games, vlogs, tutorials, or drone footages, MJPEG or Motion JPEG format is used everywhere. It is widely used for live streaming and PlayStation games. However, like any other video files, MJPEG videos can also turn choppy, jerky, out-of-sync, broken or may have missing data due to some reason.

MJPEG files often get corrupt while recording, editing, transferring, and converting, or due to virus infection. Such situations can arrive anytime and affect any user. The following is an indicative articulation of some of the common playability issues that users face with regard to MJPEG video format.

I converted my PowerPoint presentation in MJPEG to display it on an HD TV. However, the MJPEG video is not playable now. The file seems to be corrupt. I have spent a lot of time on this presentation. How can I fix this?’

 ‘I recorded the house party via webcam video. The MJPEG file was playing fine. But recently, when I tried to view it, it was scrambled.’

So how to repair corrupt MJPEG videos?

Repair MJPEG videos

MJPEG is a video format wherein each video frame is compressed into a JPEG image. Even at low bandwidth, MJPEG image quality is maintained. It is the most common picture compression format used by network cameras (IP camera, CCTV, spy came etc.) to capture images and compress them to view as a video.

Video repair software provide the safest and most-effective solution to fix such video files. Alternatively, the users can also try workarounds such as converting the MJPEG files to another format or playing them in another compatible media player.

Methods to repair corrupt MJPEG files

  1. Repair with the help of video repair software.

  2. Repair by using VLC Media Player.

Method 1: Repair with the help of video repair software

This method is based on using a video repair software called Stellar Repair for Video. The software is easy-to-use and can fix corrupt MJPEG files and various other video file formats. It effectively resolves compression issues, broken file header, errors in movement, etc.

Key benefits of Stellar video repair software

• Repairs videos that are choppy, jerky, showing errors, missing audio, etc.
• Repairs videos shot with IP cameras, spy cameras, webcams, DSLRs, drones, digital cameras, Android smartphones, camcorders, CCTV, and dashcams, etc.
• Repairs MJPEG videos stored on hard drive, NVR, DVR, memory cards, SD card, CF cards, SDXC, SDHC, and USB drives etc.
• Can repair unlimited number of videos at a time, with preview of the repaired videos.
• Offers simple 3-step video repair utility.

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Step-by-step: Repair MJPEG video files by using software

Step 1: On home page of the software click on Add File to add the corrupt videos.

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Step 2: The selected video files are listed in the next window. Click Repair to fix the corrupt videos.

Step 3: The scanning process begins. A Stop option is there to stop the repair process anytime.

Step 4: A ‘Repair process completed’ message appears after successful repair of the selected MJPEG files. You can preview the repaired videos by clicking the Preview option. Click Save Repaired File.

Method 2: Repair MJPEG videos by using VLC Media Player

VLC Media Player not just plays and converts videos but also repairs them. Many a time it successfully fixes corruption or distortion issues in videos. Try this free open source tool to repair your corrupt videos of MJPEG format. Follow the below steps to repair videos with the help of VLC Media Player: 

  1. Open VLC Player. Go to Media > Convert or Save.
  2. Add corrupt MJPEG video files and click Convert/Save.
  3. Provide the file for the destination file in the Convert window.
  4. Select the desired Codec from the profile list.
  5. Press Edit Selected Profile to check or edit a specified profile settings.
  6. Can also select to add a new profile or delete any existing profile.
  7. Press Start.
  8. Now open your MJPEG video. It should play correctly.

A few workarounds to fix unplayable MJPEG video files

Open in another media player: Try playing the videos on another media player such as QuickTime, Windows Media Player or VLC Media Player.

Play in another browser:  MJPEG videos are playable in Safari, Google Chrome, Firefox, and Microsoft Edge. Internet Explorer doesn’t support MJPEG. However, you can use external plugins to play MJPEG files in Internet Explorer.

Convert MJPEG videos: Convert MJPEG videos to other playable format like AVI, MOV, MP4, etc. by using an MJPEG converter tool.

Download again: Download the MJPEG file again from the source or re-export it from the video editing software.

To Sum Up

MJPEG videos are popular among gamers, vloggers, YouTubers, and drone enthusiasts, etc. Users often face playability issues with MJPEG files due to corruption, incompatibility, or other reasons. While the incompatibility problem can be solved with downloading the necessary codecs or converting the file format, resolving video corruption cases might turn out challenging. Why? Because, there are so many ways a video may turn corrupt. Video playability issues could ensue from choppiness, jerky, out-of-sync, broken or missing frames, and more reasons. This blog post presented methods based on using video repair software and VLC in-built utility to serve the purpose. The nearly ubiquitous VLC Media Player can help fix minor issues with regard to video playability. But, severe video corruption issues such as broken MJPEG files, distorted and black screen, and other such video-related problems would need a software.

You can always try the free demo version here and view the repaired MJPEG videos.

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