How to Repair Missing and Bad Frames in Video?

Updated on March 18th, 2021

Rohit Arora

Summary: Are your videos jerky, broken, out-of-sync, or flickering? You are probably dealing with missing or bad frames problem in your videos. This article will guide you to deal with missing and bad frames in a video using both a manual approach and a professional approach, such as Stellar Repair for Video.

Are your videos jerky, broken, out-of-sync, or flickering? You are probably dealing with a missing or bad frames problem in your videos.

Missing frames and bad frames result in similar kind of video playing issues. However, there is a different approach to fix both types of video frames problem.

Here we guide you to the best solution to fix the missing or bad frames in your videos.

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Simple hacks to play videos that have missing/bad frames

In either of the case, bad or missing frames in videos, you should first try the following simple workarounds before moving to the troubleshooting methods:

  • Play in another player: A video that’s not playing properly in one player may play fine in another. For instance, if your video is not playing in VLC Player or Quicktime, try to play it in KMPlayer or DivX Player etc.
  • Download/copy your video again: Sometimes improper download or transfer of videos from one device to another may lead to audio lags, glitches or flickering issues. Try downloading your videos again.

How to Repair Bad Frames in Videos

When you play videos having bad frames, they will appear choppy, jerky, or broken. The frames in your videos can get corrupt due to a virus attack in the storage drive or an abrupt system shutdown.

Methods to repair bad frames in videos

  1. Repair bad frames in FFmpeg
  2. Use advanced video repair software

1. Manual method to repair bad frames in FFmpeg

FFmpeg can repair video files with corrupt frames. The free software project has a vast suite of libraries and programs, using which you can repair and edit your videos.

FFmpeg uses different command lines to fix the video issues. Thus, it may not be easy for beginners.

However, if you have the knowledge of the software, you can try out the below command line:

ffmpeg -i “video.ts” -force_key_frames “expr:gte(t,n_forced*3)” out.ts

It has worked for many users to fix the frame corruption problem in their videos.

2. Effective Video Repair Software to fix bad frames

A simpler and quick way to fix bad frames in your videos is to use a specialized video repair software such as Stellar Repair for Video.

The software does not bother you with the repairing process. Unlike FFmpeg, its advanced algorithms easily repair bad frames, making the jerky, broken, and out-of-sync videos well playable again.

The free demo version of the software is good enough for evaluating whether a video corruption issue can be resolved.

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Stellar Repair for Video supports common video formats such as AVI, ASF, WMV, MKV, FLV, DIVX, WEBM, MJPEG, MPEG, AVCHD, MTS, MOV, MP4, 3G2, 3GP, M4V and F4V.

Steps to repair damaged videos due to missing frames using Stellar Repair for Video

Step 1: Download and run the software on your computer.

Step 2: On the main screen of the software click on Add File.

Step 3: List of the added corrupt videos appears. Select the specific videos you want to repair or you can Select All. Click Repair. The repairing process begins. You can see that in the progress bars.

Step 4:  A dialog box appears on completion of the video repair process. Click OK to complete the repair process.

Step 5: Click Save Repaired Files. You can also Preview the repaired videos before saving them.

Once saved, a dialog box appears with Repaired files saved successfully message. Click OK to close the message box.

How to fix missing frame rates in videos

Any video with missing frames would mostly have audio glitches and lagging issues. Missing or dropped frames usually occur when you apply incorrect settings while shooting or editing the video. Often after exporting or rendering from a video editing software, you may witness missing frames, which lead to audio lag, screen split, and glitches.

Method to fix missing frames: Morphing

Morphing helps in seamless transition of one image to another in a video. The missing frames in videos can be overcome by using motion estimation technique of morphing software like Morph Man 2016 and Morph Age.

Plugins like RE-flex Morph are also available which you can use in Adobe After Effect or Premier Pro CC to resolve missing frames issues.

Conclusion

Missing, dropped, or corrupt frames are common complaints in videos. Missing frames are a bit tricky to fix through morphing process. However, you can easily repair the bad frames in your videos using the DIY Stellar Repair for Video software. The software is an efficient video repair utility that’s used by millions of people to fix corrupt or bad frames in their videos.

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harsha

Harsha is a technical expert who loves Mondays, technology and is a big time Apple fan. She knows her way around the data loss problems and is always looking for ways to help out people. 

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  1. Hi, I have repaired my video (which was originally a 30 fps one. After the repair using stellar software, the frame rate dropped to 2.65 (the reference video given for repair is also 30 fps). How to control frame rate at the time of repair?

    1. Hi Suresh,
      If you have already purchased the software, then contact our support team via online chat or toll free number. Thanks!

  2. It’s helpful for me! When I editing a video with using Adobe-light room, a black screen flickering that video. With the help of this blog I fix my problem. Thanks!

  3. I had an odd issue with my video clips when I play the video 30 fps working fine on VLC but if I change the frame rate 60 FPS it’s become choppy. In your blog I found the solution and repair the video file by using your software. Thank you very much!

  4. Hi, I had some corrupted, jerky Mavic air recording video files. Is it possible to repair this video file?

    1. Hi Adriana, Yes you can fix this issue with the help of our software, I suggest you can try our software demo version and see the preview of your repaired file.

    1. Hello Doug, Please follow the given steps:
      1. Click the “Media” menu in VLC. Choose “Convert/Save” to display the “Open Media” dialog box.
      2. Click “Add” to display a file dialog box. Navigate to the file with the frame rate that you want to change. Double-click to load it into the “File Selection” list.
      3. Click the “Convert/Save” drop-down menu and choose “Convert.”
      4. Click “Edit,” which has an icon that looks like a wrench and screwdriver. The “Form” dialog box appears.
      5. Click the “Video Codec” tab. put a check mark by “Keep Original Video Track,” if you want to keep the original sound. Choose “1” from the “Scale” drop-down menu to keep the original frame size.
      6. Enter a new frame rate in the “Frame Rate” box. A typical rate is 30 frames per second. Enter a bitrate such as 100 kilobytes per second. Click “Save” to return to the “Convert” dialog.
      7. Click “Browse” to specify a location and a file name for the converted file. Choose the file type for the converted file in the “Profile” drop-down menu. Click “Start” to convert the file.

  5. The issue on my end. Apparently, my 1000fps videos are being read by VLC, indicate a problem with setting for my encoder. Any help would be appreciated?

    1. Hi Andrew, 1000 fps is often a sign that it is variable frame rate, which is not supported by VLC for editing. So, look for an option in your encoder about variable or constant frame rate.

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