How to Restore QuickTime Movies?

“I had saved number of movies playable in QuickTime on my MacBook. Yesterday my niece had used my MacBook and now all my movies are missing from the folder I had saved. What should I do now? Is it possible to recover QuickTime movies on MacBook? If yes, please suggest me the best way to do this.”

QuickTime is an amazing multimedia player using which you can play and stream popular audio and video file formats. It can play videos / audios from internet as well as system hard drive with no trouble. However, QuickTime movies use .mov file extension, which is a container format that neatly streams video and audio data. These MOV files can even be played by other multimedia players. Sometimes, QuickTime movies can be lost or erased from Mac computers in various situations:

  • Erasing QuickTime movies from Mac Terminal can remove those files permanently
  • Incomplete transfer of QuickTime movies from one storage location to another storage device can cause missing of those videos
  • Accidentally deleting QuickTime movies on Mac when auto-empty Trash is enabled
  • Losing QuickTime movies after OS update or other application update on OS X

After encountering any of these instances one may lose QuickTime movies from Macintosh computers if Time Machine is not enabled. Time Machine is a built in backup functionality on Mac computers that takes backup of all files on Mac hard drive at given point of time. So, if Time Machine is not set then lost or accidentally deleted QuickTime videos cannot be recovered. However, no need to worry much because such movie files can be extracted without any hassle using proficient media file retrieval tool on Mac OS X.

QuickTime movies recovery software:

With the utilization of Yodot Mac Photo Recoverysoftware you can get back QuickTime movies of .mov formats just in simple mouse clicks. You can successfully restore MPEG, AVI, MP4, ALE, 3GP, 3G2, MPG, MP3, AVCHD and other video file formats with utmost ease. Videos files deleted or lost from other digital gadgets like cameras, camcorders, iPod, mobile phones, etc. can also be recovered using this program. Along with QuickTime movies on Macintosh machines it even helps to restore deleted movies from iTunes, Photo booth and iMovie folders. In addition, the software can rescue pictures, music files, documents, archives, folders, etc. file formats from Mac computers. It assists media file recovery from SD memory cards, portable hard drive, USB flash drive, SSD, FireWire drive and other storage devices compatible on OS X. One can use this program on MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac, Mac Mini and Mac Pro that function with Mac Mavericks, Mountain Lion, Lion, Snow Leopard and Leopard operating systems.

Follow these steps to extract QuickTime movies on Mac:

  • Download and install the tool on your Mac machine
  • Launch the software according to given instructions and wait for main screen to appear
  • Choose ‘Deleted Photo Recovery’ option from main screen to restore erased QuickTime movie files
  • Or click on ‘Lost Photo Recovery’ option to retrieve lost or missing movie files
  • From next screen, select the drive / volume in which QuickTime movies were saved previously
  • Proceeding further, choose movie file types that you need to restore or simply select ‘Mark All’ to retrieve all file types
  • Now, software scans selected drive / volume on Mac to rescue QuickTime videos
  • Recovered movie files will be then listed in two distinct view types – ‘Data View’ / ‘File Type View’
  • You can view the details of recovered movie files or simply proceed with saving them to new desired location

Important Note!!

  • Do not delete QuickTime movies without proper confirmation
  • Enable Time Machine to avoid unexpected loss of files like QuickTime movies from Mac

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