Desperate - Unsaved file ruined my day :(

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Orme, Aug 2, 2011.

  1. Orme macrumors member

    May 1, 2011
    Hi Guys,

    I am a fairly new mac user, I got my mac in may so I don't know all the technical stuff yet and I really need your help. I have searched everywhere for an answer and not found one so I've come here to ask.

    Today I was recording using the Photo Booth app. I was recording for about 1 Hour and 50 minutes.

    I needed to go out so I started closing my windows and browsers and then realised I had closed Photo Booth too.. so I opened it back up then realising the recording never saved as I x'ed out of the program and didn't press stop causing the recording to not save..

    I am really gutted by this, I wanted to cry.. I will never get those moments back that I captured..

    My suspicions are.. that when something records surely a temp file is created somewhere in the system? I wondered if it were possible to find such a file and drag it back to life..

    I am gutted, please someone give me an answer, any answer at all :(:(
  2. Orme, Aug 2, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2011

    Orme thread starter macrumors member

    May 1, 2011
    There is a sign of hope!

    I don't know if any advanced users have noticed but...

    If you go to your PHOTO BOOTH folder and keep it open and then open your Photo Booth app.. start recording something

    When you start recording you will see a new file created in that Photo Booth folder in finder with the specific date and time it was recorded at..

    Now.. IF you click stop and save the recording it stays in the Photo Booth folder and you can open it and watch the successfully recorded file.. HOWEVER if you do what I do which was.. recording and x'ing out of the application without hitting stop to save it.. THE CREATED FILE IS STILL THERE BUT IT WON'T OPEN! .. BUT IT'S THERE!!

    Get info says Created:
    Yesterday 16:47 (WHEN I STARTED RECORDING IT)

    That's nearly two hours of my recorded footage!!

    It says 554 MB so surely it's still all there some how!?

    How do I recover it? Someone do what I did and see how possible?

    OMG PLEASE LET THIS BE RECOVERABLE!! :rolleyes::confused:

    Thanks for reading my ..stuff. :(:eek:
  3. -tWv- macrumors 68000


    May 11, 2009
    What have you tried opening the file with? Also, what is the extension on the file? (what's after the "." in the file name)
  4. Orme thread starter macrumors member

    May 1, 2011
    Hey, sorry for not posting back here.

    I actually managed to sort of recover my video, but not at all in the quality I would have wished for.

    I used some movie repair software which was a demo and it brought back my movie but it's slow motion and has no sound to it.. and because it's a demo it only retrieves 50% of the video. Also when I pause the video and drag through the frames it is super duper distorted and not clear single picture frames like my other videos.. which is one of the main reasons I needed to recover this for.

    So it's hope that some how it is fully recoverable. Can't believe I found a solution. Pretty good for a noob, eh!?

    The extension is .mov - it doesn't open in Quicktime, VLC, etc, I've tried them all!

    It appears the problem and solution is to repair a .mov file, so now I need help in finding something that will repair it properly.

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