[Tfug] Need urgent help repairing a video file...and yeah, it's a Linux issue...

Bexley Hall bexley401 at yahoo.com
Sat Oct 20 15:18:54 MST 2012

I don't see how this "is a Linux issue" -- unless you're saying
you want a FREE (no cost) solution, but...

On 10/20/2012 10:58 AM, Jim March wrote:
> Folks,
> I have a broken .mp4 file on my hands that is critically important to a
> political thing I'm doing.
> The file is at:
> https://dl.dropbox.com/u/1825088/ScytlBaltimore.mp4
> I've tried using a front-end to ffmeg called "format junkie" to fix this
> critter and the error it spits out is "moov atom not found".  This
> apparently means the data might be there, but the video format structure
> does exist.
> Some google-fu led me to this page:
> http://vcg.isti.cnr.it/~ponchio/untrunc.php
> Awesome!  An open-source util that can cope with this.

Have you searched for NON-free solutions, as well?
(sometimes you have to PAY to PLAY)

> Problems though...
> It needs "libavformat-dev and libavcodec-dev straight from the Ubuntu
> repositories" and the Quantal that I'm running (latest Ubuntu) can't load
> those per Synaptic - not without a lot of dependency hell stuff that might
> break FSM only knows what.
> I have a VM copy of Mint 8 that might, but I can't seem to get Virtualbox
> to pass it networking so that I could load those and load the
> build-essentials stuff needed to compile this critter.
> Can anybody help by compiling untrunc and then applying it to that data
> file!?  I'd be very, very grateful :(.
> Thanks,

 From my read, it seems that the tool will need a *sample*/reference
file against which to reconstruct the damaged file (?)  You've not
said how the (damaged) file was sourced (phone cam? web video?)
so its hard to determine if other "similar" (though intact) videos
are available...

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