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Repair Corrupt GoPro MP4 Video Files

Himanshu Goyal
Himanshu Goyal Updated On - 24 Oct 2019
This article focuses on providing efficient solutions for repairing corrupt/damaged GoPro mp4 video files. After covering the manual solutions, we will also talk about a third-party tool that is specially designed to repair GoPro video files

GoPro makes versatile cameras used for videography and photography. It is widely used because it’s light in weight and provides high-quality footage from multiple angles with a mounted stick. The videos shot by this camera are stored in MP4 format so that they can be played and edited over any device.

However, the video shot on GoPro often gets corrupt due to various reasons, which makes it inaccessible over any device. Below we have mentioned some reasons that describe how GoPro MP4 files get corrupted.

  • When videos are not appropriately stopped after recording or when you are using a low-quality memory card to record the videos
  • When you store your GoPro videos in a PC or Mac that is infected with spyware.
  • When you are transferring files from the camera to PC, but an unexpected break occurs
  • When the GoPro camera suddenly locked up due to overheating or some other glitch

In such cases, it is common for GoPro video files to get corrupt, and it’s very throbbing for users who recorded the videos with all their efforts. So, what can be done to repair such corrupt GoPro video files?

In this article, we will talk about some useful methods that can be used to fix corruption errors of GoPro video files.

Method 1: Using GoPro’s in-built SOS Function

GoPro cameras come with an in-built feature known as “SOS function,” that can be used to repair corrupt video files. To use this feature, follow the below steps:

  1. Insert the SD card (containing corrupted video files), into your camera, and turn it on.
  2. The camera will start scanning the SD card and try to identify the video files that miss metadata.
  3. If it founds any glitch in the video file, then it will display an SOS signal, bicycle, or + icon on its LCD.
  4. If you see the repair or SOS icon, then press any button on the camera to initiate file repairing process.
  5. The camera red light will start blinking. Once the file is repaired, the camera will return to its normal state.

Using this method, you can repair video files with any GoPro version, such as Hero 3, Hero 3+, Hero 4, Hero 5 Black, and Hero 6 Black.

Method 2: Using VLC Media Player

The VLC media player can be of great help in repairing corrupt/damaged GoPro video files. It allows you to transcode the video to alternative formats. Check the below steps to know how it can fix GoPro videos.

  1. Launch VLC media player on your system and click the Media section, and then select Convert/Save option.
  2. Add the corrupted MP4 file to transcode and click Convert/Save.
  3. Select a location to save the transcoded video file on your system.
  4. Now, choose a codec from the Profile drop-down menu to transcode the file.
  5. After selecting a codec, click the Start button to transcode the video file.

After transcoding the MP4 video, you can try to play it with VLC media player. You might not find any corruption in the video.

These are some solutions that can be used to repair GoPro MP4 video files. However, if you’re still unable to play the GoPro video, then there is an alternate solution for you that will definitely fix the MP4 video corruption and make your video file accessible – Kernel Video Repair tool. It comes with some advanced functionalities that make it stand out from others.


GoPro is widely used by many vloggers and professionals for recording great videos. So, when an MP4 video file created by GoPro gets corrupt, it becomes painful for them. Therefore, we shared some useful methods that can help you repair corrupt MP4 videos files.