New Player in Sport Cameras

Seems that those who love recording their sport adventures in full detail are really lucky.
Geonaute has just announced the launch of its new 360º high resolution action sports video camera.

With a full horizontal range of 360 degrees and a vertical range of 150 degrees there’s little you will miss from the scene for sure.

No need to worry about focus or point the camera to the action. Everything will be automatically recorded. Later at editing time, you will be able to select the desired point of view. Ever wanted to know what was happening on your back when skiing down the hill?
Now you can with this camera!

It is a specially designed camera for extreme sports, waterproof (for surface activity, although it also has a special case for sports like scuba diving) and shock. It is quite lightweight (270 grams) and, although it has its own range of accessories also all the well-known GoPro ones can be used.

But as you can imagine, shit happens, and a hard landing or empty battery will leave you with a corrupt video. So whenever you need us, we’ll be ready to help you dealing with that cool footage lost.

First Google Glass Video Repair

Good news!
We received first customer with damaged footage taken with the new gadget from Google.

Yes, you’re right, Google Glass can also have a bad day. Technically nothing different from a regular H264 Video repair with some AAC Audio but with some special settings encoded all along the Audio/Video streams. Shhhh … maybe NSA has something to say about it? (sorry just kidding).

So, whenever Mountain View’s guys release their new toy, we’ll be ready to fix the damaged clips from it.

How to Repair your damaged videos at MP4repair.org

This post will illustrate the easy steps to follow when repairing a damaged clip using MP4repair.org. Typically it’s composed of 4 stages: Profiling, Repairing, Purchase and Download.

Profiling

This is the initial phase of the repair. Simply visit MP4repair.org and click on  button to start the diagnosis of your damaged file.

After a while up to three Video stills from your damaged file will be presented and you will be able even to hear the Audio corresponding to each one by clicking the ear icon 

In case more files need to be repaired simply add them to your cart selecting the Quickly Add more Clips… option.

Finally click on the button to go on and get access to your repair tool.

Repairing

You’re a step closer to your goal. Now it’s time to repair the profiled file using the tool. Enter your mail address and click  button.

Repair Tool will be prepared and presented on the screen, ready to repair your damaged video. 

Simply click on the  button and select it. Repair will start in a snap.

 

Repair will be launched and Live Preview presented. You will be able to see the repaired clip playback while is being repaired.

Once repair is finished you will be displayed up to three Free Preview samples ready to be downloaded to your computer. This will help you to take an informed purchase decision.

Purchase

Come on, you’re almost done! To proceed with payment click on  button. Warning message will be displayed explaining that after purchasing no new files would be added you your cart.

Finally click  button and proceed with checkout in our payment platform.

Download

Once payment is done your repair page is refreshed thanking you the purchase and allowing the repaired clips download.

Select one by one the clips of your cart and click on Locate Damaged File button to enable its  button. Click it and provide a convenient name for the file. We would suggest you to add .mov extension to make the file playable (if needed).

If you have any question or doubt during the whole process simply get in touch with our technicians using thefunction.

DIY Dash Cam using your GoPro

Dashboard cameras have drastically grown in popularity ever since a video of a meteor falling through the sky in Russia went viral last February. While you may never catch a glimpse of a meteor, these cameras can be great for proving fault in an auto accident, or even making sure your teen is driving safely.


You can purchase a dedicated dash cam for under $100, but the video quality isn’t great and you can’t easily use the camera for anything else. Instead, the GoPro Hero 3 is a small, slightly more expensive HD camera that can go nearly anywhere, including the dashboard of your car.

With some slight modifications, the GoPro Hero 3 quickly becomes a trusty, high-quality dash cam. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • GoPro Hero 3
  • GoPro suction mount
  • USB charging cable
  • USB car charger
  • Power drill

First, remove the GoPro from its plastic housing and drill a hole into the side where the USB input is located. This will allow you to plug your GoPro in and charge it while you drive. Just don’t expect the housing to remain waterproof after you’ve put a hole through it.

Next, suction mount your GoPro to your windshield. For the best angle of the road, you may have to mount the camera upside down. GoPro offers an in-camera option to flip the image, or you can rotate it using the software that comes packaged with the camera.

Finally, plug one end of the USB cable into the GoPro and the other into your vehicle’s 12-Volt outlet via a USB car charger adapter.

Once you have your GoPro set up, simply turn on the loop recording feature. That’s the key of the recording process.

Loop recording is a new feature and is kind of mysterious at a first glance. If you set it for, say, 20 minutes you’ll always be able to stop the camera and have at least the previous 20 minutes recorded.

The way it works is by actually splitting the 20 minute duration by 4, and keeps 5 sets of these clips on the SD card at any given time. 4 of the 5 clips are 5 minutes in length (20/4) which equals the full 20 minutes, the 5th is the current one recording (until it hits 5 minutes). So if you stop after 44 minutes you’ll have 4 clips each 5 minutes long and one clip 4 minutes long. This is why I say you’ll always have at least 20 minutes (or whatever duration you set).

Now you can capture everything that goes on in front of your vehicle. And even if you don’t end up with a video of a meteor falling from the sky, you can always speed up your footage and make a cool time lapse of your favorite driving route.

In case crash happens and your cam got damaged your footage could be repaired using MP4repair.org services. Drive safely!

IE 10 on Windows 7 MP4repair.org is ready!

Hooray! Welcome aboard!

Took some time but finally folks from Microsoft unleashed the latest Internet Explorer version for Windows 7. We have been working hard to be ready when the moment arrived.

According to Microsoft new IE 10

  • is 20% faster for real world Web sites
    You can experience IE10’s leading performance first hand with demos on the IE Test Drive site with examples of hardware accelerated rendering, interactivity, touch, and real world site patterns.
  • has a 60% increase in supported modern Web standards
    IE10 adds support for over 30 new modern Web standards beyond IE9, for a 60% increase. These new supported standards in IE10 include many of the latest HTML5, CSS3, DOM, Web Performance, and Web Application specifications across important aspects of Web development.

So, come on guys! Don’t be shy and use your brand new browser to check whether your damaged files are repairable using MP4repair.org. We’ll be glad to help you.

How to Repair Damaged .3gp Files

Imagine you took your daughter’s first birthday party on your mobile phone and when wanting to share it with your family, the video is no longer playing. Ouch! that’s what chief4life11 thought when posting for help. Fortunately we could help him bringing back the clip. Wanna know how? Just keep reading.

3GP file format is a compressed file format of a larger video file. It acts like a container where several video files of small storage capacity are stored. These files have extension of either .3gpp.3gp or .3g2.

Unlike any other file container, .3gp files are small in size and because of this feature, this file format is used frequently for small hand held devices like mobile phones. However sometimes users have to face the problem of being not playable due to deletion or corruption of such files.

There are several reasons for loss of 3GP video files. Most of the time culprit is the lack of space left on your memory card. Other times simply your phone got locked up and required a battery pull making the file not get properly saved.

Due to any of the unforeseen reasons file gets inaccessible and throws various type of error messages. In such circumstances, backup files will surely helps you a lot but in case it is unavailable then you can take the help of MP4repair.org to repair your damaged .3gp files.

Alternatively you could try to change the container using ffmpeg to copy the contents of the damaged .3gp file into a new mp4 container. Just type below command in your system’s prompt to get it done.

ffmpeg -i input.3gp -vcodec copy -acodec copy output.mp4

(Please note that you would need to have installed ffmpeg on your system and you need to change the name of the files shown to match your damaged files.)

Recover Deleted Videos on an SD Card (Part 3 of 3)

Part 3: Fix Deleted Videos

 

So finally you reviewed the content of your damaged card and processed the files as suggested in our previous post “Recover Deleted Videos on an SD Card (Part 2 of 3)“.

Great, now it’s time to repair them!

Use MP4repair.org to repair interesting tiles
As explained before the content of your damaged card is now split in tiles.
MP4repair.org can repair the tiles into playable videos.

Just click on the green Continue button tho proceed with the repair process.

The tool will launch the repair module and the repair process will start as shown below.

Once the tiles have been repaired, you will be able to download up to three free previews corresponding to the Beginning, Middle and End moments of your damaged file but now repaired.

Finally, once the payment is done, you will be able to download the entire file by right clicking the green button and providing an appropriate name for the repaired tile.


Rebuild entire video clips
Once the repaired tiles are downloaded you can easily merge them using any NLE.

Alternatively, you could first select the tiles that contain footage from the same clip, and then use software like HJSplit to join the tiles to finally use MP4repair.org to repair the entire clip in one shot.

File joining process is really straight forward. Simply select the tiles to be joined and add them consecutive .00x suffix to its name to get automatically merged.

If any issue is found during the process, remember that Aero Quartet team is ready to help you using remote assistance.

Recover Deleted Videos on an SD Card (Part 2 of 3)

Part 2: Find Deleted Videos

 

In previous post “Recover Deleted Videos on an SD Card (Part 1 of 3)” we explained how to create a image file from a damaged card. Now it’s time to go on and see how can we access to the damaged footage and finally, repair it.

You should have a .img file with a size similar to the damaged disk capacity. If the disk still contained video, the footage must now be inside your file as well.

Your .img file will now be split into tiles, like an archaeological excavation grid. We will search for video inside each tile. Keep in mind that as well as in an excavation, lots of sand could be dig out before finding a bone. So same could happen with your deleted video.

dig-grid.jpg


1. Figure out how many tiles
If the average size of the video file that you want to recover is 500 MB, divide your .img file into tiles of 500 MB. For example, a 32 GB card will give you: 32000/500 = 64 tiles.

You can reduce the number of tiles in the first pass, then narrow down once you have verified that your footage is present.

2. Split your .img file into tiles
You can use free software like HJSplit to perform this task.

 

Tiles files will have same name as your original .img file by default, but adding a .00x suffix that will be increased according to the number of tiles created. In the example below, 8 tiles of 500 MB were created from an .img file of 4 GB.

3. Run MP4repair.org diagnostics on each tile
MP4repair.org is a web tool to preview and repair video inside a corrupt file. Diagnostics are free. By trying every tile, you will map all the video present in damaged disk.

In the example below you can see the first tile diagnostics results. Looks promising.

As suggested before, check all created tiles to find the footage you need to repair. To do this, simply click on the blue New Diagnostics button that is shown below the preview.

In case some tile shows No Media or simply a different footage you’re not looking for, just remove it from your cart by clicking the blue cross that is shown in the upper right corner of its list entry.

 

 

In this case, third tile file usb.img.003 is showing a different format and should be removed.

Once all the footage that needs to be recovered is found go on with the repair.

 

Don’t be afraid of the price shown during the tiles exploration. Final quote will be adjusted accordingly to the number of files to be repaired. Also keep in mind that Aero Quartet experts will keep an eye on the repair process.

Let’s see how to repair it in the third and last post of this series…

To be Continued…

Recover Deleted Videos on an SD Card (Part 1 of 3)

Part 1: Undelete Raw Footage

 

Whenever an SD Card with precious video moments is being formatted by mistake, a cold sweat runs down the back of the culprit. Here we will show you how to bring back those deleted files through three posts with detailed steps. We will Undelete Raw Footage, then we’ll Find Deleted Videos and finally Fix Deleted Videos.

Hint: We use our MP4repair.org video repair tool during the process…

Formatted Card

In Windows there is a good technique to create a disk image from the damaged disk or card (even if it was formatted), which is the first step towards recovery of footage. For Mac users there are some other ways to get back those videos using Aero Quartet services.

In a nutshell, we use a small utility called dd for Windows that is able to read the raw data of a disk. (From now on, we will just use the generic word “disk”, and it can refer to a hard disk, a memory card or a USB drive).

Under the premise that the disk is readable, i.e. Windows detects it when you plug the disk or insert the card in the reader, dd for Windows should be able to create a file with about the size of the disk.

Here is the process, step by step:

1. Download dd utility: http://www.chrysocome.net/downloads/dd-0.5.zip
This program is free and distributed under GPL license. For more information, refer to the product page.

2. Unzip it and make a copy on your Desktop.

3. Connect the damaged disk to the computer.
Your PC must detect it, otherwise dd won’t work.

4. Open a DOS shell (i.e. launch the program called cmdand type the command: 

dd --list

And you will get a list of the devices connected to your computer.
Here is what we get for example:

rawwrite dd for windows version 0.5.
Written by John Newbigin
This program is covered by the GPL. See copying.txt for details
Win32 Available Volume Information
\\.\Volume{aef46cf9-3e3d-11de-b8c6-806d6172696f}\
link to \\?\Device\HarddiskVolume3
fixed media
Mounted on \\.\c:

\\.\Volume{aef46cf8-3e3d-11de-b8c6-806d6172696f}\
link to \\?\Device\CdRom0
CD-ROM
Mounted on \\.\d:

\\.\Volume{6f41f4b2-d11a-11de-b318-001d4f88486c}\
link to \\?\Device\Harddisk1\DP(1)0-0+5
removable media
Mounted on \\.\f:

Don’t be afraid, it’s just a list of the devices connected to your computer.

Here the interesting device is the F:\ volume described as removable media: this is the card that we want to recover. Take note of the corresponding volume name:

\\.\Volume{6f41f4b2-d11a-11de-b318-001d4f88486c}

This volume name starting with \\.\Volume{ and ending with } will be used in step #6.

5. Verify that you have enough space available on your hard disk.
The rule of the thumb is that a 4GB card will produce a 4GB file, a 120GB hard disk will need 120GB, and so on.

6. Type the command below to read your disk.
Of course, you will replace this volume name by the volume name that you have noted in step 4:

dd if=\\.\Volume{6f41f4b2-d11a-11de-b318-001d4f88486c} of=c:\usb.img bs=1M --progress

This command creates a file called c:\usb.img that is a carbon-copy of the damaged disk.

It can take a long time. For 1GB, it can take one minute or more. For 120GB, it will take several hours. Progress of the file creation will be shown on the screen from 0 to the size of the disk.

After following this process, you will have an image file of your damaged card but still no access to the footage. We’ll see how to access and repair it in the second post of this series: Find Deleted Videos on an SD Card.

Firefox 20 for Windows will include support for H.264, AAC, and MP3 playback

Good news on the browsers front: Firefox 20 will support H.264 playback!

Don’t rush to download it, it’s only available in alpha “Aurora” channel as of now. Beta should be out and February and release in April 2013.

This will improve MP4repair.org experience when repairing videos containing H.264: Until now, a QuickTime plug-in was need to see the LivePreview (otherwise only still frames every few seconds were displayed). With H.264 support, Firefox will be on par with Chrome, Internet Explorer 10 and Safari: All 4 major browser will have native LivePreview of H.264 videos (the most popular format found on MP4repair.org)

Good job, Mozilla folks.