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March 8, 2017 How-to-Guides , ,

How to Recover Unsaved QuickTime Recordings on Mac


Many users might have encountered this dilemma: they are recording audio or video using QuickTime app, but suddenly the app freezes or even crashes, and they could only force quite the app without being able to click on the Save button.

It is very frustrating to lost the recording, but have you ever thought of the possibility that unsaved recording could be found again? In some cases, actually, you can recover your lost QuickTime video or audio files by this handy trick: manually looking through the system to locate the lost data. This post will show you how to achieve it.

To find the lost QuickTime recordings on your Mac, follow the instructions below:

> Open Finder, and hit “Command + Shift + G” to launch the “Go To Folder” box.

> Enter the following path in the box and hit “Enter” to open the folder directory:
~/Library/Containers/ Information

> Select the “List” view in the Finder toolbar, and look for the files named like:
Unsaved QuickTime Player Document.qtxcomposition

>To identify the file you want to recover, right click on a .qtxcomposition file according to the “Date Modified”, and choose “Show Package Contents” option.

We noticed some user said the temporary recording file they found can not be played in QuickTime (or other third party apps like VLC). Well, the .qtxcomposition file is not a regular QuickTime file but a container which contains the real .mov file along with some meta information. To access the actual .mov file, just right click on select .qtxcomposition file and choose the “Show Package Contents” option, to display the package contents. Then you may find the recoding .mov file you lost. Once identified, you can copy and paste .mov file to the desktop, and open it as usual.

If QuickTime cannot open the large .mov file, you can try other apps like iMovie or Final Cut. Besides, recovery utilities like Daisy Disk or OnyX may also help you out.

Learning how to use this trick could save you a lot of effort when QuickTime freezes, crashes or shuts down unexpectedly and your work are not preserved properly. You can also clear up the cache files if you want to reclaim the disk space they occupied.

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