Just a quick note. One of the the things you can spend days researching is HOW TO FIX BROKEN VIDEO/AVI FILES? I tried various utilities. For those new to to this topic let share what my experience has been:
- DivFix and VirtualDub (NanDub) are the venerable standbys that folks in the know have been using for a very long time. They are either free or shareware. There are some known bugs in both of these but basically DivFix used to hang and crash on certain file types and VirtualDub is easy to use once you’ve figured it out. It helps to follow tutorials and RTFM. If you are new to Video editing software, VDub is not very intuitive.
- DivFix++ –> I have used this. It is the updated version of DivFix, and seems to have resolved many of the bugs –> no issues with hanging.
- I tested Video Fixer. It was a trial edition (10 days). Last update was in 2006! It said that it fixed several avi files, but when I tried to run the with VLC, VLC reported that the file was still broken. VERDICT: Video Fixer is garbage. Don’t even bother.
- Fix Player –> I was able to consistently repair broken AVI files with this software today (MAY 6, 2013). It has a simple interface. I can’t tell you if there are any bugs, because I didn’t run into any. All I can say is it worked for me all day long today. 🙂
Ultimately, I recommend you check out Fix player.