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Repair corrupt MKV video files with Meteorite

Have you ever downloaded a video from the Internet, transferred it over a network or copied it from another device only to find out that it would not play at all, or play, but without audio or with a black screen? We have reviewed a program to repair corrupt divx movies back in 2007 and then another one for fixing avi files in 2008.

But MKV files? Project Meteorite tries to change that by offering to repair corrupted MKV files. Using the program is actually very simply. Windows users only need to download, unpack and start it to repair broken MKV files they have on their system. The program displays a basic interface that you need to drag and drop MKV files to.

Once you do that it will display a progress bar right below the interface indicating the status of the repair attempt. Once done, it will return to the standard interface. How do you know if the repair was successful or not? By playing the MKV file on your system afterwards. An option to echo the final repair status would be useful, as would an option to run the MKV file afterwards to check whether the repair fixed the playback issues you experienced earlier.

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Note that it will process the MKV video file you drop on the target area directly. I'd highly suggest to use a backup of the video to see if issues can be resolved by the application to avoid further damage to the original file.

It is not really clear which kind of problems Meteorite can fix and which it can't repair. The author mentions options to make half-downloaded or transferred videos playable on the system - up to the point where the download stopped. That is however the only hint on the project website that we get for now. Then again, it is definitely better trying than doing nothing at all as you may not be able to play the video at all otherwise.

As long as you use backup copies that you drag and drop into the Meteorite GUI there is nothing that can go wrong in this regard. Worst thing that can happen is that it won't be able to fix the issue.

Meteorite is a cross-platform application available for Windows, Mac and Linux. The latest program version and its source code can be downloaded from the developer website.





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    Comments

    1. Krishna said on December 29, 2012 at 9:47 am
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      At present mkvtoolnix is considered the ultimate.

      http://www.bunkus.org/videotools/mkvtoolnix/index.html

      1. Martin Brinkmann said on December 29, 2012 at 10:28 am
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        Krishna, thanks for that, will take a look.

    2. Erdem U. Altinyurt said on December 29, 2012 at 8:33 pm
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      Hi there,
      This is author of Meteorite.
      Just want to say that, Meteorite do not change/write on dropped files. So you don’t need to create backup.

      Also mkvtoolnix couldn’t fix heavily broken files. At least, it wasn’t. That why I coded meteorite…
      Regards

    3. olive said on April 4, 2016 at 7:38 am
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      the loading does not finish at all. it comes till the end and then stops.

    4. olive said on April 4, 2016 at 7:40 am
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      sorry it works nicely. my bad

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