Most Common Issues with Video Files and How to Fix Them

Although in most cases you shouldn’t have any difficulty dealing with video files and viewing, storing, or transfer them – in some cases you may encounter some issues. It is important that when you do encounter any problems, you know what you need to do to overcome and fix them.

While there are many potential issues that you may run into with video files, some of the most common are:

Unsupported video formats

At some point or other it is likely that you’ll end up with a video format that you can’t seem to play and an error message may appear letting you know it is in an unsupported format. To fix that you need to download the video codec, either in a codec pack such as the K-lite Codec Pack, or a media player such as VLC Media Player.

Instead of that however, you could convert the video to a format that you know is supported. For example you could convert MKV to MP4 with H.264 which is supported on most devices and platforms using Movavi Video Converter.

Hardware acceleration issues

If operating properly, hardware acceleration can help to offload video decoding from the CPU and onto the GPU – which is good. However from time to time there may be issues with hardware acceleration that makes it unstable.

To fix such issues you should first make sure that all your drivers are updated. If the issue persists you may want to disable hardware acceleration entirely and use software decoding instead.

Corrupted video files

Sometimes video files can become corrupted due to bad sectors on your hard drives, viruses, issues with their encoding, and so on. That can make them look choppy and blurry, or even make them unplayable in the first place.

In order to fix a corrupted video file you’ll need a specialized tool. Some media players (such as VLC) have one built-in, as do many video converters.

Audio seems out of sync

One of the most frustrating problems to deal with is if the audio in your video seems slightly out of sync. It is normally caused by a mistake made when editing the video, or when encoding it.

In some media players you can adjust the synchronization of the audio manually so that it lines up. That may sound tedious, but it is easier than the other option: Editing the video and manually adjusting the audio track to line up.

Make no mistake there are other issues that you may encounter involving video files as well, but the ones listed above are by far the most common. Now that you know how to fix them, you should be able to manage your videos that much more effectively.

As you may have noticed while some of the issues are caused by specific reasons, others can be caused by malware or common hardware failures. That is why it is important to backup any videos that you consider important, as safeguarding them completely can be tricky at best.