onsite recording to remote server recording.
If you rely on outsourced vendors, make
sure they’re providing redundancy.
2. If you make long live recordings, configure
your recorder to segment the files based
on time. While many systems allow you
to record a live stream into one file, any
hiccups could corrupt the entire stream.
If you use segments, then any corruption
can be isolated to one particular segment.
3. Create copies of files during encoding
processes, backing up the source file to a
local cache folder for the encoder to use
while keeping the original source location
intact. If possible, create copies of files
on different disks or partitions from the
4. Build restrictions into your pipeline to
prohibit manual interventions by your
organization’s staff. In my particular
example, a project manager was able to
access the remote file system directly and
delete the source file that was being used
during a transcode process.
5. Have recovery tools pre-installed on any
systems that read/write your video files.
6. Back up video files to a cloud storage
service such as Amazon AWS S3.
I hope you don’t find yourself in need of video file recovery in the future, but if you do, keep
calm and proceed as quickly as possible to retrieve the bits that can be found. The longer you
wait, the less likely it is that the entire video will
be recoverable and playable.
Robert Reinhardt ( email@example.com) is founder of VideoRx
and is internationally regarded as an expert on multimedia
application development and online video, particularly in HTML5,
iOS, Flash, AVC/H.264, and HEVC/H.265.
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