QuickTime -- Recovering a Video

If you just recorded a video in QuickTime, and try to save the "Untitled" or not yet saved video, and you get a window pop-up that says "Cannot Open," or for some reason just can't save the video…

  1. Keep the unsaved video open.
    1. If you close or have closed the unsaved video, you may lose the video.
  2. Open Finder or click a blank area of your desktop.
  3. Press keyboard combination of Cmd-Shift-g or go to the "Go" option in "Finder."
  4. Type in the following folder path in the field provided, and click "OK."
    1. ~/Library/Containers/com.apple.QuickTimePlayerX/Data/Library/Autosave Information/
    2. Note that you can just type in the first ~/Library/Containers or so, press OK, and click through to the rest.
  5. Look for a file called "Unsaved QuickTime Player Document.qtpxcomposition," or something similar.
  6. Right-click or ctrl-click or 2-finder clicker the file, and select "Show Package Contents."
  7. Copy the "Screen Recording.mov" file to your desktop.
  8. Open the "Scree Recording.mov" file on your desktop and confirm it's the recording you want.
  9. If you have the right recording, close without saving the "Untitled" or not yet saved video window. You do not need it now.
  10. Rename the "Scree Recording.mov" file on your desktop as something appropriate.


Thanks to stackexchange and Matt Sephton for posting this tip at webpage below.