[SOLVED] Video file too big to play in VLC

BobMcSmith

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Hello! I don't know if this is the right category, so sorry if it isn't. :confused2: Anyway, I recorded a game clip a while ago, and left OBS recording overnight accidentally. Now I have a file that is 68 Gigs, and I can't open it in VLC or Premiere to clip it down. What do I do? Help!
 
You might be able to see it on VLC by adjusting how much video is cache.

Open VLC and click Tools then select Preferences.
click All below Show Settings at the bottom of the window.
Click on Input / Codecs in the left pane.
On the right pane scroll to File Caching (ms) under Advance.
Set it to 1000-1200
Do the same for Network Caching (ms).
Click the Save button
You could change it to a higher value if it is skipping.

You could also use a video editing like the VideoPad free edition.
and cut that video on chunk that could be more manageable.
 

BobMcSmith

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What error messages do you get - how can you tell that it is the file size that is the issue ?
Well there was no error popup, only it wouldn't play anything and the progress bar would just be a yellow line bouncing back and forth endlessly. I did however make a log file and I found this pretty unhelpful error: avcodec error: Could not open E:\toobig.mp4: Unknown error
Is it just that the file corrupted?
 

BobMcSmith

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You might be able to see it on VLC by adjusting how much video is cache.

Open VLC and click Tools then select Preferences.
click All below Show Settings at the bottom of the window.
Click on Input / Codecs in the left pane.
On the right pane scroll to File Caching (ms) under Advance.
Set it to 1000-1200
Do the same for Network Caching (ms).
Click the Save button
You could change it to a higher value if it is skipping.

You could also use a video editing like the VideoPad free edition.
and cut that video on chunk that could be more manageable.
Tried the cache change, no luck. I will try the VideoPad right now though.
Edit: Just tried VideoPad, also to no avail, just said it was unable to open the file. Corrupted maybe?
 

Grobe

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Sounds like the file is corrupt.

Or maybe you have stored the file on a filesystem (fat 32) that doesn't support > 4GB files, but somehow still repport it as bigger.

Or you just ran out of space and the recording software doesn't handle that correctly, ending up with a corrupt file.
 

BobMcSmith

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Sounds like the file is corrupt.

Or maybe you have stored the file on a filesystem (fat 32) that doesn't support > 4GB files, but somehow still repport it as bigger.

Or you just ran out of space and the recording software doesn't handle that correctly, ending up with a corrupt file.
Yea, as much as I didn't want to admit it, that's what I suspected. Well thanks for the help nonetheless!
 

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