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Treasured's Movie Repair Guide -- JPEG

JPEG stands for Joint Picture Expert Group, and is a commonly used method of compression, as well as a picture format and a video codec.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jpeg

Many consumer photo and video devices, like digital cameras, use JPEG as the format to store pictures.
Videos are often stored in QuickTime mov files with MJPEG codec.

M-JPEG, MJPEG-A, MJPEG-B are video codecs based on JPEG compression. such videos store each frame as a picture. There is only intra-frame compression, no inter-frame or temporal compression.

Such files contain valid JPEG media, easily found due to their common structure:
They begin with SOI token, 0xFFD8 in hexadecimal, then are followed by many variable length structures (see below) and finally end with EOI token, 0xFFD9.

Variable length structures look like this:
Token 0xFFzz + length 0xmmnn + payload
where zz is a byte value between 0xc0 and 0xfe
where mmnn is a 16 bits little endian word encoding the length of the structure.

Special case: Interlaced JPEG
Sometimes the video signal in interlaced. Therefore each JPEG structure (as defined above with 0xFFD8 and 0xFFD9 markers) only contains half a frame (even lines, or odd lines). For example, a two 720x288 JPEG structures will form one 720x576 frame. In this case, when reindexing, the JPEG structures should be paired: each sample contains two of them.

How to extract JPEGs from a file...
Tools needed: HexEdit or any other hex editor

1. Open the file in HexEdit and find hex pattern: FF D8 FF
Check that it is followed by the quantization table, easily identifiable due to the "alphabet pattern" found, see below.
Take note of the address.

001bae0: 0000 0001 ffd8 ffdb 0084 0003 0202 0202 ................
001baf0: 0103 0202 0203 0303 0304 0704 0404 0404 ................
001bb00: 0906 0605 070a 090b 0b0a 090a 0a0c 0d11 ................
001bb10: 0e0c 0c10 0c0a 0a0f 140f 1011 1213 1313 ................
001bb20: 0b0e 1516 1512 1611 1213 1201 0303 0304 ................
001bb30: 0304 0804 0408 120c 0a0c 1212 1212 1212 ................
001bb40: 1212 1212 1212 1212 1212 1212 1212 1212 ................
001bb50: 1212 1212 1212 1212 1212 1212 1212 1212 ................
001bb60: 1212 1212 1212 1212 1212 1212 ffc4 01a2 ................
001bb70: 0000 0105 0101 0101 0101 0000 0000 0000 ................
001bb80: 0000 0102 0304 0506 0708 090a 0b10 0002 ................
001bb90: 0103 0302 0403 0505 0404 0000 017d 0102 .............}..
001bba0: 0300 0411 0512 2131 4106 1351 6107 2271 ......!1A..Qa."q
001bbb0: 1432 8191 a108 2342 b1c1 1552 d1f0 2433 .2....#B...R..$3
001bbc0: 6272 8209 0a16 1718 191a 2526 2728 292a br........%&'()*
001bbd0: 3435 3637 3839 3a43 4445 4647 4849 4a53 456789:CDEFGHIJS
001bbe0: 5455 5657 5859 5a63 6465 6667 6869 6a73 TUVWXYZcdefghijs
001bbf0: 7475 7677 7879 7a83 8485 8687 8889 8a92 tuvwxyz.........

2. Find hex pattern: FF D9, corresponding to end of JPEG data.

001c5c0: 4a13 befb 8935 1d65 fd76 11ad a38e 3cb2 J....5.e.v....<.
001c5d0: b018 39ca 8246 0fa7 6a85 d115 b0ae 7923 ..9..F..j.....y#
001c5e0: 040e 8295 eced d0a9 2b59 247f ffd9 0000 ........+Y$.....
001c5f0: 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 ................
001c600: 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 ................
		

3. From this point, select the data backwards until you reach the FF D8 FF address found in step 1.
Now all the JPEG data should be selected.
JPEG data for a picture can range from a few kilobytes to a few megabytes, depending on the size of the picture.

4. Copy, create new document and paste. Save the file as pic.jpg
It's important to use the jpg suffix to tell the operating system to open it as a JPEG picture.

In Mac OS X, it can be necessary to reset the Type and Creator. This can be done with many freeware apps.

How to repair a damaged MJPEG movie?

If the movie cannot be fixed by manual correction, probably it can be repaired by extracting the JPEG frames and reindexing them.

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