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Since iSight times, Photo Booth is the go-to application for recording meetings, private shows, blogs, and all the funny stuff you can imagine.

Journalists use it to shoot interviews, then they prepare the audio transcript.

Beyond the effects included — Star Wars holograms anybody? — Photo Booth is a handy application, always ready to take a snapshot or record a video, not having to worry about settings or image controls.

Repair your damaged Photo Booth recordings

But Photo Booth has a weakness.

Recordings are only saved at the end, when you press the STOP button.
Otherwise, the video doesn't show up in the Photo Booth repository.

Fortunately, those recordings can be recovered, and we explain how to do it.

Where to find my unsaved Photo Booth clip?

The clip that you have recorded, but that doesn't show up in the Photo Booth window, can be found and then repaired without problem.

First step is to find where the file is hidden. As recording did not finish gracefully, clip is not listed in the Photo Booth Library's recent files, despite being there!

Let's take a look inside your computer's folders.

Videos are stored in your Photo Booth Library, but hidden inside a special bundle folder.
Using Finder's Go to Folder... menu option, type the following to find it.

~/Pictures/Photo Booth Library/Pictures/

Find your lost Photo Booth files with Finder

Your lost recording should be the most recent one among the files listed there.
It is also the one without a preview thumbnail, because the video is not playable — you can't open it until our service repairs it.

Recover your unsaved Photo Booth files

To see what it contains and then fix it, open the bad file with Treasured and send us a request just after diagnostics.

Try Treasured on your lost Photo Booth files!

Our service offers:

  • FREE diagnostics and preview with Treasured
  • FREE sample of repaired video
  • Try before you buy with a FREE trial of your Repair Kit
  • Enjoy FREE customer support by speaking directly with our trained experts
  • Invaluable expertise, dedication and second to none customer service
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Recover your lost Photo Booth clips

Failure modes

The causes of failure reported by Photo Booth users needing to recover files are:

Power failures

  • Computer ran out of battery before stop was pressed
    File was not properly finished
  • Laptop fell asleep
  • Lid was closed

Software failures

  • User quit before stopping the recording session
  • Stop button did not stop the recording
  • Photo Booth crashed while recording
    macOS halted and a reboot was needed

Duration of recording

With Treasured, you will be able to preview the lost recording, but the duration may be surprising, for two reasons.

Duration might either be shorter than expected — if Photo Booth stopped recording early, unnoticed to you — or longer than needed, if Photo Booth was left running until your Mac ran out of disk space.

In all cases, your Repair Kit will restore the entire content of the Photo Booth file.

Privacy concerns


Repair operations will take place in your computer, being the privacy of your video totally preserved as stated in our Privacy Policy.

Only a sample of about ten seconds is sent by Treasured to our servers. If this is a concern, please contact us and we will indicate how to configure a BLIND repair.