I just recorded a quicktime video but I closed my lid before stopping it. Now it isn't saved! Is there a way to recover this very important recording?

This is empty: ~/Library/Containers/com.apple.QuickTimePlayerX/Data/Library/Autosave Information/

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    In every single operating system, from the most complex to the most simple, the act saving your work is completely unrelated to it being "user friendly." If you didn't save it before you stopped the recording and closed the lid - it's gone. I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news.
    – Allan
    May 2, 2020 at 18:06
  • @Allan don't software have an option to autosave things in case of a crash?
    – O'Niel
    May 2, 2020 at 18:43
  • @O'Niel but we aren't the developers of that app.. best hope is to use spotlight or mdfind like tool for video type added in past 24 hours to search the computer. I see you have used apple.stackexchange.com/questions/66114/… this thread for the location said in the question, but documents, movies are worth checking.
    – anki
    May 2, 2020 at 18:47
  • Not necessarily. Killing an app mid process (as you describe) has unintended consequences. For instance, the app may never had the chance to write the file.
    – Allan
    May 2, 2020 at 18:50
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    @ankii Thanks. Your suggestion to use Spotlight helped me!
    – O'Niel
    May 2, 2020 at 22:45

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I found the file back using Spotlight. Open Finder and press Cmd + F. Than search for filetype 'Movie'.

It was located in /Users/name/Library/ScreenRecordings.

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