I was recording my screen whilst giving a presentation. Instead of stopping the recording cleanly I closed the lid of my laptop. Later, when I opened it again, the recording had stopped, but there was no sign of the resulting file. Can anyone tell me where the recording may be stored on disk so I can recover it?
As of OSX Sierra, it's here:
In there, there is a container/package/directory called
Unsaved QuickTime Player Document.qtpxcomposition that contains a
Screen Recording.mov file with the actual video. You can copy-paste that
mov file wherever to save it permanently.
You can also double-click the
Unsaved QuickTime Player Document file directly. That file opens in QuickTime, and allows you to save in a proper place. Note that sometimes QuickTime will fail to save a Screen Recording with the error "The operation could not be completed" (using
File > Export As might work, though), so copy-pasting is probably less prone to error.
My battery ran out when I was recording and found my file there.
The screen recording movies are saved in the "Autosave Information" file if you didn't save them or close them manually. I stumbled on it a while ago, and believe me its not easy to find. They are located in a hidden "Library" file. The only way I found it was by searching for "autosave" in Finder, and I was able to recover my lost screen recording! There are several of those "Autosave Information" files for different apps like Chess, and Quicktime! But the specific "Library" file (where the autosave file is located) is hidden (at least on my computer) so, like I said, you can only get to it by searching for "Autosave Information" in finder. If you have any files autosaved, they would be there. I was able to recover my files there. Also I should mention I found my screen recordings there after I had to restart my computer without originally saving them. Such a relief!
Look for a very large .mov file (with an appropriate date) in /private/var/folders/[randomly named subfolder]/[randomly named subfolder]/-Tmp-/TemporaryItems/. It's where Snow Leopard (and later OS, as far as I know) puts temp files created in the preparation of a QT screen recording. If you do find this large .mov file, COPY it to the Desktop. Under normal conditions, these temp files get deleted automatically when the screen recording process completes; however, when the process fails to finish properly, sometimes these temp files linger.
I don't know if you'll find this helpful, but there are two ways I can think that you could find this
This might be too obvious, and you might have it stored in a hidden folder, like others have suggested, but I always think its good to start with the obvious. First, create a new screen recording that then close the recording without saving it. It will ask you to determine where you want to save it and it should be the default folder. Then just open finder and find that folder - lmk if that doesn't make sense.
The second is grab grand perspective and scan your hard drive folder. Look for a massive movie. If you still can't find it (perhaps because it is too small and you have too much on your hard drive. You could try to replicate the process by recording a massive movie file, closing your computer, and rescanning to look for that. That file will give you the same folder path as the other one.
Yes, these aren't super technical, but they might work.