How to Recover Deleted Videos on Mac (Work on Latest MacBook Pro and Air)

Rosa Reyes
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Videos goes viral online, we all watch or create videos, and save our favorite ones on hard drives. It would be very heartbreaking if we lost some important videos. But today, recovering deleted videos becomes much easier. A deleted video isn’t truly removed from your storage drive until it is overwritten by new data. Using macOS native tools or a 3rd party data recovery program can help us retrieve deleted videos on our newly bought MacBook Pro, Air or other models.

3 "Delete" Scenarios

When talking about deleted videos, there may be 3 scenarios:

Permanently Deleted: we moved the videos to Mac Trash bin first, then we emptied the Trash bin or right click on the deleted files and choose Delete Immediately. In this case, you won’t find any portal to access to the deleted videos, but they are still on your Mac until new data overwrites them.

Moved to Mac Trash: we directly drag and drop the video icons over onto Trash bin app icon or select the videos and right click to Move to Trash. In this case, the deleted videos are still located in Trash bin app, you can put back at any time.

Moved to Photos Trash: Photos app is a good place to manage photos and videos in one place on your Mac, if you deleted a video in Photos app, you can find the deleted video in Recently Deleted folder and Recover.

Basing on above scenarios, the method to recover deleted videos on Mac may vary. In the following parts, we will show you how to restore your videos in 4 different ways.

How to Recover Permanently Deleted Videos on Mac?

If a video is permanently deleted, you need either a back up or a 3rd party data recovery program to put it back on your Mac. Without a backup, Cisdem Data Recovery for Mac will be the best solution for deleted video recovery, it can recover videos deleted by mistake or lost due to other reasons: sudden power off, OS upgrade or downgrade, app crash, virus attack, etc.

Cisdem Data Recovery scans Mac internal hard drives, also any other external hard drives connected to a Mac, even including SD Card, USB, media player…, then lists and retrieves the lost, deleted or formatted files. Thanks to its advanced scanning engine, it can find lost files fast and render your files for easy preview. With its exceptional support of file formats, in addition to videos in virtually all popular codecs, it can retrieve deleted files of images, audios, documents, archives and more than 200 types.

Recover Permanently Deleted Videos on Mac Now!

  1. Download and install Cisdem Data Recovery to your MacBook Pro or Air or others.
    Everyone can free download Cisdem Data Recovery for Mac. As long as you click the "Free Download" button below, Cisdem Data Recovery for Mac will start to download.
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  2. Run the program and go to Disk Data Recovey.
  3. Select the location where your deleted videos stored in.
    Next, you need to choose the location where your deleted videos stored in. Surely, if your deleted videos stored in other storage devices, you need to connect it to your Mac first.recover deleted videos mac cisdem 01
  4. Start to scan your Mac or other device.
    Click "Scan", then Cisdem Data Recover will start to scan your Mac or other device. If the capacity of your device is small, the scan can complete in a short time, if large, you can keep the scanning running in background do other tasks that eating minimal source of MAC RAM before it ends.
  5. Preview and recover your deleted videos.
    All of your deleted files will be listed for you, you can click the types of video to view, such as dta, mov, emf, and flv. Cisdem Data Recovery allows users preview deleted files, so you can preview your deleted videos before recovering, which will save you much time. And then check the videos you want to recover, click "Recover". Your deleted videos will be recovered.recover deleted videos mac cisdem 02

How to Recover Deleted Videos from Trash Bin on Mac?

If the deleted videos are just moved to Trash bin on your Mac, it would be much easier to recover, you just need to find the videos and put them back. Here are the steps to recover deleted videos from Trash bin.

  1. Open Trash bin app, find the deleted video.
  2. Right click on the deleted video and choose Put Back.recover from trash
  3. Then the deleted video will be recovered to its original storage location, the Finder app will open the folder automatically and you can find the recovered videos easily.

How to Recover Deleted Videos from Recently Deleted in Photos App?

In the case that you use Photos app to manage your videos and delete them within the app, you can recover the deleted videos with ease as long as it is less than 30 days since you deleted the video in Photos app, because Photos keeps the deleted videos or images for only 30 days. Here are the steps to recover recently deleted videos on Mac.

  1. Open Photos app.
  2. Go to Recently Deleted Folder on the left side.recover deleted video mac photos 01
  3. Right click on the deleted video and choose Recover.recover deleted videos mac photos 02
  4. Go to Photos folder and find the recovered video, also you can enter keywords to search the video.

How to Recover Deleted Videos on Mac with Time Machine Backup?

If you have enabled Time Machine on your Mac and do backup regularly, you can even recover deleted videos without installing any 3rd party data recovery software, no matter the videos are permanently deleted or moved to Trash Bin. Here are the steps to recover deleted videos on Mac with Time Machine backup.

  1. Open the app where you store the deleted videos. For example, you are much likely to save videos in Documents, then open Documents in Finder app.recover deleted video tm01
  2. Enter into Time Machine.recover deleted video tm02
  3. Use the time arrows to browser different versions of backups.recover deleted videos tm03
  4. Then find the deleted video, click on the file icon and press Space bar to preview before recover.recover deleted video tm 04
  5. Finally, click Restore to recover the deleted video from backup.


To recover deleted videos on Mac, we need to figure out which situation we are in first, then use appropriate tools to retrieve them. The best way to retrieve permanently deleted or Trash emptied videos on Mac is installing a professional data recovery program that scans your Mac and attempts to find deleted as many as possible. To recover deleted videos from Trash or Photos app, the first thing to do is to check the app first and put back the videos if you don't permanently delete them in the apps.

Rosa Reyes
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Rosa has worked in Mac software industry for more than eight years. She believes that the purpose of software is to make life better and work more productively. In addition to writing, Rosa is also an avid runner.

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