UFS Explorer Video Recovery
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UFS Explorer Video Recovery

For CCTV surveillance data analysis, recovery and investigation
From €3,584* per year

  • Widest support of CCTV recorders from different vendors
  • Automatic processing a wide range of formats, video and audio codecs
  • Intelligent techniques for the reconstruction of footages
  • Forensically sound video retrieval with integrity control
  • CCTV file systems browser for immediate access to footages
  • Exceptionally effective work with even crashed driving recorders
  • Support of numerous storage systems and technologies
  • Video recovery tools, backed up by UFS Explorer data recovery technology
  • Available to business and government customers only


UFS Explorer Video Recovery was specially developed for the recovery and analysis of CCTV video data. It includes the entire necessary set of tools: from creating an image from a disk or memory card of the video surveillance system, to exporting video into a universal format available for processing by other software. Disc images can be created in the E01 format, allowing them to be used further with digital evidence processing programs.

Having disk images created by UFS Explorer or other means, the program allows immediate access to current video surveillance data. Both classic file/folder viewing in UFS Explorer style and special viewing mode in the form of a video list are supported. Being built on the basis of the UFS Explorer Professional platform, this product supports most of its features, including building volumes from RAID arrays and supporting a large number of file systems.

Scanning and analysis tools allow you to find video data from recorders whose file systems are not supported, as well as reconstruct damaged or deleted recordings. At the same time, in addition to the standard search for lost data of the UFS Explorer program, two unique data search algorithms are available:

  • CCTV scan: a special scanning procedure that automatically recognizes CCTV file systems, CCTV container files and singular CCTV frames and virtually builds a video data structure in RIFF (AVI) format for direct viewing and export. At the same time, there is no conversion of video frames, which makes the video stream correspond to the original.
  • RIFF/QTFF scan: another video-specific scan with car driving recorders in mind. This scan allows you to find video streams in formats specific to car dash cams and recover damaged data, especially data that was lost in a crash that damaged the dash cam.

The found data can be exported both in the original format, as it was recorded, and converted to RIFF (AVI) format. The correspondence of the original is also confirmed by the possibility to build a report on the physical location on the disk of each video frame. If the data format does not allow export without conversion (for example, due to a specific codec), such videos can be played by the program or converted to a series of images in TIFF format (lossless).

UFS Explorer Video Recovery has more strict licensing comparing to other UFS Explroer software to reduce the factor of software piracy. For this reasons the software is only licensed to business and government customers. The following options of the software activation are available:

Software activation options

letterSoftware-based Access Key

A Sentinel SL electronic key based on the "fingerprint" of the user's computer which should be installed and stored within the system.

  • Doesn't require physical shipment

flash driveHardware-based Access Key

A Sentinel HL key on a USB-device that enables running the software when physically connected to the computer.

  • Can be transferred between different machines

The details related to the usage of different types of Access Keys along with other licensing terms and conditions are available in the End-User License Agreement.

A limited demonstration license for the software can be provided using a "Software Registration Code" upon request by a customer or a potential customer. A full license is granted after its payment for a certain time (from one to five years) and can be based on a "Software-based Access Key" or (usually) devivered physically with a "Hardware-based Access Key". The price of the hardware token and its delivery is included in the price of the license.

The price of the license depends on the type of license, its duration and the level of support:

  • The price for Commercial License, 1 year with Extended Support is €8,000
  • When ordering a license for more than one year, the price for the each next year is reduced by 37.5%
  • The price for Standard Support is reduced by 20% comparing to the Extended Support
  • The price for Government License is reduced by 20% comparing to the Commercial License

Thus, the price for Government License, 5 years with the Standard Support is €3,584 per annum.

Unequaled data recovery form CCTV units
The program allows achieving outstanding results of video recovery from most surveillance devices that may employ general-purpose file systems, like XFS, EXT, FAT32, or vendor-specific types, like WFS, DHFS, HIK, Mirage, Pinetron, BKFL, etc. Also, the software works with various stream and video compression formats that are usually not supported by regular data recovery utilities.
Maximum recovered output from driving recorders
The software enables highly efficient recovery of footages from numerous vehicle DVRs, including the latest models. Even in cases when the video was partially overwritten or the process of its recording was interrupted due to an accident, it is still possible to obtain an intact video file thanks to a mechanism that uses "tails" or "holes" of previously allocated files and a special video transmuxing technique.

Technical specifications

Supported host operating systems:
Microsoft Windows®: Windows®7 and later
Supported host computer architectures:
x86-64 (AMD64, Intel64)
CCTV support:
Video codecs:
Motion-JPEG, Motion-JPEG2000, ASF (MPEG 4 Part 2), AVC (h.264), HEVC (h.265), MPEG/MPEG2, h.263, some custom codecs
Audio codecs:
PCM, ADPCM, AAC, AC3, G.711/A-Law, MP3, mu-Law
CCTV file systems:
WFS, DHFS, HIK, Mirage, Pinetron, BKFL, dVfE, MDFS, Rsfs, SFMR, TPFS, UAVtech etc.
File systems for CCTV used as a metadata source:
All supported general-purpose file systems
Video stream formats:
About 130 unique formats are supported in version 10 (not including metadata sub-variants)
CCTV event reporting:
Supported for several formats, including HIKvision, DHFS etc.
EDR support:
Video codecs:
MPEG 4 Part 2, MPEG 4 Part 10 (h.264), MJPEG, HEVC (h.265)
Audio codecs:
PCM, ADPCM, G.711/A-Law, AAC, MP3, mu-Law
EDR file systems:
NxFS, general-purpose file systems
Video stream formats:
QTFF, RIFF, NxFS, etc.
Supported file systems:
NTFS, FAT, FAT32, exFAT, ReFS/ReFS3, HFS+, APFS, Ext2, Ext3, Ext4, XFS, Extended format XFS, JFS, ReiserFS, UFS, UFS2, Adaptec UFS, big-endian UFS, Btrfs etc.
Recovery from complex RAID storages:
Automatic recognition of known RAID metadata, saving and editing RAID configurations
Automatic reconstruction of mdadm, LVM, Apple Software RAID, Intel Matrix, etc.
Support of most popular standard RAID patterns for RAID 0, RAID 1E, RAID 3, RAID 5, RAID 6, RAID 7, etc.
RAID-on-RAID support: RAID level 10, 50, 60, 50E, etc.
RAID assembly from virtual disks
Supported encryption techniques:
General purpose full-disk encryption
LUKS/LUKS2 encryption
Apple FileVault 2 encryption
Encryption of Apple APFS volumes
BitLocker and BitLocker To Go encryption
Supported virtual disks:
Disk images created with specialized forensic tools: AFF4, E01, Ex01
Simple disk images
VMware VMDK, Hyper-V VHD/VHDX, QEMU/XEN QCOW/QCOW2, VirtualBox VDI, Apple DMG, Paralles
Internal sparse format (SDLSP)
Most other formats, supported by UFS Explorer Professional
Supplementary features:
Options for saving footages:
Video transmuxing using an .AVI file container
Converting videos into a series of still images (tiff/zlib, lossless)
Saving damaged frames as pictures
Tools for low-level data analysis:
Hexadecimal viewer for storages, partitions, files, file fragments
Hexadecimal editor for disks and partitions
Field highlighting
Data interpreter
Parity calculator
Storage content comparison
Bitwise "exclusive OR" (XOR) function
Parallel search
Additional functions related to storage scan:
Three types of scan (CCTV recordings, RIFF/QTFF videos, general scan)
Scan filters for date/time, camera numbers
Pausing the scan
Previewing intermediate scan results
Saving scan results for further work
Full-range storage scan for all-at-once data recovery
Visualization of the scanning process
Options for work with partitions:
Automatic detection of lost partitions
Finding lost partitions
Defining partitions manually
Automated partition aligning
Reporting capabilities:
Interactive HTML report
Basic list of folders and files (HTML, CSV, XML) with a checksum for each file
Report of video file frames
Recoverable data size with metadata test
CCTV device event log (if available) Software events log
Minimal configuration:
64-bit edition of any of the supported operating systems
at least 30 MB of free space on the disk for the software executable files
at least 16 GB of RAM for scanning CCTV disks with capacity below 1TB
Recommended configuration:
over 1 GB of free space on the disk for the program and temporary files
memory specification based on the capacity of the scanned disk and frame resolution (memory use increases with larger disk size and smaller frame size)
default web browser

Please note: The software is continually refined to be capable of working with the newest CCTV and EDR devices. If your model is not supported yet, you can submit your data for analysis and the support will be included in the subsequent software releases.

Key features

Smart scanning procedure Smart scanning procedure
The software automatically recognizes the supported CCTV/EDR formats (file system, video stream, video/audio codecs, vendor-specific metadata, etc.) and restores the lost recordings without the need for any special configurations. No prior analysis of the data is required – all the necessary algorithms are already embedded into the program.
Extensive toolset covering almost any data loss challenge Extensive toolset covering almost any data loss challenge
The application offers an exceedingly broad functionality which mostly overlaps with the one available in the Professional edition of UFS Explorer. It contains tools for work with different storage technologies, complex RAID-based devices, encrypted volumes, virtual disks of popular virtual machines, disks with non-standard sector sizes, defective drives and enables efficient analysis of raw binary data and its convenient editing.
Support of forensic disk images Support of forensic disk images
Aside from conventional disk images, UFS Explorer Video Recovery is capable of processing ones created with professional forensic tools – EnCase Imager and FTK Disk Imager. The utility allows opening and exploring the content of a forensic disk image created for a particular drive, volume or file and makes it possible to scan it for lost data like any ordinary physical storage device.
Special technique for video transmuxing Special technique for video transmuxing
The obtained footages can be repacked by the software into the universal file format supported by most standard media players. In contrast to transcoding, no changes are made to the actual video or audio content – the original data and codecs remain fully preserved which is of critical importance for the tasks related to the retrieval of digital evidence in the context of forensics and cyber security.
Analysis of the video data Analysis of the video data
The program is able to analyze the allocation of video data on the disk and can provide a report on the location of frames the video consists of. Moreover, it allows establishing control over the content of files by calculating their checksums – a change of at least one byte can be easily spotted due to the difference of the file’s checksums in several reports.
Advanced methods of data reconstruction Advanced methods of data reconstruction
The application is able to reconstruct damaged file systems and recover lost data even in cases of serious storage corruption. When a logical issue leads to the loss of information about the allocation of fragmented files, the program is capable of restoring footages through finding and matching their segments, providing a fully functional video file as a recovery result.
Multiple scanning options Multiple scanning options
Along with the direct access to the available content, the utility offers several possibilities of the search for deleted and lost information: a scan for CCTV video data with a set of optional filters, recovery of RIFF/QTFF videos recorded EDR systems and a traditional configurable scan to recover files of all types.
Useful supplementary features Useful supplementary features
The program makes it easy to restore footages recorded on a particular date or by a certain surveillance camera. All recovered videos can be sorted by diverse criteria and previewed directly in the software. Moreover, the software allows extracting each video frame from the recording and converting them into a series of still images. Also, the obtained scan result can be effortlessly saved for further references.

When to use UFS Explorer Video Recovery

Number 1
Extract the data lost from surveillance systems and event data recorders

The software has been enhanced with a comprehensive range of techniques that enable it to work effectively with closed-circuit television appliances (CCTV) and event data recorders (EDR) used in vehicles. Adapted to the peculiarities of such devices, the program performs the necessary operations automatically which eliminates the need for preliminary examinations and special settings.

Number 2
"Undelete" the videos removed from a driving recorder

The utility makes it possible to restore recordings that have been mistakenly or maliciously deleted from an EDR system and thus bring back the video evidence that may be crucial in the investigation of a crime, accident and other disputes. The found videos can be previewed directly in the program which makes it easy to locate the needed footage.

Number 3
Reconstruct videos from an EDR affected by an accident

The damage to a vehicle DRV in a road accident and other issues that prevent its normal functioning may lead to the corruption of the recorded videos and impossibility to play them using standard means. UFS Explorer Video Recovery is able to restore the structure of the damaged storage and reconstructs corrupted videos from their pieces with validation of each video frame.

Number 4
Work with CCTV/EDR systems in a forensically sound manner

The software operates in the read-only mode and supports various formats of disks images, including ones created with EnCase Imager and FTK Disk Imager, which prevents any possibility for it to affect the source storage or any information on it. Even when the system employs distortion or encryption of video data, the program is capable of performing the decryption and recovery without recoding or in any other way changing the initial frames.

Number 5
Create forensic reports on the recovered data

The software may come in handy for creating forensic reports as to the location and the analysis of the allocation of frames that constitute a video stream on the storage. Moreover, the program allows creating a report with the list of available files, their properties, checksums calculated for them, the information about the scanned storage, the date of the scan and the time when the report was created.

Number 6
Repackage footages into a universal delivery format

The utility makes it possible to wrap CCTV recordings of various vendor-specific formats into a universal file container supported by general-purpose media players. It is worthy of note that no conversion or recoding of the original video data is performed so that the obtained video data is guaranteed to match the data on the source disk.

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