I have now, (by sheer coincidence?), received two emails from RealConvert, the "developer" of this software. The first goes like this,
"Hello Joe M...,
Maybe you have downloaded the old software,we give you the latest software download website:
Second,if your file is more than 2G,it can not fix now,but our technical team is researching seriously all the time,please believe us.We can release the upgraded version.
Third,due to this fixer technology is very complex,some files are damaged badly so it can not repair it now.Thanks for your
understanding.But we are improving the fixer technology all the time and adding more functions into it.You can try to fix other files to see if it works.
Fourth,please copy your file into the hard disk to repair."
Aha! See the "please believe us" bit. The second email,
"Hello Joe M...,
If possible, you can send your file to us, we can try to repair for you.
Yeah, sure. My response is,
I have the latest software from their download site.
I have the latest hardware, i7 920 (OC), ASUS P6T, 6GB DDR3 1600, GTX 295, 5TB of HD.
The files I tested ranged from 3Mb to 850Mb with a whole variety of codecs as shown by Gspot.
I tested one 274MB file by removing one byte from an early frame. A SINGLE BYTE. It's trivial to detect in all codecs. Most fixers will drop the whole frame, which is acceptable. Some expensive ones will pad the frame. My freeby fixers drop the frame and let me know about it. It takes a few seconds.
After forty or so minutes of intensive "fixing" (on a 3Ghz, 4 core, 8 thread i7!!!), Media Fixer just copied the dud frame to the output. So much for their technical team.
I am deeply concerned about the possibility that I might be harming competent, hard-working, honest colleagues who simply have a buggy product still under development. I thought long and hard before I posted here.
As thing stand, I am convinced that this is a scam. I have heard nothing from people who got this thing to work, these emails have scam fingerprints all over them and my own research still stands. Beware!!!