New .MOD camcorder files.. how to convert and import?

by Adeel_Chowdhry 6 replies
Just got a new HDD camcorder that has a built in hard drive..

No one told me they would be a nightmare after downloading the footage.

The video files have an extention of .MOD.

Now whilst you can easily just rename the extention and play the video it isn't so easy when you try and import it into Camtasia or Windows Movie Maker.

I'm playing with some .Mod converters right now but it doesn't seem to be working either.

Anyone been through this and have a solution?

Cheers,
Adeel
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  • Profile picture of the author xiaophil
    Hi Adeel,

    Although I don't own one of these camcorders my understanding is that the MOD file contains an MPEG-2 video stream.

    If you just need to change the container (without re-encoding) you could try ffmpeg with something like:

    ffmpeg -i yourvideo.mod -acodec copy -vcodec copy yourvideo.mpg



    Phil
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    • Profile picture of the author Adeel_Chowdhry
      Originally Posted by xiaophil View Post

      Hi Adeel,

      Although I don't own one of these camcorders my understanding is that the MOD file contains an MPEG-2 video stream.

      If you just need to change the container (without re-encoding) you could try ffmpeg with something like:

      ffmpeg -i yourvideo.mod -acodec copy -vcodec copy yourvideo.mpg



      Phil
      Hey Phil,

      Yeah, I've been browsing Google for ages to a solution.. and I have read that it contains an MPEG-2 video stream... but what is that supposed to mean and help me solve this issue!

      I have no idea what;
      "ffmpeg -i yourvideo.mod -acodec copy -vcodec copy yourvideo.mpg"

      ..means either!
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      • Profile picture of the author xiaophil
        Hi Adeel,

        ffmpeg is a very powerful video and audio encoding software which powers a lot of media converter products.

        ffmpeg itself has no GUI and is run from the command line. The command I showed you will copy the video and audio streams to a new mpg container format.

        That should then work with any application which accepts MPEG-2.



        Phil
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  • Profile picture of the author dean_holland
    Adeel ...

    Perfectly timed post bro !!!

    Just the other day I had the same problem. I have a JVC Everio camcorder with HDD

    I purchased Camtasia studio a week or so ago but this was the first time I had tried to import it into camtasia to edit.

    I did however manage it and was able to upload my video to Youtube, the only issue with the finish video on Youtube was the actual screen size of my video was smaller than the standard Youtube video size but no big deal,

    Here is what I had to do....

    I had to convert my .MOD video file into an .AVI file

    This could of been done with a free convertor downloaded off line but my Everio camcorder came with video editing software. I used this to change the file into .AVI

    Camtasia then recognised the file .AVI and I was able to import that media type into camtasia to play with it

    Hope that helps... Obviously camtasia doesnt support .MOD file types but does support .AVI

    Once I had done my stuff the file then ended up a MP4 file which went onto youtube

    Good luck with it bro !!

    Dean
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    • Profile picture of the author Adeel_Chowdhry
      Originally Posted by dean_holland View Post

      Adeel ...

      Perfectly timed post bro !!!

      Just the other day I had the same problem. I have a JVC Everio camcorder with HDD

      I purchased Camtasia studio a week or so ago but this was the first time I had tried to import it into camtasia to edit.

      I did however manage it and was able to upload my video to Youtube, the only issue with the finish video on Youtube was the actual screen size of my video was smaller than the standard Youtube video size but no big deal,

      Here is what I had to do....

      I had to convert my .MOD video file into an .AVI file

      This could of been done with a free convertor downloaded off line but my Everio camcorder came with video editing software. I used this to change the file into .AVI

      Camtasia then recognised the file .AVI and I was able to import that media type into camtasia to play with it

      Hope that helps... Obviously camtasia doesnt support .MOD file types but does support .AVI

      Once I had done my stuff the file then ended up a MP4 file which went onto youtube

      Good luck with it bro !!

      Dean
      Yo bro..

      ...that's what I have too!!

      JVC HDD Everio 60 GB - got it from Curry's for £300.

      If I had known about this .mod format I would have bought something else.

      I have some editing cd that was in the box but I've left that at my office so have just downloaded Ulead DVD Movie Factory and simply imported the .mod file and exported it immediately.

      It's converting right now so will keep you all updated.

      Hopefully then I'll be able to import it into Camtasia successfully.

      What a nightmare.

      Adeel
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  • Profile picture of the author ehicks727
    I have a Canon FS100, and it saves in MOD files. Here's what I've done.

    First of all, MOD is just MPG. However, I had to download a free program called SDCopy to properly convert it into a 16:9 mode MPG. Otherwise, if you just rename the file to MPG, it displays the recording all squashed (tall) and I want the correct proportions in my video.

    Once you convert it using SDCopy, you can edit it in whatever video editor you want. The only other issue (which has nothing to do with MOD file format) is that my camera records in AC3 audio format... so in Windows Vista, I had to install another program called AC3Filter. Otherwise, I got no audio!
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