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How do I convert MOD files

Dec 27, 2005 11:34AM PST

I just puchased the new JVC digital 30 gig HD camcorder and when I downloaded the files onto my computer the only program that could play it was the Power dvd program because the files are MOD. How do I convert the files to something windows media player can read and play?

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How do I convert MOD files
Dec 28, 2005 6:37AM PST

What does the book that came with thing say about how download and edit the files?? John

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i know how!
Jan 5, 2006 10:57PM PST

you need to open the software which came with the camera (i just bought it and had the exact same problem, took me hours to figure out!) then go to file and click load file. you then select the file from the camera and either trim it by dragging the starting and ending frames into the in and out boxes. you then click set and select execute or create or whatever it is i cant remember of the top of my head and then you chose dv stream and it will convert the files (to the destination folder of your choice). this is a relatively long process and i was wondering whether it was possible to simply play the mod files some other way? hope i could be of service to you. post a reply if i was helpful!

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(NT) (NT) Thanks, I'll try that
Jan 8, 2006 5:18PM PST
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change .MOD files
Jan 28, 2006 11:02AM PST

I know ( yes,I know) this is not elegant... but I am not an advanced user...and I'm a total newbie to video.
(A) I upload .MOD files from Everio to computer and (B) rename the file with a .AVI extension --- at least this allows me to work on it with other software. Sure wish JVC would offer a har dpatch to change to .AVI as default file type.

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Not Working!
Jul 8, 2007 3:33PM PDT

I have Vista Bussiness running on my system and PowerDirector, the software JVC provided does not work. Also, when I change the file extension to .mpg or .avi, Windows thinks it is an audio file, and does not play the video, only the sound.

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use my tool sdcopy.exe
Jul 10, 2007 5:52PM PDT
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Jul 12, 2007 9:22PM PDT

Hi sektionschef,
Thank you very much for that tool, nice that it works with Vista! It allows Windows Media Player to play it now, how ever Movie maker still thinks it is an audio file (and my other A/V software is not Vista compatible!)
At least your tool allows me to watch my videos on the computer now!

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Time / date stamp on video
Jul 19, 2008 4:33PM PDT

Hi sektionschef,

Thank you for SDcopy. It a great tool. Is there a way to bring the time / date stamp (the one on the video) over with the video file conversion? I have JVC HDD camcorder and the time / date stamp is stored on separate files (I think). This is a real peeve of mine with JVC...


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It's been a year but...
Jul 19, 2008 8:59PM PDT

If you research the date/time you will discover why it is that way as well as the post processing tools to overlay such.

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converting mod files to mpg with sdcopy get audio no picture
Jul 25, 2007 11:44AM PDT

I have a panasonic sdr-h18 HD camcorder that I just bought. I can play movie fine thru the TV or on my PC with the supplied panasonic software. However, if I copy the .mod files to my computer and use sdcopy to convert them to mpg, that appears to work fine, but any player, windows media, real audio or several others i have will only play the audio portion, there is no picture.
Any ideas?

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Does VLC PLAYER play them?
Jul 25, 2007 11:46AM PDT

If so, it's a missing CODEC.

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yes vlc player works
Jul 25, 2007 12:39PM PDT

The files will play on the vlc player. I'm new to the video stuff, so if it is missing CODEC what does that mean and is there a fix.
Basically, I would like to add videos to youtube and do some editing with a program with a little more capability than microsoft movie maker. Any hope for this camcorder? Also another file that is generated by the camcorder is a very small file with same name but extension .moi. I don't know what that is or if it has any significance.

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How to identify that codec.
Jul 25, 2007 9:30PM PDT

Look up GSPOT (use all one word) on This tool should help identify the CODEC to look for.

Sorry but file extensions do not identify the encoding.


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Jul 26, 2007 3:08AM PDT

I ran the GSPOT and got the video codec as being MPEG-2 and the message codec(s) Installed. Under container I got DVD "VOB" format
MPEG-2 program stream (i vid, 1 aud)

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Ahh that one.
Jul 26, 2007 3:40AM PDT

That's supplied (not free) by your DVD PLAYER SOFTWARE. You'll get that in titles like PowerDVD etc. It's not supplied with Windows except for the ones that play DVDs (MCE, Vista Ultimate, etc.)


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The best Codec pacs.
Jun 28, 2008 3:20AM PDT

The BEST codec packs you can (and should) download are:
1. Ace mega codec pack PRO.
2. Morgan multimedia (for mjpeg cameras like Canon SX100)
Install them in that order.

As for .MOD I have't check yet....

Good Luck.

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Aug 27, 2007 1:47AM PDT

Hey thanks a billion for that fix to this prob. it took me ages to figure out what to do and you just saved me USD$80 for an upgrade to PD6.


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Thanks man
Dec 25, 2007 10:35PM PST

Hey the tool works great. its amazing who can create such tools.. great stuff...

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Jun 19, 2008 1:33AM PDT

I used your program with success on my Vista Laptop, but have tried it on both 2000 and XP and when I try to find the Source Directory, it never sees the .MOD files on the camera. I was really pleased with the speed of the download and conversion on my laptop, thanks. I am using this with a Canon FS11 by the way. Is there something else that I should do in order for the files to appear on the XP or 2000 machines, or is it just not going to work? Thanks this is a great utility that makes using the camera much more palatable at least on my Vista.

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SDcopy should work on Win2k/XP
Jun 29, 2008 10:53PM PDT

SDcopy should work fine on Win2k/XP too.
Can you please give me a more detailed description of your problem:
-Can you select the source folder with windows explorer and see the MOD files there?
-Are you able to select the source folder using SDcopy or doesn't SDcopy see the source folder at all?
-What do you see if you use manual selection in SDCopy? Does SDcopy find some MOD files then?
-Do you use the latest Version V1.9985beta of SDcopy?
You can get it here:;topic=280.0;id=216

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Thanks for the reply.
Jun 29, 2008 11:03PM PDT

It wasn't even seeing the source file. I checked the version an it was the older I will try uploading the Beta, and see if that makes a difference if I get time later today.

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Trying to contact Sektionschef
Jul 11, 2008 2:59PM PDT

..but you're a hard man to find. If you need to know where in the MOI file the 16:9 or 4:3 details are, it's at characters 128 and 129 - ^DQ is 16:9, and ^DU is 4:3.. I looked at a whole pile of files and that seems to be common factor.


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Works great but some files don't set Wide Screen flag
Aug 11, 2008 8:11PM PDT

Hi sektionschef,
I've been using your SDcopy tool since v1.99, and it is a life saver for dealing with my JVC Everio MOD files. The tools works for most 16:9 files, but I have encountered some files that go through the processing of SDcopy fine, but when I open in WMP, it displays 4:3. It's from the same camera, but for some reason it's not setting the WS flag correctly for some files. Any ideas? Maybe I can send you a short clip for you to take a look?

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What about sound... or do I have other issues
Sep 7, 2007 7:05AM PDT

Tried the file extension renaming and the software from the gentleman listed below... they both yield a VALID mpeg file for viewing, but on these I do not have ANY sound... did we miss something in getting the data to this point (MOD) or is it that the MOD file does not contain both the sound and video...?

Again the examples below work for the VIDEO, i just do not have sound... the camcorder is a JVC.



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A Plague on JVC for allowing this to happen
Apr 15, 2008 12:54AM PDT

I (WinXP / Sony Vegas Movie Studio Platinum SW) also bought a nice JVC GZ-MG330 (red) this morning only to stumble on the "MOD" file compatibilty problem: My advice is to ditch the SW supplied - it will play the MOD files in correct 16:9 aspect ratio but not much other use. Copy the files JVC>PC with Windows Explorer and use SDCOPY to "convert" to MPG files BUT remember to select the 16:9 aspect ratio in the parameters. The original MOD files seem to be 720(w)*576(h) in pixel resolution (i.e. aspect ratio of 5:4). I guess that camera distorts the image capture of 16:9 into this size and hopes that your PC s/w will work it all out (it doesn't!). SDCOPY happily sorts it all out for you. Thanks a million to the SDCOPY author.

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About MOD
Aug 6, 2008 9:58AM PDT

Well I have spent several hours trying to use all the tips on making MOD files work in Adobe; however, all of the examples still haven't worked. My professional Adobe Package that cost a fortune hasn't given me any success yet so I decided to try out the cheaper video program I bought called Pinnacle Studio and MAGIC, the MOD files work well, infact it work better than well, even the green screen shots render almost perfectly. This amazes me and frustrates me considering Adobe Premier was pretty costly. I guess I will have to use Pinnacle to convert the files so that I can use them in Premier...good thing I shot a lot of footage too, oh well, I will eventually figure this out...sweetness!

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Convert MOD
Nov 27, 2008 2:33PM PST