Convert MOD files to MPG or AVI – JVC Everio HDD Camcorder


So anyone who has purchased a JVC Everio HDD video camera has probably learned that they chose to use some god forsaken proprietary video format – the .MOD extension. Apparently this is some sort of MPEG2 encoding, however, most major video editing suites prefer not to accept this format… what we need is something more common… such as .AVI or .MPG. I would be happy with the .MOD file format if the software that came with the JVC Everio actually worked. I’ve tried creating multiple DVD’s using the PowerDVD software with no luck so far, it’ll get halfway through the process, and then something will fail. And instead of giving me a decent explanation of what failed, it says:

Disc buring has failed due to:
Not very helpful.


I actually just found another program (that comes bundled with the JVC Everio) called Cyberlink PowerDirector. This program will allow you to export your video(s) as .AVI or .MPG1 or .MPG2 files. Here’s a brief overview of how to do it:

  1. Open PowerDirector (Duh)
  2. Import all of your .MOD files.
  3. Add all of your .MOD files to the timeline (or) If you want to create individual .AVI or .MPG files, add the files to the timeline individually.
  4. Once your timeline is setup how you’d like it, Click “Produce”
  5. Now select Save to File
  6. Finally Select .AVI or .MPG and select the directory that you’d like your file stored to.

I hope this helps, if anyone has a better method or a better software for doing this, please let me know!

Update
This site has many different ways to convert MOD files. Check out some of the solutions.

Thanks in advance!

470 thoughts on “Convert MOD files to MPG or AVI – JVC Everio HDD Camcorder”

  1. I was able to rename my .MOD files
    to .MPG with out recompressing them
    and that makes me extremely happy.

    Thank you, i.nconspicuo.us.

  2. I hate JVC and have been struggling with this camera for months!!! Thank you for helping with this, hopefully I can save all my son’s first videos! I already sold the camera and am so thankful to Kodak!!!

  3. thanks, guys about the conversion of .MOF file to Mpg it was giving me hard time, at last i could get it from this web. i was using JVC with HDD memory, it doesn’t take time, i have just press F2 in XP Vista then rename the last MOF to mpg automatically it gives me a clip that can play in media player.

  4. I have had the same problems trying to import/edit MOD files from my JVC Eviro camcorder. Tried just about everything, as a last resort tried opening and importing the MOD files into Nero 6 Smart Suite and it worked. After selecting make a DVD movie from the main menu which opens Nero Vision Express and going to the camera HDD driectory it says no compatible files found, hit the arrow to open all choices and select ‘all files’ and the MOD files appear and can be exported into Nero and edited/authored and burnt.

  5. Many thanks for the SDCopy advice,it works great!
    I need advice on the best way to reduce file size but still
    maintain good quality.I have gone through the whole forum
    but this question has never been answered yet.

  6. MOD Converter is a powerful MOD video converter which can convert MOD to AVI, MPG, MPEG, WMV and to other video format, such as MPEG-1, MPEG-2, ASF, DivX, XviD, MP4, VCD, SVCD, DVD-Video, VOB, DAT, RM, RMVB, MOV, QT, M4V, 3GP and so on.http://www.mod-converter.com/

  7. if you want to convert mod files produced by some jvc comcorder, you can try this mod converter which can easily convert mod files to some common videos like avi, mp4, mpeg, wmv, vob, etc

  8. 409 Sonja

    Snapshots are saved to wherever the software you are using sends them to. Look on menu for options or preferences and somewhere you will find a setting for them. eg Cyberling Power Diresctor is
    Edit
    Preferences
    On the File Tab you will see where they are saved (Export Folder) and what they are called
    eg Snapshot.bmp is default and they would be saves as snapshot(0).bmp, snapshot(1).bmp etc.

    You can change any of these to suit.

  9. I’d recommend SDcopy too. For me it is the best tool. It just replaces the header and does not really convert, so the same quality it records in is maintained. I try to convert only when exporting to DVD or Xvid at the end of the project. It also sets the wide screen flag.

    After the files are copied and renamed, they will be read by a few tools. I tried lots of trials and found that Roxio MyDVD and Pinnacle Studio 12 and 14 do support the format quite well. Software that failed two years ago and failed then, I have not tried since.

  10. Thanks heaps everyone. I have just spent the last 1 1/2 hours reading through ALL the above posts!!! Downloaded the codecs needed to get the sound working on Windows Media Player and now can import to WMM but picutre is stilted and sticks – so might try downloading Power Director – is that a good idea do you think? Have Windows XP.

    WOW thank goodness for this site!!!!

  11. Hey! Thanks from me too, awesome thread.

    My daughter has been using a JVC Camrecorder for almost 3yrs now to video tape my new Granddaughter’s special times. We haven’t been able to play them since her PC died and the JVC software would not load again; not even on a working PC :(

    After reading this thread, I searched on Win Media Codecs and downloaded/installed it for free. Then I renamed the file extension from .mod to .mpg, double clicked on the new icon and Presto magic, Win Media pops up playing the video w/sound :)

    Done !

  12. I think everyones computer and hardware/software is so different that its near impossible to get help….

    System: WinXP
    Win Media Player V11.0

    Changing ext from MOD to MPG does not work when playing to Win Media Player or Quick Time. (yes i have done it properly – i do have some, albeit limited, PC working knowledge)
    Have no other media player to open with…. so limited to above

    *.MOD files given to me – so dont have camera, or original analog/digital video to convert/edit/compress etc….

    Just want to see the stupid videos…..

  13. I use Pavtube MOD Converter and it works well, very easy to use and I like their interface. Mostly I convert MOD to FLV for share or VOB for burning.

  14. I have the Everio GZMS 100U. The quality of the footage when played back on the camcorder LCD or via the cable provided to the TV, is fantastic. When I download to my laptop (again using provided USB) the quality is worse. The film is far from smooth. I edit with NERO. What can I do to get the quality I see on the camcorder itself?

  15. I have combine several movie files in a single file from Everio MediaBrowser (JVC camcorder). could you pls help how to copy that single file in a DVD/VCD to view in TV

  16. Really good information here, thanks to all. I’ve managed to get .mod files to play on windows media player now using renaming and downloading codec for audio, but am still having problems with editing. I am using power producer which came with the jvc unit, and have also downloaded the latest version as a trial, but can still get no audio in power producer or on burnt discs. Any solution?
    Thanks
    Mark

  17. Mark 422
    The way i do it is to
    Use pcm4everio to transfer files from camcorder to PC (you can alos drag and drop using Windows Explorer
    Import into Power Director (Not Power Producer)
    Drag files onto the timeline and then you can trim, cut, delete, add titles & effects, chapters etc. You should be able to play each clip (file) individually with sound or the whole movie.
    When you have the edited version ready, then select Produce and follow options to burn to disc, which will open Power Producer.
    Add any refinements available in Power producer eg output quality, menus, and menu music, disc name. NB I almost always use the Smart Fit option to ensure rendered video fits the disc. Then finally burn to disc.

    Hope this useful

  18. The soft delivered with the CAM converts MOD to MPG, but at half size resolution (720x… => 320x…).
    Not very interesting as you loose quality when playing back later on (or on DVD)

    emicsoft-mod-converter-82376.exe seems to be better

  19. After reading the answers above, I wanna put forward my own opinions.
    From my own experience using video converters, I often encounter the same question like ” half-way stop” due to the function restriction of some software. What’s worse, some of them do poor in synchronizing output video and audio. Luckily, another software called Moyea MOD Converter helped me absolutely. With it, I successfully convert my JVC Camcorder files to my laptop for playback.

  20. okay i hate this camcorder!!! ive read everything on here and i still dont understand how to change the MOD to MPG???? im trying to edit on Windows Movie Maker, but when i ry to import the vids dont even apper in the files… how do i change the MOD to MPG? ive tryed toing to propertys, but i cant change it there HELP ME PLEASE i suck at computers!!!!!

  21. Does anyone have a link to a copy of the original suppled Everio Mediabrowser HD software please? I have lost my disk.

  22. I hate JVC! I have no problem renaming the MOD files to MPG. I can get them to play in Movie Maker, and Windows Media Player, However, cannot import them into PowerDirector. I keep getting an error message saying that it will not support Dolby Digital and it asks me if I want to upgrade. However, this came with my camera so why can’t I use it with the video’s my camera creates? Any suggestions other than paying to upgrade? I need to edit my video, but need more options than media and movie maker offer…

  23. Danielle 431
    See my comments in comment 423. I use it all the time. In addition I did buy the full edition of Power Producer but as yet I’ve not used many of the extra facilities and the Power Director that came with he camera is just as good for making videos.

    As sson as I connect the camera by USB and open the LCD screen, the camera is detected. Wait until camera has set itself up and press OK on camera. The pcm4everio program opens automatically. Use this to COPY the video to a folder on your hard drive. i suggest a different folder for each video.
    If you do not do this then you must have camera connected with the files available to import into Power Director. Importing files into Power Director alone does not COPY them on you PC hard drive, it just tells Power Director where they are ie on your camera. Delete them from your camera and they are gone forever.

    You can “Capture” files with Power Producer but I find this only transfers files in real time and takes too long for for a full sports game, but probably OK for short family videos.

    If you do a lot of video like I do you need to be very particular about naming the folders you store them in and not change the folder names as Power director needs a fixed address to locate the files.

  24. I have a JVC EVERIO and i just sold it to a friend. is everything I need to get off the camera in the”sd _video”. I intend to download everything to hard drive and worry about converting them later but I want to make sure I get everything I need off of it. I’ve never taken the vids off.

    MUCH THANKS>

  25. It’s not fact of playing..you can play those with K-Lite codec but I want to edit them and put them on youtube

  26. I have a JVC Everio GZ HD30 camcorder.I convert my .TOD files to Remux MPEG(*.mpg) for editing using PavTube HD Video Converter.

    This converter is easy to use and supports many different formats. Picture quality is very good for HD conversions, which is all I have used it for so far. As for speed and quality, I am satisfied though faster would always be better. It does what I want & at a reasonable price.

    You can download the demo version for testing.It doesnt limit anything.

    http://www.pavtube.com/video-converter-mac/

    Regards
    kate

  27. ok so heres my problem, i run a very compatible comp so theres no issues with that, when i renamed the .MOD file to .MPG it renames itself fine and converts, when i play it back in windows media player it plays fine and with sound but when i upload it to Adobe Premiere it has no sound on it, same with WMM, if anyone can help me its appreciated.

    also tried the streamclip, didnt work.

  28. okay I finally figured out how to change file over to mpg. However when I go to WMM to import it I keep getting this message below….What do I do to fix this.

    G:\SD_VIDEO\PRG001\eric.mpg could not be imported. An interface has too many methods to fire events from

  29. Tryng to edit videos with power producer and playback on a different computer without that software. Is there any video player that plays the .ppp extension other than the Power Producer software (ie,I would like to send short videos to friends via Email and they do not have the program.

  30. 441

    The .ppp file needs Power Producer program. This file does not have the video content. Its just a set of directions to collect media files together and present them as you would like to see a finished movie.
    My Power producer is a lite version and I can only burn to disc, create a disc image or create a dvd folder. Other versions may have different options.
    I use Power Director to edit my movies, add titles, chapters etc. Then I can make a file that can be sent by email which can be seen in various media players eg WMP, KMP, etc. Select a format of .avi, .mpeg-1, mpeg-2, .wmv – whichever one you want. I use wmv or mpeg-2 mainly.
    You can also slect various quality settings, and for email yopu need to keep it fairly small ie less than 10MB.
    The file is rendered and saved to your hard drive. Then send as an attachment.
    For longer movies, I send via YouSendIt (https://www.yousendit.com/)which allows you to send files up to 100MB for free, and if you install the Outlook plugin, direct from email as an attachment. Very easy to use. Recipient does not need to install any additional software.
    Just register for free and download the free version.

    I have also just found a similar service that will do up to 1 GB files but not used it much as that is a big file.
    Go to http://download.cnet.com/windows/ and search for Pando and download free version. Recipient gets your email and has to download and install free software before downloading file.

  31. 440
    Gwynne
    I found that WMM not very good with the .mod files, but only because I video in widescreen and WMM does not recognise .mod as widescreen. Have never just changed the extensions as its laborious though there are programes that can be doiwnloaded to do multiple files.
    I use the programmes that came with camera to download to hard drive Cyberling PCM4Everio and use Power Director or Power Director Express to import files and edit my movie. Then burn to disc, or create video files as explained in 442.

    Good luck

  32. HELLO – I READ MOST OF YOUR POSTS. I TRIED TO CHANGE .MOD TO MPEG2 AND MPG AND IT DIDN’T WORK…. HAVE A MAC BOOK AND CURRENTLY USING IMOVIE TO EDIT VIDEO. SO WHAT I DID I OPENED IMOVIE AND CREATED A NEW PROJECT, CLICKED ON CAMERA ICON LEFT HAND CORNER. IT TOOK A FEW SECONDS BUT JVC CAMERA WAS FOUND I SELECTED ALL TO IMPORT AND IT WORKED…. BEFORE YOU GO CRAZY AND DELETE ANY VIDEO FROM CAMCORDER MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A SECOND COPY SAVED WHERE IT WOULD UNTOUCHED….. JVC GZ-MS230….

  33. HELLO – I READ MOST OF YOUR POSTS. I TRIED TO CHANGE .MOD TO MPEG2 AND MPG AND IT DIDN’T WORK…. HAVE A MAC BOOK AND CURRENTLY USING IMOVIE TO EDIT VIDEO. SO WHAT I DID I OPENED IMOVIE AND CREATED A NEW PROJECT, CLICKED ON CAMERA ICON LEFT HAND CORNER. IT TOOK A FEW SECONDS BUT JVC CAMERA WAS FOUND I SELECTED ALL TO IMPORT AND IT WORKED…. BEFORE YOU GO CRAZY AND DELETE ANY VIDEO FROM CAMCORDER MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A SECOND COPY SAVED WHERE IT WOULD UNTOUCHED….. JVC GZ-MS230….

    I FORGOT TO ADD TO START CAMCORDER AND SELECT PLAYBACK ON PC, YOU MUST HAVE IMOVIE RUNNING IN ORDER FOR IMOVIE TO RECOGNIZE CAMERA. THAT’S HOW I DID IT MAYBE THERES A DIFFERENT WAY BUT IT WORKS….

  34. – Use iMovie, comes bundled with new macs.
    – Plug your JVC Everio into the mac.
    – On the camera select play on pc (or something similar)
    – Open iMovie.
    – Chose import from camera from the file menu on the top right (or press Command + I)
    – Select the clips to import, size, type a name, etc…
    – Modify them if you like…
    – Export finished movie to YouTube or as .mov in many different size choices (the size compatibilities are clearly explained)
    – .mov can be played with Quicktime, VLC, and surely others.

  35. I have JVC camera and had put the MOD files on my computer and played back – only if I did a clip longer than 30 secs audio went at this time – changing ending to MPEG gave me 45 secs and to WMA 1min.

    BUT – after downloading the codecs package (free) from snapfile as advised in thread above

    MOD files now play completely perfectly in media player (I am on VISTA)

    (or at least my longest clips of about 5 minutes do…..)

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