Converting .MOD files from JVC - GZ MG20U

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Hey I just got a JVC-GZ MG20U HDD Everio camcorder and I also bought a copy of Sony Vegas 6.0 and I can’t seem to get it to read the files. The Power Director Express NE that came with the camcorder opens the files fine, but lacks quite a lot in the way of editing and quite a few more features. Is there any codec I can install within Sony Vegas 6.0 that will read the files?

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have a look on www.free-codecs.com i think you will find what you want there reply

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you can just rename the file extensions to .mpg or just force them to open up in windows media player reply

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try Alive MP4 Converter.

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You just need change .mod to .mpg,then use winavi convert to which format you need. reply


Hey i had the same problem, an easy way of converting them is using the software you get to convert it to an mpeg, then lod it into vegas... reply

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I have a JVC GZ-MG20U that I purchased from a friend, without any software. When I plug a cable into the camera and the other end into my MAC, my Mac can
t read the hard disk to transfer the files. Can you help me? reply

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how can i open .mod files in windows media player? i’m searching so long for a codec but i cannot find anything.. reply

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I cant believe it after 2 years of using converting programs just to preview the clips it is as simple as just changing the .MOD to .mpg Great tip so simple, so effective it just should’nt work but it does. Thanks reply

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I have the same camcorder, a Mac, and the same problem. Here’s what I’ve learned (I’m not going to re-research, so take my memory with a grain of salt).

There are a couple types of .MOD files. Or actually, there are a couple of MPEG-2 files, which are what the camera’s .MOD files actually are. Regular MPEG-2 files should work fine on a Mac if you buy the codec from Apple. However, the MPEG-2 files that the JVC GZ-MG20U camera uses is a variant that interlaces in some way the video and audio. The camera uses this type of format to make burning DVD’s simple for the consumer, provided that you use their software.

However, if you want to use them with anything else on a Mac, the particular MPEG-2 format the camera uses isn’t compatible, even if you buy the codec. I’m told Windows can handle it, but Macs can’t. That’s why simply renaming the files doesn’t fix the problem. You have to convert them.

To convert the files, I’ve found it’s easiest to use the software that comes with the camera. You have to upload your .MOD files into the program, then compile them, as if you’re saving them as a movie, in whatever format you want. The problem is it take foreeever. It’s really annoying actually, and for myself, makes the camera too burdensome to use regularly. However, once it’s converted, you’re good to go.

My response to all this, if you’re a Mac user, give the camera the boot. I know I am. I’m switching to Mini DV, which means you have to convert video in real time - but that’s still better than the alternative.

That was my experience - granted, I went through this about six months ago, so the story might have changed since then. I’m also using a Powerbook G4 and Mac OS X, Tyger. I don’t know if the story changes on a MacBook and with the new Leopard system.

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Does anyone happen to know where I can download the software that came with this cam? I bought a refurb one and it doesn’t have the software included. reply

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To solve the problem with Windows, I found that Adobe Premiere Elements could handle the MOD without any problem. I understand Pinnacle (at least some of them) can too. I never had a problem after that. reply

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Really? What ver. of Pinnacle do you use? Because 10.5 can`t reply

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Hi I am a typical user and downloaded (FREE)

Isquint

it converts mod files to itunes/ipod, with option to make into TV files...so easy and quick

Goodbye JVC...going to by a sony HDD HD camera as they work a dream

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The software for this camera doesn’t install on Vista. Any ideas what i should do ?

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I have JVC Everio camcorder having extension .MOD. I can play using Windows Media Player, no problem at all. However I just bought a Iomege Screen Play HD, 1TB drive. Now the MOD cannot be play on TV, I have to convert it to MPEG2/MPEG4. I will appreciate your kind advice where to get a free download of the editor and converter. Regards reply

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Pepsi wrote:
I have JVC Everio camcorder having extension .MOD. I can play using Windows Media Player, no problem at all. However I just bought a Iomege Screen Play HD, 1TB drive. Now the MOD cannot be play on TV, I have to convert it to MPEG2/MPEG4. I will appreciate your kind advice where to get a free download of the editor and converter. Regards

DVD shrink is a free DVD burner for PC.
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Hi all, .Mod and .Tod videos are mainly produced by digital harddisk camcorder such as JVC camcorder and so on. It is not common video formats and can only be played on some special players, if you want to watch these video on your iPod, iPhone, PSP, Archos and other portable devices you need a MOD Converter, i use 4Videosoft Tod Mod Converter which works well for me, more info can visite their official site: http://www.4videosoft.com/tod-mod-converter.html reply

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hi, convert .mod to other video formats is really easy. i use Aiseesoft Mod Video Converter.

Free download it here:
http://www.mac-dvd-video.com/mod-video-converter.html reply

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I have a jvc gz-mg20u, I am able to download and watch the video but, there is no sound. I’ve lost my cd that came with my HDD Camcorder. Does anyone know where I can download everything fo this camers?

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