How to convert .MOD file into anything acceptable by Adobe Premier ?

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I just want to be able to cut/paste and view the files in Winamp or something of the sort, what recognizes it without having to install software so I can play it back? reply

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I am having the same problem, even if I cut/paste/change to .mpg, I have no audio. My other question is does anyone have any idea about a above average video editing software? I have movie magix edit pro, but it does not have the capability that I need. I want to produce more special effects like split screen cropping and other stuff to create like ghosts and explosions. I didnt know if adobe premiere does that. reply

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If you purchased the camcorder, you can use the software that came with it to edit it. If you are using premiere you need to install the ac3 filter. Then it will work.

The software that comes with the camera is fine for editing basic stuff. If you want more advanced features, you can get say Pinnicle Studio line, Adobe Premeire pro or Premeire Elements. There are others, but alot of people are using these.

Also, before you post you might want to read alot of the post before yours. There are a lot of people asking the same questions that have already been asked.

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I also got a shock when I found that JVC have come up with their own standard, which is only translateable with the Cyberlink product.

We did a lot of research on DVC options, and it was (and still is) the HD which clinched it, but none of the reviews (or even the sales guy, surprise surprise) pointed out the conversion requirement for most editing software.

For Steve (the Pom) you can of course watch unedited footage by connecting the cables from DVC to your TV, as I’m sure you’ve found out already but isn’t this a bit like the boring days of childhood trying to stay awake through Uncle Arthur’s interminable 8mm shows?

No-one on the forum seems to endorse the Cyberlink product. I have bought the upgrade to the full version and am very pleased with it - three audio tracks (Video, commentary and music) a separate track for effects and titles and a reasonably easy to use interface (I haven’t read the manual yet, and have done quite a bit of editing, learning as I go).

I am a beginner in this area, so will probably find shortcomings as I get better - does anyone know what the Ulead or Adobe products have which this doesn’t, or where there is a side by side product comparison?

(One advantage I found with Power Director over Premier is the lack of requirement to keep rendering to see how the project is going).

So, in short, why not just upgrade the software that came with the camera (it cost me $72Aust)

Best wishes from Australia reply

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OK Here is the easiest way to edit and play mod. files on your computer. As stated before, change the extension to mpg or avi...it’s stated earlier exactly how to do this. Then download the free XP codec from http://www.xpcodecpack.com/
Once this is installed you can play your videos in windows media player and you can edit your videos in windows movie maker. hope this helps.

Jeremiah reply

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You lucky people,I can`t even use any of the Cyberlink as my camera refuses to read it.Connected to my pc via USB,it refuses to acknowledge any existence of the software, all my camera screen shows is:USB MASS STORAGE DEVICE,wonder if it`s the camera or the software at fault? reply

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you get the message..USB MASS STORAGE DEVICE because windows thinks that it is a hard drive...connect your camcorder....then go into my computer and look for a new drive...open it and drag the file that you want off onto your desktop,,when it has finished right click and from the dropdown list click on open with..then open the folder where your program is reply

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thanks daviencle for your interest in my camea`s refusal to read cyberlink. did as you suggested but the dropdown list does not include"open with"consequently I am basically back with the same problem.Incidentally,my camera is the GZ-MG 20E,my pc is WindowXP. reply

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Hi Kurt

This is my problem also. My solution is to create a folder “Raw Video Footage” and within that folder create a series of folders, each with the date of filming (eg 20051208, 20051209).
Using Windows explorer I then copy the files from the Camera’s HD into the relevant folder, using drag and drop.
I then open Cyberlink’s “Edit” module and put all the day’s clips into the library area and edit from there.
The disadvantage is that it is only at this point that I can see which clips I’ve brought in, and it’s a complete pain to try to rename the files, or find a particular clip if you’re searching by subject rather than date.
The Cyberlink manual indicates that you should be able to “Capture” clips direct from JVC Everio cameras, but the model numbers they quote are not the same as yours and mine.
If we could do this we could give the clips meaningful names as we copied them int the hard drive.
I’ve sent an email on 4 Jan to Cyberlink to ask whether it’s me, the camera or their software, and I’ll post their reply when (or should that be if?) they get back to me.

Incidentally I still think the Power Director 5 is good software - I’ve been reading magazine articles on Adobe, Ulead and Pinnacle, and there are very few things that they can do which aren’t included in Power Director 5. reply

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has anyone tried adobe after effects? I know its pricey, but it has some outstanding features to it. Just wondering before I invest in it. I am really looking for digital effects like explosions and laser beams and stuff like that. reply

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ImTOO MPEG Encoder also recognise .mod files to convert to .wmv .avi .mpg.... reply

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I tried installing the AC3 filter and i still get an error when importing into premiere pro “unsupported audio rate" reply

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After effects is incredable program... I love it...

When you try to bring in the file, are your bringing in a converted file or the .mod file? I have no problems with bringing in the file as a .m2v file with the sound filter installed.

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Hello Tony,
Thanks for your tip,it works ok&I`m happy,at last,being able to download my files to Cyberlink, but boy what a tedious procedure and completely contrary to the instruction manual.wonder why nobody else seems to have the same problem as us two?Did we perhaps make a mistake when downloading the software?
Incidentally,I bought this camera while on holiday in GranCanaria.Maybe I got"done"as it transpired I could have bought it cheaper at Jessops here in England... reply

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Hi Kurt

Glad it worked.

I’m in Perth, Australia, where I bought my JVCEverio camera (GZ- MG50AA, which has a 30Gb HD)

The Cyberlink web page indicates that the “video capture” facility supports JVC Everio GZ-MC100 and GZ-MC200.

I’m about to send JVC an email, asking what they are prepared to do to make our life a bit easier (plug-ins etc)and as I said in my earlier post, I’ll put up Cyberlink’s reply to my earlier email to them.

Meanwhile, I’m getting close to putting my first film together, but I think Power director is quite limiting in the DVD authoring part of things. I’ll see what options I’ve got there.

If you’d like to reply direct, my email is (remove “myref”) myrefptony@bigpond.com

Regards

Tony Wood reply

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Hi Tony again,
This might be of interest to you.I kept thinking of what our previous correspondent,Mr.Daviencle suggested,namely that our pc thinks the camera is just another HD, therefore I thought well if that`s the case,one should be able to IMPORT footage from the camera directly.Guess what?It took just a few seconds to import all my clips into the “edit"window of Cyberlink,irrespectively of dates.
Since I`m only a"Rookie” in digital camera work,you probably know of this version anyway.My problem now is to get to grips with the editing part of digi film making.I managed ok with my High Eight camera,with the help of an editing machine.
Thanks for your email address,I shall be in touch.Incidentally I live in Lancashire,England
Greetings to faraway Australia reply

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I have been following this link since it started some time ago. I have managed to produce a number of movies in Video Studio 9 (VS9)and am happy with the result. I copy the files mod from the camera to a directory in my hard drive, however I copy as a mpg file (simply change the extension). As VS9 already has an AC3 filter it works flawlessly. This also works with Premier when you install the AC3 filter. Very little effort is required to change the extension.

Kurt, I note that you import into Cyberlink from your camera’s hard drive. I believe that this creates a link to the hard drive on your camera. If you re-format your camera’s hard drive or loose the data on the camera then you will also loose the work that you have done so far in editing your movie. It is safer to copy files to your hard drive as Tony has done, then you are not at so much risk of loosing your data.

I also have a large external hard drive which I use to back up all my original video clips. I have heard of too many photographers loosing all their images and videos when they get a virus or a corrupt hard drive. reply

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hello tony shep
You are of course absolutely right,I realised that by importing directly,one can only edit while the camera is connected which is no good.Like you say,Tony Wood`s method is THE one to adopt reply

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Adobe Premiere Elements 2.0 can easily import .VOB and .MOD files from an HDD camcorder, Panasonic SD-Video cam, or the like. With the cam connected via USB 2.0, simply click "Add Media" in Premiere, browse for the files in the cam (as "USB Mass Storage Device") and click Import. Now it will pull the MPEG2-based files in to the specified target drive on the PC.

Once done, you can then add the clips to the timeline, and edven mix MPEG2 and AVI. Premiere Elements actually converts the MPEG2 (MOD) files to a DV Stream when you hit to render a clip or clips. So if you want easy editing, select all the clips first and then render them. Now they’re editable.

I read about this on the SimplyDV Bulletin Board. It’s also possible to edit files from these HDD and SD cams in a Mac as well, but you need to use Capty MPEG2 software to get them in first, then use Quicktime Pro to convert to a DV Stream.

Alan Brill reply

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