playing .MOD files from GZ-MC200 camera on mac

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hey,

DOes any1 know how I can view DV shot on a JVC GZ-MC200 (one with new microdrive) on a Mac.
Files are in .MOD format

cheers
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I believe those are mpeg-2 files. You can play them with videolan (http://www.videolan.org) or mplayer for mac os x (http://mplayerosx.sourceforge.net). If you absolutely insist on playing them in QuickTime you can buy the mpeg-2 playback component from Apple (http://www.apple.com/quicktime/products/mpeg2playback). reply

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Can you tell me more about your use of the GZ-MC200 with the Mac, because I’ve been thinking about buying one but haven’t been able to learn much about Mac compatibility.

Are you able to connect to the camcorder with the Mac and download you video? Or are you removing the microdrive from the camcorder and using a card reader?

You insights are appreciated reply

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I can upload files straight onto mac through USB2. Though cant read files as of yet. I havent had a chance to try http://www.videolan.org) or mplayer for mac os x (http://mplayerosx.sourceforge.net).
They are very nice camera’s though (!) appart from the mac side of things... reply

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Well, I purchased the -100 model of the Everio and have been very happy with it. I’ve been able to connect the camera to my Mac and download videos and still photos without any problems.

For viewing the videos, I’ve been renaming the .MOD extensions to .m2v and using the VLC media player to view them. I haven’t tried editing the videos yet.

So far, so good. Getting the videos from the camera to the Mac is a snap, which was my main desire. The camera itself is well thought out, though I don’t like the hexadecimal-based naming system the camera uses for video files. The camera is not nearly as capable as many other, cheaper video cameras in terms of performance (e.g., low light) or bells and whistles (e.g., remote controls), but it’s small size and random-access media (microdrive) is perfect for me. reply

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hi all,

any media player for PPC that can play .mod files? tried betaplayer but unsuccessful. reply

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I too am renaming the .MOD extensions to .m2v and using the VLC media player to view them. Would any1 know an video editing package for mac coz Imovie wont read these files? reply

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I have a GZ-MC100, and edit in Final Cut Pro, now in tiger. If you can see the clips, when you change the MOD to M2V, you are half way there. If you can’t see the clips, download the Apple MPEG decoder for quicktime. To get the audio, you need to convert the embedded ac3 or Dolby Digital Audio to a file you can edit. Although dv are huge when compaired to the MOD files, I use this format in finalcut; I like realtime effects. A free tool to deembed audio is available at this site: http://www.alfanet.it/squared5/mpegstreamclip.html reply

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I want to buy the JVC GZ-MC500 and also want to use it with a Mac. The helpdesk told me to use the program ffmpegX (http://homepage.mac.com/major4/). I’ve tried it with a short movie I could make in the store where I want to buy it. And it seems to work oke. Maybe you can try it too and tell us here what you think of it?

Good luck! reply

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Re. ffmpegx, that application seems to be more for transcoding files from mpeg-2 to other formats. As a player, it’s not as good as the VLC media player.

Also, FYI, since the VLC media player wants to see a .m2v file suffix, look into using applescripts in OS X to batch-rename the .mod files to .m2v. That’ll save you some time, particularly if you shoot lots of short movies. reply

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For European consumers I’d like to say that Quicktime on the Apple Store has only got the MPEG-2 converter for Quicktime 6 not Quicktime 7, but I’m looking into locating it, I’ve been importing with the SDVideo into my Formac TV then converting them to DV that way, I’ll try changing the appendage suffix from .MOD to m2v and let you know how that works, The camera is superb in low-lite, easy to use and fits neatly in an overcoat, reply

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well, typing over the MOD suffix and replacing it with the appendage mv2 works a treat in my Quicktime Pro 7, this then exports easily to my Final Cut, but the sound files are nowhere to be seen, I’m guessing these will be the files suffixed with .MOI unfortunately you can’t just replace this with .WAV or .AIF so I’m temporarily stumped, I intend to do sound seperately but it will be a problem anon. any hints would be cool, reply

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Apparenly there is still a problem with the MPEG-2 MOD format on a MAC, i see a huge amount of interlacing playing back in QT7, & VLC....

Only a problem when i watch in on my computer, the Video out on the camera is fine...


I use a PowerBook 1,5Ghz, 2Gigs RAM MAC OS X 10.4.1 reply

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I just recently purchased teh JVC everio. First and foremost I LOVE the camera it’s light weight you dont have to carry around a bulky camera for hours on end. I to had teh same problem with the .Mod files I did some research and founf ffmepg this Application takes the .mod file and converts to most standard formats out at this time. I convert them to .Mov files for quicktime and Final Cut Pro (its keeps audio as well) I tried the m2v method and sure it is much quicker but you lose the sound and I have never figured out how to retain the audio yet with that method. In conclusion the ffmepg method works. reply

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jeXus, that sounds like the best option reply

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Also I was wondering if anyone who does it my the ffmpegX method if they know why when you import it to FCP for editing the video seem to be cropped smaller and effects like fades and dissolves won’t work? I haven’t messd around with much yet but just something I noticed. Anyone out there experience this yet or am I alone? reply

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Also I wanted to add that the ffmpegX method works but wish there was a way to do it in a batch so far I have been doing the videos one at a time. =( This process would be much easier if there was a way to just pick a folder you want converted and let the app do the whole folder instead of just one file at a time. reply

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Converting using automator or X Terminal is one way to do those tiresome tasks like converting a folder from .MOD to .m2v but the Everio won’t hold that much anyway. I was lucky enough to have this Formac Firewire thingy for watching TV on the Mac and it is the best way for me to watch and save movie files. I found that the iMovie links up very easily through this without codecs etc. and I bypass Final Cut Pro until I’ve made a rough edit on that. iMovie is so hassle free for this Everio gadget but I imagine it won’t be worth all the hassle for most people. JVC have gone to a great deal of bother to create an aesthetic lovely like this and expect the buyers to be lumpen Windows users. Bonkers. reply

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Yea, I was curious to see how Imovie performed with the same .mov files I had converted that seem cropped when imported to FCP. It’s perfect! I can add all effects without a problem. This makes it easier when I want to transfer my videos to DVD with minimal effects but if I want to go all out I would have to use FCP and so far I’m having no luck with that but for those out there that want simple editing and transfer their video to DVD Imovie is the way to go once the .mod files have been converted. reply

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Let me point out one thing here, MOD is mpeg-2 if you plan to burn as DVD there is no point in converting to MOV, all you gain is loss of quality the reason for the MOD extension is Dolby Digital sound, also the before mentioned interlacing is only when playing the file on my laptop, for some reason it is not played progressively...

Imovie may not be able to edit the file’s but Final cut should be reply

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