.MOD File Extension

JVC Everio Camcorder Video File

Video File
The .MOD file format is used by various digital camcorder models (I.E JVC Everio) to save their videos. These files are often accompanied by small .MOI files (See links below) which contain the videos' time-stamp information.

The .MOD format is simply a MPEG2 formatted video, and if you simply wish to view the files on your computer, it is reportedly safe to rename the extension from .mod to .mpg or .avi

The known camcorder models that use the .MOD format are:

JVC: GZ-MG30, GZ-MG70, GZ-MG37, GZ-MG77, GZ-MG505, GZ-MG130, GZ-MG155, GZ-MG255, GZ-MG555

Panasonic: SDR-S100, SDR-S150, SDR-S10, SDR-H18, SDR-H200, SDR-H40, SDR-H60, SDR-SW20

Canon: FS100, FS10, FS11

Other .MOD file extensions

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    2008-03-07 20:32:54
    I was having trouble using the Prism software to convert .mod files to .avi/.mpg format. I read Carolyn's advice which is really good. The Prism software didn't always automatically download the required codecs. I uninstalled and reinstalled the prism software many times but no luck.

    The solution here is to download and install a codec pack yourself. I used the Combined Community Codec pack. You can download it from here:

    After these codecs are installed, the prism software works perfectly at converting .mod files to any other file format!!

    Thanks for the information Carolyn!!
    2008-03-08 03:07:41
    Lisa - I try all most all what you wrote. I have the same camera as you, i use the docking station connected by usb to PC.Copy/paste sd_video folder and when i try to import mod.clips from that folder to adobe premiere pro 2.0 write me: the file is not supported.

    If that works in adobe premiere elements i don't know why that doesn't work in adobe premiere pro 2.0, if i understand you right

    27.2.2008. Sorry i didn't try to capture from camera in adobe premiere pro 2.0 yet, maybe that solves all editing, quality and large files problems.
    2008-03-08 14:53:00
    New problem! I use my camcorder to do youtube vids a lot. My camera kept telling me that my hard drive was full, when I had already deleted and uploaded all of the clips I had on it. There was nothing there! yet the camera kept telling me my hard drive was full.

    If this happens to you!, follow these steps:

    #1) Return your camera to to it's factory-preset condition. Use the reset button on the camera to do this. Instructions on page 56.

    #2) Release/delete protected files. page 38. Neither of them helped me much since I didn't have any protected files. (but you might!)

    #3) Clean up the HDD or SD files. Instructions on page 40. I did all of these things and the camera still told me my hard drive was full, so then

    #4) I tried the instructions for further removing the files from the hard drive by following the instructions on the right hand column on page 39. This worked! If you're camera gives you this message, try these things to get rid of all old files on your hard drive. BTW When you upload and view new files on your computer, you will have created a new folder. This happens when you remove all data from your camera.

    Kelsey, I have no clue why prism automatically updated my format and why yours didn't? That is strange. However, I'm glad you found a way around it!
    2008-03-08 19:34:48
    I downloaded mpeg_streamclip and the quicktime replacement that is needed to run that, which are free downloads and recognize .mod files.

    I use the streamclip to trim the beginning and ends of the video, where I usually manage to jiggle the camera while turning it on or off. I then exported the file to my computer hard drive as an .avi. That worked well in Windows Movie Maker, and it kept the sound and picture.
    2008-03-09 00:33:03
    hi tihi

    no you have to use adobe premier elements to capture if you decide to use the docking station method. If you do this, you must use your firewire lead connected to the docking station and the pc not the usb. Once you connect the firewire, adobe will recognise and you can capture.

    but..... you can otherwise just import the .mod files directly from the camera using the usb. I have done it. You can copy the files to your computer or just import the .mov files directly to adobe. I am a bit confused as so many people cannot do this, but I can. I don't change extensions or do anything. Just import the .mov files.
    Sara Seager
    2008-03-11 07:51:16
    Thank you so much Carolyn for the advise about prism video converter...I got a JVC Everio 30GB HDD for xmas and was super excited to start making videos, but then I couldn't edit anything I made. The only thing I could figure out was that .MOD movies were advanced movie formats and that I was a pain in the butt to find anything to edit convert them let alone edit them with.. I am not regreting asking foR my camcorder now!
    2008-03-14 09:18:16
    For Mac users: try using ffmpeg. It works for me for the .MOD files, but not sure what to do about the .MOI files...
    2008-03-15 02:15:23
    anyone know how to use the JVC Everio (GZ-MG21U) as a wecbam, e.g., for use with Skype?
    2008-03-21 04:51:25
    Hi, Prism converter really works fine, but i think it is useless in this case, because simply renaming of .MOD to .MPG solves this problem. The files are playable in any dvd player. But i have a problem with these files during working in Adobe premiere pro. When i import and work with these files in Premiere pro, the movie in the monitor window is fitful. Can anybody help me please????? It is terrible to work with it. Thank you, Alix...
    2008-03-21 09:27:45
    MV, I don't have a MAC but wondered why you need to do anything with the .moi files? What do you want to do with them?

    Fel, I didn't even know we could use the camera as a webcam? I didn't read this part if it's in the user guide. Webcams are quite cheap and can be purchased for around $20 anywhere. It makes more sense to just buy one I would think, than trying to use a $500 camera? Just a suggestion.

    Alixcz, I don't have adobe premier or a Mac so I can't help ya on that one, however I don't exactly know what you mean when you say the movie is 'fitful'?

    2008-03-21 12:31:45
    hi all,

    i gave up concerning the data recovery for mod files.
    didnt get info from jvc, neither austria, nor jvc germany.

    happy screening and kind regards from austria,
    2008-03-24 06:29:13
    The best programs I have found are TMPGEnc DVD Author 3 and TMPGEnc MPEG Editor 2.0.

    Editor 2 is great for converting to MPG files. You can even combine your files into one if you like. We all know that each time you stop recording and start again a new file is created. If you are like me you may have many files of the same "scene" that you want to combine into one file. Editor 2 will do this. You can keep them as individual files as well. Author 3 is great for authoring these files into DVD VIDEO_TS files. If you have chosen to keep all your files separate during the conversion process using Editor 2, you can group your files into "tracks" (scenes) with each file being a different chapter using Author 3.
    2008-03-24 11:55:27
    Hello everyone. I downloaded Prism and my files were changed into .Avi easily, but when I try to import them into WMM I get this:

    C:Documents and SettingsPrinceDesktopTrash trailermovies 002.avi could not be imported. The required codec was not downloaded automatically because the Download codecs automatically check box is not selected in the Options dialog box.
    2008-03-24 15:45:11
    Klaus, I did not look for the information you wanted cuz I thought that JVC was helping you. Next time I import my vids, I'll give you as much of the information I can find that you asked for originally. Maybe that'll help you figure out which ones they are.

    Prince, I am not sure why you are getting this message. Why is it saying you've got your movies in the 'trash'? on your desktop? Do you have spaces between the file name? Please also check the options in your prism converter and let me know what your settings are. It may be that you have the wrong settings checked in the options.
    Antonio Consoli
    2008-03-25 03:33:58
    Hello Carolyn.

    Thanks first of all for all your support. I write from Italy.
    Just a question. Do the .mpg extension is the same as mpeg2?
    When I convert .mod file into .avi file, the program Windows Movie Maker freeze! Why this?

    Let me know. Antonio Consoli
    2008-03-25 08:27:21
    Hello Carolyn,

    I'll try to exlain better. I convert .mod to .avi and then when I want to make a movie with Windows Movie Maker, this program feeze!

    One more info: I use PC with Windows XP Media Center as O.S. I've a laptop Asus A6J series (A6Je-AP023M) bought one year ago with Intel Core Duo T5500 at 1.66 GHz. My memory is 1024MB (512x2MB).

    My camcorder is JVC Everio GZ-MG130 and any softwares like Power Cinema, Power Producer and Power Director by Cyberlink don't recognize .MOD file.

    I installed DirectX 9.0 but problem remain.
    I think is not a problem related with Antispyware and Antivirus because I tried without but It seems a sort of other programs conflict because on my father laptop (older laptop, two years ago) everything works properly.

    JVC assistance could me not help me. What do you suggest?
    Thank you back again. Antonio
    2008-03-25 12:41:41

    .mpg and .mpeg2 are different files. .mpeg2 is actually .mod and there is an .mpeg1 also. Although .mod files exist, the internet only recognizes .mpg and .mpeg1 right now. By the time it recognizes .mpeg2, our cameras will be outdated. (most probably)

    What program/software are you using to convert the .mod files to .avi? After you convert to .avi, are you reviewing them before you import them into WMM? If you are not able to view them, then you have a problem with the conversion and not WMM. If you can view them, then there is a problem with WMM. You may have to unistall it, then reinstall it or go to Microsoft to get a fix/plug for it.

    Are you uploading the movie files to your laptop or your PC? I am a bit confused about what you said about your father laptop? Are you able to use WMM on it? You are right. Antispyware and Antivirus would not interfere with a movie making process. (not that I've ever heard anyway)
    2008-03-26 02:41:39
    I give you further and more clear infomation about my case.
    First I answer to your question:

    1) To convert the file I used your suggested program Prism. I converted .mod both into .avi and .mpg. I both review them and are perfect video and audio. I'll try to re-install WMM but maybe it's better for me to use other program to elaborate and create video like Power Director by Cyberlink.

    2) I upload the .mod file from my camcorder into my laptop. I don't a "fixed" PC; I've a laptop. About my father, he has an older laptop but things are going perfectly and on his laptop I can trasfer .mod file to create DVD using any Cyberlink program. With my laptop this is impossible because these are the error:

    - With Power Cinema NE for Everio error message says: error code 80004005;
    - With Power Producer error message says: not possible to add .mod video file; and
    - With Power Director error messages says: instruction to "0x11de1b02" made reference to memory "0x00000040". The memory couldn't be "read".

    I think my laptop minimum requirements are ok. See my preceeding message.

    I contacted JVC in Germany and they said me this:
    To ensure that our software will work perfectly on your system please reinstall it regarding the following steps:.


    In case you will be requested to restart your computer during the whole process please do so and start again at step 2.

    1. Boot your computer
    2. Logon as administrator (only needed for Windows NT4, 2000, XP and Vista) 3. Please deactivate any software which is running on your system. (anti virus programs, firewalls, etc.) 4. Install DirectX 9.0C (or later) and the latest patches and service packs from Microsoft for your Windows system.
    5. Install the latest driver for all of your hardware components (e.g.
    mainboard, graphic card, sound card, TV-card). You may find those driver on the website of the hardware manufacturer.
    6. Install your Cyberlink software.
    7. Install the latest patch which can be found on our website:

    Starting up:
    When starting up the first time please consider steps 2 and 3, later you may also use the software as main user but not with normal or restricted user rigths.

    I made all suggested by them but the only things I cannot do is to install all the patches because I need this program: PowerCinema 5.0, PowerDirector 5.0 Premium; PowerDirector 6.0; PowerDirector 5.0 Retail; PowerDirector 4.0 Express; and PowerProducer 4.0 but these program are not free I guess.

    This message is a little bit long but I need your opinion.
    Please help me. ;-)
    2008-03-30 07:37:11
    Hello. I am trying to convert .MOD format videos from a new JVC GZ-MG365BUS camcorder so I can edit in Windows Movie Maker. When I attempt to convert using the Prism Software I get the message, " . . . Warning: Incorrect timestamps found in the source file. It is reccomended to specify the framerate manually for this file."
    2008-03-30 14:32:37
    Antonio, I had read and reread your specifics a few times now. I have no clue why you are getting the error message from your movie editing software. I suggest that you might want to give the error message to Microsoft support. See if they can help you. Or uninstall/reinstall the programs on your laptop. You could also ask someone in your local area for help. It is an added expense, but they might be able to pin point the problem. They might want to run a diagnostics test on your laptop.

    Tim, the only thing I can suggest is that you review your settings on the camcorder and make sure you are using a time stamp. Its in the manual somewhere. (I have a different model JVC than you do or I'd direct you to it.) Make several dummy videos with different settings and see if you can get any of them to work right for you. Or contact Prism and tell them the error message you are getting. Maybe they'll have some ideas.

    Many of us here in the forum have had a terribly hard time trying to figure this stuff out. JVC certainly didn't make it easy for us! thats for sure! It took me months to find a converter that worked for the .mod files, for example.
    2008-03-31 03:13:30

    Thank for all your assitance again.
    I got from JVC the SW version LY35273-024A but same errors for me.
    I really believe now that is some program conflicts in my laptop because in this weekend I tried in another PC (Acer) and there works perfectly. Whenever I'll solve this problem I'll let you know.

    Where I can write this my problem to Microsoft support? Do you have any e.mail address?

    More, as you know if you use Cyberlink program .mod files are "converted" into three kind of file which are .VOB, .BUP and .INO I guess. While you use Prism converter you can convert .mod files into .avi or .mpg.
    Is the video quality of .avi or .mpg files the same as the .VOB (with .BUP and .INO)?

    Last question: when I convert my .mod files into .avi or .mpg and when I put into DVD by Nero 7, DVD run by standard DVD, stops in different point of the track. Why this? Am I doing something wrong while converting by Prism?

    Let me know. Thanks. Regards, Antonio
    2008-04-02 13:24:26
    Many thanks for the information over this frustrating JVC file ext.( MOD) Carolyne .I know that you wanted to upload to Youtube ,but i`ve tried uploading video clips taken with my JVC Everio to my own Servers video site ,so friends and relatives can download them( even short clips are too big to send attached to Emails !). They wouldn`t upload ,same reason ,MOD not recognised.

    By concedence i downloaded that free converter program you advise, Prism. So far i havent really gone for it as i did what others do and found that it prompted" File format not recognised ".

    I`ll try it again after your advice on the matter :).
    2008-04-03 09:57:17
    Antonio, Microsoft support is different in Italy than it is in America. Copy/paste: into your browser and go to the site. Check for automatic updates. They will scan your laptop for updates. (I don't know if you get automatic updates but it's always a good idea;O) They will recommend what you need. Always look through the updates. You may not want all of them. After you do the updates, that may fix any problems you're having. If you don't find the problem, you will need someone to run diagnostics on your laptop to find and fix the problem.

    My JVC videos upload as .mod and .moi so I am not sure about the extensions you mentioned, although I've seen them before. You must convert to another extension to upload online. I am not sure about the DVD's though. You maybe able to do DVD's using .mod. Please read all the info on this page. Its there somewhere. Video quality is not as good for .mpg or .avi as it is for .mod, but its better than nothing!

    Brian, right now the internet does not recognize .mod files. (.mod are actually mpeg2 files which are not recognized by the internet yet) You must convert them to either .mpg for MAC or .avi for WINDOWS. Yes, Prism will tell you that it does not recognize/support the file. Convert it anyway. You should get an automatic patch from Prism straight away that will fix this. (you must be online!) It always says that the file may not be recognized. Not sure why but it does. Ignore it and get the update. If it does not automatically update, go to Prism and explain. They'll hopefully tell you what to do.
    2008-04-04 11:53:14
    i lost my cd that comes with jvc GZ-MG130, from where should i get the drivers?
    2008-04-05 06:32:35
    Hi all.

    For ramneek, I think the best way is to go through your local assistance.

    For Carolyn: I guess my problem then is related with some SW's conflicts with some of my program and with my OS which is Windows Media Center. I and someonelse believe that this OS has some problem with video-editing.

    Moreover, I prefer to do like this. I don't want to use Prism but I juts change manually the .MOD file and rename it in .avi. Then I make DVD video by Nero Vision 7. This works perfectly and quality of the video is the same as .MOD. I'll let you know for further development.

    Thank you all. Regards, Antonio
    2008-04-05 07:41:57
    You all should just use womble on the .mod files and then save them as .mpg and then burn to dvd. Less quality will be lost. I did this without converting and it was very smooth. You are all just wasting your time. Use a program that edites .mpg's and then burn.... Trust me it works. I really don't care what everyone does but after months of research it saved me loads of time.

    2008-04-05 07:57:57
    Hey Joe,

    Please give us further instructions.
    What's womble? Where can we get this program?
    Explain us also how to have .mpg files from .mod files, with details.
    Thanks in advance.
    Regards, Antonio
    2008-04-07 15:38:08
    Yes, Joe, give us more information please!

    I do not burn DVD's so I have no clue about the process with the .mod files. Right now I upload movies to youtube only. What you know could be of major benefit to many people who are trying to burn DVD's.
    2008-04-09 17:38:06
    Yep... I downloaded Prism Video Converter, installed the application... dragged and dropped my MODs into the application, selected "AVI" as the format I wanted converted to... hit "convert" button and they worked great.

    Thanks Carollyn
    2008-04-13 21:26:59
    I am not entirely sure how, but the prism application worked for me I was so confused then all of a sudden I found a new file titled default and there was my video in a shiney .avi.
    2008-04-14 20:06:10
    I came across this link whilst check out the specification of the video *.mod standard as observed by typical user of the format as a heads up, prior to buying a new camcorder.

    It appears to me to be a quagmire of mis-information or just a mis-understanding of video formats in general. No dis-respect to you Carolyn (Helper) who appears a rock (right through the link) and I'm sure much respected as a result, but your leaning to prism seems to be inadvertently adding to the confusion.

    Never dis-respectful but all that's happening is (considering the standard of modern camcorders) your depleting the quality or your original recorded video well before you've seen it. Modern camcorders, models quoted above are comparable to most standard domestic recorder/players and often better. Why convert?

    it's been stated in several posting prior and the manufacturers qualify it as mpeg2. Having variable audio formats which you may now realise, is the reason for inacceptance by certain software. Premium models incorporate dolby digital audio, some chance they'll be accepted by FREE unlicenced software. The point being, rename your file *.mpg and then run it in PowerDVD and see it at it's original quality.

    Better still right click on the display as it plays and select to show information and the video/audio spec will be overlayed. If you can't find a FREE editor try an early version of Nero 6/Nero Vision 3 which comes free with many a PC dvd-r/w.

    It doesn't handle ac3 dolby audio (mpeg1 layer2 ie *mpa) but in all honesty I have all Nero up to 8 and dolby editing is prone to glitches. Said enough for one gulp, feel free to pump for info.
    2008-04-20 13:50:19
    Allan, Many of us found that we could not simply change the name of the file on our computer. Believe me, I tried! For lack of knowing what else to do, I simply hunted for a way to convert so I could use Windows movie maker and the .avi format that it requires. I do not make DVD's rather I make online videos. I have no problem with the quality of my movies at all. Sure I would love to be able to use them as mpeg2's but the internet does not allow them to be uploaded that way at this time. Once I found a way to convert and be able to use the WMM, I simply posted it so I could help others who felt the frustration I did. Admin for told me he appreciated my help and wanted to add me as a helper. I do not get paid for any of this. I simply wanted to help others in any way I could.

    Antonio, I have no clue whats going on with Prism. They may be charging for this service now? I will check it out and get back to you.
    2008-04-21 07:14:33
    OK download a copy of womble I used it for my wrestling teams season video. I have over 60 gig of .mod video for the year and I was able to sift through it and make a highlight video after saving it as an .mpg video.

    1) (lets you edit whatever .mod files you want and save the file as .mpg2/mpg4 etc. It even lets you write it as a dvd...)

    2) If you are trying to make a dvd use the editor of your choice that accepts .mpg's. Most do...
    2008-04-21 09:08:39
    Hi Joe.
    Is it free the program on forever?
    Which is the product? MPEG Video Wizard DVD or MPEG Video Wizard?
    Please give us further details.
    Regards, Antonio
    2008-04-21 14:56:26
    Antonio, I found the prism plus software on this page: (download links are at the top and bottom of the page)

    You can download it for free there. I clicked on the link and it asked me what I wanted to do with the file? so it must be free. I would remove the software that you have from your computer and then download the 'plus' version.
    2008-04-23 08:22:15
    I have the answer on how to work with your JVC .mod files. After much frustration, I have found a plan that works.

    1. Download Prism Video Converter (Free). This program will permit you to simply drop all your .mod files in at one time. It will convert it to many different types of video files. I personally used .avi
    2. Once you completed this, set your Prism settings to this.
    3. Output Format: .avi
    4. Click on Encoder Options
    5. Video compressor: DivX 5.2.1 Codec (if you don't have this on your computer it will not populate the pick list. Google for it and download it on your computer. Reopen Prism and it will find it.)
    6. Sound Compressor: PCM Uncompressed
    7. Sound Format: 44100 Hz, 16 bits, Stereo
    8. Once your files are in the converter and you made your settings. Click on Convert.
    9. I place over 120 files in to this converter, went to work and they where all converted properly.
    10. I use Adobe Premiere Elements 4 to work with my videos, it is now working perfectly.
    2008-04-23 14:20:58
    Hi Carolyn

    Sorry for the delay in replying, had myself a holiday.In many cases I imagine renaming the extension to .mpg is only a problem because their PC's may not have the appropriate codec installed but nevertheless I accept there is always incompatibilities between even 'like' machines with identical software.

    Unfortunately I parted company with my JVC camcorder some time ago so I can't step through (and relate) the techniques I used previously. I don't have any .mod file remnants or access to a camera that produces such files. I've asked my friends for such files but to no avail so I'm considering buying a panasonic sdr-s10 pocket camera instead.

    The reason being, they're relatively cheap at the moment and use SDHC cards as storage media. Both my panasonic dvd/hdd recorders have SDHC sockets and there's mention of .mod files in the manuals relating to suitable media.

    Obviously anyone with a camcorder that facilitates an SDHC socket could use a Panasonic DMR-EX77 or similar to allow direct viewing of their movies from card to-Hard Drive or copy them onto a DVD-RAM disc and copy to your PC. (DVD-RAM drive req'd) If on-disc editing alone will suffice, then Panasonic has free software for the job.

    At this point it's worth mentioning, once a movie is burned onto a DVD-RAM disc, it will invariably be shunned by BUDGET software when you try to import it. But this I am sure of! all you need do is copy the video file,VR_MOVIE.VRO onto your PC hard drive and rename the extension to .mpg to establish it as a genuine MPEG-2 format and will be accepted as such. If this file doesn't play on your PC it's your software that's deficient and you need to download an MPEG-2 codec.

    If you try the DVD-RAM route, you will have one continuous file which you will then have to edit. For those who wish to copy files seperately with edit breaks in tact, I suggest importing into DVDMovie Factory 2 (and later) or NeroVision 3 (and later). The latter being my preferred editor for joining and acceptance of dolby digital format audio.

    I guess the underlying message I'm trying to get across is, don't be too quick to CONVERT your video format until you know what quality it offers. A rule of thumb for the un-initiated, is to compare filesize before and after conversion, if the file size is significantly reduced, then you're more than likely to be degrading the original quality if it's bigger then your retaining the quality at the cost of space.

    In your case Carolyn, posting on the internet, as you rightly say, mpeg-2 has no place on the internet at present and adversely, internet quality has no place on dvd, stick it on a VCD or SVCD.

    Personally I back up original video quality and use a versatile converters such as AVS tools 4-5 to convert to any format you could presently desire....... except .mod of course ;)

    I was unaware of the extent of this incompatibility when I had a JVC Camera as I found a solution in the software I owned at the time, lucky I suppose. I used to work as a tv bench engineer and could have aquired any modern camcorder to tackle this problem but unfortunately I work on PC's these days:(

    I've little use for a camcorder these days but I'll report back with my findings when I order myself a new toy for the Summer.

    Till then, Good Luck to one and all!
    2008-04-23 15:41:25
    Allan, thanks for taking the time to come back. Hope you had a good time on holiday. (jealous here:o)

    Please let us know when (if) you get the new camcorder and get it rolling. I am sure you could offer us some great advice on stuff you've learned over the years working as tv bench engineer.

    Wow! Yes, you were lucky. Most of us in this forum (and many more) have struggled to find the right fix for the right situation. (not all computers being equal..) JVC would have eliminated this problem if they would have given us some options.

    I think they released the camera before sufficient software had been produced, trying to get the 'New' product on the market! (bottom line$$)

    Anyhow, thanks a ton for the info!
    2008-04-24 14:07:30
    Hi, I read whole forum, but I haven't found any answer for the questin about 16:9 format. I have JVC 255 and it has 16:9 LCD display, so when you capture a movie in 4:3, you have black stripes on edges of the LCD. So if I get it right, the camera should be used in 16:9 mode.

    Well, I even like this format more, so I would be glad. But the movie in any movie player looks "tall" and I really dunno what to do to look it normal.

    Any help is welcome
    2008-04-27 08:16:55
    Hi Mates

    noticed your problem there and am assuming you are successfully creating your own dvd's (ie. VIDEO_TS folder containing VTS_01_1,2,3.VOB etc plus associated VIDEO_TS.IFO/BUP files) and can be played on standard dvd player but appears vertically stretched. If this is the case, the easiest solution is to modify the VTS_01_0.IFO file prior to burning onto disc as this *.IFO file and it's backup duplicate *.BUP informs the player of the aspect ratio of the movie to be played. It can also be modified to enable panscan for those extremely wide anamorphic movies so you can watch them at full height and the ends trimmed. I've had a beautifully programmed 1Mb utility called IFOedit for many years now that does the job and much more, effortlessly. It was always free and should still reside out there on the web somewhere. Try and get it and if you have any probs using it or acquiring it for that matter, get back in touch.

    There is I'm aware many larger software packages out there that will set up these parameters during conversion/compilation so this could be your best plan, but I don't use them. I prefer the more hands on pre-burning setup myself, you know what your gonna get that way.

    If, however you want your *.mpg files to play wide in all programs associated with mpeg files even iPods, nano's etc, it is best to modify the whole file itself. Every *.mpg file has repetitive references all the way through it, relating to the original aspect ratio. I figured out some time ago that I could use a HEX viewer program to recognise all these references and change them all for me. Just thought, I could probably use this method on the *.IFO files to achieve the previous problem - will check it out. To continue, if this is what you want, try to acquire WinHEX and I'll explain then, instead of babbling on now. Don't go to any expense for these programs on my behalf as I've been told I expect too much tech ability from people. In my defence I've also been told I'm good at explaining things simply when necessary!

    See how you get on anyway... good luck!
    2008-04-28 12:11:32
    Hi Carolyn,

    I thought I would pass on some of my recent experience. I had been thinking of buying the JVC Everio GZ-MG130E to record my son's upcoming wedding. I followed this conversation and learned of the many users who were having post processing problems. I started to have second thoughts.

    I decided to buy the camera and I also purchased Magix edit pro 12 to do my editing and make DVDs that can be viewed on TV.
    I shot a lot of video that day. At the church, photo shoot, and at the reception. I downloaded all of my video clips onto my hard drive and never bothered looking at what file extension they were recorded in.

    I opened Edit Pro and started making my video by pulling in the clips I shot. I was able to arrange them in a timeline order, edit them, add transitions from scene to scene, enhance the audio and video, and add text. You can use the audio you recorded, add another track of your favorite songs, or use the canned music that they provide.

    I worked my way through and created a great video to share with my family without much trouble. I did have a problem when I tried to burn the movie to DVD. I downloaded a patch from their website that fixed the burn process and encountered no other problems.
    I like the camera and am confident that I can now download anything I shoot and create great movies.

    Jay /
    2008-04-28 13:43:37
    Just to let you guys know, there was a bug preventing people from removing their email update subscription to this page. This has now been fixed.

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    2008-05-07 11:50:49
    It seems like there are some very smart people on here!!
    I recently came across this thread because I just got a panasonic sdr-s7 camcorder and it seems to have some of the same issues as the JVC's.
    My problem is I have a MAC, and can not for the life of me figure out how to convert my mod files to avi or mpegs.

    When i search the Apple database it of course, tells me to "Buy this program" but I figured there has to be something FREE out there.

    Any help is appreciated.
    KT : )
    2008-05-09 16:43:03
    Hey KT i read right through all of this i and i found the simplest (couldnt be any easier) was to just change the extension from .mod to .mpg - all the crashes i was getting with the software that came with the cam disappeared - it is that easy
    2008-05-12 16:38:35
    Great tip Scooby. Macs are such a different breed than windows. I should have thought of this! Btw KT, you do need to change the file to .mpg's on your Mac. From everything I've read, they are the best suited extension to use.
    2008-05-13 06:40:31
    thanks you two. I had figured that out early on, but it was the playback that I was having a hard time with because Quicktime would still not read the files, even when I changed them from MOD to MPG. I found that VLC for MAC download and it is a DREAM!!!
    i definitely credit this thread for introducing VLC and for that I am so very thankful!! I'll be checking back often, but am hoping it won't be problem related.
    Thanks again!!!
    kt : )
    2008-05-15 19:39:16
    Hi all ,and thanks for the tips on Everio Camcorders .I tried the Prism program ,it worked ok but after a week the "free" download had expired ! It prompted that i needed to buy the full version to continue using it !Not really free eh ?

    I have an Everio GZ-MG132 and really would like to burn to DVD discs so i can send them to relatives etc as Uploads are too big .I burned one with the included software no problem but when i tried to play it on my DVD recorder it didn`t recognise the format.I tried it on my other DVD Player ( just a player not a recorder) and it worked just fine !.I burned to a DVD-R disc .Any ideas anyone ?
    2008-05-16 12:18:29
    Why does my computer crash when I try to burn edited files (using the jvc software provided) from my jvc everio hdd camcorder.When I restart my computer it tells me that it has recoverd from a serious error.
    2008-05-18 12:43:18
    hello, I am converting the JVC .MOD files using the prism video converter, and the videos convert but there is no sound. has anyone found a fix to this problem?
    2008-05-19 08:04:52

    Mine did the same and it was from my Intel graphics chip not up to the task. I have an older HP with XP and my computer absolutly hates my JVC camera. Everytime I hook up my camera or try to play the video it explodes the screen into a large font and colorized negitive background requiring a reboot to fix. Fix? New computer. The .MOD file conversions to something I can send via e-mail is a nightmare. Wish I knew about this before I plunked down the 600 plus for my new camera. I haven't tried any of the suggestion here yet but figured it was mute point till I upgrade my computer.