MOD is not a video format actually, but a video container that is encoded with MPEG-2 video and AC-3 audio. MOD container is usually used by some older camcorder models, such as JVC HDD evario, Panasonic SDR-H100 and Canon FS200. Now .MOD format recorded video camcorders have gradually replaced by AVCHD and XDCAM camcorders. Since 2011, I have not seen any new model of camcorders that support .MOD as recorded video by default.


Correspondingly, many camcorder produce companies ceased to update mod related software, which bring much troubel for old mod camcorder users while edting them. To meet the purpose of those MOD camcorder owner's certain needs, we developed this Mod converter to help users free convert and edit their source .mod format.



The MOD converter can assist camcorder users to convert .MOD video format to other general video formats, like HD MOV, AVI, MPG, MP4 and so on, which enable users edit the source video under professional video editing softwares (Final cut Pro, Prores, Cyberlink Powerdirector, Adobe Premiere Pro, iMovie, Quicktime, etc).


Users can directly rename the file extension name of .MOD to .MPG without the using of a converting software, but audio may miss while directly rename mod to mpg, as .Mod is a video container, but .MPG is a video format, both are essentially different .

 

For the convenience of quick lookup, we list all models of camcorders which store video footage as MOD on the right column of our Homepage.

A brief example: how to convert camcorder recorded mod videos on mac os x to iMovie supported video formats that can be edited in iMovie.

Files in MOD format can not be supported or imported by iMovie. What iMovie supports is MP4 or MOV format. Therefore, the question for how to convert mod to iMovie becomes to be the one for how to convert mod to mov or MP4 which can be successfully imported to iMovie for further editing. Let me show you how to convert .mod to .mp4 or .mov in steps.

First we should copy your mod files from your camcorder to your mac.
1. Connect your camcorder (for example, JVC camcorders) to your Mac with AC cable and the USB plug.
2. Open the new drive appears on your Mac. Copy the contents of SD_Video folder to your Mac. You'll find MOD files.

Then we try to use MOD Converter for Mac to transcode mod files to mp4 files.

Free download the MOD Converter (Mac version available), the following main window will pop up.

mod-converter-screenshots.

Step 1 Import MOD movies files

If your MOD files have been copied from the JVC, Canon or the Panasonic camcorder to computer, then click "Add File" button to import your MOD files. Or simply drag and drop the MOD movies directly into the program.

Step 2 Set iMovie Video MPEG-4 as output profile
Click the "Profile" drop-down button to select iMovie Video MPEG-4 output format from "General Video" category.

Step 3 Convert MOD to iMovie supported format
Click "Convert " button to begin the MOD to iMovie format conversion. It will be finished with high output quality and fast converting speed.
Click "Browse..." button to choose a folder where the converted MOD files will be.

convert mod files

Step 4 Import MOD into iMovie
Open iMovie, click on File > Import > Movies...to import the converted MOD into iMovie.

 

As some models of JVC camcorder not only record videos with the format of .mod, but also record videos as .TOD, to satisfy these customer's requirement, The Free MOD converter add new profile to support converting TOD file format.

Tips: MOD and TOD are the file extension and formats that used to store video streams recorded by by JVC (MOD and TOD), Panasonic (MOD only) and Canon (MOD only) in some models of digital camcorders. TOD possibly stands for "Transport stream on disk" while MOD is for “MPEG program stream on disc” that is used exclusively for standard definition video files, while TOD is used for high definition files.

The file structure of MOD and TOD files are shown below:
mod video converter

The Specifications of MOD and TOD file that MOD converter supported:

Name of format

MOD

TOD

Media

Hard disk drive, solid-state memory cards

Video

Video signal

480i, 576i

1080/60i, 1080/50i

Frame size in pixels

720 x 480, 720 x 576, 704 x 480, 352 x 480

1440 x 1080, 1920 x 1080

Frame aspect ratio

4:3, 16:9

16:9

Video Compression

MPEG2 Video (profile & level: MP@ML)

MPEG2 Video (profile & level: MP@HL)

Chroma sampling format

4:2:0

Compressed video bitstream rate

~3 - 10 Mbit/s depending on quality mode

~17 - 30 Mbit/s depending on quality mode

Audio

Compression

MPEG-1 Audio Layer II or Dolby Digital

System

Stream type

Program stream

Transport stream

Media file extension

MOD (on camcorder),
MPG or MPEG (on computer)

TOD (on camcorder),
M2T (on computer)

MOD Converter

Supports The Following Camcorders

(latest updated)



Canon FS MOD camcorders

 

FS100
FS10
FS11
FS200
FS21
FS22


JVC GZ MOD camcorders

 

GZ-MC100
GZ-MG30
GZ-MG37
GZ-MG77
GZ-MG505
GZ-MG130
GZ-MG155
GZ-MG175
GZ-MG255
GZ-MG555
GZ-MS100U
GZ-MG465
GZ-MG7230
GZ-MG630
GZ-MG670
GZ-MG680


Panasonic SDR MOD

 

SV-AV100
SDR-S100
SDR-S150
SDR-S10
SDR-H20
SDR-S7
SDR-SW20
SDR-SW21
SDR-S26
SDR-S50
SDR-T50P
SDR-T55P
SDR-H85P
SDR-H100