OK, day three of trying dozens of ways around this issue. I've scanned most of the thread above (and many subsequent threads mentioned within it) and still I am no closer to a solution.
Renaming the files is a failure in CS5.5 on the mac. I decided to try to use the Media Encoder to export different file types. Each time the files squash and there is quality lost in each of the compression methods. I even check that they files are still 720x480 with the Media Inspector you recommended. They say they are still 720x480, yet in Premiere they do not appear to be (Premiere inspector shows them also as 720x480). I'm at a loss. It actually blows my mind that there is not a better built-in solution from Adobe with this seemingly common file type.
Not sure how many hours I am willing to suffer with this footage, which is quite sad. One of a kind storm footage from here in Malta.
The file being squased is normal as a .mod file does not carry a widescreen flag.
If you import that into Premiere you need to interprete the files and set it to widescreen.
You could convert the .mod file to mov in the Media Encoder.
Unfortunately .mod is not very common infact its a bit of a pita.
mod files do contain a widescreen flag, but it is frequently interpreted incorrectly. You can use SDCOPY to "correct" the widescreen flag in the mod file - actually it just changes the flags so that they are less ambiguous.
MOD files are little more than standard MPEG-2 program stream files. The problem seems to be more to do with Premiere than the mod files.
Dont think SDCopy is going to work on a Mac?
Aha! Quite so. Missed that.
There is something about doing this on the Mac at the bottom of this premierepro wiki page "FINALLY I found the solution for Mac users..."
I don't know if that would help.
Interpret footage doesn't seem to affect the clips whatsoever. I've trid converting them to .mov as well. Goign to take a shot at Colins last suggestion although it is a couple version old.
Unfortunately the mcac3dec.framework framework mentioned doesn't seem to exist in PrPro 5.5 - perhaps it does, just named differently?
Here is the actual set up suggestion taken from the wiki written by Vidioterie. Mind you this was for CS3:
FINALLY I found the solution for Mac users, and it's just as easy as the Windows solution offered above, assuming you have Adobe Encore DVD installed as well. I worked with the CS3 version, but I think it'll work equally well with CS2 or CS4. Here it goes:
- in Finder, navigate to Applications -> Adobe Encore (CS3)
- ctrl-click on the Adobe Encore CS3 program file in this folder
- click 'Show Package Contents'. a second Finder window opens.
- navigate to Contents -> Frameworks
- select and copy (cmd-C) the folder 'mcac3dec.framework'
- close this Finder window
- in the first FInder window, now navigate to Applications -> Adobe Premiere Pro (CS3)
- ctrl-click on the Adobe Premiere Pro (CS3) program file in this folder
- click 'Show Package Contents'. again a second Finder window opens
- navigate to Contents -> Frameworks
- paste (cmd-V) the copied folder into the Frameworks folder
- check if it's there. it should be listed in between 'mcaacaenc.framework' and 'mcdvd_32.framework'
- That's all! From now on, all you'll have to do is rename your .MOD files to .MPG and you'll be able to work with them directly in Premiere without ANY converting! Yay! :-D
Above is a link to a video tutorial that shows how to use a Canon FS 200 with Premiere Pro. This method should work for your camera as well. You can skip the first minute of the video if you want to.
'mcac3dec.framework' looks to me as its refering to the ac3 codec which was not present in CS3.
After CS4 that issue was resolved.
Try the extention renaming.
Thanks for the renaming the file extension. I was having the same problem with the squishing on a PC. Found this link extremely helpful!