15 Replies Latest reply: May 29, 2012 12:33 AM by Colin-B RSS

    MOD & TOD Files - Some Comments & Links

    the_wine_snob Community Member

      This ARTICLE was originally posted to the PrE discussions forum, and I am linking to it here, as the MOD files are quite popular with JVC and other cameras. This will allow us to also find that thread more easily.

       

      Please look down at the bottom of that thread for some links to other threads, with comments by Chris at JVC. He has some good thoughts and tips.

       

      Hope that this helps, if one has a camera, that produces MOD files. The TOD HD files are falling out of favor, and are being replaced by other formats/CODEC's.

       

      Hunt

        • 1. Re: MOD & TOD Files - Some Comments & Links
          the_wine_snob Community Member

          Chris at JVC just sent me a PM on the use of the JVC MOD files with PrPro CS5.0.2. I hope that this proves useful to others.

           

          There is an update to Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 which will greatly enhance the compatibility of this software with our JVC Pro camcorders.  Please check out the press release at the following url:

           

          http://pro.jvc.com/pro/pr/2010/releases/premiere_pro_update.html

           

          Thanks to Chris for this link,

           

          Hunt

          • 2. Re: MOD & TOD Files - Some Comments & Links
            Colin-B Community Member

            A late reply, but just thought I'd mention that the avove JVC link isn't relevant. It is about a particular codec used in a MOV file, not a MOD file. The two are competely different.

            • 3. Re: MOD & TOD Files - Some Comments & Links
              the_wine_snob Community Member

              A PrPro CS5 user posted, asking for some instructions on dealing with TOD & MOD files. In his search, he found this YouTube Tutorial. That poster is testing the workflow, and will update on whether it is successful. Note: I have not tried editing TOD, or MOD files in PrE, or PrPro, so cannot vouch for any of these methods.

               

              I hope that it helps others.

               

              Hunt

              • 4. Re: MOD & TOD Files - Some Comments & Links
                videoreview Community Member

                Just change the extension on the .mod files to .m2t and you should be fine.  It works for me.


                • 5. Re: MOD & TOD Files - Some Comments & Links
                  christian6_11 Community Member

                  I am currently using Adobe Premiere Pro CS3. I have a JVC 20 gb hard drive video camcorder that I have currently recorded footage on. I need to either find a way to capture that footage somehow or convert the videos from .MOD files to a supported format for Adobe without the blurry pixelated quality of the video and the lack of sound on certain formats. If anyone can steer me in the right direction, your help would be appreciated! Thanks!

                  • 6. Re: MOD & TOD Files - Some Comments & Links
                    videoreview Community Member

                    What have you tried?

                     

                    Did you try simply changing the file extention to .m2t?

                     

                    You could always download the trial for CS5.5 and work with your footage there or simply export it to a format that your CS3 supports.

                    • 7. Re: MOD & TOD Files - Some Comments & Links
                      christian6_11 Community Member

                      By changing the file extension to .m2t, will it show a clear visual of my footage without a blurry pixelated visual and will the audio stay in tact?  Also, what are the limitations of downloading the trial version of CS5.5?

                      • 8. Re: MOD & TOD Files - Some Comments & Links
                        videoreview Community Member

                        Dude - just try it.  It worked for me when I had the same problem with a client's footage on CS5.  I have no idea if it will work on CS3 because that version is three generations old and although I still have it running on one of my old systems that I keep active just in case updates to Productin Premium remove functionality (it happens...) it is much easier if you just try it for yourself as there are a lot of variables.

                         

                        It should not affect the audio of video.

                         

                        No limitations for downloading CS5.5 trial, other than you need a supported system (64 bit o/s and meet minimum specs).  And oh yeah, it is a trial so at some point you need to buy it or uninstall it.  CS5.5 won't play .mod files natively - you will still need to change the file extenstion - so why not start with that step.

                        • 9. Re: MOD & TOD Files - Some Comments & Links
                          christian6_11 Community Member

                          thanks!  I appreciate it!  Have a Merry Christmas!

                          • 10. Re: MOD & TOD Files - Some Comments & Links
                            Ann Bens ACP/MVPs

                            Bill Hunt wrote:

                             

                            Chris at JVC just sent me a PM on the use of the JVC MOD files with PrPro CS5.0.2. I hope that this proves useful to others.

                             

                             

                            There is an update to Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 which will greatly enhance the compatibility of this software with our JVC Pro camcorders.  Please check out the press release at the following url:

                             

                            http://pro.jvc.com/pro/pr/2010/releases/premiere_pro_update.html

                             

                             

                            Thanks to Chris for this link,

                             

                            Hunt

                            This link is for JVC MOV and not MOD files.

                            • 11. Re: MOD & TOD Files - Some Comments & Links
                              Ann Bens ACP/MVPs

                              Bill Hunt wrote:

                               

                              A PrPro CS5 user posted, asking for some instructions on dealing with TOD & MOD files. In his search, he found this YouTube Tutorial. That poster is testing the workflow, and will update on whether it is successful. Note: I have not tried editing TOD, or MOD files in PrE, or PrPro, so cannot vouch for any of these methods.

                               

                              I hope that it helps others.

                               

                              Hunt

                              Some bad advice in the tutorial: like installing K-lite.

                              • 12. Re: MOD & TOD Files - Some Comments & Links
                                Ann Bens ACP/MVPs

                                Elements is much more suited for MOD files then Premiere Pro.

                                • 13. Re: MOD & TOD Files - Some Comments & Links
                                  the_wine_snob Community Member

                                  Actually, the JVC cameras, that Chris was referring to did shoot to MOD files. Not sure what JVC uses now, or which cameras use MOD files, or how those might differ from the MOD files that some JVC cameras produced.

                                   

                                  Hunt

                                  • 14. Re: MOD & TOD Files - Some Comments & Links
                                    the_wine_snob Community Member

                                    Ann,

                                     

                                    I agree with you, concerning the use of K-Lite. When I watched the video, I had missed that reference. Thank you for pointing that out.

                                     

                                    For future reference, I feel that using any CODEC "pack" is often a very bad idea. The exception would be the MicroSoft Vista CODEC packs. Once, MS included most of its common CODEC's, as installations with the OS. They stopped that practice with certain versions of Vista, but did offer those CODEC's as a separate download and install. Not sure what is included with all versions of Win7 and the new Win8, but I would ONLY install CODEC packs from a supplier, such as MircoSoft, and only when needed.

                                     

                                    Now, what can happen with CODEC "packs" is that they contain hacked, or reverse-engineered versions of commercial CODEC's, and these will often overwrite one's commercial versions. The hacked, free versions often create problems, and seldom work as well, as the commercial versions. This is one reason that Adobe "hides" its MainConcept CODEC's - to keep other programs from overwriting them.

                                     

                                    Next, many CODEC "packs" install a lot of other "stuff," most of which is not needed, and can cause big issues. One such "extra" is FFDShow, which can really mess up many Adobe programs. Though some users are fans of this program, too many have major problems (most often seen with PrPro), that I cannot recommend it. It is also nearly impossible to remove completely, without a full HDD wipe, low-level reformat, and complete reinstallation of the OS and all programs - not something that most users will want. I stay very, very far from FFDShow, and especially as I use both PrE and PrPro. I have never had it installed, so have no direct experience, but have read too many "horror stories" to want it anywhere near one of my computers.

                                     

                                    I know that many users DO recommend both K-Lite and FFDShow, but I am not one of them. If you do install them, I would first do a System Restore Point, BEFORE installing them, and pray that my Adobe programs do work with them. I would also do a full mirror of my C:\, BEFORE such an installation, just to be safe. I would also make sure that I had my OS installation discs, plus all of my program installation discs, handy, in case all goes bad. If you install CODEC "packs," be ready to uninstall them, if possible, or spend a day rebuilding your C:\.

                                     

                                    Thank you Ann,

                                     

                                    Hunt

                                    • 15. Re: MOD & TOD Files - Some Comments & Links
                                      Colin-B Community Member

                                      Ann Bens wrote:

                                       

                                      This link is for JVC MOV and not MOD files.

                                       

                                      That's exactly what I said a few posts back.

                                       

                                      Well said Bill, completey agree about codec packs. But I haven't had any problems using ffdshow. If the ffdshow codecs get dragged in unexpectedly you can usually sort this out by using its program white/black listing options which prevent it being used in specific applications.