How can I upload material from a Canon camcorder to my Mac?

Chip November 14, 2011
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I just bought a Canon F40 camcorder, but the computer upload software that comes with it, VideoBrowser SD by Pixela, only works on Windows. How can I take the camcorder card with MOI file format and import to my Mac as MPEG? Thanks!

  1. Jay
    November 14, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    just connect the memory card of your camcorder with a memory card reader,
    search the folders for video files,
    search for the large files, as videos will be big in size.
    check which file format it is.
    if you cannot play it, convert it using a video converter.
    tell me what happened.

    • chipc
      November 14, 2011 at 8:04 pm

      iMovie imported the video files after I renamed the .mod files to .mpg

  2. Mike
    November 14, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    Usually MOI files only contain the video information like the time stamp, video length, resolution, audio/video codec, bit rate, etc. They are not necessary to further edit or encode the video.

    Most Canon Camcorders record in MPEG-2 format and the videos are stored as such "...*.mpg". They can be used with any application as long as it supports MPEG-2.

    They should be stored on the SD card in folders xxxCANONDCIM with "xxx" being a continuous number.

  3. Anonymous
    November 14, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    rename them to . mpg

    iMovie can "read" and import from most MPEG-2

    1) Create a root folder on your sd card (in my case, via a USB card reader) or USB stick (not tested) called Mp_Root.

    2) Inside this folder create another folder called 101PNV01.

    3) Rename the extensions of all your .MOD files to .MPG and copy them inside the 101PNV01 folder.

    4) Restart iMovie. It will now detect a new camera and import all clips using the date created/modified info as timestamps for perfect cataloging!

    convert to AVI
    MPEG Streamclip

    Converio 2.0 or iConverio

    • Chipc
      November 14, 2011 at 8:02 pm

      Tx. Worked like a charm......

      • Anonymous
        November 14, 2011 at 8:44 pm

        Glad that the solution worked for you, thanks for your reply, enjoy your videos.

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