How to Convert the MOD Camcorder Video Format to MPG

Christian Cawley Updated 24-06-2020

Recording videos these days is so easy. There’s no need to carry a camcorder around when you have a smartphone video camera. Clips can be easily edited and shared online. It’s rare to come across a file format you can’t view or convert.


Whether you’re still using an old camcorder, or you’ve been tasked with copying and converting the footage, there’s a chance you’ll come across MOD files. These media files are difficult to read which means they need converting—but how do you convert MOD to MPG video formats?

What Is a MOD File?

You’ve probably never heard of a MOD video file, but if you have you’ve probably had the misfortune of using one.

It’s not that it is a bad file format. It is just that the MOD file is rarely encountered. In fact, the MOD file extension often appears in other places such as video game modifications. That’s not the MOD file we’re talking about here, however.

So: How do MOD files play? Why is this format used?

MOD and TOD files (the high definition equivalent) can be found on tapeless camcorders. These are the type of device that use memory cards rather than tape. MOD files are no longer used and only found on old camcorder hardware. If you have a reliable handheld video camera that you still use, you probably encounter the MOD file extension regularly.


Can you convert MOD files in Windows
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Therefore, this file extension becomes frustrating. MOD files cannot be easily read. Converting to MP4 format is bad enough—it’s tricky to convert MOD files to write them to DVD or Blu-ray. Most burning tools don’t recognize MOD files.

Another problem with MOD files is that you would assume from the name and the lack of support that it is a proprietary format. However, this isn’t the case. JVC and other well-known brands simply renamed a standard video file format.

MOD files are in fact standard MPEG2 audio/video files. As such, they should be simple to convert and watch.


What Devices Record in the MOD File Format?

Numerous camcorders record video in the MOD file format. They’re produced by JVC, Panasonic, and Canon, and were sold between 2004 and 2011. They range between using built-in media storage to removable SD cards, as well as compact hard disk drives (HDDs).

Where the storage is not removable, a USB Mini port can be used to transfer data to your computer.

But how can you view MOD and TOD files on a PC? Is there a MOD file converter?

How Do You Convert MOD Files?

If you have MOD video files that you need to convert you have three options:

  1. For older files, simply rename the file extension
  2. View in VLC media player
  3. Convert using FFmpeg

Let’s check those in turn.

1. Convert MOD Files to MPG by Renaming the Extension

To clarify the first option, older camcorders that save video as MOD files simply rename an existing format. The solution is to just rename the file. So, a file called movie.MOD, can be renamed to movie.MPG.

You should be able to see the MOD file extension on your video clip. If not, you’ll need to force Windows to show it.

Start by opening Windows Explorer and browsing to the location where the MOD file is stored. Open File > Change folder and search options and select View.


Here, clear the check against Hide extensions for known file types. Click OK to confirm.

Next, right-click the MOD file and change the file extension from .mod to .mpg. Tap Enter, then click OK when prompted to proceed. That’s all there is to it.

As alluded above, this probably will not work on the later devices using MOD files. In which case…

2. View MOD Files in VLC Media Player

VLC media player can convert media files

VLC media player is the Swiss army knife of media player software. It will play almost any media file, even some that other players declare corrupt. VLC can even play partially downloaded files.

MOD and TOD files can be played in VLC media player. Simply download the tool, install, then double click the file concerned to watch it play. Alternatively, in VLC select Media > Open File and browse the file and click OK to view the MOD file.

Download: VLC media player (Free)

3. Use FFmpeg to Conver MOD Files to MPG

Don’t want to use VLC media player? It’s one of the top must-have apps for Windows 10 The Best Windows 10 Apps Windows 10 Store apps have come a long way. Meanwhile, you can choose from a considerable selection, free and paid. We have picked out the ones worth your while. Read More , but if you prefer an alternative, MOD and TOD files can be converted to MPG using FFmpeg. This is a command line tool that can be instructed to convert MOD files.

Download: FFmpeg (Free)

Once installed, FFmpeg is accessed in Windows PowerShell. You’ll need to know and enter the file path of the MOD file on your computer. Otherwise, open Windows Explorer then File > Open Windows PowerShell from the MOD file location.

In PowerShell, use the FFmpeg command to call the program, then use the conversion command:

ffmpeg -f mpeg -i originalClip.MOD -vcodec copy -acodec mp2 -ab 192k copyClip.mpg

Note that changing the file type will not improve the quality of the video file.

For high definition TOD files, convert using

ffmpeg -i myClip.TOD -vcodec copy -acodec copy myClip.mpg

With MOD files converted they should playback in any player. If you run into trouble, use VLC.

Play MOD Files on Your PC

Now you know what a MOD file is, and you know how to play them. The VLC media player is the answer to so many playback issues—it should be everyone’s default media player.

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Once you’re done backing up old MOD file video data, it’s time to convert your classic audio media to MP3 How to Convert CDs, Cassettes, and MiniDiscs to MP3 If you have old CDs, cassette tapes, MiniDiscs, or vinyl records that you want to get rid of, it's time to digitize your collection. Here's everything you need to know. Read More .

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  1. Nannymed
    April 12, 2020 at 8:53 pm

    The Canon FS series creates video files with a MOD extension. MOD video files are nothing but MPEG-2 files with AC3 audio.

  2. Marco
    April 11, 2020 at 6:21 am

    Just want to say: Thanks a lot Karl!!!
    I am using a Panasonic SDR-SW20.
    Since the file has the wrong aspect ratio (4:3) and therefore has to be stretched (to 16:9), I am converting it with a software like the Movavi Video Converter.

    If anyone wants to know how this works with the mentioned software, here is the link:

    Thanks again for the great tip!!
    Now I can use my camera again!

  3. Darrell Gilbert
    March 27, 2019 at 10:30 pm

    Do you have any suggestions I’m using a SD card reader in my iPhone 7 and of course I’m using a Panasonic so my video files are .MODfiles.

    I’m a school teacher with a classroom dojo website and app on my phone so I need to get the video files into my phone first so I can then upload them into the dojo classroom on the Internet.

    Is there a way to rename the file and get it into my phone without first putting the SD card into my desk top computer doing the conversion then loading it back onto the SD card and then back in the my phone ?

  4. Darrell Gilbert
    March 27, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    Using a SD card reader plugged into my iPhone 7 any suggestions for viewing a .mod file?

    I’m a teacher and have a vid cam with .mod files I wanted to get them in my phone so I can upload to my classroom DoJo (a widely used app/website your class can login to, to get posts from the teacher).

  5. Carina Yuen
    October 19, 2018 at 6:51 am

    These methods are useful, and you also can use WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro to convert the MOD to MPG format directly.

  6. lorenzo alvarez
    June 24, 2018 at 6:09 am

    I BOUGHT MY JVC EVERIO 10YRS AGO, and only now that i have read your very simple instructions on how to make it from mod to mpg in just renaming it,,, just felt relieved.. thank you very much!!! i can now share my videos easily!!!

  7. lorenzo alvarez
    June 24, 2018 at 6:09 am

    I BOUGHT MY JVC EVERIO 10YRS AGO, and only now that i have read your very simple instructions on how to make it from mod to mpg in just renaming it,,, just felt relieved.. thank you very much!!! i can now share my videos easily!!!

  8. Joy
    May 5, 2018 at 1:15 am

    I have a Panasonic SDR H250 camcorder which takes great videos except that the files ends up with .MOD. I am on a Mac and bought Quick time Pro to convert the files years back but now am on a new Mac and can't download Quick time Pro anywhere. Your suggestion was easy and worked a treat for me without having to spend money on software. Thanks.

  9. Brittany
    March 20, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    Ok so we did this renaming and great, however now we can only hear the sound on the video, we cannot see the actual videos at all. Any tips? This is getting frustrating!

    • Dean
      March 3, 2019 at 8:56 am

      Hi I have this problem too. Did you find a solution?

  10. Bill Higgs
    March 8, 2018 at 3:15 pm

    Vince, do you know of any converters that will convert .mpg files created by an analog to digital converter to .mod files? I use the JVC Everio MediaBrowser to manage my video files and would love to be able to add these to my library for editing, trimming, managing, etc. Thanks

  11. Vince
    March 6, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    This article takes way too long to cut to the chase. Then again, "rename your MOD file to an MPG file" barely makes for an article at all.

    By the way, pointing out one inaccuracy:
    "Can you believe that the files are actually standard MPEG2 sound files"
    Obviously it's not a sound file but a video file. ;)

  12. Lynne Miles
    February 4, 2018 at 2:13 am

    Well I am having a problem because I have Windows 10 it is not showing extensions on file name and has a Tab for "TYPE" and I cannot change or rename with the extension, as the file Type doesn't change. I can't find a program to "Open with" on my list and I showed extension Tab too, but it also won't let me change anything - what's the next thing?

    Do I have to buy a program with MPG to be able to be able to open the files now?

    • Vince
      March 6, 2018 at 12:14 pm

      Not showing the extension has been a mistake Microsoft has made all the way back since Windows 95. You can display file extensions by following these steps:

      - In File Explorer, click on the tab "View" in the top ribbon.
      - There is a list of three checkboxes here, check the one labeled "File name extensions".

      Extensions are now displayed. Hope that was helpful to you!

      • Lynne Miles
        March 6, 2018 at 3:40 pm

        Hi Vince

        Thanks for that.

        I tried changing an MOD file to MPG as suggested and it downloaded a "Codec" to play, but the WMV which used to play my movies on my old computer - now it only seems to play audio. I am now using WIN 10 - so another hurdle to cross later.

        Thanks for your help that helps with one problem initally. Can you tell me though if I changed the MOD extension to MP4 would it still be okay to play like the MPG. I think the MP4 is from my camera, not the HDD Video camera, so just checking the difference if you know.


        • Vince
          March 6, 2018 at 5:01 pm

          No, I don't think that would fix it; mpg is the correct extension for these particular files. (It's a little difficult to explain but the MPG and MP4 are "container" formats that contain the video in very different ways. MOD and MPG files both use the MPG container so simply renaming the file from one to the other is harmless, but wouldn't work when the whole container format is different like MP4.)

          I'm thinking something is going wrong with Windows Media Player here. Maybe try VLC Media Player? It plays pretty much anything. And if you plan to upload to something like YouTube, they will generally detect the video the right way as well.

      • Lynne Miles
        March 7, 2018 at 1:18 am

        Thanks Vince for your helpful knowledge. Much appreciated. One problem solved for the moment.

        Everio file extensions should be the normal thing instead of their own file extension. Have to find the original Editor program again for them. It probably won't work on the Windows 10 either - so many of my old photographic or scanner programs aren't compatible anymore :( I know it's to do with a speed processing mode, but I wish we could get upgrades to use them still.. Something to further look at as I try these again.

        Microsoft has wrecked some of its access to things - everytime they upgrade their product it seems to do less and less for us who have older files and this should not be the case . We should be able to use any of our files the same, regardless of age, as the systems improve.

        Anyway - thanks again and I'll leave you in peace :)

  13. Lynne Miles
    February 4, 2018 at 1:58 am

    Well I am hoping this solves my problems as the past 25 years of VHC videos and HDD recording have to be converted. Thanks for solving this ridiculous situation as it is a very common complaint on lots of forums. Will give you feedback when I try your simple suggestion as it has been most frustrating for all concerned.

  14. Jack
    October 27, 2017 at 4:57 am

    Thanks for this article. I will also like to mention that it can always be hard when you find yourself in school and starting out to initiate a long credit score. There are many scholars who are merely trying to pull through and have a lengthy or beneficial credit history can be a difficult thing to have.

  15. Megan Phillips
    May 19, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    Random discovery this morning that frustrated me to no end is that MOD files will freeze and then ultimately crash (repeatedly) Windows 10 File Explorer. You need to clear the file history through the Control Panel to get File Explorer operating again.

    UGH!!! That is 3.5 hours of my life I won't get back. But thank you for the tip about the MOD videos. I will try this right away.

  16. Nat
    May 16, 2017 at 7:08 am

    hi yeah so I have went through heaps of websites and they all say the same thing. I have windows 10 so this doesn't seem to work and how do I turn on show file extensions?
    thanks anyway

    • Richard
      July 18, 2017 at 8:30 am

      I had the same problem - you need to open a file explorer and make sure that the files are saved onto the PC and not on the memory card from the video camera. Then when you are looking at the files in file explorer (in windows 10) there is an option on the menu bar which allows you to view extensions. its just a tickbox. I think lots of people here have just been right clicking rename and then just adding .mpg to the end of the file name which is not going to work! you just end up with a file then called movie.mpg.MOD!!
      The key thing to remember is that when you change a file extension windows will always ask you if you are sure you want to do this as it could become unstable! if it doesnt ask you, then you havent actually done anything other than change the name of the file.
      Once you have definately changed the actual file type, then you can open it. However, it didnt work in WMP for me, but it did work in PowerDVD.
      hope that helps

    • Vince
      March 6, 2018 at 12:15 pm

      - In File Explorer, click on the tab "View" in the top ribbon.
      - There is a list of three checkboxes here, check the one labeled "File name extensions".

      Extensions are now displayed. Hope that was helpful!

  17. Cindy Sue Causey
    April 30, 2017 at 12:56 am

    #THANKYOU!!!! I know this info is around and about out there, but I ended up at your doorstep on my first go at a search on this topic. You can add Canon FS40 to your list, by the way.

    It crossed my mind to try renaming the files, but .MPG would NEVER have come to mind. I used "Bulk Rename", a Debian Linux Accessory package.

    Immediately FABULOUS results!! I need to process a TON of videos by simply visually paging down through their preview images in Thunar file manager. This instantly did the trick!!! You are sincerely my #Hero for the DAY!!!

    Wandering off now wondering out loud if I need to pay attention to those other tips I saw about needing to open those .MOI's at the same time. That seems seriously... not the smartest thing ever put forth on this planet.. :D

  18. Elyen
    April 27, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Thanks for your article. I use Gilisoft Video Converter To Convert The MOD Camcorder Video Format To MPG. It is easy to use but powerful.

  19. Phil
    April 26, 2017 at 1:49 am

    I tried renaming the file on Windows 10, and I only get audio. No video.

    • Nat
      May 16, 2017 at 7:09 am

      that happens to me but I used media player an instead of saying it didn't work altogether it just came up with sound.

    • Richard
      July 18, 2017 at 8:31 am

      I had the same problem - you need to open a file explorer and make sure that the files are saved onto the PC and not on the memory card from the video camera. Then when you are looking at the files in file explorer (in windows 10) there is an option on the menu bar which allows you to view extensions. its just a tickbox. I think lots of people here have just been right clicking rename and then just adding .mpg to the end of the file name which is not going to work! you just end up with a file then called movie.mpg.MOD!!
      The key thing to remember is that when you change a file extension windows will always ask you if you are sure you want to do this as it could become unstable! if it doesnt ask you, then you havent actually done anything other than change the name of the file.
      Once you have definately changed the actual file type, then you can open it. However, it didnt work in WMP for me, but it did work in PowerDVD.
      hope that helps

  20. rossana
    March 7, 2017 at 3:35 am

    i can only play audio but not the video after renaming the file

    • Cathy
      March 20, 2017 at 5:14 pm

      Did you ever get an answer. I am experiencing the same thing.

    • Cathy
      March 20, 2017 at 5:16 pm

      Did you ever get an answer? I'm having the same issue.

  21. josh
    March 6, 2017 at 12:07 am

    This works great, except i only get audio, no video. Is that normal?

  22. Paul
    November 4, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    Thanks, I was having problems ith the actual renaming bit.. Now I am getting sound ad no picture with a sandisk, how can I get the picture back

  23. David Edge
    November 1, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    This is rather like stumbling upon an article explaining how to turn dust into gold by simply smiling at it. I am so grateful for this desperately simple fix. It has bugged my life for years. Thank you, Thank you, THANK YOU !!!

    • Karl Gechlik
      November 1, 2016 at 1:46 pm

      Glad to have helped! Even after all these years :)

  24. Johnny White
    October 11, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    Works a treat on my MacBook, thanks for saving me from wasting time and money on software from possibly dodgy sources! The camera is one of the Panasonic ones mentioned in the article and as soon as I change the file extension it becomes visible as a standard clip which can be viewed in Quick Time.

  25. Darkstarius
    October 3, 2016 at 12:36 am

    Nope doesn't work with Premiere. Trying to get these files to be edible in Premere and that will NOT work period, so stop taking the lazy/cheap way out, that never works. I tried converting via media encoder and for some reason the speed is way too fast and makes the videos unwatchable. I want a REAL solution, not this lame useless drivel above.

    • Vince
      March 6, 2018 at 12:25 pm

      I would normally agree, but after some analysis a MOD file really, truly IS just a standard MPEG-2 container file. Renaming the file is all you have to do. If Premiere can't read it for whatever reason, that's on Premiere and you'll have to use a different conversion tool (like ffmpeg).

  26. Cara Gately
    July 13, 2016 at 1:01 am

    I'm using windows 10.
    My .MODs were created with a Panasonic Cam, and can be played in VLC when I change the file type to .dv (digital video) format.

    • zac
      July 17, 2016 at 12:42 am

      Worked for me. Thanks

    • helen
      December 30, 2016 at 11:26 am

      thank you so much, after four hours, i've just downloaded vlc and it works. delighted, thank you cara

    • Vince
      March 6, 2018 at 12:39 pm

      VLC can play the file regardless of the extension, since it just detects the format depending on what's inside the file. Very nice.

  27. Julius Cathcart
    June 22, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    I Just tried this and it did not work. I not only used mpg but also md4,mp4,mov,asf,avi,wmv and so on not one of them worked. Yes I did go and change the files so they read all extensions. I am just as frustrated as Rev JE Allen. I am wondering if a windows 8 upgraded to a 10 is the problem. I played videos off this camera in the past. It is older like 7 years old but it still works I get sound just fine. I did not want to add more downloads to my computer so am counting on someone to have an answer before I do. Please and thank you!

    • steve
      July 30, 2016 at 1:48 pm

      Try renaming to .mpg and use VLC to play. I too had audio only in media player.

    • Jacqueline
      September 20, 2016 at 3:17 am

      Okay, I did everything it says to do above. I have approximately 141 little video clips. One worked and now none of the others will convert with the method above. Any help is much appreciated!!

  28. Mandy
    June 16, 2016 at 1:21 am

    I think some people aren't changing their file options first. Once I did that, it worked perfectly in Win 7. Look for the option that says hide known file extensions and *unclick* that. Then renaming will work. Thanks loads!!!

  29. Sally
    May 21, 2016 at 4:46 am

    no it doesnt work at all by renaming the extension to mpg - not even sound converts on windows 8

  30. Chris
    May 9, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    How are all of you re-naming your files at all?! All I get to rename is the name of the file.

    • Nat
      May 16, 2017 at 7:11 am

      haha same thing

  31. Stephen
    March 28, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    There is a freeMedia player app (can't remember the name but has at raffia cone as an icon) in the Windows App Store likewise a free file converter in the Apple Store for Macs. March 2016.

    • Chris
      May 9, 2016 at 8:39 pm


  32. Rev JE Allen
    March 22, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    I have tried everything I can find. I downloaded sdcopy and simply renamed the extensions and all I can get is audio on windows 10. This is so frustrating. Why jvc formats in mod I don't get and why Microsoft is not more compatible I don't get. I bought this camera to work on a project and this is really holding me back. Any ideas would be appreciated. I see comments where simply changing the mod to something else seems to work but I must just be doing something wrong

  33. komis
    February 6, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    mod is a video format....rename it o mpg will take only sound and not video.......this is not solve my problem....

    • Susan
      April 26, 2016 at 1:56 pm

      I had the same issue when I converted the files. Only sound with no picture.

  34. NIMA
    January 19, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Thank you so much!!!!

  35. Kaleby
    January 2, 2016 at 11:04 am

    I have an old JVC GZ-MG20 and it had the .mod file but.... when I renamed a recording.... it only played the sound of the video.... not the footage :/

    • Terrence
      January 27, 2016 at 8:06 pm

      Same here. I renamed the file with the .mpg extension and it only plays the sound not the video

      • Willian
        February 1, 2016 at 11:29 am

        Did you manage to solve your problem?

        • Terrence
          February 1, 2016 at 11:58 am

          No but if you have a Windoes 7 machine the .mod file plays correctly. Windows 10 seems to have removed the capability to play .mod files

        • Julius Cathcart
          June 22, 2016 at 7:59 pm

          I just saw this thank you. I was thinking to myself why it worked before and not now. I have an upgraded windows 8 to 10. Still nothing working except sound but at least I know why it worked before on my windows 7

    • VasB
      February 3, 2016 at 9:34 am

      Rename instead to .MPEG2 and it will play properly in Windows media player et al.

      • Kangaroo Bushman
        October 2, 2016 at 5:41 am

        Man you are a genius !!!! all previous teachers come from.Mod school hahah
        if i ever met you dude i will buy you 6 beers cheers and happy filming !!!

  36. sean glover
    December 28, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    My God !!
    I have been having trouble with this for months !!
    Was going to get a different camcorder because I was downloading so many files to no avail and done what you said by renaming them and job done !!
    thought I had lost the files but got them back in 10 mins.
    Thanks a bunch guys !!!!

  37. livin
    December 28, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    Thank you so much...

  38. Rebecca
    December 18, 2015 at 12:50 am

    Thank you so much!!!! My research depends on .mpg video files and I realised several recordings were unreadable with the .MOD format, Such an easy fix and data saved! Thanks again!

  39. camera
    November 29, 2015 at 9:41 am

    hey I have FS200

  40. David
    November 20, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    I have videos that played as a .mod on Windows 7. Moved them to new computer with Windows10 and they wouldn't play. Changed the name like you said and they play. Thanks!

  41. Bill
    May 5, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    I used to convert the MOD file from my Panasonic to AVI using AVS video converter and also VIN AVI video converter, but after changing to Windows 8, it no longer worked.
    This renaming of the file sounded good and simple, except after doing just that, all I have is sound. No picture. What did I do wrong?

  42. Kristine
    March 24, 2015 at 2:02 am

    This did not work for me. I have a Panasonic SDR-T70. I have had this for about 2 years. It has always created mpg videos. All of a sudden after all of the football games and after wrestling matches, baseball started. Pulled out the camera, and now it records in .mod. I made no changes at all. In the menu options where you can change your output, i have no options to change it back to mpg. It is either XP, SP or LP. None of those record in mpg format.
    Simply changing the file extension does not work in Windows 8. I am now stuck with my amazing videos of my son and my kids with sound only. No more home runs. No more touchdowns or pins, the baby crawling...nope...just sound only :( I am furious.

  43. Denise
    March 10, 2015 at 1:16 am

    THANKYOU! I had this exact problem (probably why I was able to buy the camcorder for $45 from the previous owner!) I really like the quality of the videotaping, but wasn't happy with how difficult it was to watch! THANKYOU AGAIN FOR THIS SIMPLE SOLUTION! :)

  44. Robbie
    February 28, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    I have an old Canon Legria. I was surprised to find that even the Canon software, ImageMixer, would not recognize the MOD file.
    Like the author of this post, I found that I could rename the extensions, but this took some time as I have a lot of files.
    I then realised that the problem only occurred if you take the files straight off the camera using Windows Explorer or other importing software. If you use the Canon software, ImageMixer, to import the files they automatically get imported as mpeg-2 and not mod. This is now what I do and then use other software to edit the files.

  45. John
    February 19, 2015 at 3:16 am

    Process doesn't appear work with PC running Windows 8.1.
    File extension changed from .MOD to .MPG as directed above. File opens with WMP, (not with native VIDEO app) but sound only and no vision.

    • Bernie
      February 22, 2015 at 9:49 pm

      Same problem here on 8.1

    • allen
      March 10, 2015 at 2:58 am

      same bummer here with Windows 'hate'.....

  46. steven605
    April 19, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Free Download Mod Converter to Convert MOD to Needed Formats

  47. Peter
    January 31, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    That will happen if your firewall or AV software are allowed to poke their nose(s) in, because any file associated with MS ware is a vulnerability. I found that Outpost did it and, out of the freeware firewalls, Comodo may do it. It's OK if your email software can accept this sort of tinkering, but mine cannot as it saves email in an encrypted file, using STAC technology. Just in case you or anyone else should have cause to think about this when setting up a firewall, AV or email software. :-)

  48. עומר
    January 31, 2010 at 11:01 am

    i have to the same thing every now end again when someone sends me a .doc in the email and the file name chenges

  49. Ryan Cowles
    January 31, 2010 at 8:09 am

    Wow.. you have no idea how many times I have had to deal with this, haha. Thanks for the post! I'm sure it will save me some time in the future.

  50. Peter
    January 31, 2010 at 7:17 am

    I have coped with this sort of nonsense for years, in one form or another. My solution, using the MS 'command prompt here' power toy; right click on device, in this case the camera when it is switched on, select open command prompt here from the menu; type rename *.mod *.whateveritisyouwanttonameit.

  51. libeco
    January 31, 2010 at 2:56 am

    I had this problem when I bought my JVC more than a year ago. I decided to look for a solution and found one with a tool called SDcopy

    It does not do much, but it works perfectly. It copies the MOD files to your specified location, can add dates to the file name and also set the widescreen flag so you won't get any problems when editing the files in Premiere.

    • libeco
      January 31, 2010 at 8:07 am

      Oops, forgot to mention it renames the file extension automatically too... :-P

  52. Eduardo
    January 30, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    I was given a JVC camcorder back in 06 and found that if I renamed them to .avi I could then edit them. Glad to see this was written about, will help many people.

  53. ValeR
    January 30, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    This seems to stuff up widescreen footage for me. SDcopy is software that has options to keep the video in widescreen format.

  54. Srivatsan Venkatesh
    January 30, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    I was very frustrated with my camcorder when I plugged it in after installing the drivers on multiple computers and it still didn't work. I finally figured out the cable is really flimsy, its a retractable one, wasn't fit for it.

  55. mattR
    January 30, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    There are few more issues concerning Widescreen on my model.

    For the correct aspect ratio to be detected by some editing software I was forced to patch each file using MPEG StreamClip…