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.MOD

Some digital Camcorder models (I.E JVC Everio) save their videos in the .MOD video format. These files are often accompanied with small .MOI files which contain the videos’ time-stamp information. Video is recorded in the MOD format can be changed manually to M2V for Mac recognizable.

The .MOD format is simply a MPEG2 formatted video file, and if you simply wish to view the files on your computer, it is reportedly safe to rename the extension from .mod to .mpg or .avi.

The known camcorder models that use the .MOD format are:

JVC: GZ-MG30, GZ-MG70, GZ-MG37, GZ-MG77, GZ-MG505, GZ-MG130, GZ-MG155, GZ-MG255, GZ-MG555

Panasonic: SDR-S100, SDR-S150, SDR-S10, SDR-H18, SDR-H200, SDR-H40, SDR-H60, SDR-SW20

Canon: FS100, FS10, FS11

Convert MOD to AVI, MOV, MP4, MKV, 3GP, etc on Mac OS X.

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.TOD

The .TOD file format was created by JVC, to be used by their high-definition camcorder range (I.E JVC Everio).

The .TOD format is simply an MPEG2 formatted video file. If you wish to view the file on your computer, it is reportedly safe to rename the extension from .TOD to .mpg.

The known camcorder TODels that use the .TOD format are:

JVC: GZ-HD7, GZ-HD3, GZ-HD5, GZ-HD6, GZ-HD30, GZ-HD40

Convert TOD to AVI, MOV, MP4, MKV, 3GP, etc on Mac OS X.

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AVCHD

AVCHD is a format for recording and playback of high definition video. Video is compressed in MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format, and audio is recorded in Dolby Digital. It is always used for Camcorder video of Sony and Panasonic.

AVCHD specification allows using several kinds of recording media, in particular recordable DVD discs, memory cards, non-removable solid-state memory and hard disk drives. AVCHD camcorders do not use magnetic tape.

***If you want to import AVCHD (TS, MTS, M2TS, TOD, MOD, etc) to iMovie, Adobe Premiere Pro and other video editing software, just convert AVCHD to MOV.

One of the benefits about digital video is that the videos can be shared with family and friends. iMovie is created for this purpose, just several steps, you can add movies to your website, publish them on YouTube, create versions for iPod, iPhone, and Apple TV, or play on iTunes, QuickTime. If you are ready to make a movie using iMovie, here are something you need to foreknow.

I. Can i add any format video with any preferences like FLV, MOV, MPEG, AVI, WMV to iMovie?
Most of high definition camera videos(AVCHD, MOD, TOD, TR, TRP, M2TS, TS) can be imported into iMovie, but the formats are still very limited as following: Tapeless Camcorder(MPEG-2, MPEG-4 and AVCHD) ; Tape based DV-Standard and HDV (High Definition Video); Part Camera\Mobile Phone video\other video recorder devices (MPEG-1, MEPG-2, MPEG-4, H.264, 3GP, MP4); Part QuickTime compatible MOV videos; MPEG-4 video.
With wondershare Video Converter for Mac, you can convert YouTube video (.flv), QuickTime video(.mov), Windows Media Video(.wmv) and all popular videos to iMovie. Also you can create video clips on Mac or merge videos into one file to convert to iMovie supported MP4 video.

Guide: How to convert video to iMovie MP4, create video clips and merge videos on Mac using Video Converter for Mac.
Tip: iMovie supported camcorder and device.
Demo: How to import video from camera.

II. Can i import whole DVD into iMovie or make some clips from DVD into apple iMovie?
Here is a manual about how to convert DVD to MP4 and import DVD to iMovie.
For Mac users there is no easier application for creating a home movie than Apple’s own iMovie. This program is included free with new Mac computers or available for purchase as part of the iLife bundle. The following steps will tell you some basic operations and advanced tips about making movie using iMovie.

For Mac users there is no easier application for creating a home movie than Apple’s own iMovie. This program is included free with new Mac computers or available for purchase as part of the iLife bundle. The following steps will tell you some basic operations and advanced tips about making movie using iMovie.

1. Loading videos

Click File->Import Movie. If you want to load the files of your digital camera, connect the camera and computer, and choose File->Import From Camera.

The video formats supported by iMovie are: MP4, M4V, MOV, AVI, 3GP. If you got a unsupported video, such as FLV, WMV, MKV, VOB, MPEG, DAT, ASF etc, use a Mac video converter, which can convert video to all Mac players and devices, to convert it to iMovie acceptable format. Some .AVI videos cannot be imported into iMovie because of incompatible encoder, you also need to convert them. .3GP format is not recommended for the quality loss of the compression.

2. Making a Movie Project

After loaded the files into iMovie, choose File -> New from the menu and name the project. If your footage is widescreen, ensure you choose the “Widescreen (16:9)” option. Click “Create”.

Tip: Understanding the iMovie 08 interface

By default, the iMovie 08 interface is split into 5 sections. Going clockwise from the top left they are the Project Library (where all iMovie projects are listed), the iMovie project window (where the existing movie is compiled), the Viewer (where video is played back), the Source Video window (where clips are viewed and selected) and the Event Library (where all available media is listed).

3: Skimming video clips

Click an Event in the Event Library (iPhoto in this instance) and the Event Browser will display the associated clips.

To skim through the clips simply hover the mouse over them and move left or right. The faster the cursor is moved the faster they will skim.

To select a portion of a clip, click and drag to create a selection (a yellow rectangle appears). Now click Space to playback that section.

4. Arranging clips

To start building a movie, drag selections directly from the Event Browser and drop them onto the empty panel (Project Window) above. Continue to add more clips in this manner to build up the movie.

If you want to add a clip between two existing clips in the Project Window, simply drag the new selection and drop it in the gap between the two existing clips.

To re-arrange a clip already in place, click once to select it (a yellow border appears) and then click and drag it to a new position.

5. Trimming Clips

To trim a clip already in the project, there are two options.

Either select the new selection by dragging and creating a yellow rectangle around it in the Project Window and choosing Edit > Trim to Selection (or press CMD+B).

Alternatively, select the clip in the Project Window then click the “Clip Duration” icon (second in at the bottom) to enter the “Trim Clip” window. Drag the appropriate selection here and click “Done” when finished.

6. Adding music

To add music to a project, click the Music and Sound Effects button below the Viewer (a musical note icon). Now choose music or sound effects below. Preview a file by double-clicking it.

To add background music, drag the file into the Project Window. A green background appears indicating the background music.

When adding a sound effect, release the file over the exact frame the sound effect should begin at. Once added, change the start point or duration by dragging the blue section within the Project Window.

7. Adding Titles

Add titles to the project by pressing the Titles button (the “T” button below the Viewer).

Select a Title style from the list below and drop it onto the relevant clip in the Project Window. The Title is positioned at the beginning, entire clip or end of the clip dependent upon where the blue overlay is placed.

Now, in the Viewer, double click the text and enter the new Title text. To choose a different font, click “Show Fonts” (top left in the Viewer) to open the OSX fonts menu.

8. Exporting the project

Select the devices you want to create a file for and click Publish.

To export to YouTube, choose Share > YouTube… and enter your account details, sign in and then Publish.

To export to a QuickTime movie, choose Share > Export using QuickTime…, select a destination and setting from the drop down (e.g. “Movie to QuickTime Movie”) and click Save.

To export the project for playback on iTunes compatible devices (iPod/iPhone etc), select Share > iTunes.

Original Article:

How to Make a Home Movie Using iMovie

How to iMport and Convert DVD into Apple iMovie

One of the benefits about digital video is that the videos can be shared with family and friends. iMovie is created for this purpose, just several steps, you can create your own videos and publish them on web, like YouTube, or enjoy them on iPod, iPhone, and Apple TV. However, the formats which iMovie supported are very limited: 3GP,MOV and MP4. If you want to import DVD to iMovie, you need to convert DVD to iMovie compatible video first.

A DVD Ripper for Mac offers you easy way to convert DVD to MP4, DVD to AVI, DVD to 3GP etc. And also, Mac DVD ripper can rip protected DVD as well. Below step-by-step tutorial will tell you how to import DVD movie into Apple iMovie.

Step1. Import DVD Movie
Click “Load DVD” button, or “Load IFO” button to browse your computer, find the DVD folder or the VIDEO_TS folder you want to convert from your hard disc or DVD-ROM and click OK.

Choose to rip and convert DVD one or several chapters at will by ticking the check boxes before them.

Step2. Convert DVD to iMovie Video
This Mac DVD ripper allows you to select output format in the drop-down list. Just choose iMovie compatible format (.MP4 and .MOV are recommended).
After all settings done, click “START” button to start converting your DVD.

Tips:
Merge into one file: If you want to join the selected titles or chapters into one file, check “merge into one file” option. Set an output directory to save the output files.

Step3. Put converted DVD into iMovie for Editing
Open iMovie and choose “File->Import Movies” to import the converted Mp4 video or drag the file into iMovie directly. And then you can edit the movie according to your needs. As shown in the picture below:

Related Links:

Convert DVD to iMovie Video Tutorial;

Things You Can Do with Your DVD on Mac

How to Capture Video from Digital Camera Using iMovie

From: Put DVD into Apple iMovie

To be continued…
This just is a slice of multimedia editing with mac computer, other parts will come soon.


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