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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.



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:


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



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.


What are MKV files?
.MKV is a container format developed by Matroska. It can hold different types of video and audio. For example, there might be an .avi file contained within the .MKV file. High Definition movies in 720 or 1080 pixel width format are often encoded and packaged as a Matroska format video with a .MKV file extension.
* Know more about MKV format at WikiPedia.

How to play MKV file s on Mac?
I recommend trying either MPlayer OS X or VLC Media Player. They are all free.
These excellent and free multimedia players can tackle many of the video formats unknown to QuickTime. They contain a decoder to decode the .MKV files. They will also play many of the formats you will find inside the .MKV file.

How to convert MKV to DVD, MP4, AVI, etc on Mac for free?
I recommend VisualHub to convert MKV to MP4, AVI, etc on Mac. It can convert MKV to iPod Nano, convert MKV to iPod Classic, convert MKV to iPod touch , convert MKV to iPhone, convert MKV to Apple TV, convert MKV to Xbox 360, convert MKV to PSP, convert MKV to PS3, AVI, convert MKV to MP4, convert MKV to MPEG, convert MKV to Flash, convert MKV to WMV and convert MKV to DVD.

Techspanion (The developer of VisualHub) has closed shop and after an outcry from fans, VisualHub, the popular video converter on Mac OS X have now gone open source. It has got new name Film Redux. You can download its open source and built it by yourself.

Step 1, Run Film Redux (VisualHub)
Step2, Load MKV videos
Insert your MKV files from your Mac .Click the Add files button to load your MKV videos.
Step3, Convert MKV to MP4, AVI, iPod, etc.

Here is the list of the formats that VisualHub can convert MKV to.
They are iPod Nano, iPod Classic, iPod touch , iPhone, Apple TV, Xbox 360, PSP, PS3, AVI, MP4, Quicktime, MPEG, Flash, WMV. Choose the format you want to convert MKV to and click Start.

That’s all. Now, we have converted MKV to iPod Nano, iPod Classic, iPod touch , iPhone, Apple TV, Xbox 360, PSP, PS3, AVI, MP4, Quicktime, MPEG, Flash, WMV.

How to convert DVD to MKV on Mac for free?
I recommend you use Handbrake to you to convert DVD to MKV on Mac . HandBrake is an open-source, GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded DVD to MPEG-4 converter. It can convert DVD to MKV on Mac eaisly and for free.

Step 1, Download and Install Handbake
Download the free program Handbrake (How to rip DVD on Mac and convert video for Mac using Handbrake). Check to see if your Mac has the system requirements; click on the apple icon in the top left corner and About this Mac. Then install HandBrake.

Step 2, Run it and insert DVD
Select your favorite DVD disk and put it in the disk drive. Then run HandBrake and click Detected Volume to choose source. Click Open and you will be able to see many titles included in this DVD disk. Choose the longest title if this is a movie DVD, or choose your favorite chapter if this is an episode.

Step 3, Select Output setting
Select MKV files as output format and select other settings such as video quality, audio track, Audio Sample Rate, bitrate, Picture Settings, etc.

Step 4, Rip DVD to MKV on Mac
Check all settings and click Rip. A progress bar will show its ripping speed; depends on many factors like speed of Mac, filesize, etc.
That’s all. We have converted DVD to MKV for free now.

Note: Handbrake cannot rip encrypted DVD movies. If you want to rip encrypted DVD movies, just try this DVD Ripper for Mac which is also excellent.

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

As we know, iPod, the most popular portable player all over the world, is mostly limited by iTunes store.
It makes you crazy that you have to buy DVD movies you already have on iTunes Store or have no way to watch your favorite videos on iPod, isn’t it?

It’s time to get your iPod free now. 

Apple doesn’t prevent us from putting properly formatted movies on the perfect device. So, if we could convert DVD movies or digital videos to iPod compatible, we can enjoy them on iPod unlimitedly. The following two parts will tell you how to finish the conversion work easily.

1. Convert DVD movies to iPod

Install and launch a iPod DVD Converter. You can load DVD files by clicking the “load DVD folders” button. 

After your DVD movie is loaded, select right output format from the drop-down presetting list according to your iPod.

Click the Start button to convert DVD movies to iPod compatible format, then you can upload converted DVD movies to iPod(nano/touch/classic/video) or iPhone.

2.Convert Videos to iPod

Install and launch a iPod Video Converter

Click the Add button, and the program will let you browse your computer hard drive. Select the video files you want to convert and click OK.

Select output format from the drop-down presetting list, which are similar with you do in ripping DVD to iPod.

Click the Start button and wait for the conversion to be finished.

Now, you can kick iTunes store out of the planet. 😀

Additional Tips:

1. With the recommended DVD to iPod Ripper, 3 types DVD files can be imported: 
(1). regular DVD movie discs; 
(2). A DVD folder, it appears like “Video_ts” “audio_ts” folders. 
(3). A DVD ISO image, you can mount the iso file in your virtual DVD emulator, say Daemon Tools, and then load the DVD movie.

2. After DVD movie is imported, you can see all the chapters and titles in it, and then you can check the ones you want to convert. 

3. You can check the “Merger into one file” option to join all the selected chapters or video clips into one file instead of creating a separated file for each chapter or video clip.

4. Clicking the Settings button, you can customize output video and audio parameters. (advanced user)

5. If you want to edit your movie, such as trimming time length, cropping screen, adding effect, you can refer to another guide.

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