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Jan 30

How to Import MOD, TOD to Final Cut Pro (X) for editing on Mac?

MOD and TOD videos are usually recorded by JVC, Canon, Panasonic camcorders. Many annoying problems will reveal when these camcorders’ lovers try to import MOD/TOD to Final Cut Pro 6/7 or FCP X and find they are difficult to use, they are not supported by most Mac Editing Software. At the same time, you’ll find that you can’t play MOD and TOD files on Quicktime or Windows Media Player and other video players.

Here are some questions from

Question 1: Final Cut Pro X/Compressor & .MOD File Types

“I am using Final Cut Pro X and Compressor. The video camera I record with records in .MOD which final cut doesn’t recognize nor does compressor. I want to know what to convert the .MOD file to make it compatible with Final Cut Pro X but to also avoid ruining the quality of the video image. Any suggestions”

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Question 2: How to compress Canon FS200 recorded clips for FCP?

“I’ve been given lots of MOD (and MOI) files to edit. I realise I need to convert these files before I can import them into FCP. The question is what compression should I use? h.264, Apple DV PAL, the list is endless. The end result will be exported for the web. If it helps, the footage was recorded on a Canon FS200.”

Question 3: JVC HD7 and .TOD files in FCP or FCE

“I am interested in purchasing a JVC GZ-HD7 to use with Final Cut Express. The reason I’m posting here is I will also be using FCP on my school computers. Anyhow, JVC lists the filetype as mpeg-2 ts, but several websites have mentioned that the filetype is actually called .TOD. Does anyone know if this filetype will import into FCP or FCE without a hitch? Can’t seem to find a straight answer off of JVC’s website.

ON a side note, Anyone have any idea why the JVC GZ-HD7 varies in price so much with different retailers???? B&H photo is selling it for $799.00, yet many other sites like amazon are selling it for 1200.00 and up… Am I missing something? I’ve read the product description on B&H compared to others, and it seems to include the same hardware and accessories…”

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Question 4: JVC GZ-HD7E (.TOD) vs. Final Cut Pro 7

“The Mac world is really new to me, I have iMac, I have Final Cut Studio HD (the latest and updatet) and I have JVC GZ-HD7E camera – but they dont work together

I thought that this huge program would take .tod files but neither FCP or iMove likes these files.

Hope someone has some kind of answer that could help me, and if this is already postet somewhere else, im sorry then!”

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When you capture live video from an JVC or Canon camcorder and try to edit them with Final Cut Pro or Final Cut Pro X, there are some things need to know previously:

1. JVC camera includes many series like JVC Everio, JVC GZ series, JVC Picsio camcorder, etc and most of them captures video in TOD, MOD, AVCHD video format. Such as:

JVC MOD Camcorders

  • 2004: GZ-MC100 (SD), GZ-MC200 (SD)
  • 2005: GZ-MG30 (HDD), GZ-MG70 (HDD)
  • 2006: GZ-MG37 (HDD), GZ-MG77 (HDD), GZ-MG505 (HDD, SD/SDHC card)
  • 2007: GZ-MG130 (HDD), GZ-MG155 (HDD), GZ-MG175 (HDD, SD/SDHC card), GZ-MG255 (HDD), GZ-MG555 (HDD, SD/SDHC card)
  • 2008: GZ-MS100U (SD/SDHC card)
  • 2008: GZ-MG7230 (30 GB HDD, MicroSD)
  • 2009: GZ-MG630 (60 GB HDD, MicroSD), GZ-MG670 (80 GB HDD, MicroSD), GZ-MG680 (120 GB HDD, MicroSD)

JVC TOD Camcorders

  • 2007: GZ-HD7 (HDD, SD/SDHC), GZ-HD3 (HDD, SD/SDHC)
  • March 2008: GZ-HD5 (HDD, MicroSD), GZ-HD6 (HDD, MicroSD)
  • June 2008: GZ-HD30, GZ-HD40 (HDD, MicroSD, capable of both TOD and AVCHD recording)

In addition, for MOD files, maybe it’s from internet or recorded by some camcorders like Canon FS series:

Canon MOD Camcorders

  • 2008: FS100 (SDHC), FS10 (SDHC), FS11 (SDHC)
  • 2009: FS200 (SDHC), FS21 (SDHC), FS22 (SDHC)[10]

Read More: MOD and TOD in Wikipedia

2. Final Cut Pro (abbreviated as FCP) and Final Cut Pro X (FCP X) read videos in ProRes, Quicktime, AIC MOV format not directly from a JVC camera.

3. The most recent version, Final Cut Pro X, Final Cut Pro X, run on Mac personal computers powered by Mac OS X version 10.6.7 or later and using Intel processors, FCP 6, FCP 7, FCE.

May be you are a photography lover who often shoot videos with JVC Everio, and have got a batch of TOD/MOD records which you want to edit with Final Cut Pro 6/7 or Final Cut Pro X.

Is there no way to import JVC Everio footages to Final Cut Pro (X) for further editing? The answer is no. TOD/MOD to FCP Converter for Mac provides you a good solution to convert TOD or MOD to FCP X importable form with original quality, say Apple ProRes MOV (keeping all the original setting). The TOD/MOD to FCP Conversion will be finished with several mouse movements on shareware application TOD to FCP Converter. And converted MOV files can be imported to FCP X for further editing. Of course, it also facilitates your editing TOD/MOD in iMovie as well. By the way, the program is fully compatible with OS X Lion 10.7. and you can have our pro customer service for further instruction.


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Unsupported video files really both a lot of people, but the professional HD Video Converter for FCP X works all problems out. After convert JVC/Canon TOD, MOD video, the Mac conversion push you to adjust video resolution, frame rate, bitrate to keep the original high definition, crop out unnecessary objects, split video files into small segments, tune video saturation, etc.


Tutorial: How To Convert TOD, MOD files to Apple ProRes MOV Format for FCP (X)?

Step 1. Download PavtubeMOD/TOD to FCP Converter on your Mac, and run it after installation. As soon as the main interface comes up, click “Add video” or “Add from folder” to load your source MOD or TOD files.

Tips: The program support batch load and convert and merge video file.

Step 2. Click the “Format” bar and choose the output format. Click and choose “Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov) format”, it’s the best format if you want to edit MOD/TOD files in Final Cut Pro (X).

Step 3. You can click “Settings” button to adjust the output parameters as you want. Such as resolution and bitrate, you can also keep it as default.  (Optional)

Step 4. You can click ““, edit the .tod or .mod video files by editing features including cropping, trimming, and special effects. (Optional)

Step 5. After every thing necessary was selected, you can click the big red “Convert” button to start converting TOD/MOD file to Apple ProRes MOV for Final Cut Pro X on Mac(Mac Mountain Lion 10.8 included).

After converting, you just need to import converted videos to Final Cut Pro 7 or Final Cut Pro X, and then you can edit the recorded footages without rendering.

Launch Final Cut Pro 7/Final Cut Pro X on your Mac and you can see the layout of the Final Cut Pro Interface. From under the File command at the top of the interface, select “Import” and “Files”. Then select one converted file from the Choose a File window and press the “Choose” button to choose this file. So that, you could easy import movies into Final Cut Pro 7or Final Cut Pro X for editing.

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