What is MOD?
MOD is a recording format for use in digital tapeless camcorders. First introduced by JVC in its model Everio GZ-MG30 in 2003, it was the first file format which recorded directly onto the internal hard disk instead of on a tape. Used exclusively for standard definition video files, a MOD (with the file extension of ‘.mod’) file stores in MPEG-2 VOB stream with AC3 Dolby Digital sound.
Soon after the success of MOD with JVC, Panasonic also began using the format in its camcorders. Shortly later, it unveiled another version of MOD (with the same file extension of ‘.mod’), which recorded video onto SD cards instead of the internal hard disks. This MOD version was introduced by Panasonic on its model SDR-S100, and was especially designed to match data rates, frame rates, and frame sizes to the parameters of DVD video.
Canon began using MOD in 2008 with its introduction of tapeless standard definition consumer camcorders FS100, FS10 and FS11.
All the MOD files – used by JVC, Panasonic, or Canon – have the same file structure, and can easily be converted to other more common stream files using various software programs. MOD files may be viewed on a computer with any player capable of playing MPEG-2 video. They may also be viewed on a DVD player without recompression as they are compatible with all DVD video standards.
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