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How to convert JVC hard disc video to edit in Final Cut?

JVC camcorder users are usually troubled by MOD and TOD files that generated by their JVC camcorders, because the two formats are not naturally supported by most video players or editors. Some may change the file extension to .mpg before drag the files to players. Some players would be “cheated” and work with the renamed files. However, when you would like to do some further editing with video editing software, you have to convert them to some other common formats. This article here will introduce you how to convert the JVC hard disc video, namely MOD and TOD files to MOV file for edit in Final Cut.

Pavtube TOD Converter for Mac will just converts MOD and TOD files to FCP compatible format.  In the first place, you can download and install the free trial version of Pavtube TOD Converter and evaluate the app by yourself, and Here is the download link. Now let’s see how it works to make MOD and TOD file compatible with Final Cut.


1. Add MOD and TOD AVCHD files to this program

Once launched this program, the following friendly blue-sky interface will pop up, on which you can click “Add” button to load MOD and TOD files. Notice that the converter recognizes .TOD extension only, so rename the MOD files to TOD before loading them to file list.


2. Select FCP compatible format as output format and set save path

Click the drop-down list of “Format” to select FCP compatible format as output format, here I recommend H.264 MOV. Click “Browse” button to specify where to store the output files. Moreover, if you feel like joining multiple MOD and TOD to be as a single file, you are able to achieve this goal via ticking the checkbox “Merge into one file”.



3. Set advanced settings

Click “Settings” button, then you will see the following  interface, on which you are allowed to adjust audio and video parameters like  codec name, bit rate, aspect ratio, frame rate, and audio channel. In principle, the larger input values, the larger file size, but accompanying with the better file quality; the smaller input value, the smaller file size, but in accordance with the more inferior file quality. If you want to do advance settings, you’d better make a balance between the file sizes and file quality.


4. Start converting MOD and TOD files to FCP format

Once all the above settings are finished, you can click “Convert” button to start converting MOD and TOD AVCHD files into FCP supported format. A pop up window will show you conversion progress, time elapse, left time, generated file size, and estimated file size.  After conversion is done, you can easily find out the output files for FCP via clicking “Open” button. After the conversion finished, just add the output MOV files to Final Cut Pro for editing.

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