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Using .MOD files with Windows Movie Maker

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Does your video camera record capture .MOD files in 16:9 but displays 4:3 in Windows Movie Maker? Well, here’s a solution:

Several camcorders that record to an internal hdd store video in files with a .MOD extension.  Unfortunately I couldn’t import these directly into Windows Movie Maker.

To get the footage into Windows Movie Maker find a program called SDCOPY.  By default my Canon FS100 records in widescreen mode (16:9 aspect ratio).  However, it doesn’t properly set a flag in the .MOD file to indicate this so several programs (including GSpot codec appliance) report the video as being in 4:3 format (instead of 16:9).

SDCopy makes a copy of the file, changes the extension to .MPG and corrects the aspect ratio flag (as long as you select the option).

Next, I used ffmpeg to convert from an mpeg to an asf with the following invocation:
ffmpeg -i myvideo.MPG -f asf -sameq -vcodec wmv2 -acodec wmav2 -ab 256k myvideo.asf
Windows Movie Maker was able to import the .asf.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m31Ji4U5jWI

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