import jvc tod files into imovie'09 805

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by ppedro, Nov 10, 2009.

  1. ppedro macrumors newbie

    Nov 10, 2009
    I've got a JVC GZ-HD3E camera and would like to import tod files into imovie so that i can edit them.

    Currently my files are on XP format (i guess they should be on 1440 CBR)?

    What are differences between both formats?

    How can i import the files?

    On windows they're converted to mpeg-2. Can i do better in Mac?

    Need a piece of advise...

  2. bmcgonag macrumors 65816


    Mar 20, 2007
    Have you tried connecting the JVC to your Mac?

    .TOD is the high def file type for JVC, .MOD is standard def. . Both are just a proprietary version of Mpeg-2.

    With the iMovie's before 09 I had to use MPEGStreamClip to convert the .mod and .tod files to .dv first then import. but with 09 i found that my .mod camera was recognized and the files were imported and converted by iMovie.

  3. Chris at JVC macrumors newbie

    Nov 16, 2009
    Importing .tod files into iMovie


    I work for JVC and would like to try and help.

    You are correct that the 1440CBR recording mode is the best choice for working with iMovie when you have a JVC HD Everio camcorder model that records .tod files, such as the GZ-HD3. In order to use this, you need to use a firewire connection between your camcorder and your Apple computer. 1440CBR is the only mode which supports the firewire output. Please refer to the detailed instructions at:

    If you have recorded video in any mode other than 1440CBR, then the process is completely different, and depends on which version of iMovie you are using.

    For iMovie '06HD: If you recorded in the XP or SP mode (Not 1440CBR), iMovie '06HD does support importing and editing .tod files via USB. You will need to install the Apple Quick Time Plug-in which was included on the CD-ROM which came with your Everio. You may also need to install the Quick Time update from this location:

    For iMovie '08 or iMovie '09: If you recorded in the XP or SP mode (Not 1440CBR), you will need to transcode the files first with a program such as QuickTime or MPEG StreamClip. Then, you can import the files into iMovie.

    One last consideration. Over the last 1-2 model years, using a JVC camcorder with an Apple Mac has gotten a lot easier. The newest JVC HD Everios record in a format called AVCHD. iMovie '08, iMovie '09 and the newest versions of Final Cut Pro all support AVCHD. It has pretty much become plug and play. If you are looking for the absolute best experience, this may be a good time to consider upgrading some or all of your gear.
  4. xLBS69X macrumors newbie

    Nov 24, 2009
    JVC GZ-HD30U and imovie 09

    Chris, we are new to imac, this forum, and imovie....your posts have been very good and well appreciated. We have the firewire 800 external connected via the firewire 800 port and are connecting the GZ-HD30U to a USB port, is this the best way to connect the camera and import video directly into the external drive? With this camcorder, usb seems the only way to connect. Lastly, will files from this camera be able to be recognized without any conversion in imovie 09 and final cut express should we opt and install fce?
  5. Chris at JVC macrumors newbie

    Nov 16, 2009
    GZ-HD30 & iMovie '09

    Your solution will be a little different, as each camcorder differs in the connections offered and the recording formats.

    With a GZ-HD30, you will be better off recording in the AVCHD mode, which can be imported into iMovie '09 via a USB connection.

    Since the GZ-HD30 does not have a firewire connection, firewire is not an option. The GZ-HD40 did have the firewire connection on it's dock, but that is a different model.

    If you want to archive, you need to pay particular attention to the correct archiving methods. You cannot simply copy a file from the camcorder to your hard drive. But, iMovie '09 does give you archiving options--just follow the instructions carefully, and test it out with something that is not important, before you archive something you will really care about.

    I hope this helps.
  6. SADWING macrumors newbie

    Dec 13, 2009
    I was SOOO upset that Mac got rid of iMovieHD. I had a JVC everio that recorded in .TOD files.

    I sold the camera and decided to buy something compatible with my new iMac.

    Anyway... I have TONS of video that I still need to edit and all of the files are in .TOD format.

    I've tried a couple different file converters but they turn the video into mush.

    Can anyone (maybe you Chris) give me some help in turning my .TOD files into something that doesn't lose quality and works with iMovie 09?

    I am so upset with Mac going backwards on this. I traveled to Vietnam and Cambodia and Thailand and took tons of video for my cousins charity and now I can' t do ANYTHING with it. ...PLEASE HELP!

  7. hsia12210 macrumors newbie

    Nov 20, 2009
    Hi guys!
    My pleasure to give you my suggestions.
    You can convert ur TOD files to AVI or QT format(.MOV).
    I think, if you want to get a better tod converter, you need try more.
    Most of this converter are free trial, I recommend you search "tod converter for mac" by google.

    Have a good day!
    Hsia Wendy:)
  8. SADWING macrumors newbie

    Dec 13, 2009

    lol... no disrespect, but "try more" isn't very much help. I've tried several converters and joined this board because I thought someone may have a good suggestion.
  9. hsia12210 macrumors newbie

    Nov 20, 2009
    Ok, you can try this two tod converters(Mac):)

    pavtube tod converter for mac
    moyea tod converter for mac

    I searched "tod converter for mac", I tried this two, worked fine for me, would you have a try?:cool:
  10. charlesbran macrumors newbie

    Nov 23, 2009
    pavtube and moyea, straggly, its exactly the same product with different branding

    Think your thread got spammed...:cool:

    I would recommend you give the latest version Handbrake another try. I have never had any issues with it that wasn't caused by a poorly encoded tod.
  11. bluhring, Jul 3, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 3, 2012

    bluhring macrumors newbie

    Jul 3, 2012
    Just ran a dry run with Charles's recommendation of HandBrake (from 2009). I'm now posting in 2012. HandBrake seems to be the only free converter still. I almost shelled out the $30 for ******** TOD Converter for Mac before I found this thread.

    I had been using my JVC on a PC for years, and after I added the proper codec to Windows Media Player, I could play all my backed up TOD files.

    My PC died and I just moved to an iMac now. It wouldn't play the TOD files and apparently have no codecs to allow QuickTime or iMovie to play them.

    However, downloading the latest version of HandBrake converts them to MP4, and seems to play just fine after that.

    (the forum was blocking the name of the company that created the TOD Converter for Mac that I mentioned above... I am not affiliated with them in any way... their name is i--Org--Soft with no dashes and I've not used them...I used HandBrake which seems to work for my needs.)

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