Name of format: MOD
Media: Hard disk drive, solid-state memory cards
Video signal: 480i, 576i
Frame size in pixels: 720 x 480, 720 x 576, 704 x 480, 352 x 480
Frame aspect ratio: 4:3, 16:9
Video Compression: MPEG2 Video (profile & level: MP@ML)
Chroma sampling format: 4:2:0
Compressed video bitstream rate: ~3 - 10 Mbit/s depending on quality mode
Audio Compression: MPEG-1 Audio Layer II
Stream type: Program stream
Media file extension: MOD (on camcorder), MPG or MPEG (on computer)
MOD is a standard definition video recording format used by JVC, Panasonic and Canon in some models of digital camcorders, such as, JVC GZ-MG630 (60 GB HDD, MicroSD), JVC GZ-MG670 (80 GB HDD, MicroSD), JVC GZ-MG680 (120 GB HDD, MicroSD), Panasonic SDR-S50 (SD/SDHC/SDXC card), Panasonic SDR-T50P, SDR-T55P (SD/SDHC/SDXC card, internal flash), Panasonic SDR-H85P (SD/SDHC/SDXC card, hard drive), Canon FS200 (SDHC), Canon FS21 (SDHC), Canon FS22 (SDHC), etc. In 2003, JVC’s Everio GZ-MG30 camcorder used MOD format for the first time.
MOD is file-based format that is stored on a random-access media. Directory structure and naming convention are identical except for extensions of media files. Standard definition video is stored in MPEG program stream container files with MOD extension; in most other systems these files have extension MPG or MPEG.
MOD video can be viewed on a computer with a player that is capable of reproducing MPEG-2 video. This video can be easily authored for watching on a DVD player without recompression, because its encoding scheme, data rate, frame rate and frame size closely matched parameters of DVD-video.
MOD format do not allow recording progressive-scan video, neither at "film" rates (24, 25, 30 frames/s) nor at "reality" rates (50, 50 frames/s).