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How to play MOD files in Windows Media Player

Updated April 17, 2017

The JVC Everio range of camcorders produces video files. Unfortunately, the camera produces files with an extension. Windows Media Player does not recognise this file extension and so will not play it. However, Windows Media Player will play MPEG files. Fortunately, even though the JVC camcorder saves files with the MOD file extension, it stores data within the file in the MPEG format. All you have to do to enable the file to play in Windows Media Player is convert the extension from .mod to .mpg.

Open Windows Explorer and navigate to the directory where you keep the .mod files. Alternatively, if they are still on the camera, connect the camera to your computer. The camera will appear as another drive under “My Computer.” Move the files to a directory on your C drive and then switch to that directory.

Click on the “View” tab at the top of Windows Explorer if you have Windows 8. Click on “File name extensions” in the “Show/hide” section of the tab to put a tick in the box. If you have an earlier version of Windows click on “Tools” in the Explorer menu. Select “Folder Options” from the drop down-menu. This opens a Folder Options window. Click on the “View” tab. Look down the Advanced Settings at the tree structure of settings. Find the setting for “Hide extensions for known file types” and click on it to remove the tick from the box. Press the “OK” button to close the window.

Click twice on the .mod file. Don’t double click, click once and then once again. This will make the name of the file editable. Change the “.mod” part of the file name to “.mpg” and then click once anywhere else in the window to end the edit mode.

Check the icon for the file after the name change. If it is the Windows Media Player icon you can double click on the file to play it in Windows Media Player. If it is some other icon you have a different media player set as the default player for MPEG files.

Click the right mouse button while the cursor is over the altered mod file. Hover over “Open With” and this will show a secondary list that includes Windows Media Player. Click on this to play the clip.

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Stephen Byron Cooper began writing professionally in 2010. He holds a Bachelor of Science in computing from the University of Plymouth and a Master of Science in manufacturing systems from Kingston University. A career as a programmer gives him experience in technology. Cooper also has experience in hospitality management with knowledge in tourism.