How to Watch Sony MODD Files

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How to Watch Sony MODD Files
HD camcorders often store files in MODD format. (Camcorder image by Edward Stephens from

MODD files are a speciality format of video file designed to handle high-definition video files in a compact, portable manner. The files are commonly used in HD camcorders by companies such as Sony, JVC and Panasonic. If your Sony camcorder stores files in MODD form, these can be viewed using Sony's Picture Motion Browser software. The files will be most easily accessible if you upgrade to the latest version of the software before opening.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Download the latest version of Sony's Picture Motion Browser software from the site in Resources.

  2. 2

    Double-click the downloaded file to install, following the on-screen prompts to update your software to allow access to MODD files.

  3. 3

    Connect your camcorder to your computer using the USB cable sold with the camera. Open Picture Motion Browser from the "Sony" section of your computer's Start menu.

  4. 4

    Click the "Import from Camera" button to open MODD files stored on your camera: a browser window will allow you to select from video files on your device. If you want to open a file stored on your computer, click "Import from Folder," the fourth button from the left along the software's upper pane. A browser window will allow you to navigate to the file you wish to view.

  5. 5

    Double-click on a MODD file to view it as streaming video.

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