How to Play Mod Files in Windows Media Player

By Jeff Grundy

If you have a JVC video camera or camcorder, you might want to save and view video clips on your personal computer. Most JVC camcorders and video cameras save video clips with the MOD file extension. However, the files actually use the much more common MPEG2 and MPEG-1 compression technology. By default, Windows Media Player cannot play MOD files from a JVC camcorder, but a simple trick changes this.

Step 1

Right-click on the "Start" button and click the "Explore" or "Open Windows Explorer" option on the pop-up menu.

Step 2

Browse to the folder that contains the MOD camcorder file you want to open in Windows Media Player.

Step 3

Right-click on the file name, then click the "Rename" link on the pop-up menu.

Step 4

Change the ".mod" file extension to ".mpg." For example, you would change "testmovie.mod" to "testmovie.mpg" and then press the "Enter" key.

Step 5

Right-click on the file name again. Click the "Open With" and then click "Windows Media Player."

Step 6

Wait for Windows Media Player to launch and begin playing the converted MOD video file.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you want to play MOD movies and videos in Windows Media Player without first changing the file name extension, you must download and install a video codec pack. The codec pack will associate the files with Windows Media Player and allow playback without the need to change the file name (see Resources).