HELP! I want to copy movies from camcorder to harddrive to disk....

@coffeebreak (17820)
United States
April 5, 2011 6:19pm CST
I have copied my home movies from a Sony Camcorder. I have them in the designated folders on my hard drive. However, there are 3 "entries" for each movie clip. The first one has a "movie clip" icon and 10 digits follow that. The second one has a different icon and that same 10 digit number with the extension ".modd" after it. (not including the " " marks") The third entry is that same icon as the second one, the same 10 digits and the extension ".moff" after it. I click on the first one and Media Player comes up and plays it, but if I click on the other two it tells me Windows can't identify it. So, questions: What are these other two entries after each movie clip? Do I need them to play the clip? I am wanting to organize the movies and copy them to Disks to give to family members...so do I have to include those last 2 entries when I copy or is it just the first entry? I am "copy movies challenged" so the "version for dummies" would greatly be appreciated!
4 responses
@axlrate7 (1399)
• Philippines
6 Apr 11
Copy all the file, don't leave any file. Those two entries are important. Deleting those entries will make the first file become corrupted or will not execute. Copy all then paste it in a folder, rename it in anything you want then hit return. Make a unique folder for each copies of your videos from your camcorder. Hope this help you... =)
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
20 Apr 11
When I copied the movies to my hard drive from the camcorder...those files were all copied - all three of them per movie. Are you saying I just copy and paste all three when I want to copy to a disk?
@axlrate7 (1399)
• Philippines
20 Apr 11
Yes, copy all three files. :)
@zralte (4186)
• India
6 Apr 11
I am not really good with those kind of thing either. I will tell you what I know though. Those two other files are just extension made on your camera. Don't ask me why, I don't know. When I take a video from my Canon Point and Shoot Camera and copy that into my hard drive, I get the same, one .avi and one .thm I can only play the .avi and it does not matter if I delete that from my hard disk. However, if I copy only the .avi onto a memory card and put it back on the camera, I cannot play it back. It needs the .thm to playback on the camera. So, my conclusion is that those extension files were probably needed for playback on your camcorder. If you are not going to copy back onto your camcorder again, I would think it's safe to delete them. Download any video converter (I am actually using AnyVideoConverter), convert them to .mpeg or any other file that is accepted for playback on computer or DVD player or any other player you have, then you can write them onto a disk.
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
20 Apr 11
Didn't know about the extensions...oh boy, this is sounding really complicated! I am not that techie!
@azskull (90)
• Philippines
6 Apr 11
why not set it all in default i mean the first movie you need to see its file .avi or .mpeg then convert them all to avi..there are lots of movie converter to download ..its an application software for all types of movie format..just search
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
20 Apr 11
oh good grief... I haven't a clue as to what you are talking about with those extensions! I didn't know I had to know that! Can you clarify?
@Dunner17 (76)
• Canada
7 Apr 11
the first file you have is a movie file. This is where the video is stored and is played from. The other 2 files are extensions files from you camcorder. They are usually required to play the movie on you computer as they contain information on how windows media player can play the files. When you are copying them to a disk to give to your family however, you dont need to include these files. You should be able to burn the video files and they will play on any dvd player.
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
20 Apr 11
Are you saying I just copy and paste all three to a disk? and then it would play on a DVD recorder? And if make another disk...just copy and paste from disk 1 to a new disk?