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I am trying to upload a 4 gig sd card of pictures and video to my mac, but get a "communication error". I put another card into the camera and was able to upload those without any issue.

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Try NOT connecting your camera to your computer.

The best way to download pictures from your camera to your computer involves removing the memory card from the camera and plugging it into a card reader (either built-in to the computer or connected via USB or FireWire). This is likely to be faster than connecting the camera to the computer, and won't run down your camera's batteries.

Once the card is plugged in, it will appear to your computer as a removable drive. You can use the operating system's drag&drop facility to copy pictures from the card to the computer's hard drive, the same way you copy any other files. Or you can use any photo cataloging program.

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What's your problem?My husband got a Vivitar ViviCam 7028 as a rewards gift from his company and we've been busy taking lots of photos and video on it, but when I try to download the photos to my...


The first problem is explained by the error message. Your camera is consuming too much power to go through a USB hub. Try connecting it directly to a USB port on your computer, without going through a hub.

The second problem is most likely related to the card reader. You didn't specify the exact model of Belkin reader so I can't give you a definite answer, but it appears the reader is designed for SD cards. Your 4GB card is actually an SDHC card. While it fits into the slot, it will not work with devices not specifically designed to work with SDHC cards.

To sum up: If you want to use a USB port, connect directly to it without going through a hub. If you want to use a card reader, make sure the reader is SDHC-compatible.
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How to Upload/Put and Play JVC, Panasonic, Canon Camcorder MOD Files on Mac


Similar to TOD, MOD is a kind of recording format being used in digital tapeless camcorder like JVC, Panasonic, Canon. MOD video format is comparable to XDCAM EX, HDV and AVCHD.

MOD is used exclusively for standard definition video files, while TOD is used for high definition files. Both MOD and TOD are file-based formats that are 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.

The following list is about JVC, Panasonic, and Canon MOD camcorders.

JVC MOD camcorders
* 2004: GZ-MC100 (SD), GZ-MC200 (SD)
* 2005: GZ-MG30 (HDD), GZ-MG70 (HDD)
* 2006: GZ-MG37 (HDD), GZ-MG77 (HDD), GZ-MG505 (HDD, SD/SDHC card)
* 2007: GZ-MG130 (HDD), GZ-MG155 (HDD), GZ-MG255 (HDD), GZ-MG555 (HDD, SD/SDHC card)
* 2008: GZ-MS100U (SD/SDHC card)
* 2008: GZ-MG7230 (30 GB HDD, MicroSD)
* 2009: GZ-MG630 (60 GB HDD, MicroSD), GZ-MG670 (80 GB HDD, MicroSD), GZ-MG680 (120 GB HDD, MicroSD)

Panasonic MOD camcorders
* 2003: SV-AV100 (SD card)
* 2005: SDR-S100 (SD card)
* 2006: SDR-S150 (SD/SDHC card)
* 2007: SDR-S10 (SD/SDHC card), SDR-H18 (HDD, SD card), SDR-H200 (HDD, SD/SDHC card)
* 2008: SDR-H20 (HDD, SD/SDHC card), SDR-H60 (HDD, SD/SDHC card)
* 2008: SDR-S7 (SD/SDHC card)
* 2008: SDR-SW20 (SD/SDHC card)
* 2009: SDR-SW21 (SD/SDHC card)
* 2009: SDR-S26 (SD/SDHC card)

Canon MOD Camcorders
* 2008: FS100 (SDHC), FS10 (SDHC), FS11 (SDHC)
* 2009: FS200 (SDHC), FS21 (SDHC), FS22 (SDHC)

For Mac users, when they want to watch MOD files shot by JVC, Panasonic, Canon camcorder with iPad, iPhones, iPods, in Quicktime, in iMovie, in iTunes, or on PCs, etc. They may be annoyed that how to upload MOD files to Mac and play MOD video on Mac OS.

Now, there are tutorial and guide for you below will help you solve these problems.

1. Connect your JVC, Panansonic, or Canon camcorder to your Macs or PCs with cable USB or Wifi.
2. Turn on your camera and select the mode of camcorder like PC mode. iMovie on Mac will open automatically the Import Window.
3. You can review your video or select "Import All"and select your JVC, Panasonic, or Canon camcorder on the computer screen and click "OK."
4. All camcorder MOD videos will have the file extension "MOD" Once the backup is complete, then close the program.

After uploading your camcorder MOD files to your PC or Mac, you can use a MOD Video Converter for Mac to convert MOD files to Mac firstly, and then you can play JVC, Panasonic, or Canon MOD files on Mac. More information about how to convert MOD files on Mac and edit MOD files on MacOS you can click here.

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The 7960 works with SD cards. It does not work with SDHC cards such as your 4GB card.

SD cards max out at 2GB. While SDHC cards are physically identical, they are electronically incompatible and will not work in devices not designed for them.

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Larger video (above 1 gig) will not upload to my computer. I tried through various programs, through cut and paste, and also by removing sd card and placing in sd card reader on my computer. Nothing...


Most of the time if the file is to big it is trunkated! cut off at the knees. How big is the SD chip? Does this chip read in smaller portions of data?

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Sounds like it is defective I just came across 2 bad scandisk cards both 2 gig.

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The Pantech Duo does not support anything over 2 gig, unfortunately. The only option is to purchase a 2 gig card. If you have info on a 4 gig you want to transfer over, you would have to upload to your computer and transfer to the smaller card.

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