This paper concerns the study of direct numerical simulation data of awavepacket in laminar turbulent transition in a Blasius boundary layer. The decomposition of this wavepacket into a set of "modes" ( a basis that spans an approximate solution space) can be achieved in a wide variety ofways. Two well-known tools are the fast Fourier transform (FFT) and the proper orthogonal decomposition (POD). To synergize the strengths of both methods, a hybrid POD-FFT is pioneered, using the FFT as a tool for interpreting the POD modes. The POD-FFT automatically identifies well-known fundamental, subharmonic, and Klebanoff modes in the flow, even though it is blind to the underlying physics. Moreover, the POD-FFT further separates the subharmonic content of the wavepacket into three fairly distinct parts: a positively detuned mode resembling a Lambda-vortex, a Craik-type tuned mode, and a Herbert-type positive-negative detuned mode pair, in decreasing order of energy. This distinction is less widely recognized, but it provides a possible explanation for the slightly positively detuned subharmonic mode often observed in previous experiments and simulations. Published by AIP Publishing.