Finalizing Settop Box DVD's On A Computer

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by peterg, Mar 13, 2007.

  1. peterg

    peterg Guest

    Here's an interesting situation for you.

    My dad got a DVD recorder two years ago for Christmas. He loves the
    thing, and promptly started putting aaaaaaaall the home movies on DVD
    ("Here's the Stuckey's we stopped at on our way to the Grand Canyon.
    Today, the machine totally bit the dust. An electrical short took it
    down, so this isn't a mechanical failure. My dad is going to go
    shopping for a new DVD recorder this weekend.

    Problem: there were several vacation videos that he didn't finalize
    before the recorder took a dirt nap. They will not play in any other
    settop box he has, and my computer just gives me a blank look when I
    tell it to read the disc. And since the recorder is two years old,
    his chances of finding the exact same brand and model are not good.

    So, does anyone know of a way to finalize these things and make them
    playable? Will just putting them in another DVD recorder machine and
    finalizing do it? Is there a way to do it with one of my computers
    (I'm running both Windows and Linux)? Or are the discs pretty much
    gone now (fewer vacation videos to watch? What a shame....)?
    peterg, Mar 13, 2007
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  2. peterg

    dcasperson Guest

    Ouch....from what I have read, most DVD recorders require you to
    finalize DVD's on the same machine that recorded them. There
    probably are others that will work but I don't know how you find them
    before you buy them. I have Panasonic DVD recorders with built-in
    hard drives. I always put my footage on the hard drive and then
    fill up the DVD-R's and finalize them immediately so that I avoid your
    situation. Even partially filling a DVD-R and then later filling it
    up with more material is risky. They don't always place new
    material in blank areas when you do it in separate sessions.
    Finalizing is also hit and miss when done later.

    My guess is that you will be very lucky if you can find another
    machine to finalize your recorded DVD's. Look for someone else that
    has the same make and model as your dead machine and see if you can
    use it to finalize your DVD's.

    dcasperson, Mar 15, 2007
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  3. Find another machine of the same make and model.
    There is practically no alternative. Take out an ad in
    the newspapers or on Craig'sList, etc. to find some-
    body with one of them.

    So did you mention why he can't just take the original (film?,
    tapes?) and make new discs with his new DVD recorder?

    Lesson: Finalize discs as soon as you finish them, before even
    ejecting them.
    Richard Crowley, Mar 15, 2007
  4. peterg

    GMAN Guest

    What model and brand of DVD Recorder did he have?
    GMAN, Mar 20, 2007
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