is "finishing" necessary?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by aaronep, Jun 11, 2008.

  1. aaronep

    aaronep Guest

    I have been copying tv & other programs from the computer's hard drive
    onto a dvd disk. Usually I use DVD Shrink. I have been told that
    when playing a dvd disk created on the computer (using Windows XP),
    onto a dvd player attached to a tv, I must first FINISH the disk after
    the recorded material is burned onto the disk.

    What is FINISHING?

    Is FINISHING necessary, and how is it done? What software would I
    need to FINISH a disk, if necessary?

    best, Aaron
     
    aaronep, Jun 11, 2008
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  2. aaronep

    Grinder Guest

    The "normal" way to burn a disc is to just prep and write the entirety
    of what you want on the disc in a single session. There are schemes,
    though, that permit you to write a bit to the disc, then add a bit more,
    in multiple sessions. In the latter case, you have to "finalize" the
    disc so that devices not savvy to whatever multi-session scheme you're
    using can see the disc as a complete set.

    I've used DVD Shrink with Nero to burn the data. I don't recall seeing
    how you could even write a multisession disc with that setup, and have
    always just burned a single session--no finalization needed. I suspect
    the same applies to you.
     
    Grinder, Jun 11, 2008
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  3. Some recording software and some stand-alone recorders have a menu item
    to Finalize a DVD. YYMV, obviously. But I agree with you that
    Finalizing normally happens automatically, so I'm guessing either the
    OP has accidentally found a way to burn a DVD in multisession mode, or
    he has a friend who is confusing him with bad advice.

    OP: just try playing the DVD in a stand-alone player. You will find out
    if it works.

    BTW, I have a paper shredder which has a slot for CDs/DVDs. That will
    surely Finish one :)
     
    Gene E. Bloch, Jun 11, 2008
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  4. aaronep

    Arny Krueger Guest

    I believe this is another word for finalizing.
    I've only had to go out of my way to finalize disks written on stand-alone
    CD or DVD recorders. As a rule, PC software either forces you to finalize
    the disk or at most provides an option for avoiding it.
    The same software that wrote the rest of the disc. Finalizing CDs can
    generally be done on any device or using any software that has a separate
    function to do it. As a rule, DVDs must be finalized on the device or with
    the software that they were recorded with.

    DVD R/W are generally automatically finalized.
     
    Arny Krueger, Jun 11, 2008
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