Tip & How-To about Philips DVDR3380/05 DVD Recorder

Make a DVD+/-RW compatible for recording with a Philips DVDR3380

Sometimes you will have a used DVD+/-RW that already has titles recorded upon it but when you attempt to record another it won't let you even though you have space left at the end of the media.

This can happen if you delete title 2 when you have a totoal of 3 titles recorded it gets confused, there are several options available to you. Sadly both will erase all the titles that are on the media unless you scan the DVD titles in with TMPGEnc v4.0 Xpress prior to the full erase, this is your safest option if this can't read the DVDR format nothing will be able to.



  • Blank on a PC using ImageBurn this will lay down chosen format for you if you have a DVD+RW you must select this option etc...
  • Use the DVD3380 to do it for you follow the following 4 steps this is the only way you can do it sucessfully.
  1. Put the DVD in the tray as usual if you press you will see a no entry symbol in the bottom right-hand corner.
  2. Press button to toggle to the desired input I use EXT2 for my SKY+ Box connected via a gold plated SCART lead.
  3. Press button and you will see the following window appear
  4. Press

After the recorder re-formats the DVD+/-RW media it will be available for record again, either way it will give you what you want. when the thermometer bar gets to 100% simply press and you will see that it has been blanked to its format DVD+RW or DVD-RW depending upon the media.


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I can not get my DVD to play after dubbing. A message comes up, no title.


dvd+rw is garbage, organic dye in the layers breaks down fast, always use dvd-r. dvd-rw also has compatible reading problems with many dvd players, hope that helps. also you need to make sure it is finalized for another dvd player to read it

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I have dubbed vcr tape to a Sony DVD-RW disc and tried playing it back through a toshiba player and it keeps coming up Bad Disk. My PC won't even recognise it. When started dubbing the screen displayed 1hr 5mins of recordable space when it was a 120 mins disc. Do I have to use Philips discs?


Did you say you used a DVD-RW disc to transfer a videotape onto? The reason your PC won't recognise that disc is because the data format on it is a different language to what PCs understand - plus an unfinalised DVD-RW won't play in other DVD players - it is usually an incompatible format.

(DVD+RW discs with titles/top menus created in video mode CAN be played on a PC DVD drive or a normal DVD player as can finalised DVD-R discs (DVD-R discs MUST be recorded and finalised in the same recorder for compatible playback). DVD-RW discs can only be viewed on the unit they were written/recorded on.

The other reason for the 'remaining space' on the disc you describe showing less than 120 minutes is due to a title recently being recorded or erased - unless you format it - the 120 minute / 4.7GB DVD-RW will not show full available space. Erasing titles on re-writable DVDs does not increase space. The same rule applies to unfinalised +R / -R discs (you cannot re-format these to get the space back once recorded - they are 'once only' writables)

I recommend you invest in some DVD-R discs and re-copy your VHS tape to that - then if you are satisfied with the result, title etc., finalise the DVD-R - it will play on any DVD player or PC with DVD support (or it should). These discs are relatively inexpensive to buy just about anywhere.

Final note: do NOT finalise the DVD-RW you recorded (I hope you haven't already done this) - simply format/erase it - re-use it for something else or keep it until you need it.

You can use any brand of DVD, just take note of the format before recording/playing.

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Some DVD recorders cannot write CD-RW - only DVD-RW (+ and -) as well as DVD-R (+ and -) (this depends on the brand/model). This unit probably does not support CD recording. Try using DVD-RW instead for this machine - see if it records that (do not finalise even if unit prompts you to with an on-screen message prior to ejecting disc).

There are DVD players and recorders which can play CD-RW (mp3, jpegs etc.) but I don't know of any which record this format (a PC CD/DVD-ROM drive can do this though).

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I had this problem frequently over the last year, the one thing I did notice was that if the DVD's I attempted to use were very lightweight or thin, it would not format them. If you can find any of the older, thicker DVDs to record on, it may help. By the way, the ones I had that worked best were DVD+RW purchased at $1.99 for six. They had a heavy orange enamel on the tops. Withstood daily use for nearly a year. Still have some, even though the player needs medical attention now.

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See the manual, page 8:

What are “Recording modes”? for DVD-RW
There are two recording modes available using this
recorder: VR mode and Video mode. When recording to
a DVD-R disc, recordings are always in Video mode.
DVD-RW discs can be formatted for VR mode recording
or Video mode recording.
VR mode recording
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(SP, LP, EP, XP)
• Not playable on regular DVD players
• Recordings can be extensively edited
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99.
Video mode recording
• 4 different picture quality/recording time settings available
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• Playable on regular DVD players (after finalizing)
• Limited editing features
• Total number of titles on the disc should be less than
99.
Note :
DVD-Video Format (Video mode) is a new format for
recording on DVD-R/RW discs that was approved by
the DVD Forum in 2000. You may therefore experience
problems playing recordable DVD discs in some players.
Symptoms include video artifacts, audio and/or
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Our company cannot take responsibility for problems
playing discs recorded on this VCR/DVD Recorder in
other players.

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