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Recording I recently reocrded a show on our DVD player. Later, I tried to play the dvd on a different DVD player, it would not load. I then tried to play the DVD on our computer, but the computer said the disc was emtpy. What do I need to do to be able to play the recorded disc on our computer?

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You need to go into Disc Management and finalize the disc.

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Why doesn't my recorded dvd-r movies play on my magnavox dvd player

Does your DVD player support that version of DVD disk? Not all players will handle DVD-R. Check the manual for compatibility.
Try recording to DVD+R then see if your player will play it.
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DVDR520H 1/ Trying to play DVD shows unlocked lock symbol - what does this mean ? 2/ Unit not accepting blank discs for use in recording from HDD or external source

are you referring to the symbol on the led screen? this is vital..and there will be more information so please hold your rating until we have more information

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Bush dvr3006 will play audio disks but wont play any dvd ! just says load for ages then turns off or no disk ! help please ?

These are the formats your DVR will or will not play.
  • Blu Ray Playback: No
  • Blu Ray Recording: No
  • Compact Flash Card: No
  • DTS Decoder: No
  • DVB-C: No
  • DVB-S: No
  • DVB-T: No
  • DVD Audio Playback: No
  • DVD Player / Recorder: DVD Recorder
  • DVD+R Playback: Yes
  • DVD+R Recording: Yes
  • DVD+RW Playback: Yes
  • DVD+RW Recording: Yes
  • DVD-R Playback: Yes
  • DVD-R Recording: Yes
  • DVD-RAM Playback: No
  • DVD-RAM Recording: No
  • DVD-RW Playback: Yes
  • DVD-RW Recording: Yes
  • DVI Interface: No
  • DivX Playback: No
  • Double Layer Recording: No
  • Electronic Program Guide (EPG): No
  • Ethernet: No
  • Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
  • HD-DVD Playback: No
  • HD-DVD Recording: No
  • HDMI Interface: No
  • HDTV: No
  • IPTV (Internet Protocol Television): No
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  • MP3 Recording: No
  • MPEG4 Recording: No
  • Memory Stick: No
  • Multimedia Card: No
  • Number of Scart Interfaces: 1
  • PCMCIA Interface: No
  • Progressive Scan: No
  • Real Dolby: AC3
  • Secure Digital Card: No
  • Show View: No
  • Smart Media Card: No
  • Super Audio CD Playback: No
  • Super Video CD / Video CD Playback: No
  • Table / Portable: Table
  • USB Interface: No
  • W-LAN Connection: No
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Panasonic DMR-ES40V VCR won't schedule record: Recently, the VCR will not do scheduled recording anything beyond today. I can schedule a recording and it appears OK (I get red light on panel), but I never...

I found this solution on one of your old notes (but a different machine). I set up a scheduled record for 11:59 PM to 12:01 AM for the current day, then set up the scheduled record for the next day. The VCR recorded both the initial 2 minute session and the later one which I wanted to record.

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What is +vr and how do I remove it

VR mode or Video Recording mode is a feature on stand-alone consumer and computer DVD recorders that allows video recording and editing on a DVD rewriteable disc.
In VR mode, users can create and rename titles for the scenes. Also, if a scene is deleted, the space allocated by it will be utilized later without the need of reformatting a disc.
If the user would like to record on the same disc again in later time, on VR mode, users may eject the disc and it will not be finalized by the recorder until it is manually initiated. For the sake of comparison, any DVD disc recorded in VR's competitor V mode (or Video mode) will be automatically finalized before it is ejected by the recorder. Disc finalization is still required if the disc formatted for VR mode will be played in another DVD player.
Currently, users can only record in VR mode with the use of DVD-RW, DVD-RAM and DVD+RW discs, (updated in 2000 to accommodate DVD-R (General)) [DVD players marked “RW compatible” and “DVD Multi” can play DVD-VR recorded discs] and on some recorders, also on hard-disk drives.
Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD also support VR mode-like features.

Accordingly when DVD recorders became a viable option the features offered by <Video Mode> were minimal - the linear structure did not allow post recording editting or non-linear playback. Thus the DVD Forum devised Video Recording (VR) mode.

Unlike DVD-Video this uses a much simplier file structure that allows non-linear modification to the recorded data. This means features such as partial erase, editting, playlists, simulataneous record/playback, mixing of different media types (JPEG, MPEG1/2/4, MP3, WMA, WMV etc) and, in future models, dual record are all possible."

That basically summerises the differences: video is a linear recording that should end up DVD-Video compatible, VR is a digital recording mode that allows HDD-like functionality on disc.

Do you need to always be able play your recorded DVD-RW discs on other DVD Players? If yes you have to use Video Mode, although some players will play VR mode discs, and you can test this easily by giving it a go.

The main differences are:

DVD Video mode on DVD-RW

Plus points: Provides good compatibility (70% plus). That’s the only plus, plain and simple.

Negative Points: Only simple linear editing possible, really just hiding a title. You can reuse space only when you delete the last title or completely reformat but lose everything in the process. No defect management. Requires finalisation to play in other DVD Players. No possibility of time-slip, i.e. recording and playing back at the same time.

DVD VR mode (Video Recording)

Plus points: Better use of recording rates by having intermediate resolutions. Defect management so reliable. Time-slip on 2 speed media if supported by the recorder, allowing record and playback at the same time. Non-linear editing. Any space freed is reused automatically (think hard-drive or Mini-Disc) and added to the remaining time.

Negative Points: Not very compatible with existing DVD Players, plain and simple.

Of course if you have a hard-drive based recorder then all the negatives are wiped out, as you use VR mode on the hard-drive which gives you all the pluses of VR mode, then record to DVD-RW in Video Mode to give you the compatibility to play the disc elsewhere.
- A recording on DVD-RAM will always use VR mode
- A recording on DVD-R will always use Video mode
- A recording on DVD-RW can be either Video or VR depending which is set before the recording is made.
- A recording to DVD+RW or DVD+R will always use Video mode
- Many HDD/DVDR combi recorders will record to the HDD in VR mode and allow you to dub (digitally) to DVD-R in Video mode.

Here is your manual:

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Philips DVDR615/69

Take, if good  batteris from the remote controller and recycel the unit, and by a better one. I have the  same problem, recordings will stay on the dvd only a short thime readable and later the disk is empty.
Sorry my english.

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Try cleannng machine with dvd cleanner if u have staples surplus near u it only costs 10 can cn twice thiswoked for me had a same promblem.

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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
• 4 different picture quality/recording time settings available
(SP, LP, EP, XP)
• Not playable on regular DVD players
• Recordings can be extensively edited
• Total number of titles on the disc should be less than
Video mode recording
• 4 different picture quality/recording time settings available
(SP, LP, EP, XP)
• Playable on regular DVD players (after finalizing)
• Limited editing features
• Total number of titles on the disc should be less than
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
video dropouts and playback suddenly stopping.
Our company cannot take responsibility for problems
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I have tried several different DVD-RW makes. Puzzling??

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