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Canon DC100 - Finalizing Problems

I got a Canon DC100 camera for Christmas and just finished my first DVD. I can't figure out how to finalize it so I can view the DVD on a player. I can see the Finalize option within the menu but cannot select it. I'm wondering if I did something wrong during the DVD initialization process that has goofed me up. The users manual doesn't have a troubleshooting section for this problem - only directions on how to finalize. Any thoughts or suggestions? Thanks

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  • Cindylou352 Dec 17, 2007

    I bought mine over a year ago and have taken video, but don't know how to close or finalize the DVD. I have a wedding to go to and vacation footage that I would like to show my family. HOw the hell do you finalize these DVD's?????

  • Anonymous Dec 27, 2007

    same problem....but i found out all you have to do is plug-in your camera to the wall outlet...DC adapter...

  • Anonymous Jan 05, 2008

    I have the sem problem

  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2008

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  • Evem May 04, 2008

    I have the same problem and have it plugged into the wall outlet. It still refuses to finalize.

  • lost tech Jun 12, 2008

    I have owned my Canon DC100 DVD Camcorder for over a year. I have yet to watch the first video. I work at the store where I purchased and no one can help me to figure out how to finalize my DVD. A customer came in today because he had the same problem. He had the newer model. I called Canon support after working with his camera for about 15 minutes. They walked him right through to finalize. I came home and tried the same things but I am having no luck. I can't find my book because I have had it everywhere in my house this past year trying to figure this out. I get to the place where it says to finalize but nothing happens. I have it plugged in. I am at my wits end.

  • Henry VII Jul 15, 2008

    Manual doesn't mention the need of having the unit plugged in to wall, which solved my problem after giving the disc a title as well. If last entry is a picture it might also present a trouble. Add short recording and try again. I've only tried finilizing in playback mode however. Recording mode might not work, dunno.

  • 501sttrooper Aug 13, 2008

    I have some video that I really want to get polished up and into my podcast but I can't finalize either. I have it plugged in, but the option is black instead of white and it's unselectable. wtf?

  • Anonymous Dec 31, 2008

    i did the finilizing part but when i put it in my computer it still wont work

  • Mohit Gupta Nov 27, 2012

    Yes , to finalise have to plug the camera to wall socket, probably to ensure solid power supply.



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Thanks I got it plug-in the camcord to the wall outlet with DC adapter then you can start the finalizing thanks again

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Plug it into the wall...(outlet) while you finalize it... set the camcorder down on the ground in the procces becasue if it is shaky it will mess up the video(s)

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I have contacted cannon about this issue, the answer is exactly what most users are saying. This is what was said to me.

Follow these steps:

- Plug the unit into the wall (Using the charging adapter)

- Go into the media browser (Pull the on/off switch to mode while in recording mode)

- Press the 'Menu' button (Chrome button located just above the LCD screen)

- Press the 'Right Arrow' on your focus control (Round button that circles around the OK button)

- Press the 'Down Arrow' on your focus control until you reach "Disc Title" and press the 'OK' button (Skip this next step if you already have named your disc)

- Using the focus control arrows and the 'OK' button, set a title for your disc. (When finished select SET and press the 'OK' button)

- Next, Using the focus control arrows, select "Disc Finalize" and press the 'OK' button.

- The DC100 will then display the time it will need to finalize the disc. If you are able to place the camera down where it will not move, press 'OK' (Dont worry it gives you a few seconds to place the camera down)

- Place the camera down on a flat surface with the LCD screen's side facing up (You don't have to close the LCD screen)

- Finished. :-)

If you are unable to finalize the disc using the following steps, then you have one of two problems.

1. You have a bad disc
2. You set the disc to 'Read Only' using a computer with a DVD writing drive.

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Yeah, i have been having the same problem as well. One thing i found quite helpful is to to initialize the disc while the main power adapter is on.

Then when you come back to finalize it also the main power should be plugged in. I found in that case the finalization.

The finalization process is as earlier posted by Shadowmaru

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After posting on May 4th, 2008, I did some further research on the web and realized the problem for me was a bad disk. I have since finalized many other disks.

Posted on Oct 05, 2008

You are abosultely right. must plug in. but i have to say that this makes the use of the camera retarted. i have to carry around an adapter just to finalize the disc to watch it in my dvd player. great. nice little camera ruined because i have to carry around gear.

also no mention of this obvious canon flaw in the manual. they makr good cameras but dropped the ball on the dc100.

Posted on Oct 05, 2008

You need to plug the camcorder in while finalizing.

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