Question about Sony DVDirect (VRDVC20) DVD±RW Dual Layer Burner

5 Answers

"Finalize Error" Sony DVDirect VRD-VC20

Sure hope someone has a solution to a real problem with the Sony DVDirect, VRD-VC20 writer. I purchased this about a year ago from Best Buy. It worked fine until recently, when I tried copying home movies and pre-recorded programs on the digital cable box. I have done nothing different, other than load a clean DVD into the machine. When it is finalizing the disk, it keeps giving a "finalize error" message and ejects the disk. I've been using the same DVD's that I had been using in the past (which worked fine), but I'm totally clueless to what's going on... If anyone has an idea how to solve this, I'd really, really, appreciate it. I DID upgrade the firmware about one month after buying it, and had success with the 16x DVD's. Have a pile of disks that are worthless, and am about ready to give this device the heave-ho. The reviews on were not very kind... Sincerely, Dave

Posted by on

  • 1 more comment 
  • Dave Herber Mar 08, 2007

    Thanks for the reply. My problem has been the DVDirect unit itself, when trying to finalize the DVD disk.

    Am trying to change from Memorex 8x and 16x DVD+R to Maxell brand. Someone on Epinions dot com had a similar problem with the finalizing, and said that Maxell DVD's (DVD-R) worked fine after switching.

    My home movies and cable box are the only thing I use this worthless unit for. Am going to trash this if the Maxell's don't work. It's too frustrating!

    Sony has a new stand-alone unit out now, and it has some decent reviews. Amazon has these for sale and following is the link for the VRD-MC1:

    Thanks again!

  • Dave Herber Aug 23, 2007

    I found the workaround for this crazy device - at least mine anyway...

    I bought a tower of DVD-R's from Amazon, but the key here is to use only "MAXELL". None of the other DVD's would work for some strange reason. Also, the DVD-R's are 4.7GB/16X/120 min on the front of the tower.

    Hope this helps anyone with similar problems. After buying these DVD's, I popped one in and formatted it. I then burned my Formula 1 races, and other programs recorded on the DVR cable recorder box.

    Take good care,

  • ValTaft Jan 27, 2008

    Have the same problem with SOny VRD-VC20 copying a video from a mini-DV tape via a Fireware direct connection. I am getting Finilizing Error. I tried to change the quality (from HQ to SP), DVD+R (Sony!) ... to no avail. Spoiled a bunch of DVDs. This is upsetting.

    I tried Maxell DVD-R (DV input, HQ quality) and got the same Finalize error.



5 Answers

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer

I accidentally finalized a disc on the wrong settig using my sony dvd mini dvd camcorder...I got a disc error message. Is there anyway that i can retrieve the info off of it or re-finalize?

Posted on Sep 25, 2008


I ran into the same thing with a Panasonic DVR. In spite of the finalisation error, the data will have been written to the DVD unless you also get a write error along the way. So I just took the unfinalised disk, popped it into the DVD drive of my computer, and used my burning software to extract the data track as an ISO. After that I was able to pull the .vob files from the image with Winrar and create the DVD with authoring software. Roundabout but at least it did the job. Still don't know why the DVR suddenly stoped finalizing.

Posted on Sep 15, 2007


I'll tell you guys a few things I've noticed about this device. First off, using DVD+R makes all the difference. I have not had a single problem using these. Second, you need to make sure your cables are all plugged in correctly. One sound error or video slip-up means it will not burn or will have an error.

Posted on Aug 22, 2007

Hi. I had aquired one of these units to move my home movies from VHS to DVD to reduce space aboard lost to all the tapes. I had the same frustrations - with home recorded movies. I was using "Sony DVD-R". Some had finalize error and some record error. The unit is supported on Sony's site, but it shows that there is no firmware update. Back ashore now, the unit is one year + old, has made 3 disks successfully, and is not going to be warrantee'd because of the time elapsed before I was able to return to do anything about it. I will test it as an archive drive and decide if it is worth the space.... By the way I am an electronic design Engineer. That does about nothing to help with these new products!

Posted on May 24, 2007

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer

I had similar problem (I have same model of Sony) on my dvr trying to record some movies, in my case it would start recording for a sec and then it would stop, problem in my case is that some of channels on satelite are scrambled and id doesn't allow even that they were stored on my dvr to get them on dvd drive, you can get descrambler on ebay but I just gave up cause it's too much hassle. Maybe you have similar problem cause I don't know who is your tv provider. Does your drive work on pc??? If so probably it is protection that is messing with your finallazing! I hope you find this helpful! By the way check my problem if you have any idea how to solve it I would very appreciate it! Nick

Posted on Mar 07, 2007

1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

Hi there,
Save hours of searching online or wasting money on unnecessary repairs by talking to a 6YA Expert who can help you resolve this issue over the phone in a minute or two.

Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.

Here's a link to this great service

Good luck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

I need to have access to the manual for the sony vrd-vc20

Hi and welcome to FixYa,

Initially, try here. You would need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this file.

Pls post back result(s). Good luck and Thank you for using FixYa.

Jan 18, 2009 | Sony DVDirect (VRDVC20) DVD±RW Dual...

1 Answer

With sony dvdirect vrd-mc5, can I burn pictures from my computer

Yes and no... you can not hook it up directly to your computer and burn copies of pix. You can however transfer your pictures to a memory card (SD, MS or CF) and then put that in the VRD-MC5 and burn your pix.

Hope this helps!

Nov 27, 2008 | Sony DVDirect (VRDVC20) DVD±RW Dual...

1 Answer


I have never use with computer. have connected to VCR and small television, and copy direct from vcr to VRDVC20 and have had no problems. I do have the soft ware disc, as bought mine new and have used only to copy video to CD and if follow directions exact, the will finalize - no problems.

Dec 01, 2007 | Sony DVDirect (VRDVC20) DVD±RW Dual...

1 Answer


Go to the company which made the software for the device and you can download it from there. That is what I did. You need to up grade from what came with the unit.

Nov 25, 2007 | Sony DVDirect (VRDVC20) DVD±RW Dual...

1 Answer

Creating DVD from VHS no sound on DVD.

Make sure the sound (red and white) connecters are plugged in and out from tv or vcr to in on recorder. I have four of these units and have had no trouble.

Nov 07, 2007 | Sony DVDirect (VRDVC20) DVD±RW Dual...

1 Answer

Sony vrd-vc20

a code 10 error refers to a hardware failure, where the dvd cannot be communicated with due to it being faulty.

Aug 17, 2007 | Sony DVDirect (VRDVC20) DVD±RW Dual...

1 Answer

My vrd-vc20 do'not eject my disk

if your writer is showing in My Computer as a removable drive, you should bea able to right click on the drive icon and select Eject, but the programme you are using to burn must not be set to eject after finalising the disc in the preferences or settings.

Jun 20, 2007 | Sony DVDirect (VRDVC20) DVD±RW Dual...

1 Answer

"Failed to Record"

1. go to device manager / right click on cd drive / uninstall driver / reboot and windows will reinstall driver 2. go to My computer right click on cd drive properties - check digital cd playback recording - check enable cd recording on this drive driver - update or uninstall reboot your computer Goodluck!

Jan 04, 2007 | Sony VRD-MC1 DVD RW Dual Layer Burner

Not finding what you are looking for?
Sony DVDirect (VRDVC20) DVD±RW Dual Layer Burner Logo

1,560 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Sony Computers & Internet Experts

Les Dickinson
Les Dickinson

Level 3 Expert

18425 Answers

Alun Cox

Level 3 Expert

2678 Answers

Donald DCruz
Donald DCruz

Level 3 Expert

17130 Answers

Are you a Sony Computer and Internet Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides