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DVD - Video Finalization rejection

My HDD/DVD Video Recorder RD-XS34SU/SC will not allow me to finalize my dvd dubbing. Original video was transferedd from a Sony Video camera to the HDD. Then transfered to a DVD-R. As it stands now I can play the DVD-R and view the contents on the Toshiba player. I tried to finalize the DVD-R and a message pops up on the TV screen saying "This disc cannot be finalized". Any assistance that you maybe able to provide towards resolving this issue would be appreciated. This is the first time that I have encountered this problem.

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  • simon_fra375 Apr 07, 2009

    I have the same problem, "this disk can not be finalized" . Funny thing is, I have never had the problem in the past. I haven't used the device to record for about 2 years. In the past it work flawlessly with the exact same DVD-R media. I can figure out if a setting has changed in the mean time, maybe something to do with the user quality settings.

    I have wasted over 10 blank disk trying to solve the problem. No luck.

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1. The message can appear if the disc has already been finalised.

2. The disc may be faulty.

3. Try copying again from HDD to another disc. Performing a copy and finalise together by using 'DVD Video Creation' from the Edit menu can be more successful than doing each step separately.

4. When you transferred from your video camera, did you use firewire? If so, did you record at the maximum (default) bitrate of 14+ ? If so, you must copy (rate conversion) to the DVD at a maximum bitrate of 9.2, which is the maximum for the DVD playback standard.

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