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I am having problems finalizing my disk to play back on external device. I have the DVD-Rw disk and it was initialized in video mode. When I go into function, menu, disk operations, the only option I'm given is to initialize the disk again. I have the Canon DC320.

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  • denise mcgurl Apr 27, 2012

    I have the same problem. DVD RW disks tell me to initialize again (instead of finalize). I'm afraid if I do it, it will erase everything. Did you ever find a solution?

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To have finalize option, please put the camera into video mode; that means not to be on picture mode.

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On my Canon DC320 the camcorder has to be in PLAY mode before the FINALIZE option will be available.

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