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Canon DC210 Camera

This has happened several times to me where I have recorded some stuff onto a Maxell mini DVD-RW and when I go to finalize, I get an error message
*Unable to recognize the recording mode of the disc.* It was recorded in Video format and I also cannot get it to be recognized by a computer. This is happening about 1/3 of the time and it is extremely aggrivating. Is there anyway to retrieve the data when this happens or to prevent it from happening?

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  • pfifedog Feb 12, 2008

    The disk was initialized and recorded on the same camcorder, the problem came when trying to initialize it as it says it does not recognize the recording mode of the disk. I am finding this camera to be very fickle and frustrating.

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The error message is because, either
1. the disc was initialised on another camcorder, or maybe a PC, or
2. The disc has a recording on it in a different TV system (PAL v SECAM).

From the above, it may be you're using the same disc in two camcorders. To be sure of seeing what's on your disc you need to keep it with the same camcorder from 'initialise' to 'finalise' .

To be able to see the disc on a PC you need to finalise it on the camcorder. There's no other way to get to see your work on a PC.

Unfortunately I think you've lost your recordings this time.

Posted on Feb 11, 2008

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