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Samsung DVD VR355 DVD format problems

I have a Samsung DVD VR 355 recorder combi and am trying to copy videos onto DVD and I need to be able to play them on PC/Mac and on DVD players. Ive tried DVD R and DVD-R, they copy okay but neither work on PCs or on other players. I was able to copy and play a DVD RW but don't want to waste RWs due to cost. Should I be formatting the DVD media somehow before I press record? Appreciate any advice you can give!

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    Bengt Korswing Apr 25, 2008

    I am new to this type of machine. Problems with burned DVD to be played on other DVDs

  • Anonymous Aug 04, 2008

    I am not able to record on my DVD however the VCR is working can you please help me to fix this problem

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I have just copied a video to a dvd on my samsung dvd-vr355 and finialised the disc with a title now it will not play any disc,even if it is. shop bought, just says loading then the dvd opens to reject the disc. please help

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I have a Samsung VR355 DVD/VCR combo unit. It plays most store bought DVDs. I have had a problem with a Brand New (right ot of the package) copy of Terminator 3.... Rise of the Machines..... (widescreen edition) #277723. I get an error message (this disc cannot be played, check the disc). The Load message displays on the DVD screen. I hear a noise of the disc spinning. Then the disc tray opens and the above error message is shown. I read a post which describes the same noise as being the laser head hitting the DVD disc. I have held the power button for 10 seconds to reset the DVD player. I have cleaned the disc manually with alcohol; I have used The (skipDR Laser Lens Cleaner) by Digital Innovations. The only thing I have not tried is a Disc Repair Kit that fills the scratches. This is my second Samsung VR 355 unit. I shipped the Original back to a Samsung Repair Depot. The firmware was also updated. I was unimpressed when the replacement unit had a homemade Freinds VCR tape in the and Freinds scralled in magic marker in the VCR drive. Then when I contacted Samsung Customer Relations I was told that even New DVDs can have issues due to poor quality DVDs and burning. The annoying part is that the Special Features Disc plays flawlesslly.

Posted on Mar 29, 2012

You need to finalise the disc, otherwise the other players don't know what's on the disk. Finalize = TOK (look it up at wikipedia)

Posted on Oct 31, 2008

Do you finalise the disk?

Posted on May 11, 2008

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That basically summerises the differences: video is a linear recording that should end up DVD-Video compatible, VR is a digital recording mode that allows HDD-like functionality on disc.

Do you need to always be able play your recorded DVD-RW discs on other DVD Players? If yes you have to use Video Mode, although some players will play VR mode discs, and you can test this easily by giving it a go.

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DVD Video mode on DVD-RW

Plus points: Provides good compatibility (70% plus). That’s the only plus, plain and simple.

Negative Points: Only simple linear editing possible, really just hiding a title. You can reuse space only when you delete the last title or completely reformat but lose everything in the process. No defect management. Requires finalisation to play in other DVD Players. No possibility of time-slip, i.e. recording and playing back at the same time.

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Negative Points: Not very compatible with existing DVD Players, plain and simple.

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