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Changing a -vr format

When I bought a mini dvd camcorder i first tried to edit the dvd movie but it can only be done in -vr format which is hard for most players to recognize.Is it possible to change the format to -r or other formats more compatible with most dvd players out there?

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    Robert Curry May 07, 2008

    Is it possible to change format from r+ to r- after you have burn a disk on you mini camcored in r+ ,my pc will only rear r-. thank Bob

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You're right - only DVDs initialised in VR mode can be edited on the camcorder. Those initialised in VIDEO mode cannot be edited on the camcorder, but can be played on most DVD players and can be edited on a PC.

The good news is, if you are using a DVD-RW disc you can change the mode by reinitialising it to be in VIDEO mode, but you will lose all the previous content during initialisation. DVD-R discs cannot be initialised.

See this Fixya solution for details on how to initialise a disc.

To Junie1939 - No, it's not possible to change a DVD from 'plus' format to 'minus' format, sorry - you have to go buy 'minus' format DVDs, or change the DVD reader on your PC. Remember the Canon DC210 only takes 'minus' format DVDs.

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Good Luck.

Posted on May 20, 2008

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