When I turn on my DC100 it tries to initialize the disc on its own, but then says error or can't read disc. If I go to menu and try to click on initialize manually, it will not even come up with options. Is there anything to do or try? Should I try a few brands of discs, or should any work?
This camcorder only takes DVD-R and DVD-RW, it will not work with the +R discs. I've used Maxell and Fujifilm discs and they both worked fine. You have to make sure the camcorder is plugged in the wall when initializing or else it won't initialize.
I to am having the problem years later with the DC10 not initializing disc. It is very frustrating after following directions, replacing the expensive battery and buying different disc to no avail is this camera accepting the dvd-r disc. If anyone can help it would be most appreciated.Thank you
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Do you mean it won't format/initialize the disc? Alternative possible problem, when you put in a disc, does it not recognize that a blank disc is in the unit? Only DVD-RAM discs need formatting. DVD-RW discs need to be initialized. DVD-R disc do not need either formatting or initializing. (This unit does not write to DVD+R or DVD+RW discs.)
In the case of DVD-RW discs that can't be initialized. Check if this has already been done (or if you need to unfinalize the disc).
If the new disc is not being recognized as a blank disc, the recorder may not be recognizing the disc (dirt, scratches or manufacturing issue) or the recorder is not focusing on the disc properly. In the first case, clean the disc or try a different type of disc (Samsung claims that their discs will be most compatible). In the second case, the unit may need service.
I hope this helps.
Cindy Wells (usually tracking and focus problems will be seen on both recording and playback (even with commercial discs).)
It's possible that, for some reason, the disks aren't compatible. It can almost drive you crazy trying to figure out why. To find out for sure if this is the case, try some new Panasonic discs, with the same specifications as the old ones that worked, and see if they work. If they don't work, you're probably having a dvr issue with the laser lens or related parts within the camera. There are many issues with dvrs that develop over time, requiring replacement parts and service. In those cases, it's usually better to get a replacement camcorder. The new HDD camcorders are immune from a lot of problems inherent with dvr and tape recorders.
I had the same problem. After trying several brands, the only one which is working perfectly is Maxell (yellow discs). I found them is the US (Seattle), have not seen them in France where I am leaving. Hope it can help !
The device defaults to initializing discs to DVD-VR format. I believe this is incompatible for all devices except other DVD recorders. You need to reinitialize the disc to DVD-R format from the menu. These should then work in other players.
My recorder has stopped accepting NEW DVD-RW discs and ejects them. There is no problem loading DVD-R (new or recorded)or loading previous recorded DVD-RW, initializing and re-recording I have tried several different DVD-RW makes. Puzzling??