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My recorded disks will not play on any other players

I record movies from my DVR. They all play well on my machine, but will not play on anything else (even a computer. I read the other post and solution that said that finalizing the disk should take care of the problem. It doesn't on mine. We went out and purchase the same DVD-VR357 for my daughter. It would play the R+ DVDs, but not R- DVDs. So some will not even play on the same system. What am I doing wrong? I am finalizing all of them.

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  • larrynpn Jun 23, 2008

    I'm having the exact same problem.

    The problem here is the Disk is not finalizing when using DVD-RW. When I finish copying from VHS to DVD using DVD-R dics, the machine will ask if I want to finalize. I press “yes” and the machine will finalize the disc. When it finishes, it displays the menu to be used with the disk on the TV screen. I can play the newly made disc in any DVD player.

    But when I use DVD-RW disc, and press finalize, I get nothing but a black screen!

    It will play in the Samsung DVD-VR357, but it will not play in any other DVD player.

    I think it might be because I do the editing on the DVD-RW and not the DVD-R.

    The only solution I came up with this is this.

    Since the newly edited disk can be played in the DVD-VR357, play it and copy the DVD+RW to VHS tape and then copy the VHS tape to DVD-R. That way you can play your edited material in any DVD player. But then you run a risk of losing picture quality doing this copying and re-copying. I am not totally satisfied with this SAMSUNG DVD-VR357.



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I finally took my Samsung back to Sam's Club and traded it in for a JVC.  Warning to all...I could not burn any DVD's from my DVR.  For those who don't know what a DVR is, it's the same as TIVO, only it's the Direct TV version of it.  The JVC keep giving me a copy right notation.  But, you can copy it to the VHS recorder.  So, I thought, ok...I will copy it to a DVD from the VHS tape.  It won't do that either.  It is becoming difficult to even obtain a DVD/VHS recorder now.  At least with the Samsung you could copy to a DVD disk and play it back on the Samsung.  That's great until the Samsung breaks down.  I guess our options are becoming very limited.  I wonder if we will soon be able to just upgrade more memory into our TIVO or DVR?  It would be far less expensive and give you a higher quality to view than having everything on VHS.  

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I've heard of DVD players having trouble reading RW formats if there not being played from the player they were created in. The best thing you can do is check the manual on the DVD you are playing to can read that particular format of DVD.

I've been doing this for serveral years now and I find that most DVD players out there don't have a problem reading DVD-R disks. Fortunately I have set all the burners and recorders to use that one format and playback hasn't been a problem unless the DVD player was created before DVD burning was around.

Make sure you finalize them when your done.

The best thing to do is to get a few DVDs of each format, record on them, and see what works best for your needs. It will take some experimenting at first but it will save you a lot of trouble in the long run.

Good luck

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