Hi, I hope you can help me with this problem.
I am using a DVD --RW disc with my camcorder. I tried it last night, and recorded a few seconds as a test, but my computer would not recognize anything. I worked out it was because I needed to finalise the disc. I plugged the camera into the AC adapter and finalised the disc, and then it did play on my computer.
So I then went out and took a whole series of videos this afternoon. They all show up as thumbnails when looked at on the camera. When I try to finalise it, I get a message saying the camera cannot finalise it. If I go to the information bit of the menu it says that it is finalised, but I took no steps to finalise it (apart from what I did with the very short shot the previous evening).
When I put the disc in the camera, and use Media player, it picks up about 8seconds of the first shot I took today. Premiere Elements doesn't recognise the format. I just don't understand this finalising business, so maybe that's where I went wrong. Did I need to un-finalise the disc again before taking today's videos? They do, however, all show as thumbnails on the camera itself so they are there. How do I do whatever is necessary to be able to download them from the disc to the computer.
Your help would be much appreciated.
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Re: The disc won't finalise
Here are the steps (please consider that these are the directions to the Movie Factory, so if you get the Ulead Studio Studio, expect it to vary slightly, probably not too much though)
1) First, it is best to finalize the DVD before editing. This can be done on any type (-R, RW, even RAM I believ, but I have never tried it on RAMs). -in order to finalize, you must put the DVD into the camcorder and hook it up to its A/C adapter (the wall plug). Find the finalizing but and set your camcorder down (shaking it while finalize may disrupt the process)
2) Eject the DVD from the camcorder and put it into the E-Drive of the computer (the CD/DVD drive)
3) launch Ulead. Creating a new project
4) Once the program opens and you have your basic editing window (with a timeline and all), look for a button that says something like, "import from video DVD", which will allow you to transfer your footage from the DVD to the program, where you can edit.
5) Once you are finished editing, you'll want to export your movie, creating an .avi file, which turns the project file into a standard video file
Hope that wasn't too confusing. I know it seems like a hassel, but its not too bad. Ulead is quite a good program, and its very inexpensive. You can explore other options, but the only one I have found so far to support DVD formats is the Ulead systems.
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If a FORMAT ERROR message is displayed,
then the inserted disc is not formatted or it is recorded in a
different format not useable by the camcorder. If using a DVD-RW or
DVD+RW, format the disc prior to use. Otherwise, use a different disc.
The Canon DC210 will only take 'minus' format DVDs (DVD-R, DVD-R DL and DVD-RW). Only the DVD-RW must be formatted (initialised) before use. During initialisation you'' be asked whether you want to initialise the disc in VIDO mode or in VR mode.
VIDEO mode: Once finalised discs recorded in VIDEO mode can be played back in most common DVD players, offering the best compatibility. However, recordings cannot be edited (deleted, rearranged etc) on the camcorder.
VR mode: You can easily edit the recordings on the camcorder. However, discs recorded in VR mode can only be played back with DVD players that are compatible with DVD-RW discs in VR mode.
My preference is Video mode - I can then play the disc on a DVD player and edit it on a PC.
Now, to initialise a DVD-RW
1. Press the 'FUNC.' key 2. Use the joystick to select 'MENU' - it's in the bottom left corner of the screen 3. Use the joystick to select 'DISC OPERATIONS' 4. Use the joystick to select 'DISC INITIALIZE' 5. Use the joystick to select either 'VIDEO' or 'VR' mode 6. Use the joystick to select 'YES' to confirm your choice 7. Use the joystick to select 'YES' to start initialising the disc
Close the menu only after the screen display returns to the 'DISC OPERATIONS' menu.
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You can either 1. Transfer the still pictures from the camcorder to the PC, and then, either 1.1 use your PC software to print the pictures, or 1.2 use an online photo processing lab to print the pictures for you. OR 2. Take the disc from the camcorder to a local photo printing shop and ask them to print the pictures you want printed.
But first ... before you can transfer pictures or video from your Canon DC210 to your PC you need to finalise the disc in the camcorder.
also need to make sure that the DVD drive on your PC is capable of
reading a DVD-R, DVD-R DL or DVD-RW format as these are the only disk
formats that the DC210 will handle. Not all PC DVD drives can read
To finalise the disk you must have the power
adapter connected to the
camera, plugged into a wall socket and turned on. Then, switch on the
camera, put it into playback mode, Press 'Func.', select main
menu, select 'disk operations', select 'finalise'. Don't move or shake
the camera or switch it off whilst the finalising step is
underway - this could cause problems.
Once finalising is complete, take it out of the camcorder and then follow steps 1.1, 1.2 or 2 above.