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The disc won't finalise

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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  • Michael4567 Jun 30, 2008

    The first bit of the advice was to finalise the disc on the camcorder - but that is the issue, the camcorder refuses to finalise the disc. The advice I need is how to finalise when the camera says 'cannot finalise'

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There is no need to finalize the rw disks.

try useing isobuster on your pc to recover the files
http://www.isobuster.com/

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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.

Hope that helps

Posted on Jun 30, 2008

  • Mark Gil
    Mark Gil Jun 30, 2008

    Try this with the disc in, turn off and on the machine. try to finalize again. This must be done to play on other "machines".

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