Question about Philips Magnavox MWR20V6 DVD Recorder/VCR

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I have dubbed vcr tape to a Sony DVD-RW disc and tried playing it back through a toshiba player and it keeps coming up Bad Disk. My PC won't even recognise it. When started dubbing the screen displayed 1hr 5mins of recordable space when it was a 120 mins disc. Do I have to use Philips discs?

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Did you say you used a DVD-RW disc to transfer a videotape onto? The reason your PC won't recognise that disc is because the data format on it is a different language to what PCs understand - plus an unfinalised DVD-RW won't play in other DVD players - it is usually an incompatible format.

(DVD+RW discs with titles/top menus created in video mode CAN be played on a PC DVD drive or a normal DVD player as can finalised DVD-R discs (DVD-R discs MUST be recorded and finalised in the same recorder for compatible playback). DVD-RW discs can only be viewed on the unit they were written/recorded on.

The other reason for the 'remaining space' on the disc you describe showing less than 120 minutes is due to a title recently being recorded or erased - unless you format it - the 120 minute / 4.7GB DVD-RW will not show full available space. Erasing titles on re-writable DVDs does not increase space. The same rule applies to unfinalised +R / -R discs (you cannot re-format these to get the space back once recorded - they are 'once only' writables)

I recommend you invest in some DVD-R discs and re-copy your VHS tape to that - then if you are satisfied with the result, title etc., finalise the DVD-R - it will play on any DVD player or PC with DVD support (or it should). These discs are relatively inexpensive to buy just about anywhere.

Final note: do NOT finalise the DVD-RW you recorded (I hope you haven't already done this) - simply format/erase it - re-use it for something else or keep it until you need it.

You can use any brand of DVD, just take note of the format before recording/playing.

Posted on Mar 21, 2011

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  • sbrankin Mar 21, 2011

    Is initialising the same as formatting? My Auntie was doing the dubbing for us! A disc she had previously done (which was a Phillips one) plays back fine on our dvd player and she did everything the same so we can't figure out what has gone wrong.

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    Demonic-2011 Mar 22, 2011

    Initialising disc; yes, that is formatting the RW type.

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    Demonic-2011 Mar 22, 2011

    Maybe you need to get a copy of the user manual for this model (unless you already have one). Refer to section heading about 'Recording' pages 25 to 40.

  • sbrankin Mar 22, 2011

    Many thanks we will try your suggestions :)

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Did you finalize the disk?
Copy of the manual here: http://www.funai-corp.com/6pdf/om/MWR20V6.pdf See pages 37 and 38

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I'm using DVD-R and an HDMI connected to the TV. I'm trying to record my vhs home videos onto the dvd. It looks like the dvd recorded, but there is no picture.

Please help.

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