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Very frustrating : did not finalize; forgot which brand the cam was

Over 5 hours of dvd recordings I did in trips with coledge using a DVD camcorder. The cam was stolen and the DVDs stayed with me - Sadly, UNFINALIZED!!. I was busy with Grad school and after graduation I can recall what brand was the camcorder I used but highly suspect it was sony. I took the DVDs to a electronics store and explained the problem to salesmen, they were helpful and tested my DVDs on all bradns they have but couldn't view any video stream. DVDs appear to be full when in camcorder or in computer but nothing can be showen.
PLEASE HELP!! I must retrieve those very valuable memories!!

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  • GradAbadi Aug 12, 2008

    If you mean by new computer my latest HP Pavilion dv6353 with intel core 2 Duo CPU 2.5 GHz and vista operating system- then I tried and it didnt show any thing though the properties of the DVD show full used space in disk. I use multiple multimedia software, Real, Winamp, WinMediaPlayer, Nero, none of them recognized any thing there.

    Thanks for ur input.

  • GradAbadi Aug 12, 2008

    Dear VOTIT ,

    i dont get it! they tried many camcorders and couldn't play it. I lost the original cam i used long ago and not sure of it's brand. I dont understand your answer.

    Thanks for your input

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Check out Lance Carr's 'DVD Reparing And Unfinalized DVD Recovery' article. I tried Isobuster (in trial mode) and found that it could read an unfinalized disc.  I had to pay for the full version which allowed me to make a VOB copy. I then used Nero 9 (free trial) to burn a DVD.  Worked for me! MV.

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Enter into the "library view" where you can see all the clips you've found. there you click on the button 'func' and there's an option finalize.

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Just try this make sure you put it in playback mode and make sure its plugged in your adaptor.. I guess they don't want to risk running out of battery during finalization (may stop the disk)
put it in playback mode then presto the option comes up so make sure you put it in playback mode by pressing down on the on/off button.In my conclusion to finalize the disk you need 2 things: First make sure you are in the play mode and second plug in your power supply

hope this may help;

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    Try reading it on a new computer, new computers' dvds unit can read non finalized disks.

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      My suggestion is:
      First try reading the DVD on a recent computer with some common CD/DVD RW software like Nero or Gear Proh, if you can access data on dvd use computer to save DVD files immediately, so that you have a backup of your files.
      If Computer ordinary software does not work you can use dvd recovery software.
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      An alternative solution is going to a photo printing shop and ask if they can recover and make a readable copy of your DVD, they should be able to make a copy of disk if disk is only not closed, and it is not scratched or damaged.


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    There's no guaranteed method for importing DVD camcorder movies into the Windows XP version Windows Movie Maker and editing them. Windows XP doesn't include the required DVD decoder software by default. Many of the consumer DVD software solutions available don't consistently work with every camcorder because some of the software packages don't include both the necessary video and audio decoders. The most reliable solution I've found for editing the files created with DVD camcorders in Windows Movie Maker is Elecard MPEG Player. Even if you already have another DVD playback solution on the computer, this method may fail without installing the Elecard software.
    Before you begin, download Elecard MPEG Player and install it. You may need to reboot your computer to make sure Windows Movie Maker can access the necessary video and audio decoders.
    Preparing to Edit DVD Camcorder Files
    Either insert the finalized DVD from the camcorder in the computer's DVD drive or connect the camcorder to the computer with a USB cable. Copy the finalized .VOB files from the camcorder DVD to the hard drive.
    After copying the .VOB files to the computer, rename the .VOB files to .MPEG. For instance, if the original file name was VTS_01_1.VOB, it should now be VTS_01_1.MPEG or VTS_01_1.mpeg.
    Importing MPEG Files into Windows Movie Maker
    After renaming the DVD camcorder file from .VOB to .MPEG, you can import it into Windows Movie Maker just like you would any other video clip by choosing File > Import Into Collections.
    While I can't guarantee this method will work for every DVD camcorder file, it should work in most cases.
    Additional Tip: If your DVD camcorder movie was shot with a 16:9 aspect ratio, you can change the project preferences from 4:3 to 16:9 from the menu at Tools > Options > Preferences.
    If you have the budget to purchase additional video editing software, I strongly recommend Easy Media Creator as the best solution for editing DVD Camcorder files.

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